Ever since my kids started attending preschool, I have made it a priority to treat their teachers well around the holidays. It could have something to do with the fact that I am a teacher myself, but I truly do appreciate all of the time and effort they put in to helping my children learn and be their best during the day. I try to shy away from the Pinterest-y cutesy crafty type gifts for two reasons: 1. I just don’t have the time to be trying (and probably failing!) to do those sorts of things, and 2. I really want to give the teachers something they can use and enjoy themselves. Below is a list of my go-to’s for gift-giving for teachers. I use any combination of these ideas for holiday gift-giving and end-of-the-year as well.
1. Starbucks/Dunkin’ Donuts gift card- you can never go wrong with this. Most teachers drink coffee, and if they don’t, then they at least can pick up a yummy treat for themselves.
2. A heartfelt card from me and/or my children- this is actually one of my favorite things to give and receive as a teacher. A nice handwritten note from the student just saying thanks for being a great teacher is priceless!
3. Target gift card- Yeah, I know. It’s another gift card. But, really, “Your teaching is right on Target” with a Target gift card tucked inside is seriously cute AND useful!
4. Variety of healthy treats- I tend to give this more toward the end of the year, but teachers receive so many holiday cookies and candies that a healthy treat tray is refreshing and better for their health and stamina throughout the day!
5. A really nice hand cream- Teachers wash their hands A LOT. Think about how germ-y your kiddo is and times that by 30 (or 150 if you are a high school teacher)– makes you jittery, eh? Me, too. Makes sense that teachers would wash their hands at every chance. Also, that chalk is super drying to the skin. I love Aveda’s Hand Cream. My friend also swears by this one called O’Keeffes Working Hands Cream (click on image below to get it). It’s natural and is the only thing that helps her dry hands in the winter.
6. A good quality chocolate- I fully realize that this is contradicting my “healthy array of treats” idea from above, but I totally appreciate one piece of awesome quality dark chocolate to a junky plate full of frosting-laden sugar cookies. Green and Black’s is one of my faves (lots of variety and organic!)– they have nifty ten-packs for sale that you can split up between a bunch of people, like teachers, bus drivers, office staff, etc.
Do you have any other creative gift ideas for teachers that you would like to share? Are you a teacher? Thoughts on the above?