While we were in the U.S. at Christmas Buddy bought a digital camera for Grant's teacher. Mrs. Wang was Audrey's homeroom teacher for two years and now she's Grant's homeroom teacher so we feel close to her. She's played a big role in our kids' education.
Now a digital camera is kind of extravagant and not something I would give a teacher in the States, however I tend to defer to Buddy on these sorts of things because he grew up here and I figure he knows what's acceptable.
We wrapped up the camera and sent it to school with Grant last week.
Today the camera came back with Grant, neatly wrapped back up in the wrapping paper.
When I asked Buddy why the teacher returned it he said it was probably too expensive.
You guys know I love this man more than life itself but he is useless when it comes to explaining any of life's mysteries.
Dear readers, can some of you shed some more light on this for me? Do students ever give their teachers gifts in China? If so, what is appropriate?
And for that matter, what do we do in the US? I don't remember ever giving a teacher a present. Is it done today? If so what's a typical gift?