The REAL Teacher Gift Guide


The REAL Teacher Gift Guide

Teacher appreciation week is fast approaching. While teachers don't expect to get anything, it is nice to be thought of. 

Just as education has changed over the years, so have teachers. Our styles have moved away from the scenic sweater vests and jumpers from the 80's to a more trendy look and feel. With all the new trends in education, our personal preferences have changed as well. So to get your child's teacher something they really would love to have, keep on reading.

The ideas in this post are a guide for gift giving. Individual preferences will vary. The point of this post is not to promote specific brands or products, but to provide ways for showing appreciation. It is the spirit of the gift that counts, not the actual brand or product. 

1. Rae Dunn coffe mugs

Most teachers have excessive amounts of coffee mugs, many of which we politely thank the giver for then shove in the back of the cabinet. If you really want to give your child's teacher a coffee mug, get a Rae Dunn one.

2. Flair Pens


Teachers love pens. We can never have too many pens or too many color choices. They are cheap, pretty, and always a hit. Go for the Flair pens! Because, honestly, we'll probably never use that cheap notepad you found on sale, but we will always use flair pens. 

3. A Manicure or Pedicure


Teachers work hard. Sometimes we like to be pampered. I, myself, am not one to pay for manicures or pedicures for me because I usually end up spending my money on my own children and supplies for the children in my classroom. I know I am not alone in this and many teachers just want an excuse to pamper themselves. On the same lines, a spa treatment isn't a bad option either.

4. Bath and Body Works 


Anything that smells like home or from the Aromatherapy line is a great choice. Teachers are stressed. And after a long, busy day, a little comfort and joy goes a long way.

5. Alex and Ani, Nickel and Suede, or any other jewelry to let her know she's special


Teachers give so much of themselves. Let her know she's special by sending her a little love that's just for her. Alex and Ani has many bracelet and necklace options for all kinds of personalities. Nickel and Suede has amazing earrings and bracelets that are inexpensive but sophisticated.

And for male and female teachers…

6. Gift cards


Because, let's face it, teachers need caffeine. You can't go wrong with a Starbucks gift card. Even if he or she isn't a coffee drinker, they can find something they like at Starbucks.

Chili's, Barnes and Nobel, Amazon, Chick-fil-a, Target, Walmart, grocery stores, sporting goods stores, local eateries or shops…teachers never balk at gift cards to their favorite places. Even the smallest gestures are very much appreciated. 

Of course, we are always appreciative of a simple kind word, a gesture of appreciation, or even just a smile when we see you. We're not picky. We just like a little acknowledgment every once in awhile. 

I hope you gained some ideas for you child's teacher. Save yourself time and stress and forget the crayon wreath from Pinterest. Use these ideas to really make your child's teacher feel special. She or he will really thank you for it.

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