Gift Giving Guidelines

A Summary of Gift Giving Rules from the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission

In summary parents may give gifts either directly or through a group gift, but not both:


  • directly to teachers/staff and be subject to a limit of not more than $50 (i.e. $49.99);

  • through a group blind classroom gift subject to a limit of $150.


Please refer to the State Ethics Commission web page titled "Gifts to Public School Teachers and Staff" for a fuller understanding. The Wellesley School system further clarified the state guidelines by stating that all gifts (products or cash) given by a person to a public employee within any 365 day period may be aggregated, and so must remain below $50 in total value ($49.99 max).