I asked the boy’s teachers this year for their holiday wishlist. After looking at this list, you may or may not be surprised that you won’t find apples and things that clutter desks and walls. Instead, I’ve found that what is much more meaningful to them are handwritten notes and practical items like a travel cup for their coffee. I can say these are the best gifts for teachers as these ideas are coming straight from them versus what I think they would like.
It’s likely that your kids have more than 1 teacher and while I know we all want to show our appreciation to our children’s teachers by giving them extravagant gifts, it’s not always practical. That’s why below you’ll find gift ideas that teachers will appreciate and will work with every budget.
Teacher Gift Ideas for All Budgets
Personalized Gifts – regardless of occupation, everyone loves receiving personalized gifts! Although one teacher mentioned: “but not particularly apples or teacher themed. Teachers get so many teacher-themed things and there’s only so much room on the desk/wall, etc”. So something to just keep in mind. Instead, maybe something like:
- An initial necklace – this one is so affordable!
- Personalized stationary & envelope
- Monogrammed coffee cup
- Monogrammed journal
If you want to see more ideas on this, I have my gift guide focusing just on personalized monogrammed items, here.
Handwritten Note – under the personalized gifts umbrella, instead of a store-bought gift, many teachers would love to receive a handwritten note from their students and/or their parent. One of my boy’s teachers told me she keeps the notes and looks back at them when it’s a hard day. She also said many other teachers do too. I love this!
School Supplies – I’ve learned that many teachers will pay for school supplies and classroom decor from right out of their own pocket so extra supplies is a great, practical gift. Different teachers may have their own list (especially depending on their grade), but these were what were sent to me:
Gift Cards – when in doubt, this is always a good idea. Each of the boy’s teachers mentioned gift cards on their wishlist. The top places they mentioned I added below. But really, you can ask your kid’s teachers where their favorite store, restaurant, coffee shop, etc. is and go from there!
Other Practical Gifts Teachers Will Love – other things mentioned were candles and a Yeti Tumbler. So of course, I’m linking the white tumbler I use every single day along with my favorite candles. This one is perfect for the holidays and this one I use year-round. You can’t go wrong with either one. They both smell amazing!
Lastly, you can’t go wrong with home-baked goods 🙂 I hope this was helpful! To see all of my gift guides, just hover over the “holidays” tab on my menu and you’ll see a dropdown list. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know!
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