Holiday Gift Ideas – What To Give Your Child’s Teacher??

Are you like me this time of year? I’m always conflicted as to what to give my kidlets teachers for the holiday.

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To me, a child’s teacher is one of the most important people in their lives, aside from their family. And a good teacher will go that extra mile to make sure that a child gets a proper and fulfilling education. Both my kidlets have been fortunate to have such wonderful and deeply caring teachers. My kidlets love going to school because their teachers make it a fun, safe and inviting place to be! I want to show them just how much they are appreciated by the kidlets, The Hubs and I, but finding just the right gift is always so hard.

Is it better to give cash, gift cards, a personal or handmade gift to them? Little did I know this was a big debate among parents and teachers themselves. There are even some school districts have rules on gifting, so it’s best to find out before you even head out to buy something….

In my son’s elementary school, it’s very organized.  Each class take a monetary collection and purchases gift cards for both the teacher and the class aide. While no one if forced to take part, I’ve found that the majority of the class participates.

GIftcardsYou can find a gift card for just about every store these days 

I’ve heard that the teachers appreciate the flexibility of the gift card, allowing them to get something that they actually want/need and not another impersonal mug, holiday ornament, candle and teacher-themed knickknacks to heap in their collection. I like it because it makes my holiday gift list just a little easier.

At my daughter’s pre-school, it’s a different story. There’s no class parent organization, so no group gift. My daughter’s class has two teachers, so I have the added pressure of getting two of the same gift that both would hopefully like.

My go-to teacher gift in this situation is a monogrammed tote bag. Around the holidays you can find great sales on all different size and type of bags from places like LL Bean or Lands End.

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Lands End Monogrammed Large Canvas Tote Bag

I get two bags in the same style, but different colors. I like to get canvas bags in either a medium or large size because they are sturdier, and can carry a stack of library books, lesson plans or art supplies. I usually just monogram with the teacher’s first name so Ms. Blank. I’ve given this gift a few times while my son was in a different and it got a pretty good response.

I did a little research on Pinterest, which I think is perfect resource for situations like this, since they are filled with so many creative and useful ideas. Here’s just are a few of my Teacher Gift Favs from Pinterest:

836608ce04207e33bf31a2cde0bc2d58Teacher Gift Supply Christmas Tree –http://www.pinterest.com/pin/309692911846378557

4e625284b5a926fd81d2fd81bdf2008cTeacher Survival Kit – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/47639708532054552/

38a76aa2019bb5f420886c70ccb2b494Thanks for Being a SHARPie Teacher – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/47639708531628991/

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 Dreaming of a White Christmas – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/242631498649170226/

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One Smart Cookie Thanks To Youhttp://www.pinterest.com/pin/32088216064589553/

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You’re On Fire (Great for a male teacher on your list!) –  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/66076319505570952/<

Now it’s your turn to share. What do you give to your children’s teachers for the holiday?

 

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    My son’s elementary school class room mom took up a donation for a larger gift this year, too. I like that because I think a larger monetary amount on a gift card allows the teacher to purchase something they really want or need.
    But I also love the Sharpie pens in the customized cup – very cute and could be a good idea for a Sunday School teacher, music teacher, etc. to show appreciation for them, too.

  6. Christi says

    Well I often give scratch off lottery tickets. I’ve had teachers win some big money.
    As a teacher, we do like something practical like a gift card or something to use in the classroom. This year I bought one a plant, and the other 2 teachers stamp sets. I’ll probably grab a lotto ticket or two as well! :-)

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