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May 12, 2011

FamilyFun Magazine Falls Short on Teacher Gift Ideas

familyfun_magazine_subscription_may2011.jpgMy FamilyFun magazine subscription is one of my favorites. I’m constantly marking pages for new crafts to try with kids or recipes to cook for dinner. I especially love all the real advice from other parents like me. That’s why I was surprised to be disappointed by a story mentioned on the cover of the magazine’s May 2011 issue.

The story, “Easy Gifts for Teachers,” caught my attention because we’re just a few weeks away from the end of the school year. “Oh good,” I thought to myself. “Maybe they’ll have some fun idea I can try.” I flipped to the pages that referenced the article in the table of contents, and that’s where the confusion started.

The first two pages recommended said absolutely nothing about teacher gifts. One page mentioned some 3-D sidewalk chalk, so I’m assuming editors meant you could give that to teachers? The other page was the same guessing game. On it, there was a tip about a reader making Rice Krispy treats into the shape of numbers to send to school for her child’s birthday. Maybe magazine editors were suggesting shaping the treats into something special for teachers? If so, it was a reach.

The last page cited was the only one that made sense. It was an article about how to make card “gifts,” as the magazine called them, for Mother’s Day, teacher appreciation or birthdays. Of the seven examples, a few could work for teachers with some modification. But sweet as the gesture may be, a homemade card for a teacher hardly counts as a “gift” to say thanks for a year of doing a great job.

This mix-up isn’t going to take FamilyFun magazine off my “favorites” list, but I am sad that the magazine committed the most egregious error a magazine can make in my opinion–promising something on its cover and then failing to deliver.

What about you? Does it bug you when your favorite titles make similar mistakes?



About the Author

Shannon McRae
Shannon McRae
Shannon McRae is a work-at-home mom of three young children whose days are spent wiping mouths, playing Candyland, planning dinners and stealing time in between at the computer for her freelance writing. She's a stickler for healthy eating, with a slight exception for Oreos. She lives in Alabama with her precious children, loving husband and 13-year-old Australian Shepherd named Ricky Martin.




  • http://www.24giftshop.com Barry Bowden

    Each important day that comes in our life, we make certain that we give something special to our dear ones.Much of the time, we use to give things that are costly and one off because present giving today are measured by the cost. But there are some present ideas like your article which can give more contentment than a very dear present. Thanks for shairing such concepts. 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your comment, Barry. You’re so right–expensive doesn’t make a gift meaningful. It’s a good lesson for us and our children!

  • Bnhybbert

    Can you tell me what month there was a coffee mug with an idea for a great tea-cher and you then  had it   where you put your name on a tea bag?