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Christmas Gifts For Teachers

Updated on September 11, 2016
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Carolee is a passionate writer with a love for learning and teaching. She is a published author, poet, blogger, and content creator.


Many parents have close relationships with their children's teachers. In most cases these relationships develop from pre-school through to junior high.

Preschoolers, kindergarten and preparatory schools are where only one or two teachers interact closely with your children for the duration of attendance. In that case, teachers and parents develop close relationships.

Parents usually feel the need to get something special for birthday, valentine or Christmas, especially the holy holiday in December.

It is not hard getting a gift for your child's teacher if you have that sort of relationship. It becomes harder when you don't attend PTA meetings, or conferences on your child's behalf; that is, when you don't them them well enough.

When choosing the gift you need to take into consideration the teacher's gender and age as well. A gift for your child's teacher does not have to be elaborate or given on a special occasion.

A simple gift can say a lot like "thank you for taking care of my child". These are the gifts that mean more especially those given at the end of the school term or year which says "thank you".

Safe gift ideas for teachers

  • Chocolate or a basket of edibles are good choices for a teacher you don’t know very well. They are safe and you don’t have to worry about them placing it in the back of the closet and never using it.
  • Gift cards or gift certificates are good ideas for gifts because they get to buy what they want or need.
  • A spa day gift certificate is also a great gift for both male and female. These people work tirelessly throughout the year and many of them cannot afford or have the time to treat themselves to the spa. A nice facial, massage and mani/pedi will go a long way to relax and prepare them for another long school year.
  • Males love to groom and a nice grooming kit for a male teacher is ideal. Most men shave every two days or so and this will come in handy.
  • Females love to pamper themselves. A "at home" spa kit with bubble bath and scented oils will make her feel great.

Personal gift ideas

If you have developed a close relationship with the teacher you may opt for more personal stuff.

  • A book written by their favorite author, one they haven’t read before. This of course you would know if you have a close friendship there.
  • A house plant. Something suitable for the environment they live in. So if they live in a tiny apartment you can’t get them a huge palm tree. You could get them a small house bamboo which is low maintenance. A house with yard could use a plant they could place or plant outdoors.
  • If you have been to the teacher’s home and you see they like art you could get them some from that department. A wall painting or a small sculpture will do depending on their preferences.
  • One of the most ideal gifts is to have you and your child make something on behalf of the family and you all sign it. No matter what it is or how it looks, that teacher will cherish that gift forever.

What not to get your child’s teacher

  • Sweaters. This is cliché gift giving and the teacher may never wear it.
  • A tie is a no-no and and he may have hundreds of tie gifts already.
  • Ash-trays. Yes people do give ashtrays to non smokers.
  • Clothing in general is too personal for your child’s teacher so forget any item of clothing.
  • Jewelry also seems inappropriate unless it’s a hat pin or broach.
  • No appliance either as you aren’t so sure they need any and may serve to clutter their home.
  • No School items. Teachers are human and they want to get away from the classroom during the holidays too so don’t get them something that they are exposed every working day.
  • No Christmas or holiday themed gifts (thanks for the mention Teacher). Unless you are absolutely certain of the teacher's religious or holiday practice, it's best to leave out the theme gifts.


Getting your child’s teacher a gift can be easy with all the sales and discounts that are happening during the Christmas season. You don’t have to spend a lot to give something special. If you shop online you can get discount coupons. has many affiliate stores that offer discounts on hundreds of items. Check to see if your neighborhood store is on the list. Walmart, Sears, Target, Drugstore, Overstock, Dell, and many other walk in stores are on the list as well as online stores.


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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Pstraubie48, we appreciate out teachers very much. You see our kids more hours during the week than we do. You deserve more than an apple. Have a wonderful Christmas holiday.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      You have pulled together a great collection of ideas for teacher gifts. As a teacher, I was on the receiving end of gifts throughout the year and was always touched. One gift I treasure is a hexagonal stone that was painted with all of the children's names from that school year on it. It adorns my yard.

      Thank you for offering these tips for gift giving. Sending Angels your way ps

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you Mommy, that is also a great idea...never thought of it. Thanks for stopping by..will definitely update the list. Have a great day.

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      mommyloves2write 5 years ago

      I am a teacher, and this is a great list of what not to give teachers, as well as what to give them. I would also add not to give them a Christmas or Chanukah themed gift, as they might not celebrate that holiday!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Ruby, I think our children don't respect our teachers as much as yesteryear. I know some kids really love their teachers but the disrespect I see being meted out to some teachers really shock me. That was never the case when I was younger.

      Thanks for stopping by and I do hope our teachers get the gifts the deserve.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I can remember when teachers were really revered as they should be. I hope they still are. I know my Granddaughter loves her teacher. Great ideas for a Christmas gift..Thank's..

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Mhatter, when I was a child, Teachers and the Police were the most respected members of the community. They were treated like royalty, this is not so these days. We need to appreciate these people, they have to deal with the crap that society dishes out. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hello Breathing. Thank you :)

      Yes, I do believe that teachers deserve a little appreciation for all the hard work they do with our children. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      In my lifetime it was a custom, not only to give teachers gifts, but to have them over for dinner. In SF when my wife and I, served on the PTA, these customs were history.

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      Sajib 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      Teachers are the most respectable person in our society. They should be presented in a special day like Christmas Day. They work hard behind our child to make them perfect for the future. But most of the time they are ignored in big occasion. I think it is a great idea to give them those kinds of gift. By this process they will be more careful to our child.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Teaches, your approval is so much appreciated. I put myslef in tha position of a teacher (of which I was temporarily) and thought what would make my Christmas special. Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you get wonderful gifts this Christmas.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      As a teacher, I would love to have any of these wonderful gift ideas. It not expected, but it is so nice to be remembered at this time.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Michael, how are you? I'll see about that spa Thanks for stopping by.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Billy, I would miss it too as I do love getting presents! lol. Thanks for approving my ideas as a former teacher yourself. Is there anything I left off the list? Fell free to make suggestions.

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'll have the day spa, thanks. I agree with your list of what not to get too.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      For the most part I don't miss teaching now that I have been out of it for two years, but I gotta tell you, I loved Christmas time when the presents came in. LOL I know that sounds terrible but I used to get gift cards and cookies and I was in heaven for months afterwards.

      Great suggestions!