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Teachers are in a profession that requires they wear many hats. It is a profession that can often feel thankless despite the additional unpaid hours they clock each and every week. A small holiday gift may seem trivial, but it can make a teacher’s whole day receiving even the smallest token of gratitude.
When the holidays come around, some parents love to get a special gift to thank their child’s teacher for everything they’ve done to make the school year a success. Yet, many parents don’t really know what teachers WANT. However, if you’d like to get gifts for your child’s teacher that they will appreciate, take a peek at this list (don’t worry, we checked it twice)!
While 100% of educators may not use these, I can assure you that MANY educators LOVE these Paper Mate Flair Pens. We can’t explain it… we just absolutely love writing with them. Blame the easy-glide or the huge selection in colors… these are a winner in most classrooms!
2. Expo Markers
Expo Markers are always an appreciated gift during the holidays. The year is about half over and usually we are trying to get the last dregs out of the marker we started the year with… a fresh pack of Expo Markers can brighten any educator’s day!
Now, this is something that the teacher and the students can enjoy together – something fun for everyone to look forward to each new day. Plus, it’s slightly educational so you’ll get double points from the teacher.
Teaching can be a very… odorous… job (especially middle school)! Your child’s teacher can keep a beautiful wax warmer in their classroom to make it feel more like home (and cover up the after-gym smells) or they can light it up at home, relaxing after a long day.
No classroom is complete without some plant life involved. The best plants to buy for a teacher are succulents and small cacti simply because they don’t require a ton of attention and only sporadic watering. These adorable plants would fit on any bookshelf or counter to add color and make the room feel homier.
6. Movie Theater Tickets
Go to your local movie theater and see if they offer pre-tickets for any show. That way you give the teacher their choice of movie and an excuse to sneak out of the house for a night to splurge on some movie theater popcorn and candy!
7.Self-Care Gift Cards
Teachers don’t get very many opportunities to spend chunks of time on themselves. A gift card to a certain spa nearby, a nice restaurant, or a popular retail store ensures that they have a good reason to go and take care of their personal well-being. Rested and relaxed, they will return to the second half of the year energized to continue being the very best teacher for your child.
Teachers get lots of coffee mugs, travel coffee mugs… so if you’re going to go this route, be sure to add some whimsy and humor! Teachers LOVE to laugh, and getting gifts like this donut coffee mug will do just the trick!
Teachers are constantly changing up their classroom decor, either quarterly or yearly, and they really appreciate receiving gifts of classroom posters that are stylish and well thought out. If you don’t know your child’s teacher well enough, stick to these chalkboard posters that are full of positive inspiration!
10. Gift Certificates!
Find out what interests your child’s teacher may have – then go pick up a gift certificate or two that will enrich their life outside of teaching. Are they crafty? Jo-Anns, Michaels and Hobby Lobby offer some of the best craft supplies. Are they a book nerd? Barnes and Nobles offers a great selection! Are they a sports lover? Dick’s, Nike, Reebok, Adidas and many other similar stores are a sports lover’s dream!