Friday, December 12, 2014

Some not so subtle gift ideas for friends and family members of SLPs...

It's that time of year when everyone asks that one dreaded question: "What do you want for Christmas?" 

Honestly, I think it is pretty tough to come up with a Christmas wishlist as an adult. I either feel like I'm being selfish in asking or wasting money on things that I could really do without in order to avoid asking for things I can actually use at work. 

1. Mary's Poppin's magic bag for travel therapy. I'm pretty sure it's probably indestructible in addition to all that space.
Just imagine the kind of responses you could get from students with all the crazy things you could pull out.
2. Coffee gift cards (or a cute mug for us hot chocolate drinkers).

3. A personal secretary to keep up with all of the meetings we go to. However, a cute planner will do in a pinch.

In all seriousness, I would suggest giving your loved one an item that they are hesitant to splurge on. Some of my favorite items are: a personal laminator with additional laminating pouches; the Expanding Expression Tool; the Total Teddy Talker Package; J. Moncure's entire A-Z book series (yes, they are older but I haven't found anything that compares); and a TeachersPayTeachers gift card. Puppets, books, and games are always appreciated too. If you have a crafty SLP who likes making her/his own materials, you might want to donate several packs of construction paper and glue sticks to the cause.