Gift Ideas for Teachers
Depending on how you look at it, teachers may be either very difficult or very easy to choose Christmas gifts for. If you think it's difficult, that probably means that you want to make an effort to find the right gift to show your appreciation for everything the teacher has done for you or your child. If you think it's the latter, it could be that you know the teacher well enough to pick the right gift, or that you intend on purchasing the same thing that teachers receive year after year. You know, the typical paper weights, apple ornaments, or trinkets that sit on the desk collecting dust.
If you're reading this, chances are that you care a great deal about making your teacher happy and want to find the perfect gift without getting carried away and overspending. The best gifts are thoughtful and presented in a creative manner. Keeping this in mind, there are many ideas for gifts that your teacher will love, whether they're purchased from a store or homemade.
Gift baskets are popular because you can give several small gifts with a central theme. If your class is small, consider consolidating the gift and having each child bring something for the basket and presenting the teacher with one big basket from everyone. Just hand out a list of items needed to fill the basket. How about a school supply basket, full of items that every teacher can use? Add pens, pencils, markers, erasers, crayons, tissues, scissors, band-aids, flash cards, and stickers. Fill out a Christmas card signed by the students and attach it with ribbon.
Teachers are very busy and often put their students above their own personal interests. A gift card isn't an original idea but where you buy it from may be just what's needed. A spa can give a teacher the opportunity for a little pampering and mandatory R & R. Other favorites are gift cards to a restaurant, Starbucks, mall, craft store, or the local book store where he or she can get supplies such as a calendar, stationery, flash cards, or a book to read over Christmas vacation. Enclose it in a card or have your child make a homemade holder to make it special.
Does your teacher have a sweet tooth? Homemade cookies, cupcakes, fudge, and candy are a perfect gift for those who don't bake or simply do not have the time. For more variety, consider a mix of homemade treats along with store-bought sweets such as peanut brittle and chocolate covered pretzels. As with any gift, presentation is just as important as the gift itself so you should invest in some inexpensive supplies to keep baked items fresh and appealing.
Make a donation in his name to a responsible charity that you know he cares about. Got more than one teacher to buy for? You can often put the donation in more than one name, so consider a larger amount and for multiple teachers. It's a generous gesture that sets a great example for kids growing up. Don't forget to save your receipt for a tax deduction on your income tax return.