I'm never stumped about what to buy the kids, Dave or relatives for the holidays. But gifts for Max's teachers and therapists stump me, mainly because I stand in awe of everything they do for Max and I freeze up on finding the perfect gift. Also, there are 14 of them between Max's teacher, the aides in his class, the therapists at school, and his private therapists. I also drop off a big box of chocolate at the pediatrician's. Ho, ho, uh-oh.
I got some great ideas when I was at a T.J. Maxx event the other day for the store's holiday offerings. What I learned: Every week, T.J. Maxx stores around the country get 10,000 new items (as if you needed more of an excuse to browse). I saw great gifts for everyone on my list, at up to 60 percent off—toys, accessories, jewelry, cologne, you name it. I picked up a few nice scarves for therapists. But I am especially obsessed with the bargain treasures you find in the housewares section (Marshall's, too).
Besides the above frames ($7.99) and lots of cool mugs and pretty candles (some as low as $3.99), I also spotted:
Imported olive oil (starting at $6.99)
Imported soaps ($4 and $5, which you can tie in ribbon or put in the $7.99 basket).
The store's buyers shop around the world, a fine thing since imported anything always seems fancier. I mean, if someone gave me imported toilet paper as a holiday gift I might not be that impressed but maybe, just a little.
I'm also going to get Max to draw a picture or write his name in the cards for his teachers and therapists and, as always, tell all of them just how lucky I feel to have them in Max's life. I have in mind the words a teacher once left on this blog: "I really appreciate a heartfelt thank you as much as, if not more than, anything else."
I have two $50 T.J. Maxx/Marshalls gift cards to give away. To enter, share: What are you planning to get for your kids' teachers and/or therapists?
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Note, at the event I received a gift bag including a gift card, though I've had a long-time love affair with T.J. Maxx, as my credit card bill can attest.