Friday, November 28, 2014

Top Teacher Gift Ideas from Teachers!

Teacher Gift Ideas

These ideas came from my teacher friends. Wish lists for a teacher may vary by how long they have been teaching. One school has the teacher fill out a “Favorite Things” survey at the beginning of the school year. That simplifies the process of gift selection for the families or the class can go together on a gift.  A sample of the survey questions is at the end of this list.

Any gifts that can be used up!  As much as some feel that a gift card is impersonal, teachers really like them. This was a top pick of my teacher friends. To make it personal, include a heartfelt note of thanks to the teacher for teaching your child.
  • Gift cards for teachers favorite store/s
  • Movie passes
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Items from the teacher’s wish list for classroom supplies (most teachers spend their own money on non budgeted items for the classroom
  • Cozy evening at home basket-favorite beverage and snacks in a basket
  • Movie night at home basket with snacks and movie
  • Manicure/ pedicure/hair salon gift certificate
  • Do you know if a teacher likes to cook? Give an opportunity to take a cooking class. Loves art? Membership to a museum would be an appropriate choice.

Give the gift of time. In a teacher’s case it would be to save them time. Quote from one of my friends, “If there were a way to get TIME as a gift, that would be my answer, hands down!”
  • Easy to prepare meal in a basket or a ready made meal brought to school on a scheduled night to save the time of cooking a meal. Give them a personalized coupon that they can redeem at a future date. Have your child create the coupon.
  • Christmas cookies to save the teacher the time of baking.
  • If allowed, bring a special lunch for the teacher and watch the students while the teacher has some alone time.

Give a gift from their personal wish list.
  • Books that they like to read
  • Items that they collect. One teacher received all of the pieces for her nativity set over the years and another her Christmas dishes.

Christmas Ornaments.
  • The length of time one has taught has a bearing on this gift but it is also personal preference. Some teachers have limited space for more ornaments on the tree and storage could be an issue as well.
  • A couple of teachers did mention that they like to get unique Christmas ornaments as it would remind them of students in the past. The possibilities of unique ornaments are endless these days. The name and year are written on the box.

“Favorite Things” Questionnaire:
What is their favorite:

Color?                 Hobby?    Fast Food?    Snack?    Stores for shopping?    Collectable?     Special Wish?

Gretchen Hudock    Reorganize Today, LLC    262.644.5381

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