The Ultimate Teachers Gift Guide

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Whether you’re scouring the interweb for a teacher’s gift for Christmas, your kid’s teacher’s birthday, or teacher appreciation, one’s things for certain–he or she probably doesn’t want a damn apple!!

And even though I thought it was a little presumptuous the first time I saw it, our teachers send out a ‘Getting to Know Me’ newsletter at the beginning of the year, and will list things they like. And once it was time to buy a gift for said teachers, I thanked my lucky stars they made those lists!!!

 

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Luckily I’ve been able to ask around to several teachers (I actually used to be a teacher as well) to see what their most favorite things are to receive for gifts. And here’s my ultimate guide of findings for teacher gift ideas:

 

1.Anything to Pamper

 

(ie: gift certificates for massages or mani-pedi’s). Can’t swing the whole gift certificate yourself? Ask another parent, or group of parents, to chip in!

Don’t know her (or his) fave place to decompress? Try a gift certificate from  SpaFinder!

This site is great because it’s a network that any place that provides spa services wants to be a part of. It makes looking up services super easy, based on zip code. Click {SpaFinder} to make sure your zip code has close!

 

Spa Gift Baskets from Amazon

 

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Bath Bombs

These things are so great for relaxing! And I especially love this set–I’ve received one as a gift and purchased several since then, and it remains on my Amazon Wish List! {See THIS POST to learn how to use Amazon Wish Lists for everyone on your list–it will change your life!!}

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2. Good Smells

Teachers spend so much time in their dungeon of a classroom, that since they won’t see sunlight sometimes all day, they at least want to smell something pleasant (you know–anything other than the dirty mop smell or dingy carpet smell.) Some divine options are:

Candles:

Always be sure you know what scent your teacher likes first though!! And this apples to the next two options as well!

I especially like the soy wax candles, because they burn cleaner, which is what I prefer for a classroom my kid is spending 8 hours a day in!

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Wax Melts:

Several teachers felt like this was a better option because some buildings forbid candles or anything else being lit indoors. I thought this one was a good option because it’s named ‘Happy’. 🙂

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Candle Warmer:

You may also need this if your teacher doesn’t have one and you’re buying him/her some wax melts. I especially like this Mason jar option with all the Farmhouse decor lately! And check out lots more options {HERE}!

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Teachers looove to be able to buy things for themselves! Remember that skimpy salary most complain about? Yeah, those things are still there unfortunately. Tell your kid’s teacher how much you appreciate them by letting them choose their own goodies!

Favorites are ALWAYS:

Amazon Gift Cards

 

 

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Target Gift Cards

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Starbucks Gift Card

 

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4. Book Bags

Teachers notoriously have lots of stuff to haul around. How about giving yours a stylish or clever bag to match her/his personality?

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1.I am a Teacher Tote  2. Teachers Rock Tote  3. Live Love Teach Personalized Tote 4.Teaching Makes a Difference Tote 5. Big Heart Tote 

5. Clever T-shirts

More and more school districts are embracing the comfort policy for teachers. Our teachers pretty much wear t-shirts the whole week! Give yours a really clever one about teaching, or find one that displays a favorite color or style you’ve noticed in the classroom!

Inspirational Teacher Tees 

 

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1.Teach With all Your Heart Tee  2. Teacher of Tiny Humans Tee  3.Teach Love Inspire Tee

4.Wonder/#ChooseKind Tee 5. Wonder/#ChooseKind Tee

Funny Teacher Tees

 

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1.Ya’ll Gon’ Make Me Lose My Mind Tee  2.If You Can Read This Tee  3. Punctuation Tee 

4.Punctuation Tee    5. Punctuation Tee 

 

 

6. Beverage Vessel

Ok, that sounds super douchy to phrase it like that, but I just meant there are a couple types. Either the traditional mug, or an insulated cup/mug.

Teacher Mugs 

 

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1.Nutritional Facts Mug   2.Grammar Mug   3. Money and Fame Mug   4.I’m Kind of a Big Deal Mug   5.Grammar Mug

 

Insulated Teacher Mugs

 

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1.Never Trust an Atom Mug  2. You Are a Teacher Mug   3. Best Teacher Ever Mug   4. Rockstar Mug  5. Best Teacher Ever Mug

 

7. Teacher Emergency Stash

Even teachers need to binge from stress (actually probably more than most people–they do harbor 18-25 kids all day long…). Help a teacher out by giving her/him an emergency stash ‘bin’ filled with candies they love, like this adorable one from the blog Eighteen25.

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You can make your own by adding in your teacher’s fave candies to a divided compartment like this one

 

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8. Gift Certificates/Cards to Their Fave Restaurant

Remember that salary we were talking about earlier? Yeah, so teachers like to eat out sometimes, too! Give yours a night out at their favorite eatery! (This can totally be a joint effort with other parents, too!)

An even better idea is to purchase one from a ‘restaurant company‘ that owns several chains so your teacher has a choice!

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9. Classroom Supplies

 

Many people don’t realize this, but funding and budgets are limited in classrooms, and a ton of teachers actually buy stuff for their classes from their own salaries! Give your kid’s teacher a break by letting them choose their own supplies!

 

AAAAnnnddd–if your gift just won’t make it there in time and you still want them to have something with a nice shiny bow to open–OR–it’s too big to wrap, download this absolutely FREE PDF Binder for 6 printable options for Gift Vouchers!

 

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