I am coordinating a collection for DS' preschool teachers holiday gift, which I pretty much can pick myself as the class will give money but the parents suck at giving suggestions/participating. The initial plan was a gift card of some sort. My sister, a preschool teacher herself, suggested buying each of the teachers a cute change purse and putting cash directly into the purse, with a note calling it 'Teacher Mad Money'. While I would love to get cash (and it should be about $150 per teacher), is it innapropriate to give it to the teacher? It would be in a Vera Bradley bag, either change purse or wristlet. It is a private school. I may ask the director tomorrow when I cross paths if it is ok to give. For some reason it feels different to me than a gift card, which is pretty much the same thing.