Being a teacher myself for the past 11 years, I am often asked, “What is a good gift for my teacher? ” I first want to say that I think it is so kind that my students bring me gifts and really whatever they bring me is a special treat! Teachers never expect gifts and when we get them it really is heartwarming. I especially love when I get holiday cards with a picture of your family or a card that is written by a student themselves with all sorts of misspellings and backwards S’s. I think it’s very thoughtful when I get baked goodies or treats. Without being presumptuous here is a list of ‘Some of my Favorite Teacher Gifts” I’ve received in the past… They are in no particular order!
1. Gift Cards are always very nice. I think teachers really appreciate being able to spend a little money on themselves since we often don’t take the time to do that… If you are going to get a gift card, you might think about what it is your teacher is really into… Do they have any sort of special plans for the holiday or summer break? Do they have a favorite shopping location or restaurant? One year I got a gift card to REI because my class knew my family was spending time in the Mountains that summer…
other gift card ideas; Target, Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Restaurant, Mall, Visa, i-tunes, Grocery store, Spa, Hair Salon, Video store etc..
3.. Class Gift… Another nice gift I’ve received has been from an entire class. One parent organizes donations and then uses the money to buy either a gift card or larger item (again personalized) for you. One year I got a patio heater and a cooler from my class because they knew we had a newer home. Another year I got a Target Gift Card with the pooled money that said something like “use this for diapers”
4. Books… Books either for the classroom or for the teacher are always appreciated
5. Games… Maybe a favorite family game of yours to share with your teacher’s family or classroom family.
6. Time… Offer to help in the classroom or with projects that you can take home. I LOVE to send cutting and pasting home with parents who give the gift of time.
7. A bag of goodies to be used in the classroom… Many times I find myself spending my own money on craft supplies (the odd ones we don’t have at school like buttons and craft foam), felt tip pens, post it notes, staplers ( I have lost about 20), and adult scissors. One family brought me a cute canvas bag filled with all sorts of these supplies, it was so helpful.
8. Handmade… So many Moms or Dads have special talents these days… I have received the most adorable handbags (purses), scarves, hats, mittens, children’s clothing (so adorable), jewelry and home goods, and they are always one of a kind!