As a teacher, I can tell you that holiday gifts are not expected! Many families, however, wish to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of their child’s teacher with a holiday gift. For your shopping convenience, I’ve asked my teacher friends and colleagues what they REALLY want for Christmas this year. Hopefully, this list of what teachers say are the best teacher gifts, will save you time and money!
Gift Cards. Find out what your teacher likes and pick up a gift card in a small amount. Book stores, coffee shops, restaurants, Costco, grocery stores, Amazon, Dollar Stores, and i-tunes gift cards were all mentioned by my teacher friends.
Group Gifts. This requires one parent to take the lead and often results in a substantial gift for the teacher. An email or letter in everyone’s backpacks is usually distributed by the coordinating parents with the details of how much and where to meet the gift-buying parent. Each family chips in 5 or 10 dollars towards a gift card or pre-determined group gift.
Board Games. One of my personal favourites as a teacher is receiving board games that I can use in my classroom! And when you buy board games for the teacher, you can feel good knowing you are giving your child a real opportunity to play at school and that lots of kids will benefit from your generous gift! You can check out my Math Games Gift Guide here!
Teaching Resources. Check with the teacher, since there are often long lists of resources on every teacher’s wish list. They might not be luxury gifts, but they save the teacher from having to spend her own money on your child’s classroom, and that really, is the most thoughtful gift of all! These include books, stickers, craft supplies and these amazing shadow puppets from Adventure In A Box.