The end of the school year is quickly approaching! Every year I frantically search the web for unique and inexpensive teacher gift ideas. This year, teachers are working extra hard, many having to teach both online and in person! Let’s not forget to thank them, even if our children are only online-they work HARD! Because my sister is a teacher, I know that they end up with quite the collection of teacher mugs and knick-knacks, and sugary treats. So I try to come up with something unique that teachers can actually use. I found this great article from Allie with Miss Lovie, a real life kindergarten teacher. She has some great points-some things I knew, and some things I didn’t think about! Give teachers the gifts they really want!
Don’t worry if you’ve ever made some of these teacher gift blunders! I sure have! Allie assures us that teachers love each and every gift that they receive, but here are some suggestions for gifts that teachers really want based on her suggestions.
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1) Teachers Really Want Gift Cards
Gift cards may seem impersonal-but they’re not! If you know the teacher’s interests, choose one that fits. If they are a coffee lover, obviously choose a gift card to a coffee house. If they are a pet lover, a gift card to a pet store. Gift cards to Target, Walmart, or Amazon are always perfect because they can buy something personal for themselves, or something for their classroom. Gift cards to a restaurant are always a great idea (if you know what they like!) for those late nights of conferences. When purchasing a gift card, it’s important to remember that teachers are very busy and they don’t have a lot of time to drive across town to shop. Make sure that the gift card you are purchasing is in close proximity to the school if it’s not to somewhere online.
Over on Allie’s blog post, she has some free printable and great suggestions for packaging gift cards, although they are just fine in an envelope!
2) Teachers Really Want Themed Gift Baskets or Jars
There are so many teacher gifts in a jar, or themed teacher gift basket ideas out there! You don’t have to go any further than a Pinterest search to find some. Here are a few on my Pinterest board. This post by Smashed Peas and Carrots has a bunch of cute ones as well! Allie cautions us, though, to make sure that the items are not just cute, that they are functional as well. You don’t want to spend your money on something that won’t get used!
Here are some jars from Amazon that would be really cute for a gift in a jar!
3) Anything hand made by your kiddo
Teachers love and treasure anything that your child made. It’s thoughtful, sentimental, and free!
4) Supplies for the classroom
Teachers often have to supplement supplies for their classroom out of their own pockets. Supplies don’t have to be packaged cutely as above, all supplies would be greatly appreciated! Supplies might not be the most exciting things to buy, but they are desperately needed by the teachers, and this helps their finances!
Some suggested items are:
5) A Heartfelt Note by You or Your Child
We all know that people tend to reach out when they have something to complain about. That’s all too often the only time a teacher hears from a parent. How about taking a minute to have you or your child express something positive about the teacher. It only takes a few minutes, the only cost is time, and it means so much to our over-worked under appreciated teachers!
Thank you notes have almost become a lost art in today’s electronic world. In case you don’t have any thank you cards, here are some cute all-purpose ones from Amazon.
What Not To Buy
Now that we know some gifts that teachers really do want, here are some suggestions that Allie gives on what not to give teachers.
- Coffee mugs-teachers get about a gazillion coffee mugs a year.
- Candles, lotion, beauty products-because of allergies, and personal preference, it’s best not to buy these gifts for a teacher.
- Apple themed decor-again, this is something that teachers get inundated with, and it’s in most cases not very useful.
- Jewelry or accessories-these are such personal gifts, unless you know the teacher’s taste extremely well, it’s best not to buy these type of gifts.
- Gift baskets of things that aren’t useful-if the things included in a gift basket aren’t practical and useful, they just become clutter. It’s better to stick to things like school or office supplies, or some of the suggestions above.
I hope these suggestions help you give teachers the gifts they really want the next time you want to thank that special teacher!
While we’re talking gifts-don’t forget that Mother’s Day is almost here! How about 101 gifts that aren’t flowers!
Do you have a birthday for a teen girl coming up? I’ve got you covered with my Teen Girl Gift Guide, put together by my own teen girls!
And don’t forget Father’s Day!!! My hubby helped with this Manly Man’s Gift Guide!