10 of the Best Gift Ideas for Teachers

You only have a couple weeks left to get everyone crossed off your Christmas list. And one of those people is probably your son or daughter’s school teacher.

What are you going to get them? Another candle? Or maybe some markers? No way! Here’s 10 ideas any school teacher would love to receive for the holidays.

1. Fresh-baked goodies

I’m pretty sure all of America loves chocolate chip cookies. How could they not? If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to say thank you, cookies, brownies, and cupcakes, go straight to the front of the line. And if you burn the house down whenever you turn the oven on, feel free to purchase goodies from a local bakery.

2. A gift card to Staples

Classroom supplies from pens to pads of paper and even binder ring supporters – they’re in low supply when many teachers are footing the bill for supplies. Give them a gift card to Staples or Office Depot so they can get what they need for their spring class.

3. A gift card to the grocery store

People either love or hate grocery shopping – just like cooking. But, everyone has to eat. Make it easier on your kid’s teacher by giving them a gift card to the grocery store. Then, they’ll be able to get that filet mignon they’ve always wanted!

4. A couple months of a useful K-12 web application

Technology is making a positive impact throughout the entire classroom. Encourage the use of it by purchasing a couple months of a popular web app. How about giving QuizBean a shot? I hear it’s pretty stellar at quickly assessing students. Start at QuizBean.com

5. One big gift from the whole class

Have all the students put a hand-print on a poster or sign a platter. One gift from the whole class means a lot to teachers because it serves as a memory for that year. Get a couple parents together and start brainstorming ideas!

6. A 90-minute massage

Love massages? Teachers do! When they work 60-80 hour work weeks, there’s no time for relaxation. Give them the gift of massage and you’ll be their favorite parent for years to come. And yes, it works for both male and female teachers!

7. Gas card

Everyone has to make it to work. And that means gas money. Get your son’s teacher a gas card for a week’s worth of gas. If they don’t want to use it on gas for commuting, there’s always an end-of-the-year road trip!

8. Bouquet of flowers (for the ladies)

Flowers simply brighten your day (when they’re not plastic). Find a local florist or drop by your neighborhood grocery store to find the perfect bouquet. Get them delivered, too — it’ll be a great surprise on a dreary winter day.

9. A gift card to AC Moore or Michael’s

If you head into any craft store from the end of July into August, you’ll find it packed with teachers who are buying supplies (likely out of their own pocket) to decorate their classroom before their students come. And they’ll do it several times before the year is over. GIve them financial relief and pay for decorating their classroom. After all, your kid is there 180 days a year, right?

10. A nice restaurant in your town

Teachers don’t often spoil themselves when it comes to food. The teachers I know mak a lot of meals at home, bring their lunch to school, and don’t enjoy the fine restaurants in town. Help them out. Give them a gift certificate to the finest place in town. That way, they can take their best friend, partner, or spouse on a night on the town.

What ideas do you have to give teachers for the holidays?