Believe it or not, my favorite gifts are handwritten letters and personal drawings. "Stuff" gets used, lost, or broken. Letters and drawings go right into my memories binder, which I love looking through on rough days. ♥️
Best gift I ever got was the letter I got from a student on his graduation day. He explained that he never would have made it so far without me, I'm the reason he didn't drop out, and the reason he graduated. He told me I changed his life. Most amazing gift ever.
Mine was a handmade Christmas card from a student during my first year of teaching. I speak French and would teach words and phrases to the kids at the end of the day. It turns out this kid went home and begged his dad to use his high school French to help him write my card in French. It was so thoughtful and cute. I still have it!
I work in a low-income area, so I don't receive gifts from my students, so I was especially thankful when I received a hand-written note from a student around the holidays. The note was written on a ripped piece of loose leaf paper, and his parents didn't speak/write in English, so I knew the note came directly from the student himself. So meaningful. 😊