Teachers are a huge and important part of our children’s lives. They spend hours with our munchkins teaching them not only academics but life skills. I have tremendous respect for the men and women who teach our kids with such enthusiasm and dedication every day.
Personally, whenever I see my son’s teachers I do my best to thank them for what they do on a daily basis, but the holidays are a great time to give these amazing people an extra thank you.
There are so many gift possibilities out there, so I’ve put together a holiday gift guide for teachers to give you some easy suggestions in case you’re not sure what to give. I think these are really practical ideas that many teachers (and others) would love to receive.
Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Teachers
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Make a Charitable Donation
One of my favourite gift ideas is to make a donation to charity in the teacher’s name.
Perhaps you know that your daughter’s teacher is passionate about animal welfare – then look up your local humane society, ASPCA or World Wildlife Fund and make a donation in the teacher’s name. Often the charities will have cards sent to the person to notify them that a donation has been made in his/her honour. Get your kids involved in this as well so that they know that they are doing two good deeds – thanking their hardworking teachers and giving to charity.
If you have no idea what to buy (even after reading through this guide) then a gift card might be the safest way to go. Does your child’s teacher like coffee? Get a Starbucks gift card. What about a gift card to a local restaurant or spa? Bookstores or stores like Target are also great choices.
Last year my son had two teachers. We decided to make donations in both of their names and bought them Indigo bookstore gift cards. By doing both we were able to help a good cause and give the teachers the opportunity to purchase something for themselves.
I don’t know about you but I have a bunch of old and ugly travel mugs that I hate using because they’re gross. I’m sure my son’s teachers are in the same boat. Why not get them a fun travel mug that will make them smile first thing in the morning? You can add a gift card inside the mug or a charitable donation as well.
Here are some options that I love:
- Coffee Makes Everything Possible
- Eat Cake For Breakfast
- Bodum Travel Anywhere Mug
- You Can’t Buy Happiness but You Can Buy Coffee…
Refillable Water Bottles
My university has gone water bottle-less. You can’t buy a single water bottle on the entire campus. All of the fast food proprietors were told that if they sold water bottles they’d be in trouble from the administration. The goal here is laudable, to reduce waste, but as a result, we all need refillable water bottles.
I think this is becoming more prevalent as Canadians are working towards recycling more and reducing garbage. Everywhere I go I tote around my refillable water bottle and see many people doing the same. I’d imagine that our wonderful teachers would get thirsty running around after 20 five year olds so this type of gift might be useful for them as well.
Here are some great refillable water bottles that I’ve found recently:
I have a bunch of notebooks lying around and I always carry one with me to jot down ideas, inspiration or lists of things I don’t want to forget.
Something Handmade by your Child
I’m not the world’s craftiest mom. We have construction paper, markers, crayons and scissors lying around the house but that’s about it. I love being inspired by the amazing craft bloggers on Pinterest but I’m not sure if I could pull this one off myself.
If you and your children are crafty, search Pinterest for some amazing options.
For example, browse through this great list from Amber at My List of Lists. She has 15 fantastic gift ideas from across the web.
Ivillage.ca also has a great gallery of 18 additional homemade teacher gifts you and your children can make together.
As with the other gifts on the Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Teachers, a handmade present can easily be combined with one of the options listed above.
This year I think we’ll combine a few of these options. Perhaps a handmade card from R, a charitable donation and another gift to say thanks for all that they do.
What do you usually get for your children’s teachers for the holidays?
Here are a few additional gift guides to help this holiday season:
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