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#1996738 - 12/09/12 05:44 AM appropriate/appreciated gift?  
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What types of gifts from adult piano students are considered appropriate and are appreciated by piano teachers?


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#1996748 - 12/09/12 06:23 AM Re: appropriate/appreciated gift? [Re: Tech 5]  
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Personally I always like book or CD vouchers and nice foody things. I'm also of the opinion that you can never have too many photo frames, but I know this belief is not universal. My husband doesn't share it, for example. smile Plants are nice too, though I have a tendency to kill them.


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#1996790 - 12/09/12 09:07 AM Re: appropriate/appreciated gift? [Re: Tech 5]  
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Gift cards are great...especially to Starbucks or something if you know what kinds of things your teacher likes.


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#1997035 - 12/09/12 07:07 PM Re: appropriate/appreciated gift? [Re: Tech 5]  
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I love it when I recieve something that shows the person has paid attention to me. For example this year a parent I talked with about which herbal teas we like bought me a tin of tea from T2. It was so thoughtful that she had considered something I would really like, rather than just giving me the generic box of chocolates.

#1997060 - 12/09/12 08:16 PM Re: appropriate/appreciated gift? [Re: Tech 5]  
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Giftcards are super great. Chapters (they sell music there too!), Starbucks, even one to a mall would be great.

#1997510 - 12/10/12 07:46 PM Re: appropriate/appreciated gift? [Re: Tech 5]  
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My students know I love coffee, so I get coffee gift cards quite a bit.
I also love houseplants, or flowering bulbs.
I think the key word is "consumables." I am appreciative of any gift, but I love things that can be used up!
I also enjoy Christmas Tree ornaments.


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#1997529 - 12/10/12 08:15 PM Re: appropriate/appreciated gift? [Re: Stanny]  
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I intensely dislike gift cards. I usually have a stack of them - unused. It's a joke in my family - when we're together they will ask for my giftcards. I open my wallet, and there they are. I just pass them around. I do not shop much - I'm on a tight budget. I don't eat out in restaurants. Don't go to the movies. I generally use my giftcards to purchase Christmas presents. That is, if I get them before Christmas. That helps a lot. I resent the fact the some stores make you use up every penny and won't refund the smallest leftover. What a racket! The cards that are most useful are the American Express, or Visa cards that can be used like money. But still, I get such joy from the usual gifts - candles, coffee, Christmas items, candy and cookies to go on my Christmas table, hand lotion, perfume. I appreciate all my students and love their thoughtfulness. I just wish they would skip the giftcards.

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