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8 Ideas for Teacher Gifts They’ll Love

8 Ideas For Teacher Gifts They'll Love

You may have heard these “rules” of gift-giving—buy them something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. Here’s our version:


Something They Want

Since you can’t read minds, why not ask teachers what they want? Check out this “teacher favorites” printable from lifesweetlifeblog.com and this teacher questionnaire on the eighteen25.com blog. Your teachers can fill it out and give you an idea of what would bring a smile to their faces. Once you know what your teachers want and need, you can pick up one of the items or fill up small bags with a few of their favorite things!

8 Ideas for Teacher Gifts They’ll Love


Something They Need

By the time the holiday season rolls around, most teachers’ basic classroom supplies are very low. The kids have chewed the pencils, used all the sticky notes, or emptied the tubs of disinfecting wipes. Here are a few cute ideas that fill those “must-haves” on the teacher’s list.

Arrange personalized pencils and pens in a cute and functional jar for a fun, useful gift. You can find personalized mason jars online or if you’re feeling crafty you can follow this tutorial on thesweetestoccasion.com to make your own.

8 Ideas for Teacher Gifts They’ll Love


Some Way To Splurge

Survey teachers and most (if not all) will tell you they’d love gift cards—to Target, for coffee, for dinner, for supplies, for a spa day, or for a movie night. All cards are appreciated! But it can be kind of “meh” just handing over a little plastic card, so here are a few ways to jazz up the idea.

Check out this sweet printable teacher appreciation gift card holder from skiptomylou.org and our “thanks a latte” coffee gift card printable on smashedpeasandcarrots.com.

8 Ideas for Teacher Gifts They’ll Love


Some Kind of Good Deed

They say actions speak louder than words, and that’s true of gifts as well. One thing we’ve heard teachers rave about is when a parent or group does something kind. Delivering a surprise coffee/tea one morning or providing lunch from a favorite local restaurant can go a long way toward making their day and raising spirits. A handwritten IOU with a promise to help clean up the classroom at the end of the year or help prep a project or challenging lesson can mean a lot to a teacher who’s tight on time but wants to go the extra mile for her students.

8 Ideas for Teacher Gifts They’ll Love

Originally posted 2016

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