Teacher Gifts

Every year at about this time, my friends start asking me what they should get for their kids’ teachers for Christmas.  Thought I’d share my standard answers with you, in case you’re looking for a little something for a special teacher or daycare provider in your life.

  1. Nothing.  That’s right.  You truly don’t have to get something.  Nobody goes into teaching for the awesome perk of Christmas gifts from other people’s kids.  Release yourself from Mom Guilt.  You are doing just fine.

If you genuinely take delight in gifting and want to include a teacher, here are a couple of ideas.

  • Christmas ornaments — not teacher-themed ones, but just something pretty.  They are inexpensive but thoughtful, and practically everybody has room in his or her life for another Christmas ornament.

  • Giftcards — $5 is plenty, and if your teacher is a coffee-drinker, you can’t go wrong with Starbucks or another local coffee shop.  For non-coffee-drinkers… actually, I have no idea what those people like.  :-/
  • Classroom stuff — I don’t need any more stuff in my house, but for my classroom, I can always use consumables, such as dry erase markers or Sharpies in a variety of colors.  I also go through a lot of chalk markers in my room, so if your kid’s teacher still rocks it old school with blackboards, those are great to have.  Little holiday decor items for the classroom are fun, too.

  • Sweets — I am not a big sugar-consumer, so I always turn right back around and share any sweets I get with the class.  They love them though.  Homemade or store-bought — all are welcome and help us keep up a merry attitude through those hectic days leading up to our break.

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