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You’ve made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You’ve bought gifts for mom, dad, hubby, your children, your in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, 2nd cousins, the mailman and the family dog. Whew! Now you can sit back and relax!

Well…maybe not. Did you remember to get a teacher gift? If you have children that are elementary school age or younger, you might want to remember their teachers with a gift this Christmas. Teachers do a lot of work for very little. A simple gift at Christmastime is a great way to thank them for all of the time they spend with your child during the school year.

Need help deciding what type of merry gift to send to your child’s teacher? Look no further! Here are some great gift ideas for the caring teacher in your child’s life.

Gift Cards

As impersonal as giving a gift card may feel, it will never be ill-received. As long as you give a gift card that is A) unexpired and B) likely to be used, it’s certain to be a hit. So what kinds of gift cards will teachers appreciate? Here are some ideas.

  • A coffee shop
  • A book store
  • A big box store like Target, Wal-Mart or Kohl’s
  • A moderately-priced restaurant
  • A store that sells classroom supplies

Deciding on the amount of the gift card can be a little bit difficult because you don’t want to feel like you’re spending too much or too little. In most cases, anywhere from $15 to $30 is an appropriate amount for a gift card.

Classroom Supplies

Many devoted teachers spend their own money to make sure your children have decent classroom supplies. If your child’s teacher has a wish list of classroom supplies, contribute to that. If not, purchase some nice scissors, a stapler, pens, or even some personalized stamps. If you’re not sure what the classroom needs, ask your children. They’ll be able to tell you what the classroom is lacking.


Classroom-appropriate books are a great gift that all of the children will enjoy. If your child has some favorite books which the other kids could benefit from, purchase some brand-new copies and give them as a teacher gift.

A Handwritten Note

Instead of spending money, buy or make a cute card and let the teacher know how much of an impact they’ve made on your child’s life. If your child is old enough, have them write the note themselves; it will mean more to them than all of the sugar cookies or fudge in the world.

A Charitable Donation

You could go the traditional route and make a meaningful donation to charity in the teacher’s name. Or you could use this great website called TisBest, which offers Charity Gift Cards. Visit and purchase a gift card. The teacher can then use this gift card to make a donation to his or her favorite charity. You’ll pay a small fee for the card and the packaging, but 100% of the money goes to the charity of the teacher’s choice.

Your Time

Classroom assistance is a welcome relief for any teacher. With more and more parents working, it can be hard to find classroom volunteers. Offer up a few afternoons of your time to prepare materials or assist with odd jobs in the classroom.

The bottom line is, teachers don’t need more stuff; they just need to feel appreciated. After scouring numerous online forums to write this post, it seems that many teachers prefer to be gifted with an old-fashioned, hand-written thank you note. The best gift is one that lets them know they’re doing a great job.

To all of the teachers out there: what kinds of gifts do you like to receive from your students?  Let us know in the comments!


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