Christmas Gift Ideas to Make a Teacher's Day

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Gift Ideas for Teachers

Different Teacher, Same Old Stuff

Each year I am faced with a similar dilemma. What should I buy for my childrens' teachers for Christmas?

My kids love to give gifts to their teachers right before school is out for winter break. I don't mind spending the money on the gifts since these are the people who are helping shape my childrens' futures, but I don't want to break the bank or get lame gifts that will be tossed at the end of the day. I have spent a great deal of time brainstorming ideas that are both inexpensive and useful. In light of difficult economic times, I am going to share my ideas with you. Hopefully you will be able to save money with the gift ideas or at least feel better spending the money on something that will indeed be very useful and appreciated.

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Homemade Ideas

Homemade gifts can be created by your children to add more personalization to them. Don't worry, the teacher will know Li'l Amy helped out. Kids love to brag about a job well done.

The Pencil Holder

Supplies:

Glue or tape

1 large piece of construction paper

Crayons or markers

1 cleaned out juice or vegetable can

Odds and ends pens, pencils, highlighters, and dry erase markers.

Directions:

Have your child decorate one side of the construction paper. It is best to use a general theme when decorating so the holder can stay on the teacher's desk not matter the season. Glue or tape the decorated paper around the clean can. Fill the can with writing utensils the teacher will probably use during the rest of the school year.

Optional step: If you are so inclined, include a small dollar amount on a gift card from any office supply or book store.

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The Reward Box

Supplies:

Tape

1 shoe box

1 roll wrapping paper

Motivational stickers

Decorated pencils

Small erasers

Any other small and inexpensive trinket a child may like

Directions:

Cover the shoe box with wrapping paper. It does not need to be Christmas themed, that way the box can be used for the rest of the school year. It is up to you whether or not you wrap the lid that goes with the box. Load the box full of items children like. The teacher can use the box to reward throughout the year for exceptional behavior, for great work, or just for.

The Reward Box gives in many ways. The items to make the gift are very inexpensive, the items to fill the gift can be bought in bulk at any dollar store, and the teacher will no longer have to use his or her own money to reward students for good work and efforts.

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Scrapbook Materials

Supplies:

1 scrapbook binder

1 pack plastic sheets for scrapbook pages

Acid free tape

Decorated papers to fill the plastic sheets

Die cut shapes in a variety of themes

Directions:

Fill the plastic sleeves with decorated paper and place the sleeves into the scrapbook binder. Place the acid free tape and die cut shapes in a small wrapped box. Voila, a homemade gift without the making.

I love this gift because the supplies are inexpensive and the gift requires minimal creativity and crafting skills. Many of my teacher friends make a yearly scrapbook of activities in the classroom. However, the teacher may like your gift so well that he or she takes it home for personal use.

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Store Bought Gifts for a Teacher

If you are not the homemade, craftsy-gift kind of person there are still many items available for purchase that make great inexpensive gifts. The following ideas are sure to be very appreciated also.

Who doesn't love getting a gift card? They are simple to buy, simple to give, and simple to use. With a gift card, you can always be sure the teacher is getting something that will be used and that your money is not being wasted. Even if your gift card is only $5, that is $5 less the teacher has to spend on a chosen item. Good gift card ideas for a teacher include any office supply store, any book store, any popular and local coffee shop, and any area restaurants.

Teachers also like to snack with the best of us. Put together a small gift bag full of healthy snacks. The healthy part is just in case the teacher prefers to eat healthy or has an illness such as diabetes that requires she eat healthy. You can include microwave popcorn, dried fruit, nuts, and bottled water.







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christinekv 7 years ago from Washington

Great idea to share on and well done - Thanks!


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you christinekv, I use to drive myself crazy wondering what to get for my kids' teachers. Over time I've found neat ideas and made some of my own and I've held onto them :)


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

Very good ideas, I'll pass these on to my daugther, she likes making Christmas cards. It has been a couple of years now that we do not buy Christmas cards, instead we send the ones she makes with a photo of her and her brother.


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Princessa and thank you! I love making my Christmas cards too. But I dont make enough for everyone to send, just me :) Good for your daughter, I bet its a great stress release for this time of year too.


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sschilke 7 years ago

Ardie,

Speaking from personal experience (the teacher side of the equation), Gift cards are awesome. 

Thanks for the hub

sschilke


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

I am ever so happy you commented. Now let me in on the secret...which gift cards are preferred? : D You would make my life so much easier! I have 3 teachers to buy for this year


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barranca 7 years ago

I am a teacher and I am always appreciative of bookstore gift cards and from foreign students something that represents their culture. Thanks for thinking of us.


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

barranca, Excellent! Thank you so much. I have to think of the teachers, they are the ones helping mold my children into the great people I know they can be.


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sschilke 7 years ago

Ardie,

For me, nothing beats a Home Depot card, but that probably wouldn't work for the majority of teachers I work with. A gift card to a restaurant is always nice because I can enjoy it with my wife.

sschilke


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

A restaurant is a good idea too! I should have included more non-teaching themed ideas :) I forgot teachers like to act like normal people, too. Im just kidding, I just realized I didnt include anything not school related. Good addition!


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voltsrage 7 years ago

I think that the hand crafts are great. They might not be worth much monettarily but the work and time the children put into making would be rewarded with more a more emotional value from the recepient.Great hub.


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MRS Great Caruso 7 years ago

Great ideas!!!


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

Hello voltsrage and Mrs Great Caruso :) Thank you very much for your comments.


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bbjane 7 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

Great Information.. I really appreciate it..


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you bbjane. Now I need to use my own ideas and get some gifts for my kids' teachers :)


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hibiscus_mel 7 years ago from Marlton, New Jersey

This is a great hub. I love your ideas.


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Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you, hibiscus_mel


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Samantha Gold 4 years ago

Excellent ideas! I especially like the homemade gift ideas.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Samantha :) Its that time of year again, huh? I think this year I will stick homemade peanut brittle in a tiny tin and tape an Amazon.com gift card on top of it. Something homemade AND something useful. And if the teacher cant eat the peanut brittle he or she can just share or pass it on!


SilverGenes 4 years ago

These are really great ideas and I especially like the Reward Box. Nothing is quite as nice as homemade gifts!


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Purple Turtle 4 years ago from Home

You make quite a few good points when coming up with gift ideas for teachers. My sister is a teacher and she loves to make crafts and loves to have my kids make crafts with her. I think that I may be making some special Xavier & Lillith pen and pencil holders this year.


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Jerrico Usher 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I did a hub a bit back about a great gift- not sure if it would apply to a teacher (unless it's apple jacks! see hub for clarity on that) but if you'd like to link to mine I'll link to yours :) My link is (you don't have to publish this comment):

http://jerricousher.hubpages.com/hub/Gift-Ideas-Fr...

(or just add your own rendition to your hub using the same images if you like)


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Jerrico Usher 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I gave you a link at the bottom (in the copy) of my hub, great ideas thanks for sharing.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Silvergenes :) I prefer the homemade gifts too! I remember one year a teacher actually requested items for a reward box - which is how I got the idea. I never realized the teachers use their own money for that stuff!

Hi Purple Turtle, good to see you here. You have a sure bet way of knowing just what a teacher would want - just ask sis!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Jerrico! I actually read this hub of yours a while back and thought "What creative and fun ideas!" I especially like the cereal box notebooks. Im going to add a link to your ideas because they are wonderful :) Thank you for bringing this to my attention.


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Jerrico Usher 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Your welcome- I was going to make these for Christmas gifts (one of them) this year and came to a startling realization that most cereal boxes are no longer just showing the brand we all know and love- they are often trying to sell toys or something that clashes with the box's look and feel (classic look)- I'm wondering if you can find old cereal boxes on eBay or something...


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Oh, you're right! I didnt even think about the advertisements on the covers - bummer. Maybe you can find a box that advertises or shows a prize or cartoon character that is also a favorite. Like a box of Kix showing Smurfs would be the BEST! But check out eBay. Im always amazed at what can be found with the right keywords.


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Jerrico Usher 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I ran into another great article with some phenomenal ideas I may write into a hub after I try them myself:

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/5-recycled-cer...

http://www.dezeen.com/2008/09/05/book-vases-by-lau...

I really want to build the second one


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Great ideas for teacher gifts! My favourite one is the prize box. As a teacher, I was always trying to find a good box to keep the prizes. Nice hub!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Jerrico, I love the idea from the comments on the tlc link to use a cereal box as a gift bag - just cover it in pretty paper and add rope/string/ribbon handles! The vases are nice but I wouldnt add flowers to them...the dwarfed buds look silly in the huge vase. Thanks for sharing.

Prarieprincess :) Im so glad you stopped in. I love getting input from actual teachers on the ideas I come up with. Usually I can only go from my experience with my childrens' teachers. (by the way, YOU are the most important person in so many kids lives!!!)

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