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A Gift Idea For Teacher

Updated on August 31, 2012

Gift Idea For Teacher

There is an increasing tradition of buying a gift for teacher at various times of the school year, whether that be at Christmas or at the end of the school term. Gifts do not have to be big ones but a gesture to show appreciation of how your child has been taught by them is always appreciated by the teachers.

However, having done a bit of research on what is the best gift idea for a teacher, it seems that there are a lot of teachers out there with a bunch of unwanted gifts. These gifts are either then regifted to friends and family or put in a drawer where they are left, or in some cases even thrown away.

It can be very difficult to choose a gift for a teacher if you don't know the teacher of have any idea of their likes and dislikes. Although a bottle of wine can be great for one teacher, it may not be suitable for someone who doesn't drink.

Many teachers have said that their favorite gifts come in the form of personal or handmade items that don't cost very much and where it is really the thought that has been out into it. So a great thing to do may be to make a card to give to your teacher and tell them some good things that they have done for you over the time that they have been your teacher. This is something that the teacher can look back on and feel proud of their achievements.

The Amazon Gift Card is a great choice with values from $10 and upwards.
The Amazon Gift Card is a great choice with values from $10 and upwards. | Source

A Combination Gift For Teacher

However, if you do want to give the teacher a gift then what about combining a home made card with nice messages in, with a gift card? you can buy many different types of gift card and if you don't know what a teacher likes you can perhaps get an Amazon gift card that they can use to buy pretty much anything.

How many people do you know who can't find anything they want to buy on Amazon?! Anyway, here are a selection of choices of gift card that you can buy without even leaving the house - you can choose different amounts for the gift card according to your budget.

Teacher Gift Cards Gift Card in a Greeting Card (Various Designs) Gift Card in a Greeting Card (Various Designs)

Amazon Gift Certificate - the top pick as you can choose from a variety of designs of cards and from amounts of $10 and upwards. Great gift card that enables you to buy anything that you want and to choose how much you want to spend.

Spa Finder Celebrate Gift Card
Spa Finder Celebrate Gift Card

The SpaFinder gift card could be a great way for a teacher to be pampered as they can spend the gift card on spa treatments at selected spas. Also in amounts of $25 or $50 and also $100.


Make Your Own Cards

So if you want to get the kids to make their own cards for the teacher that you can also put the gift card in (or if you just want to give the teacher a home made card on it's own) then there are some great make your own card sets that you can have fun creating with the kids. You can also make up cards from anything that you have around the house, perhaps you have some left over craft items like feathers, felt, tissue paper, or just make up your own designs with some bold colored pens. You can also cut out pictures from magazines and stick them onto a card to create a kind of collage. Or cut out some words from a newspaper and make your own headline like 'Miss Smith Wins Best Teacher Award' (or whatever words you can find!).

The activity of making your own card for the teacher can be a great way to spend some fun craft time with your child and also spark their imagination. This makes it less of a chore and more of a fun activity to get the kids to make their own cards and write their own messages in the cards.

If you need some extra materials then there are plenty of cheap packs to buy online:

Make Your Own Cards by Made By Hands
Make Your Own Cards by Made By Hands

This make your own cards kit is great for kids and they can make up to 20 cards with it, with their own messages inside.


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    • Azure11 profile image

      Marian L 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks Jamie, I'm not sure I would agree about wanting to be a teacher but I do agree they are a special breed of person.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      My son isn't in school yet but I think a nice handmade card with a gift card would be nice. Teachers are really special people... I still wish I had gone to college to be a teacher. oh well :0/

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      Marian L 6 years ago from UK

      Sounds perfect lorenmurcia, if only that would happen!

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      lorenmurcia 6 years ago

      I agree with what you said. But the best gift that my students will give me is their utmost attention and absorption of all the learning that I wish to be inculcated in their hearts and mind. I mean, virtually ALL of them, not just the few interested ones.