Hello! I am excited to bring a guest post from fellow blogger, Shana. I am so happy she agreed to be a guest poster, because her blog entry is something that all parents will find very useful for the holiday season. Teachers are a very important part of our lives because they spend a large amount of time teaching our children. Why wouldn’t you want to show your appreciation! Shana brings you ideas for teacher gifts that are functional, and won’t take a huge bite out of a probably already strained Christmas budget.
Gift Guide: 10 Teacher Gifts Under $25
Every year I struggle to find the perfect holiday gift for my kids’ teachers.
I want the gifts to be an expression of my gratitude and appreciation for everything the teachers do throughout the year. After all, they’re doing something I could never do, and they’re doing it under increasingly difficult circumstances.
I also like to keep the gifts under $25, but the last thing I want to do is give a token item that will be just another item of clutter for the teacher to manage. As someone who wages a daily battle against clutter, I sure don’t want to add it to anyone else’s home or work space.
This year, I’ve come up with a list of gifts that teachers will actually use. All the items included in this guide were suggested by teachers themselves.
(Don’t forget to check with your child’s school to see if they have a policy regarding teacher gifts.)
Gift Guide: 10 Teacher Gifts Under $25
1. Pens. Have you seen the Jonathan Adler pen sets at Barnes & Noble? What about gel pens? My son’s teacher grades his papers with the most strikingly-colored fluorescent orange gel pen. Let’s throw markers into this category, too. Because you can never have too many Sharpies, right?
2. A gift card/certificate to the cinema. We see teachers and their kids or grand kids almost every time we’re at the cinema. Or maybe your child’s teacher would like to relax by seeing the latest romantic comedy with her husband or best friend. A gift card or certificate in any amount will help make her next trip to the cinema a little less of a hit to the pocketbook.
3. Scented room spray. If you’ve ever been a room mother at a classroom party, you probably know why this one would be useful. Enough said.
4. A Wal-Mart gift card. Or a gift card to any place that sells classroom supplies, such as Office Depot or Target. My teacher friends spend a shocking amount of their own money stocking their classrooms, and this gift would ease that burden just a little.
5. A Bath and Body Works gift card. This store is wildly popular these days, and for good reason. There’s something for everyone, which means your teacher is sure to find something to pamper herself with there.
6. Chocolate. My favorite brand is Ghirardelli, but brands like Lindt, Green and Black, and Scharffen Berger usually show up on favorites lists too. If you’re not sure what kind of chocolate your teacher likes, opt for a package that contains a mix.
7. Hand sanitizer. Almost every teacher has a bottle or two of this sitting on her desk or stashed in her purse. Bonus points for the many lovely smelling scents available during the holidays.
8. Good quality tissues. Something that teachers always seem to be running out of. Many brands make such pretty boxes now that they could easily be dressed up as a gift.
9. A gift card/certificate to a local coffee shop. Teachers love to stop in for a coffee, tea, or hot cocoa before or after school. On a related note, some teachers I talked to suggested an assortment of teas and cocoas for the staff break room.
10. Sticky notes. Sticky notes can help tame the multitude of papers that cross a teacher’s desk every day. Look for a chic, designer option to make this gift extra special.
I hope this list gives you some teacher gift inspiration as you make your holiday shopping list.
Happy shopping, everyone!
What is your favorite teacher’s gift?
Shana Norris is a writer, reader, runner, coffee guzzler, and chocolate inhaler who dreams of becoming an Avett Brothers groupie. You can follow her on Twitter, Google +ShanaNorris, and Pinterest or on her blog at ShanaNorris.net.
I hope that you found this blog post as useful as I did! My kids are in high school and middle school, so getting gifts that the teachers can actually use is even better.