While you are out and about doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget to add your child’s teacher to your shopping list. Holiday teacher gift ideas can range from useful to not quite as useful depending on the approach you take!
I still remember the year I got a bubble bath set that was in bottles shaped like champagne bottles.
7 Holiday Teacher Gift Ideas
Teachers work so very hard for so little, which is why they deserve a nice gift that shows your appreciation.
Sure mugs are nice (and to be honest I picked out some this year for our teachers) but why not get your child’s teacher a gift they can really use? (This is where I add in that my kids will be giving mugs with hand soap and gift cards in them! I sure hope their teachers aren’t reading this!)
So check out these seven holiday teacher gift ideas that your child’s teacher might really want, so you can be sure you give a gift he or she will remember (and that will get used)!
7 of the Best Holiday Teacher Gifts
1. A spa gift card
After a long holiday season, lesson plans, grading, and late nights, your child’s teacher is sure to enjoy the holiday break.
You can make this break even more special by treating them to a spa gift card. It’s a holiday teacher gift that is really all about them.
See if other parents want to chip in on a massage or manicure even, so your teacher can really indulge in some much needed relaxation.
2. Teaching supplies
Most teachers spend their own money on many of the school supplies they need.
Right around winter break is when some of the basic supplies start to run a bit low. So help them out by giving the gift of classroom supplies! They’ll appreciate the restocking!
In addition to basic classroom supplies like crayons, glue sticks, etc. you can also help them replenish their own supplies. A nice set of pens, stickers, and a quality staple can go a long way. I find the best teacher Christmas gifts are ones that can be used every single day!
Plus, they can save their own money for something they need for themselves.
3. Gift cards to local coffee shops
Coffee and tea is what fuels many teachers through the long nights of grading and planning.
Give your child’s teacher gift cards to local coffee shops or artisan coffees.
They’re sure to enjoy getting some caffeine when they are burning the midnight oil! It’s one of my top holiday teacher gift ideas when you’re scrambling for a last minute gift!
4. Gas and car care gift cards
Teachers spend so much of their time on our kids and I couldn’t be more thankful for them.
A gas or car care gift card is a very practical holiday teacher gift that can help take care of some of those other chores they have to stay on top of when they’re not at school!
Not having to pay for gas or an oil change is definitely a good pick me up when you’re running those errands.
5. Cold and flu remedies
It is hard staying healthy when you are a teacher.
Give your child’s teacher a care package that includes tissues, cough drops, cold medicine, tea, hand warmers, and other cold and flu remedies.
These items will help them stay comfortable during the cold and flu season which will be in full force when school resumes after winter break!
6. Your time
What do teachers really want?
Give your child’s teacher a hand by volunteering in the classroom.
You can offer to help decorate bulletin boards and assist with classroom activities. At our school, we always need volunteers to help with car rider line and lunch.
If you’re a working parent, don’t hesitate to reach out and offer to help. There are plenty of projects that can be done in the evenings. I still remember the year when I had a parent who would cut out all of my laminating for me! All I did was send it home with the student and it would come back the next day.
It was truly a gift!
7. A holiday breakfast or lunch
Get together with other parents and plan a small breakfast or lunch for the staff.
Have each family donate items such as donuts or juice, and get other parents to help out in the classroom while the teachers enjoy a break. They are sure to enjoy the mini retreat and breakfast!
During the busy holiday season at school, one of the best holiday teacher gifts can be a little break from the organized chaos and a reminder that you’re appreciated.
When you’re thinking about holiday teacher gift ideas this year, consider one of these ideas!
They’re easy to give and easy to receive gift ideas that are sure to put you ahead of the class!
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