Does anyone have ideas for different teacher gifts for the end of the year? I don't want to give something they get all the time or will never use. I need creative ideas.

Kathy - posted on 01/16/2009 ( 57 moms have responded )

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I just want ideas for gifts for my children to give their teachers that they will appreciate and enjoy. Something different, that they will remember my child gave them this special gift. I do scrapbook, but I don't have pics from all 3 teachers to make a scrapbook for them. I can't invest alot of money in it either, but I wnat it to be nice. Please help! Send me any ideas.

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Jill - posted on 01/21/2009

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Donations to the teacher's favourite charity/cause in their name. (I received this and it was the most thoughtful gift ever [fed a child for a year in Africa] and it made me cry. Since then, I've received donations in my name to my favourite cause and I think it is the perfect gift) Along with a card where the student and the parent write a note of thanks.

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Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2009

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My friends & I were actually takling about this right after Christmas. We had received lots of nice gifts like gift cards and chocolates, etc.  We appreciated the gifts the students gave us, but we wished we were given something we could use in our classrooms.  We'rethinking of asking for specific gifts next year:  boxes of tissues, dry erase markers, Clorox wipes, etc.  These are the things we use, but often have to supply ourselves.  Our PTO organization this year got together and made a donation for us to our technology fund.  We appreciated that one.  Sometimes parents get together and host a breakfast for us, which is always great.  And you honestly cannot go wrong with a Dunkin' Donuts (or your equivilant) gift card.

Amy - posted on 01/27/2009

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I know that I always love it when my students bring in things we can all benefit from in the classroom. These are the BEST gifts ever. They don't have to be brand new items either. I get just as much joy out of receiving quality used things as new things. Books for the classroom libray, board games, card games, craft supplies, post-it notes,extra school supplies such as pens/erasers/rulers/markers, etc are all wonderful. These are all things that can really dip deep into a personal budget of a teacher. My parents love when I send home a letter talking about donations that are always welcomed. It gives them a chance to clear out some things and give it a 2nd chance to another group who can really use it.

Adrea - posted on 01/27/2009

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I am always impressed with the creativity of my parents and students. Some of my favourite gifts have been plants for my garden, garden statues, homeade goodies and baking are always a treat, gift certificates for coffee houses. I think one of the most original and memorable though was a box of thoughts I recieved from a mom that did scrapbooking. It was a box filled with quotes and scriptures related to teaching and caring for children. She personlized it by having her daughter draw a picture on one and completing a couple that said things like" I like it when you_________with us" "It is fun when we__________" It was very sweet.

Amy - posted on 01/27/2009

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I always appreciate the gifts my students give me. For Christmas this year for my daughters' teachers, we fixed a plastic Christmas bowl filled with microwave popcorn (unpopped), 4 small coca cola's in glass bottles (my husband works for coca cola so we got them for very little $) and a $10 Blockbuster gift card so they could enjoy a family movie night.

Kelli - posted on 01/27/2009

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I wish my PTA had done this. My son's Elementary school has the PTA ask teachers to fill out a form at teh beginning of the year of things they like, favorite color, restaurant, interests, etc. When it comes time to shop for them, the class knows what the teacher really likes and can try to get an individualized gift or go in on a classroom gift. We had a young teacher one year and all put our money together to purchase a rocking chair for her to sit in while she read to her 2nd grade students. She had an ugly used chair before that time. Gift cards are always a winner--- Blockbuster with popcorn; Gift card to a restaurant; Classroom supplies are always a hit (A gift card to an office supply store or a teacher supply store) Stickers, paper, stationary, pencils, certificates, etc. Whenever I see book marks, post it notes, pencils on sale, I buy them up and put it together as a restock gift for teachers. Anything practical for the classroom is great. Anything that takes them out of the classroom-- restaurant, store, is always good too.

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From pre-school right up through eighth grade, we've given a plant (depending on the teacher, we've gone with house plants, vegetables, perennials, etc) with a hand made stake.  My children have lettered the message "Thank you for helping me grow."

Lahoma - posted on 01/26/2009

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Last year, a student gave me a big bowl. Inside was filled with all types of movie theater candy, chocolates, box of popcorn, a few specialty sodas, a big fluffly blanket, and a gift certificate to Blockbuster movie rentals. I loved it. I rented 3 movies and sat with my son and husband, in our pj's, in the comfort of our home, and had family time. It was awesome. I also have a bowl (for popcorn) and a blanket that not only can I use on our next movie night, it will always make me think of that student!

Beth - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hi Kathy! I'm sorry it's not the end of the year anymore because I just joined. I have a great idea for gifts for any occassion, the Gift of Choice! They are high quality gift albums that you order and either give to the person outright or send to their house. All they do is go online with the number provided on the card and order the gift (they don't pay shipping and right now neither do you). A friend of mine gave these gifts to 5 different people for christmas and they loved it. We gave them to family members who always say "I don't want anything" or "I don't know what I want." My mother will be getting one for mother's day this year. Go to this website and check them out: www.bmoore4u.ltdteam.com password= gift. They are all different costs and great products inside. We love them!

Casey - posted on 01/25/2009

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I always like receiving books for my classroom library.  However, my favorite end of the year gift was a pedicure.  I teach elementary and we are always on our feet!  It was thoughtful and useful at the end of the year.  It was even a partial certificate, but I will always remember that child and parents for being so thoughtful!

Ronda - posted on 01/25/2009

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Go to a small store that has its Christmas or any other Holiday Merchadise on clearence. It could also be a place like Belk, Khols, etc. Get an ornament for the tree, Picture frame, etc. Just look around.

Kelly - posted on 01/25/2009

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I am all for gift cards also.  I received quite a few this Christmas.  One had a very nice note that said, "Now you and your family can go out to eat!  No cooking tonight."  Last year, my home room parent had parents send cash to her, and she put it all together for a really nice VISA giftcard.  This year, I have a daughter in the same grade level I teach.  I sent a note home with her class about gift cards.  The ones who could brought the giftcards, and I attached them to a wreath with ribbons and poinsettia flowers.

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A gift card would be wonderful. It could be to a place where the teacher can decide if she wants to spend it on herself, or on her students! I remember when I was a classroom teacher I always spent my own money on my classroom and my student's needs. It was nice now and then to receive a gift for me. I always used it in my classroom. The students knew that I collected, bells, and mugs. THey also knew that I loved live plants. So, they always gave me gifts to match what they had learned from me!

Dixie - posted on 01/25/2009

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A gift card to your local parent teacher store or maybe something they could use in their clasrooms......

Brianne - posted on 01/25/2009

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I made all of my teaching buddies cute clipboards this year. I used scrap booking paper and decoupaged it on regular clipboards. Before I glued it down I printed their name on the bottom of the paper. I also put a coordinating paper on the back of the board and tied ribbon or glued cute bows to the top of them. I also sealed them with a spray Krylon sealer. They were very easy!! and turned out so CUTE! I also gave one to my daughter's teacher at daycare.

Sarah - posted on 01/25/2009

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I love to give movie nights...for example a $5 gift card to a video store, microwave popcorn and movie sized candy (usually Jr. Mints)

User - posted on 01/24/2009

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What I did last year was to make his teacher a scrapbook purse.  They are available several places (I have a wholesals account and order them in bulk because I have a small craft booth where I sell them), but I have seen them at various scrapbook stores.  It is basically a black purse with acrylic covered inserts.  His teacher loved Snoopy, so I decorated it in a snoopy theme and left a place for four photos to be glued on.



The year before, I went on the class fieldtrip with them and took pictures of all the kids in the class and the teacher and came back and made an "at the farm" themed 8x8 scrapbook.



This year, I was just too busy and got her a giftcard to her favorite dessert place.



Gift cards are great and I really love to receive them!   Most moms don't have time for the other stuff, but anything that is practical and can be used is a great idea.



Another great idea for lower elementary teachers is to get a bunch of dowel rods and hot glue little trinkets on the top for pointers.  Decoupage a can and put them in it.  This is something that she/he can use in class!

Donna - posted on 01/24/2009

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I have to agree with those suggesting albums or letters from the children. In 20 years I've piled up  so many coffee mugs (and I don't drink coffee!) I keep the letters and read them on days when I question my career choice. It reminds me why I keep showing up. To me, the best gift is knowing I've made a difference. The letters are proof of that.

Johnna - posted on 01/23/2009

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I have a particularly tough student this year and his mom gave me a massage gift certificate along with a stress reducing candle and some lotion. It was the best gift ever from a student/family!

Sarah - posted on 01/22/2009

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This is my 10th year teaching. here were 3 of my favorite gifts!



#1 a well needed massage!



#2 Dinner for my family, salad, bread, lasagna, dessert and even 2 bottle of soda. it was still warm when she brought it at the end of the day! awesome! didn't have to cook dinner that night



#3 a marble board  for making my own ice cream like at Cold stone creamery  and cold stone creamery gift card....now I sell Pampered Chef and are stones can be used for the same thing!



 



www.pamperedchef.biz/sarahhardy    hope this helps!

Rose - posted on 01/21/2009

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Gift Certificates to CVS, Starbucks, Borders, Park City (mall) are always perfect.  Don't spend a lot either!  Find out where their teacher likes to shop or if their teacher is a coffee/tea drinker.  I think these are useful and meaningfu, especiall when the child cares enough to do a little bit of investigating!

User - posted on 01/21/2009

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I teach middle school and have four kids in elementary school. We made homemade sugar scrubs for their teachers for Christmas. It was simple, cheap, crafty, and the kids had a blast making them. We packaged them in pretty Christmas gift bags and included shower gloves. Their teachers loved them and even asked for the recipe!

Kelly - posted on 01/19/2009

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You could make a crayon wreath. I've made several over the years for teacher friends and one for myself. It probably costs a total of around $12-15 per wreath and they are really nice. To see what one looks like online, type in "crayon wreath" and a picture of one should come up from the Hobby Lobby website. I think they look even better in real life. I always get my little "doodads" from Michael's craft store (25 cents each) and get a large 96 count box of crayola crayons when they are on sale. It's a very unique gift!

Carolyn - posted on 01/19/2009

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At the end of the year when giving a gift, have summer in mind. Perhaps a gift certificate to a bookstore, a beach tote with goodies inside, and plants are always nice, too. For a personal touch your child could decorate the pot.

Jennifer - posted on 01/19/2009

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Last year I made 3"X3" note cards with matching envelopes which the teachers could use as thank you notes. They are small enough that you don't have to write too much but look nice enough that you can send them without feeling like you are trying to write a very short note. (one thing to note, they are too small to go in the US post so they are better for holiday/Christmas gifts that can be delivered in school after vacation).



 



I too love gift cards.  Hope you have a great winter.

Kathy - posted on 01/19/2009

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Thank you to everyone for all of your ideas. You have been most helpful!!!! Good luck to all of you who are teachers. You really do impact the lives of our children. God bless you all!!!



Kathy

Tammy - posted on 01/18/2009

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A couple of gifts I have loved over the years were a hanging basket fuschia plant, a bleeding heart shrub, and a gift certificate to go to a store that specializes in baked breads.

Carrie - posted on 01/18/2009

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I am happy with donations made to children's charities and always a bottle of wine and homemade cookies. I love my job, but a glass of wine at the end of the day never goes amis

Kathy - posted on 01/18/2009

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One of the best gifts I've gotten was an odd little framed postcard of Toronto--definitely not something I would pick to put on my wall, but the little boy had picked it out himself from the dollar store and was so pleased to give it to me that it got a treasured spot on my desk.  The bottom line, its the meaning that counts.  A second favorite gift was a note from a parent telling how much she'd appreciated my work with her daughter that year.  Yes, I enjoy the coffee cards and book store cards (which are what I give my daughter's teachers)--but a heartfelt note is just as meaningful.

Ann - posted on 01/18/2009

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One of the best gifts I ever received was practical serving/cooking spoons. That was 15 years ago and I still use them to cook most days. Also received home-made salad dressing in a gorgeous bottle. Loved that.

Michelle - posted on 01/18/2009

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The loveliest Present I recieved from a student was a coffee cup filled with all the things a teacher might need, including coffee, pens, whiteboard marker stickers.....etc I hyave kept it and will use it this year in my class.

Andrea - posted on 01/18/2009

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I never have enough notepads for writing notes to parents and I received a beautiful set of stationery this Christmas. I especially love getting gift cards to Walmart/Target or our popular local nail salon so I can treat myself to a pedicure.

Kaylene - posted on 01/18/2009

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The presents i like to receive are the ones the students made , christmas decorations like beaded candy canes made with red and white beads , a small piece of craft wire ,ribbon 2 hang it(or string)



candy cane reindeers made with candy canes , pipe cleaners and eyes(small moving ones)fold the pipe cleaner in half and twist onto the c/c use a pencil 2 wrap the pipe/c around 2 make the antlers . Great 4 my tree(my kids get 2 eat them xmas day).



craft sites have lots of ideas. Hope this can help.



 



 



 

Wendy - posted on 01/18/2009

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Not sure how crafty you are, but last year I received a quilt (crib sized) with all the students' names sewn into it. It is so pretty, I hung it on the wall in my classroom. Another year I received a class picture signed by all the students. That too hangs on my wall.

Tracie - posted on 01/17/2009

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One of my favorite gifts I received from my preschool class was a scrapbook of the kids. My roommom took a picture of each child and asked them their favorite thing about the school year and what they wanted to be when they grew up. She then went home and made a 6 X 6 album with one page for each child. She recruited other class moms to help (I had 32 kids).

User - posted on 01/17/2009

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HI- gift cards are great especially to book stores. I would stay away from soap and cream sets. I have so many of those in my closet just collecting dust.

User - posted on 01/17/2009

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I've taught 23 years.  Just a thought - don't forget those additional teachers - art, music, p.e., library.  I agree that candles, mugs,  and lotions can pile up.  Gift cards are great, perhaps to a local deli or tea room.  In addition, bottled water, popcorn for the microwave, granola bars are all good options.

Shannon - posted on 01/17/2009

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I make a basket of things that they would use. Such as highlighters, markers, glue, tape, white out...etc. Then I write a note giving each thing a meaning, such as highlighters - "You are the light of your students day." I know that I would like it and it means something to you and them. Plus, the supplies are useful.

Kimberli - posted on 01/17/2009

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Honestly, I am a teacher.  Now that I have a baby, its so nice to receive holiday and end of the year gifts from my students to my baby.    Maybe a personalized picture frame.....some can be very inexpensive (personalizationmall.com)   This way its useful but you wanted it to be memorable and when they look at it, they will know you gave it to them.

Katie - posted on 01/17/2009

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1. Gift Cards-especially to the places we frequent: Walmart, Dollar Tree, and teacher suppy stores



2. Books--I do LOVE the autographing idea



3. I received a wonderful summer beach bag! The bag, a towel, flip flops...all from walmart/dollar tree so inexpensive, but very appreciated!



4. I also LOVED the AVEENO gift bucket I recieved--it wasn't any of the scented (makes me -and several friends I know-nauseous) stuff, but was definitely pampering. It had the loofa, a washcloth, scrub, lotion, and (i believe) bath salts.

Sharon - posted on 01/17/2009

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Hi!  I agree with those who said gift card.  I also this year have a parent who gave a basket or bowl with candy in it, hand towels decorated for the holiday, and some kind of lotion or exfoliating cream.  For Christmas she went with a gingerbread theme.  It is a very cute idea!

Karen - posted on 01/17/2009

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Hi, I'm from South Africa. Two years ago I painted a coffee Cup with black board paint for my sons teacher. I tied a piece of chalk onto the handle with rafia and wrote a note from him. She still has the cup. K

Jennifer - posted on 01/17/2009

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Being a teacher I know that feeling, I have a daughter in PreK and the class mom collected money from the parents who wanted to donate for their teachers Xmas gift. I thought it was a great idea-- we were able to get some gift certificates to restaurant and things that she would want, instead of the little 'nick nacks' that we all look at nd then put to the side.

Ursula - posted on 01/17/2009

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It has become very popular in  our school for the Head Room Parent to organize a donation toward a class gift card.  It is a great idea I think!  Each parent can donate what they like and teacher receives quite a substantial gift card.  I have received gift cards to Target, a local mall and even just a VISA gift card.  I also love receiving gift cards to Barnes and Noble.  

Kathy - posted on 01/17/2009

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You could have the kids write the 10, 15, 20 or whatever number of the things they love about their teacher and/or learned form them.  You could put it on cute paper and frame it or just give it has is. You could write the notes on paper, cut it out creatively, and put it on cute paper.   I have done this for family and it is very well received and very cute.  you could add a pic of your kids or not.  As a teacher I would love this and could place it in a binder or album to keep and that does not take up space.  My mom still looks at things she got like this from her little kiddos. (they are in little albums).  Hope this helps.  Have fun!

Carol - posted on 01/17/2009

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Since you do scrapbooks, have you thought of either doing them a scrap book page that they could put in an album of your child's year with them or either decorating a picture frame?

Wendy - posted on 01/17/2009

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Hi.  I teach and I know what you mean about special gifts to remember a student by.  Right now I am wearing a necklace that a student gave me my first year of teaching.  I will always remember his and his family because it was a family gift. 



One thing you could do is find out if your teacher(s) take summer vacations.  If they do, you could make a small gift basket with things for the vacation, along with something personal, like a snapshot of your child.  We don't vacation regularly, but I did get a very nice basket of summer goodies from two litlte girls one year and in it they included a picture of them on the beach.  I still have that on my scrapbooking desk here at home. 



Another great idea is help build the classroom library.  I can NEVER get enough books for my classroom.  We do accelerated reading, so I especially love books that students can take a test on.  If you buy books, your children can autograph them for the teacher. 



Hope one of these ideas helps.

Amy - posted on 01/17/2009

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I agree the gift cards are a very good idea. I know I have enough lotion and candles for 10 years. I also like the book idea with a personal note inside the cover. I will use that one.

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