Last night I shared some funny sub notes that were left for me when I taught kindergarten and it made me think about this time of the year in the classroom. One thing I ALWAYS get asked from family and friends is, “What should I get my kid’s teacher for Christmas (or really any holiday for that matter)?” When I mentioned doing a quick blog post with some ideas I had several people message me saying they were interested, which is why you are most likely reading this.
So here is it, a couple budget friendly, teacher gift ideas for the holidays.
1. Sweet Treats
Something I can almost guarantee your child’s teacher will love is some sweet treats. Pretty much every teacher I know likes pastries, chocolate, or anything from your local bakery. We have several wonderful bakeries in our area and I know we all got excited when a teacher friend would get that “blue box” (one of our favorite bakeries had Tiffany blue boxes). We all sat in anticipation that they might have a few extra to share at lunch.
Teachers also love chocolate. Yes, I know you probably know some teacher, on some planet that doesn’t like chocolate, but from my experience I know that 90% of them love some chocolate. Any chocolate will do, but you could always go the extra mile with some of the specialty chocolates they put out this time of the year.
One year I had a student get me a cute oven mitt, that was stuffed with a cookie mix and a cute wooden spoon. They had the cutest little note attached to it and I absolutely loved it. People are usually baking this time of the year so that cookie mix definitely comes in handy!
2. Gift Cards
If you know anything about teaching, you know that teachers spend hundreds to thousands out of their own pockets for all of the fun activities and even just basic needs in the classroom. This is where you can help. I always LOVED getting Target, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and Amazon gift cards. They can purchase themselves a little something or as most teachers will probably do, they will snag some goodies they have had their eye on for their classroom.
If you know that your child’s teacher has a hobby or activity they love, maybe pick up a gift card to a local craft store, yoga studio, or scrapbooking store! I know they will appreciate the thoughtfulness of taking the time to get to know them and things that they like.
When getting gift cards don’t feel the need to go overboard. Even $5 and $10 gift cards are great!
I personally always loved getting Sonic gift cards and $5 would be plenty to get me a couple large sweet teas.
Other gift card ideas:
-Starbucks, pedicure, manicure, movie theater, redbox, dollar tree, iTunes, local boutiques or restaurants.
3. Handmade Items
I always loved getting handmade items from my kids. Maybe your budget is tight and that is totally ok, it is always the thought that counts. Your child’s teacher would love a cute sign for their classroom on reclaimed wood, a handmade ornament for their Christmas tree, a knitted scarf or even a picture printed out of them and your child in a handmade frame. Pinterest has tons of great ideas for handmade gifts! I will link a Pinterest board here with some ideas!
If you know anything about teachers, you know they have a soft spot for their kiddos so if your child makes it, they will love it!
Pretty much all teachers LOVE children’s books, especially elementary teachers. Go to your local book store or even check out amazon for some great deals. Grab a few books and have your child sign the inside cover as a sweet Christmas gift that your child’s teacher and fellow classmates will love.
I also received some super great women’s and teacher devotional books. If you know your child’s teacher is religious then this might be another sweet add on to their gift.
I was a total book hoarder so I loved receiving books and liked to keep multiples of certain ones for my library.
Here are a few of my top picks for the classroom:
The Giving Tree
Anything by Jan Brett
Any Dr. Seuss books
Magic Tree House for 2nd grade and older
I will add some links here later, but phone isn’t wanting to cooperate today.
5. Smelly Goods
Ok, every teacher may not love this, but I always did! I loved getting bath bombs, bath salts, candles, lotions, and scentsy bars. These are things I use a lot at home and in my classroom. Maybe even ask your child’s teacher to fill out a small questionnaire with their favorite scents so you can grab ones that you know they will like. I was never picky and just love anything that smells great!
I am still using some of the bath bombs and salts that I got as end of year gifts from last year! I love bubble baths and my kids loaded me up with all of the amazing bubble bath goodies a lady could need.
To sum it up:
Overall, your child’s teacher is not expecting any type of gift, but I know many families want to get them something. As a teacher I NEVER expected my students and their families to get me gifts, but I was extremely appreciative for the ones that did. It didn’t matter if it was something the child brought me from home or something I knew the parents had purchased, I loved them all the same. At the end of the day, your child’s teacher will appreciate any small token whether it simply be a handwritten card, a gift card, or something handpicked by your child. Don’t stress about it and enjoy the fun of the season! ❤️