Every now and then, a student will give me a little gift. sometimes they will be a handmade card - one I received recently said on the front: to miss heather. open now, close later. Inside it exclaimed "your the best!" From this same student, I received another something in an envelope, which turned out to be this. I'm not sure what it has to do with me, really, but it was a very nice little fashion drawing. look out, project runway!
I have another student who likes to give me candy at the end of every lesson. While I will only occasionally eat the candy, I always accept it, just in case he comes up with something really really good sometime. Yesterday, he gave me a pumpkin head pez dispenser with a full roll of lemon pez (he says "my favorite flavor, even though they taste nothing like lemon").
My personal favorite item in the past few years was Piano Pig: a girl scouts project, which is nothing more than a paper lunch bag with some faux pink fur on it and a face drawn on. The student who bestowed it upon me said I was to show it to every student . . . maybe I will someday. For now I just keep it at home by my own piano.