If your child is in school, they are spending many hours a day with their teacher. Come holiday time, it’s a nice gesture to give a small token of your appreciation for putting up with your offspring all day. Focus on the homeroom teacher, but if there is another teacher for whom you have a soft spot, like the science teacher who sparked a love of biology in your child, give them a gift, too.
Here are some of our favorite gifts for teachers:
A Penny for Their Thoughts
Notebooks always come in handy, whether they are used for journaling, sketching or note taking. Yoobi and Poppin both have several sizes and colors available and they are very reasonably priced. Yoobi has a “buy one give one” program, where for every item purchased, an item is given to a child in need, and many Poppins notebooks are available with a debossed initial. They’re both great so so take your pick!
Coffee or Tea Please
A bag of your favorite gourmet coffee or an assortment of teas, like those from Numi or David’s Tea, is always appreciated. We would recommend that you skip the accompanying #1 Teacher mug because they probably have 50 of them.
Who doesn’t love snacks? How about a box or a basket with a few decadent snacks, chocolates and an assortment of Tickle Water? Goodies like these can be shared with their family at home or hoarded at school.
A poinsettia or mini holiday tree from your local plant store is a festive, inexpensive gift. Air plants, like this set of 3 from Hinterland Trading on Amazon are another option. The good thing about air plants is that they are not holiday-specific and are very difficult to kill (in the event that your teacher happens to have a black thumb).
We all love the excuse to shop for ourselves, so a gift card is a safe bet. Best to go for a card from a store that has a broad selection, like a big box store, department store or Amazon, so you know that your gift will be useful. A card to a store that is too specific might go unused.
And finally, if you live in a cold climate, give them a pair of touch screen gloves so they can use their smartphone when it’s chilly outside. Target has them for men and women for under $17 and Five Below stores have them for $5.
Overall, when it comes to teacher’s gifts, you don’t need to spend a lot, but the gift should be functional (rather than something kitschy that might end up in the garbage). Our advice is to aim for under $25, which is an appropriate amount and it won’t seem like you are going overboard or desperately trying to make a good impression.