A couple years ago I decided I wanted a big (expensive) rug for my classroom that I couldn't afford! At the beginning of the next year in my back to school info for parents I explained my rug dream and included a photo :) and then politely let parents know they could make a donation (instead of buying me a gift at Christmas or the end of year). Parent response was very positive and I collected enough to pay for most (over 2/3) of rug!!
notes to the teacher