Whether for the holidays, a birthday, the end of the year or just because, these teacher gift ideas will get you moved to the front of the class. Each teacher gift was selected BY teachers FOR teachers.
As if we shouldn’t be sending gifts and thank you notes every day to the teachers that
put up with mold young minds and shape the next generation, we scramble the day before a holiday or the last day of school to find that perfect gift to express our gratitude. The end result? A ceramic mug with candy…
Okay, not always. But far too often… And while all the teachers I surveyed agreed that they equally love any gift they receive from a child, many of them expressed that a simple thank you with a hug or a hand written thank you note goes much further than any physical gift ever would.
When I was a child, my mom was an elementary school music teacher. I remember my favorite school day for her was the day before Christmas vacation and the last day of school. She would come home with a box of gifts from her students and always let my sister and me open the gifts. Being the sugar addicts that we are/were, we loved the homemade cookies and candy. (Of course, Mom had to inspect everything before we could eat.) Mom received dozens of ornaments over the years and to this day she still hangs many on our family Christmas tree. In addition to the Facebook survey I took, I asked Mom to contribute to the list. Her top picks for favorite gifts were gift certificates, ornaments, CDs and home made goodies with her least favorite being overly personal items like lipstick and perfume.
“Ornaments were always my favorite because even to this day I remember who gave me each one and remember them fondly and my time with them in the classroom. It is a great way for me to share stories with my kids. Plus I always take a picture of it and send it to that student to show them I still have it and to wish them a Merry Christmas.”
-Rosie Contri Johnson
Retired Music Teacher
I took a survey on my Facebook page asking teacher friends to share the best gifts that they’ve received from students over the years. I also asked if they would share ones that they didn’t particularly care for. In addition to over two dozen responses, I received numerous inbox messages, emails and texts with suggestions. After rounding up all of the responses, I found there was one resounding sentiment…teachers are happy to be remembered and appreciated.
“Anything is appreciated and loved especially because everyone is coming from different economic backgrounds.”
“When I was teaching I loved getting ornaments. It’s even more fun now when I’m putting up my tree to remember the kids who gave them to me!”
“Honestly, it is just nice to be remembered by my kids.”
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Do you have go-to gift ideas for teachers? Or, are you a teacher with an opinion about what you love receiving or what you prefer to pass on? Share below so I can add them to the list!!