Can you believe it’s the week of Thanksgiving?! I don’t know about you but November has just crept up on me and we’re already so close to the Christmas holiday. With the holiday parties about to pop up in classrooms everywhere I thought to share out some gift ideas for parents and fellow teachers that I know they’ll appreciate.
I have yet to meet a teacher who hasn’t loved receiving gift cards! Teachers run off coffee and tea so Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts is a definite go-to so they’re sure to get their daily fix...especially those fun holiday drinks (as I think about my Gingerbread Latte....mmmmm).
Some other great gift cards are:
Teachers Pay Teachers
Barnes & Noble
#2 Children’s Books & School Supplies:
We all (should) know that teachers spend more money out of pocket for school supplies and stocking their classroom libraries. Check with your teacher about their needs in the classroom in terms of their supplies for both the students and the teacher herself. One could never have too many Post-Its or Clorox Wipes ;)
Scholastic Book Clubs are a great way for teachers to share their wish lists with their class so parents know what titles their teachers would like to receive.
#3 Coffee Mugs:
Piggybacking on #1, teachers probably make up the most money spent on coffee and tea. With this being said I know teachers would love to receive a new and cute coffee mug! There’s many to choose from and find one that best fits your teacher’s personality. Getting a monogrammed mug is even better!
One gift I always love to see are candles! I’m not much for food scented candles but anything earthy and autumn scented are my favorites! I get more excited the more I think about them, haha. Candles are a great addition for any teacher’s home ;)
Find out what interests your teacher has the most and gift him/her with magazines. Are they recently engaged, just had a baby, or loves to cook? Find a couple magazines that suits their lifestyle and interests beyond the classroom! Even better, see if you can send them a gift subscription to their favorite!
#6 Stocking Stuffers:
One student last year actually got me lottery tickets for both Christmas and Teacher Appreciation Week. I thought it was creative and very thoughtful. Although I didn’t win the million dollar jackpot, I did feel it was a sweet thought. Other stocking stuffer ideas could be movie tickets, chocolates and other candies, or beauty products like soaps and hand lotions.
Other Great Ideas:
If your teacher or teacher-friend just got engaged or married, check their wedding registry and see if the whole class can pitch in on one, or a few, items.
I was super surprised to see that my class pitched in and got me my Kitchen Aide mixer from my registry (not even prompted!) since I was getting married in the summer. I was definitely surprised and it meant a lot that they would think to do that for me :)
I love receiving ornaments from my students that are either bought or handmade. I put the child’s name and year on the back and hang them on my tree. Ornaments make for great presents!