Gifts For Favorite Teachers

Teachers from the vertebrae of our educational system. They teach our children everything they need to know in and behind the classroom, and with endless enthusiasm, patience, and empathy along the way.

As the year winds down, it’s only proper to show them some love and attraction. Teaching any age group — kids, teens, adults — is a difficult job that most of us can only attempt to understand. So, as you say goodbye before the summer break, make sure to give your child’s teacher the thanks they deserve.

They have more than enough mugs in their cabinet by now that you probably shouldn’t default to giving them one, no object how witty the slogan on it is. Instead, give them one of these 30 thoughtful and useful gifts.

Gift Cards

Adding a gift card to your personalized note is something any teacher will appreciate. It may sound boring, but several of the teachers we spoke to say that they love getting gift cards to establishments, movie theatres, Amazon, Target, or even Whole Foods. “Relationships often mean well by trying to get you something particular and neat, but most teachers need things that are boring and unglamorous,” says Terrill Caplan, assistant dean of students at the Dalton School in New York City. “A parent thanking me in a note attached to a gift card can mean a lot and also be employed to help purchase a new vacuum I need, groceries, or a fun night out with friends.” Thomas says “you can’t go wrong with restaurant, movie, or store gift cards because of just about everyone attacks, shops, or watches movies.”

Vanessa De Riggs, a second-grade teacher in Brooklyn, prefers cash or Visa/AMEX gift cards because they let her buy what she wants or needs, and they avoid the problem of what to do with gifts she doesn’t like. Vo shows out that teachers spend a lot of their own money on supplies no matter where they work. He says “a Target or Amazon gift card is a gift that gives back because I’ll most likely spend it on my classroom, whether it’s antibacterial wipes, treats, or colored pencils.”

Massage Envy Gift Certificate

No one rates satisfying as much as teachers. They spend every day taking care of other people. Liz Kleinrock, teacher and difference coordinator at Citizens of the World Silver Lake in Los Angeles, says that the gift of a massage or other spa treatments like a facial is sure to be a winner. “My opinion is to give teachers experiences rather than things. Self-care is incredibly important for teachers, but I do find that when I have extra money, I’m often inclined to spend it on books or materials for my students rather than myself.” De Riggs recommends gifting massages, mani-pedis, or other spa treatments as well. “It’s hard to find time for self-care when you are with kids all day and are in grad school like myself. So having the extra push to show me that they confirm the hard work that I do is always nice.”

Gifts for the Classroom

Even the smallest gifts, when personalized, can make a tremendous impact, says Kate, a music teacher at a Boston-area private school. “For me, the kids need to have pencils to mark their parts. I think a great classroom gift would be boxes of customized pencils with the school’s name or the name of the class/ensemble.”

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