In this season of giving I get quite a few of my non-teacher friends and family asking me what types of gifts teachers like to receive from students. I know that some schools discourage giving gifts, but even with that, I know many parents want to give gifts if possible. In my 6 years of teaching, I've been blessed to receive some really thoughtful and generous gifts from my students and their families.
Here are a few ideas:
- Gift cards are almost always a winner. If you don't know them very well, choose one that could be used several places. Target is almost always a safe bet for anyone (unless you happen to live in the middle of nowhere and don't have one nearby.)
- Give a practical gift of something they enjoy. Sometimes the best gifts are my everyday favorites like a 12 pack of Diet Mountain Dew or some Special K Bars.
- Find out "their thing." My thing is K-State and it's pretty apparent when you walk into my classroom. It's a pretty safe bet that I'll love anything K-State... Jewelry, blankets, decorations, etc.
- A useful gift set is another safe bet. I actually received one of these Starbucks sets from a student. I'm no Starbucks addict, but I do love me some hot cocoa and a cute travel mug! It's something that is generic enough that most people can probably use it.
- Bath & Body Works products... They have a great exchange policy! If you didn't already know, B&BW will let you exchange products if you don't like the scent. This always makes me feel better when I give something to someone. Last year my old roommate was able to swap out several gifts from her students for items in scents she enjoyed.
- Classroom supplies are always needed. I don't know many teachers that couldn't use more classroom supplies like Post-Its, Sharpies, or colorful grading pens!
- Note cards and stationary with a personal touch. I love cute notepads and cards. You can get plenty of cute patterns at specialty stores or even places like Target or Michaels. If you want to step it up a notch, have it personalized through a website like Vista Print or Shutterfly!
I hope that helps you with any last minute shopping you may still have, or keep these ideas in mind for teacher appreciation or end-of-the-year gifts!