My 16 year old wants to give her teachers Christmas gifts. She is in 10th grade, so there are quite a number of teachers.
As a retired teacher, I do not think teachers need gifts. I would have loved a card or note with a comment or appreciative remarks. I taught special needs students and liked when a parent made snack for the entire class or contributed to the trip fund, but I never needed them to spend their hard-earned money on me.
I suggested my kid make cards -- she is very artistic, and add a heartfelt message. She disagrees and wants twenty dollar gift cards, which for the record, she cannot contribute to.
We are trying to find a compromise. I think that over $100 is ridiculous. It is also too much to 'lend' my kid.
(Deep background, this is not my own daughter but my godchild. When her parents died, I became her guardian. She was 4 when they died. So sometimes she uses that as her trump card. Teens aren't 'easy'.)
I said I'd ask what others think.