Christmas gift ideas for teachers
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Former teacher here!
The best gifts for a teacher:
-$5 gift card to Starbucks (what a treat!)
-$5 gift card to a bookstore, school supply store (teachers spend a lot of their own $ on books and supplies so this is MUCH appreciated)
-Classroom supplies - sharpies, dry erase markers, printer paper, pens and pencils, post-its, hand sanitizer, construction paper or providing supplies for a needy child within the class
-a bouquet of flowers (Jodi, I would have loved to get rose petal potpourri from a child!)
-personalized tote bag to carry books and papers to and from work
-bring a menu from a local restaurant to school and ask the teacher to pick something...the next day bring lunch! This is a treat because unlike a lot of professions, teachers cannot leave work for lunch. It's either pack your own or eat in the cafeteria...yuck!
You don't have to spend a lot of money and teachers love any sort of appreciation you show them!
Fiona - posted on 12/05/2010
I'm a teacher and I always like a good old fashioned bottle of wine :-)
Chocolates are lovely (if u know teacher not dieting)
Some of my favourite pressies have included and nice scarf (for those breaktime duties)
A beautiful pendant,
A pencil case and matching pen...
But you can never go wrong with wine ;-)
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Jennifer - posted on 09/06/2011
my preschool son is in a class called Turtle...so both of his teachers will get little turtle things. ask your kids what they like best about their teachers - what they remember most about them so far. if there's a trip or something - something nice the teacher will like and that will make them think of your kid or at least their class.
also really like the idea of the teacher wish list.
April - posted on 12/05/2010
This year I ordered a Pampered Chef Recipe Book, Season's Best $1.00, a set of pairing knives (set of 3 Pampered Cheef) for $4.75 and a spreader $4.00 (Pampered Chef) and put that in a bag wth some homemade fudge and a card from my son. I spent very little per person but it is something they that can actually USE. It was a big hit!
Karen - posted on 12/05/2010
I've made an assortment of things for the teachers over the years. Now that the last 2 are in High School and they each get 9 teachers a year I make a platter of menagerie of cookies, homemade fudge and truffles for the teacher's room. I figure eventually they'll get them. This will be year 5 in the high school. It's funny teacher's start asking the kids do you know which day she's bringing them in.
When in Elementary school I gave more personalized gifts since they only really had one maybe two teachers a year. I embroidered hand towels, a handbag (picture of the class on one side and the way the kid wrote their name ie: pre-k PRICELESS).
I've managed to contact the PTO president and get a bunch of bakers (parents) together and we've been able to have a wonderful lunch prepared for them enough some years to last 2 days - It's called the Baking Crew if you want to get one together for your school. We also do teacher conference days as well.
I teach at the higher grade levels so I never received a lot of the usual cutesy gifts . My students usually get me gift cards to places like Starbucks or book stores, plus homemade goodies are always a wonderful gift :-) One of my favorite gifts was from a 7th grader years ago-his mom made me an embroidered personalized book mark. My son is in Kindergarten this year and he has a veteran teacher 20+ years. I think it's safe to say that she has received everything under the sun! I plan to get her a gift card to Border's and a small basket of homemade treats.
Megan - posted on 12/02/2010
I make peppermint bark and butter toffee and put them in plastic containers or decorative tins and give those to the teachers, bus driver, and our mail man. One batch usually does a couple of containers so I do a batch or two a night for several nights running, then I have enough for everyone and it has that homemade touch.
Jodi - posted on 12/02/2010
My daughter has been collecting the rose petals off the roses in our garden, and she is making up some rose petal potpourri for her teacher (she is in kindergarten).
Last year in pre-school, she made her teachers some chocolates (with my help obviously) and packaged those up.
Catherine - posted on 12/02/2010
As a teacher, I can tell you what their teachers don't want -- coffee mugs. Honestly, the gifts I appreciated the most were consumables (cookies, chocolates, etc.). If your kids want to make something, then maybe they could make a nice card? Honestly, the card by itself may be a great present. Good luck!
My daughter's teacher has been teaching for 16 years, so I figured he's got every "creative child-teacher" gift possible. I bet he also has millions of "#1 teacher" mugs. So, I went on his classroom website and looked at his classroom wish list (supplies he wants for his classroom that he either can't afford to buy himself or the school doesn't supply) and we got some of the items off that. We got 20 giant boxes of crayons, 5 big packs of contruction paper, and 20 boxes of tissues (I love the dollar store...).
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