A good teacher can affect a student's ability to learn and love for a subject. Gifts of appreciation from student to teacher are appropriate, especially at holidays and the end of the school year. If you have a special French teacher you would like to thank, you can choose from a number of fun and unique gift options.
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Let your teacher show off his love of teaching French. Web sites such as Café Press and Zazzle offer an array of items printed with French words, phrases and flags as well as items that specifically reference French teachers. T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, bumper stickers, buttons, magnets and more bear slogans such as "Pardonnez mon Français" and "French rocks." You can even buy a Christmas ornament bearing a picture of Charles De Gaulle or a clock labelled in French: "un, deux, trois, etc.". Sites such as Cartoonstock sell items emblazoned with cartoons about French class. Choose from aprons, umbrellas, book marks and chopping boards. In addition, replicas of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe or the Palace of Versailles are available online and in gift shops. Calendars featuring pictures of the French countryside, books on the history of France or French cookbooks are another option.
Show your teacher you've been paying attention to the history portion of your class by selecting an item created by a famous French person. Consider a print by Claude Monet, Henri Matisse or Édouard Manet, a small bottle of Chanel perfume or an Édith Piaf CD. Or choose a book by a famous French author such as Alexandre Dumas, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Émile Zola or Voltaire. Another option is a DVD of a movie based on a famous French author's book, such as "The Three Musketeers," "Les Misérables" or "Around the World in Eighty Days." Alternatively, choose a modern French movie or a CD by a current French musical group.
Appeal to your teacher's taste buds by preparing a classic French dish. Baked goods like madeleines or croissants are easy to transport. At Christmas, a Buche de Noel (Yule Log) is an appropriate gift. If you aren't a great cook, check with a local bakery to see if they can prepare it for you. Another option is to pick up a traditional French cheese. Most grocery stores carry Brie and Roquefort, both classic French cheeses. If your town has a French restaurant, a gift token can give teacher a welcome night out.
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