I am not going to claim that I am an expert on teacher gifts, but since I was a teacher for 8 years, I sort of am ;)…………….. Kidding (not really). But, seriously, I do know what people tend to give teachers, and what teachers already have a ton of. I’m pretty sure teachers could fill a room with mugs, candles, and lotions by the end of their teaching career. And even though it is the thought that counts, why not give them something that’s not just one of a million? Here are some easy teacher gifts that go over big!
Keep it simple with “The Three C’s”:
1. Card – Teaching is one of the most demanding, exhausting, all-consuming jobs in the world. A heartfelt note to the teacher that poured his/her time, effort and energy into making your child a better person, deserves to know they are appreciated. This is virtually free and means so much.
2. Cash – Whoever came up with the idea to have the class contribute to a group gift check is a genius. This is what teachers love the most (after the heartfelt card, of course). Save your money on the mug and start an email chain to collect money towards a Visa Gift Card or other gift certificate. Ten to fifteen dollars per family adds up and is such an appreciated “bonus” to kick off summer.
3. Consumable – I am not talking about boxes of chocolates here. I am talking about things that normal, every day people use in their everyday lives. Things like nice olive oils, or wine (I’ve never met a teacher who wouldn’t love this), or grilling marinades, or potted plants etc…
This year I contributed to the group gift organized by my son’s school and made these little potted plants for the teachers and assistants. And when I say “made”, I mean, I went to West Elm, bought a succulent ($6), bought a chalkboard planter ($3), and wrote a message with chalk. Simple, heartfelt, and not a mug.
went on Pinterest thought up some sweet teacher quotes and wrote them directly on the pots in chalk pen.
And an appropriate sentiment for the teacher who was given a run for her money this school year:
So that’s what I did this year for the teacher gifts. What are your ideas? Leave a comment – I’d love to hear your thoughts!
(Need more gift ideas? Check out my Father’s Day Gift Guide and GIVEAWAY too!)