Let me preface this post by saying that as a teacher for many years I NEVER received a gift that wasn’t loved, because I loved my students! And the fact that they gifted me anything when they didn’t have to was always a blessing. Seeing their hearts and eyes light up as I opened their presents was amazing every time!
Even a handwritten note or drawing is an amazing gift to be cherished!
But if you want to get the teachers in your life more than a note or drawing, here are some guidelines to use that I have found resonate with all teachers!
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Best Teacher Gift Ideas
While the melted crayon art piece is PRECIOUS, when you teach for a long time and have a ton of students, that kind of piece isn’t going to stick around for very long for space reasons – and then the teacher (at least I know I did) just feels guilty about throwing it out 🙁
Save your amazing teachers from this situation and follow this guideline for gifting: Practical and Consumable!
As I mentioned before, teachers are likely getting quite a few little gifts from quite a few students. When everyone gives and ornament or mug, that gets to be quite a lot of stuff that, sadly, won’t be used.
Instead, here are a few classic gifts that will always serve you well when it comes to showing some teacher appreciation during the holidays, back to school, or any time!! These are gifts that every teacher will love and use!
Mix and match from the list below to make a wonderful, personal teacher gift that is practical!
Pick one from each list for 64 possible combinations, or any two for 256 combos!
- Homemade Cookies
- Nail Polish
- Gift Cards, Gift Cards, Gift Cards! (A favorite!)
- Their Favorite Drink(to keep at school?)
- Lip Balm
For the Classroom:
- Colored Sharpies
- Post-it Notes
- Fancy Note Cards (if you want to get really crazy)
- Fun Thumb Tacks or Paperclips
- New Pens
Whatever you decided to do, I would add in some chocolate… you can’t go wrong with a good chocolate and it’s often the only thing that gets teachers through a rough day!
P.S. If you want to get REALLY crazy, pull all the classroom parents together and get your teacher their own laminator! This is the one I have and it’s perfect!
Putting It All Together for Perfect Teacher Gifts
While you could throw any gift in a bag (and trust me, it would be just as appreciated!) here are a few cute ways to package your amazing teacher gifts for maximum “AWWWWWW” factor!
Put a Bow On It
No matter what the gift, if you wrap a little ribbon around it and tie a bow, the whole thing POPS!
Put It In a Mason Jar
Everything is cuter in a mason jar right? Plus, but gives a limited amount of space to fill and makes a smaller gift seem larger!
For example, you can really only fit about 6-10 homemade cookies in a mason jar, but the jar makes it seem like more!
Add a Gift Tag
A super easy way to add a final touch to your teacher gift is to write a little note or tag, have your child sign it, then attach it to the gift!
You can do this with a little ribbon, or even some tape!
Related: 35 DIY Gifts in 15 Minutes or LESS!