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The Best Gifts For Teachers
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Gifts For Teachers Show Respect
I taught school for seven years, and I can count on ten fingers the number of times received a gift from one of the students. I don't mind this: I certainly didn't get into teaching to get gifts! I do know that the times I received a present from a student were very special, no matter what they were.
Gifts for teachers are about showing appreciation and respect. Teachers spend all of their time giving out and reaching out, in order to help the students succeed, and rarely think about themselves. Many teachers cannot even take time to go the washroom in the course of their busy day, and after school, they're incredibly busy, as well, marking homework and sometimes helping with extracurricular activities.
Therefore, if you believe that the teacher in your life is doing a good job, a holiday such as Christmas might be a perfect time to let them know. It is socially acceptable to give a token of your appreciation to the teacher during the holidays and I am confident that your child's educator will appreciate it. Trust me, I talk from experience!
Here are some ideas for gifts for teachers in your life:
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1. Something that Matches their Interests
If you have gotten to know the teacher, one of the best things to give the teacher is something that matches up with a hobby, sport, or interest that they have. Of course, this varies according to each individual, but here a few examples:
a. For the golfer, give her a set of tees, some golf balls, a golf gadget, or a book on golf.
b. For the photographer, give him some picture frames, or an interesting book on photography.
c. For the world traveller, give her a globe ornament, or a book on travelling.
And how do you find out their interests? Listen! Or get your child to listen. Ask your child what his teacher likes to talk about when she's not talking about school work and often the child will come up with some answers. You could also ask other parents who know the teacher. You might also be able to gauge some of their interests by the subject that they teach, if they have a specialty. For example, I was an English teacher, and I love books! I had a colleague, the gym teacher, who was constantly telling the students about how she loved golf. The clues were there, if anyone was paying attention.
2. Gift Cards
Now, the very best way to customize a gift is to just go with a gift card. These are always a hit, too. Here are some teacher gifts that will be basically a license for them to go shopping! What amount should you purchase? Of course, it depends of your budget but a reasonable amount would be between $10-$30.
a. Department store gift card. A gift card to your local Target, or Macy's or whatever the local store is, allows for a maximum variety for the teacher's shopping choices. These days, Amazon is like a giant department store, and they offer gift cards, too.
b. Restaurant card. This is like offering a night out, or a great lunch to your teacher. With the busy lives of teachers, this will be very much appreciated. I would suggest a middle-of-the-line restaurant that has a good reputation in your city or town. Don't choose a very high-priced restaurant where all she can afford is an appetizer!
c. Coffee shop card. A Starbucks card, or similar coffee card, is a good one because even a $10 denomination is enough to purchase an excursion to Starbucks. And even if they don't drink coffee, per se, there are other things to drink there, like tea or non-caffeinated choices.
d. Theatre gift card. Giving away a movie gift card is also a great idea. This was almost always get used by someone, either the teacher or the teacher's family.
e. Book store. Teachers obviously use a lot of books. It's their profession! A book store card also gives access to teacher resources, teacher supplies like stationary, and is so personal because the teacher can buy something that they are interested in.
The nice thing about these teacher gifts is that they can be used at the teacher's convenience and he can get something he likes.
3. Gift Baskets or Other Edible Stuffs
Another great option for your child's teacher is to give a gift basket, or some other edible gift. These are very nice because they can be used during the holidays, for guests, if desired, and make the recipient feel pampered and cared for. Teachers are sometimes too busy to do much baking, and they would love the thought that you thought of them in this way. I had a principal once that made all of her staff a big ball of homemade candy, and that was so amazing!
If you're a baking, homemaker type, this is a time to shine, and make up some of your own goodies for the teacher. If not, you can also get these baked goods at Christmas Bake Sales, or at the local grocery stores.
You can also often find a gift basket at the bake sales, or at the grocery stores. Another option for a gift basket is to look up "gift baskets" in your Yellow Pages, and find a local person that make up custom baskets to order. Be sure to call early, though, because she is sure to be busy this time of year! Another option is to buy them online.
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4. Teacher Bling
Teachers rarely get enough appreciation for all the hard work they do, and one way to show that you appreciate them as a teachers is to give them some of what I call, "teacher bling." These are things related to them as teachers that just make them feel good about being a teacher. I loved those little teacher appreciation gadgets, no matter how small, because it inspired me keep going.
For example, it might be a little fridge magnet that says "World's Greatest Teacher," or a wall hanging with a great quote telling why and how teachers are important. You might think that teachers get tired of stuff like this, but I don't think so. It's not like most teachers get tons of praise every time they go down the hallway. Don't be afraid to lay it on a bit thick; after all, it is only once a year, and they are worth it!
There are also jewelry items that you can buy specifically for teachers. What a personal and sweet gift to give to the teacher! And it will surely be a conversation piece for the students to notice, too!
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5. Teacher Books or Movies
Did you know that teachers need to be inspired, too? They are always busy inspiring others, and helping them get excited about learning and succeeding. But sometimes they get a bit burned out, and they need someone to encourage them. Why not gift a teacher with an inspirational book or movie on teaching?
Then, the teacher can read the book, or watch the movie, and remember a bit of why she started teaching. Believe me, teachers sometimes need that motivation during those tough weeks when kids don't seem to be listening, and they are wishing for June! Giving an inspirational item lets them know that you appreciate them as teachers, too.
And those teacher movies can be so inspiring, that they might help give that instructor the reason to keep going, and teaching your little ones for another year!
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6. Frippery: Christmas Ornaments, Ornaments or Candles
Another great gift idea for your child's teacher is a beautiful tasteful Christmas ornament, ornament or candle. These gifts are classic, and a way to say that your teacher deserves something special.
Christmas ornaments are perhaps the safest choice, as long as you know that your child's teacher celebrates Christmas. A Christmas ornament is a keepsake, can be used immediately to decorate the tree, or the home, and don't take up too much room.
Candles are also a nice choice because most people use candles at least occasionally, and appreciate a new choice in candles. Ornaments can be nice, too, if you find a piece that you think would suit your teacher's style.
Deliver the Gift
All in all, it is a really great idea to give your child's teacher a bit of appreciation at Christmas time. Even if you can't afford a gift, take the time to pick out a nice card. To deliver your gift and/or card, you may want to go in yourself, if you can. If not, send it with your child, and just ask the child to make sure that it got to its proper destination. Your chid's teacher gives all year long to your child ... here's your chance to give a little back!
Your teacher will not mind even if it's something small. I can tell you from experience that any little thing, means the world to a teacher. We don't ever expect anything back, so receiving a gift is bonus!