The holidays are always a hectic time, there are decorations to put up, cookies to bake, and gifts to buy. To be honest, I often forget about my daughters teachers until the last week before their winter break, when it actually dawns on me that I need to get gifts for teachers. And then I scramble to find something meaningful to say ‘thank you’ for the work they put in to teaching a room of 25+ distracted, crabby, or hyper kids. Bless their hearts, seriously.
But what is the trick to a great teacher present? Well, there is not a specific rule to what you should, or should not, get a teacher. In fact, you don’t have to get the teacher anything. Even just a holiday card with a warm ‘thank you’ would be just fine, if you didn’t want to buy a gift. Really, it’s just about sharing that you appreciate all they do.
When I go about searching for something to buy for my daughters teacher, I always default to one Golden Rule – give them something useful + something homemade from the child. I’m not saying give them something like a toaster, or an apple slicer. Really all it means is give them something that they can use either in the personal or school life.
Maybe you’re one of those fancy moms that has their isht together so makes each teacher handmade mason jars with cookie ingredients inside or personalized “Best Teacher” paperweights or something. Well, that’s not me and it won’t ever be. But I think that’s ok, no matter which side of the fence you’re on. Teachers need parents like me, they are inundated with homemade items from their students – look at your refrigerator and multiply what’s on there by 25. Yep, that’s a lot. So instead of making a ‘best teacher’ picture frame or baking homemade cookies, I try to imagine what a teacher might like as a person, an adult, a man/woman.
Because the gift isn’t necessarily from the student/your child, it’s from you, to say thank you. To say, “I know you need a break sometimes” or “I appreciate your looking out for my daughter/son every day.”
And if you procrastinated, like me, there’s still time to get a gift that says you care and put actual thought into their gift. Here is my unofficial list of the best gifts for teachers.
Top Gifts for Teachers
- Alex & Ani Bracelet(s)These bracelets are so adorable and completely on-trend. They are not extremely expensive (cough,Pandora, cough) and are the “Deal of the Day” on Amazon right now! So you can buy a couple bracelets to create a personalized stack of bangles for the teacher in your kids life. There are many different metal colors and bracelets to choose from so mix it up! No better way to make a teacher feel a bit sparkly as she finger-paints!
Or go for an already bundled set, like these ($50 and under)…
2. Touchscreen gloves
Just because a pair of gloves is touchscreen doesn’t mean they can’t be fashionable! This is a great gift for both male and female teachers because everyone needs their hands to be warm, especially when waiting outside in the bus line.
Women’s Touchscreen Lambskin Leather Gloves Rex Rabbit Fur Cuff
they come in black, too!
3. Essential Oils
Teachers can be stressed from time-to-time, probably more than most adults, I would assume. And for anybody who can get stressed, essential oils are amazing. Just taking time to relax and breathe in some healthy, aromatic air can calm the nerves. So essential oils and/or a diffuser is the perfect holiday gift for any teacher!
4. Teacher Cake-in-a-Mug
After a long day at work, indulging is something that we all appreciate. So give your teacher(s) the gift of indulgence! A special teacher mug (I know, I know, they probably already have so many but it’s ok!), plus these cute little cakes in a mug make the perfect gift-basket items. Spruce it up with other items like sprinkles, cute silverware like desserts spoons, hot cocoa mix, whatever you think he/she would like.
5. Gift certificates/ cards
Ok, this one is self-explanatory but if you’re in a pinch and need to grab something – stop by your local massage parlor, nail salon, or restaurant to pick up a gift card or certificate. It doesn’t have to be much, but treating your kids teacher to a little pampering is so very thoughtful and appreciated.
Any of these gifts are a great way to show a teacher that you appreciate them, topped off with a ‘thank you’ from the child. So go ahead and sign your name big & proud on the card because really, it is us, the parents, that should be saying thank you this holiday.
What did you get your child(ren)’s teacher this year? Share your best gift ideas with us!
Lauren is Co-founder and CMO of momsplained.com. A single mom, marketing pro, and avid DIYer, she spends her days playing as much as she works and working as much as she dreams. “Omnia Feminae Aequissimae (women are equal to everything).” – Lady Hale