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If your child’s teacher has been teaching any length of time she’s probably already got enough coffee mugs, Christmas tree ornaments, and cute classroom decorations with her name on them. And while some teachers love to get homemade goodies (I was one of those!), some teachers prefer not to because they’re watching their diet, their kids have allergies, etc.
So what DO you get your child’s teacher to show her how much you appreciate all she’s done for your child? The following suggestions, while not sexy or glamorous, will be appreciated!
Gifts teachers will love:
- Jar of peanuts or cashews (unless you are worried about nut allergies).
- A 6-pack of her favorite soda to keep at school.
- Microwave popcorn.
- Individually wrapped peppermints or other hard candy.
- Hershey’s kisses (or other bite-sized chocolate treats).
- Single servings of flavored teas to add to water bottles.
- Water bottles.
- Pre-packaged hot chocolate mix or apple cider.
- Amazon gift card.
- Books for the class library.
- Book ends.
- Insulated drinking cup with a lid.
- Collapsible umbrella to keep at school for those outside duties when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
- Coins/money for the school vending machines. Add a cute saying to make it more personal.
- Movie tickets to a local theater.
- A plant for the classroom or home.
- Fresh flowers for her desk.
- Gift cards to the restaurant or fast food places. Whether it’s for the morning coffee stop or for a quick dinner between school and an evening school event, teachers are busy.
- A gift to the local office supply store.
- A gift card to the local teacher store. There’s not a teacher alive (who’s worth her salt) who isn’t spending way too much of her own money on classroom supplies. In fact, the average teacher will spend nearly $500 each on supplies each year. She’s in the best position to know what she needs and trust me, she’s going to be spending some time – and money – in these stores anyway. She will definitely love and appreciate having some “free” money to spend
- Boxes of Kleenex. I know this sounds odd. But you’d be surprised how many boxes of Kleenex kids go through during cold and flu season.
- Bottles of antibacterial hand wipe (or a container of individual packets). This will help cut down on illness being spread throughout the classroom which will benefit your child and your bank account.
- Construction paper – multi-colored packs are great as is the larger size plain manilla paper
- Pens and pencils. Teachers are always picking these up off the floor or rescuing them from the trash cans. And smaller hands have a harder time holding pencils that have been sharpened down too close to the eraser.
- Dry erase markers and dry erase board cleaner – the multi-colored packages are great for illustrating different points on the board.
- Bulletin board borders (ours get pretty shoddy after a while because we reuse them all the time!
- Paint supplies (depending on the grade level) – tempera or water colors.
- Scissors (rounded ends if the children are younger).
- Rolls of tape. The teacher can use both clear scotch tape and masking tape.
- Binder clips – all sizes. We use these for holding classroom sets of papers together and trust me, we NEVER have enough.
- Spiral notebooks.
- Packs of notebook paper.
- Sticky notes in all sizes.
- Poster board.
- Markers, crayons, colored pencils.
- Ream(s) of copy paper (you’d be surprised by the rationing at some schools).
- Stacking letter trays.
- Box of pencils or pens.
Every teacher has items on their personal wish list but these suggestions are sure to please most teachers.
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