It was his way of telling me I had made a difference and I was touched.The little plate has sat on my bookshelf ever since and is often a subject of discussion when colleagues visit me.
However sometimes, like Amy, we want to give a gift that shows how much we care and value our teachers; store bought wine and/or chocolates can feel like a cop out.
If you feel this way you might consider a homemade, edible present which demonstrates you have taken time and care to make something special.
Finally: just because certain behaviour is considered ‘normal’ doesn’t mean you have to normal.
As I highlighted in my story, experiencing the gift giving norms of another culture can be delightful.
In Australia, being a non drinker is considered a weird thing (I know – it says something about our culture doesn’t it?