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Title : What do Teachers REALLY want for Christmas? BEST Teacher Gift Ideas (from a TEACHER!)
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It is ridiculous to assume that all teachers want the same thing. I certainly do NOT want school supplies for Christmas! Since I do not drink coffee, I do not want coffee mugs or coffee shop gift cards. Christmas ornaments are nice, but only if they go along with my style. Some students know what I like, and others don’t (nothing wrong with this). If you have more than one child, you should realize that they like different things. It is the same with everyone. So not lump everyone into one category by assuming a shared career choice means they want the same presents. Try to notice things a person likes, and shop for a present with that in mind.
I know I always appreciate consumable 'body care ' products. Soaps, hand lotions, body butters, room spray. The only thing you need to know is if they are allergic or sensitive to perfume scents. That is why I would buy/ want only products scented with natural essential oils and that are natural products without harmful chemical ingredients. Not cheap drug store brands. Essential oils are a wonderful gift as well along the same lines.
A lot of people probably have a little trouble thinking of gift cards for male teachers ( other than food/ coffee which is still nice) but if you live in a place that really gets snow, a gift card for vehicle washes are a great idea. The men in my life really like to take care of their trucks and keep them clean but spending money on a car wash is not fun and over the long winter it can really add up. A gift card would be especially good for those times when you just wash the truck and have at most one nice day and then it snows and gets all muddy, slushy and dirty again and it's as though you never washed it but you don't want to pay for another wash so soon. So it really is a gift. I would think Tom could relate to this.
I am a teacher myself, I love gift cards! I write the students name on the back of the card so when I make a trade for coffee, I say thanks Michelle and pray for that child while enjoying the coffee! I also remember asking my son what his teacher liked while shopping the mall with him. He was six and I asked the questions like, does your teacher wear bracelets? He was excited to say, "Yes! She wears colorful rubber band bracelets!" We bought her a bundle of rubber bands for her wrists. I asked, "Does she have an umbrella?" He replied, Well it has rained so much this year so let me pick one out in case she forgets hers." I will always treasure this shopping trip because it was not expensive and he totally focused on her needs and I focused on really LISTENING to my six year old!
I got my kids' teachers a poinsettia plant. Ok but here is the truth...my kids are literally the easiest kids to work with. They are NO trouble at all, get along with everyone, do their work, follow directiins. I sincerely feel that just by raising good kids I am doing my part and dont need to constantly hustle to give gifts to teachers. At our school it started to feel excessive...Christmas, teacher's birthsay, Teacher Appreciation Day. Likewise I dont need the teacher to bend over backwards for the perfect Mothers Day art craft from the child. Reading, writing, math, organized approach, and a nice disposition is really all I expect.
I love giving really nice 3 wick candles for a few reasons, 1-they are a consumable decor item (makes their home look and smell nice but doesn’t take up room or need storage) 2-if the candle isn’t a scent that the teacher likes it is a generic enough gift that it can be regifted very easily and I believe that’s also very helpful during the holiday season, it’s just one less gift you have to buy! 3-candles (if purchased from a decent store/brand) are a quality gift that won’t break the bank! Example...bath and body works has 3 wicks in sale every other week and they are gorgeous quality candles
When my son was growing up, the one gift I gave that went over like gangbusters was, I bought these really cute scrapbooks, personalized to each of his teachers. Inside I wrote a note, something to the effect of we don't get to keep anything but our memories. And that was my gift. They were enamored with it. Now these were grade school teachers.
I was in college later and turned out, one of my professors became one of my best friends. I learned from her that material gifts just are not that appreciated because they get so many. Because we are friends, I give her good chocolate or maybe a bottle of wine. But I think the one thing she liked the best was a gift card to a really nice restaurant. Pampering. As you said, they don't have a lot of money. Teachers really don't. And, they don't have a lot of time. Really expensive soap or something decadent that they wouldn't normally buy for themselves. They really are on a budget, So even though I'm not in school anymore, we are still friends and I still get her gifts. And I try to make them decadent. Also cards! She loves to get cards.
The parents of my son’s class are getting together and pooling money to buy gift cards for the teachers. As a recovering teacher myself, I completely agree with gift cards. Handwritten notes from kids and parents are lovely too. If I was given chocolate or cake, I would leave it at school and produce it in the staff room in mid January, when we needed a boost. So that’s appreciated too!
I really don’t want to fill somebody else’s house with junk either now I’ve seen the benefits of minimalism.
Good tips! My husband is a teacher and I'm an SLP in the schools. He gets tons of gift cards every year. LOTS of gift cards. They really help us throughout the year. WE WANT GIFT CARDS!
However as an Speech Therapist, I've only gotten 3 gifts in the last 7 years, (I usually have about 45-50 kids each year). If your kid gets special education services, us related service providers (SLP, OT, PT) will be beyond happy to get anything.
I am a toddler teacher and your friend gave great ideas! I will say that if you have a treat, be careful of food allergies! I have a food allergy and even though I’ll accept gifts even if I can’t eat them, it’s sweet when someone remembers. I love how you tell kids to pay attention to their teachers for gift ideas too!
My dad drives school bus and the kids always give him giftcards fo coffee shops and grocery stores and gas. He loves those kids and always says he drives a bus full of the future presidents and politicians and the most precious cargo on the road. He tells them these things which I'm sure some of the kids find it funny. But they just love him. One kid even drew him a picture of him driving a bus and all the kids. He showed me. It was so detailed. Right down to my dads outfit he wears and everyday. He had it framed.😁
I'm a teacher, and my favourite thing is to receive a note. I received a note and a picture from a student earlier this year, and I keep it in my teacher bag to pull out when I'm having a bad day. We hear regularly, when we have made parents angry, but we rarely get told when we've made a positive impact on a child or their family.
Otherwise, a gift card would suit very well....or earrings. But make sure to take note of preferred colours or metals.
My niece, cousin, aunt, another cousin, close friend, mother in law, husband’s aunt, husband’s cousins are ALL teachers. I have asked them all and their answers:
1. nothing is fine. They don’t expect a gift.
2. Gift cards to bookstore, office supplies store, coffee shop, dollar store.
3. Pinterest type gift.
So it’s pretty much the same as your video said.
We've donated to Samaritans Purse "to help teach a child to read" and I think we will be doing something similar with Compassion this year. 4th grade hatches baby chicks, and baby chicks for a family is one of the gifts you can sponsor. It gives us the opportunity to support a charity and tie the meaning back to what our teachers do for us. I hope the gesture is appreciated!
I taught for 8 years. I loved gift cards, but my favorite gift was an ornament and the student wrote on the back why he was thankful for me. I get to read it each year when i put my tree up and am so thankful to remember him and those special students i taught with him❤
My kids’ school has a ‘My Favorite Things’ that’s done by each teacher, available in the office. I always get a copy of my kid’s teachers’ page the beginning of the year and try to get them something from their list throughout the year. I love the idea and so glad I’m getting something from their wishlist.
Probably the best gift I ever gave a teacher was at the end of my oldest daughter's first-grade year. It was a 3-page handwritten letter about how she had helped my daughter and the love she had shown her, how important her impact on the kids was, and how much I loved and appreciated her. It reduced her to tears. Big, sloppy tears. It was a beautiful moment.
I've worked in preschool for many years. The best yet have been when parents in their honest and beautiful words have told me how much they love what I do for their kid(s). But when it comes to things I loved a Mandalabook and color pencils the most. I've gotten eatable gifts but don't eat gluten. Make sure you check if the teacher is allergic if you are gonna give some sweets or similar. Even though the fact that you've thought of the teacher is more than enough :)
I’m a newly retired teacher. I really love the idea of sending your child on a recon mission to see what their teacher drinks. What a great way to teach them how to think about others! Personally, my day was made when I got a $5 Starbucks card. Given that ANY gift is very touching, I would suggest that you steer away from ornaments and religious items (like a book of daily devotionals, which I once got. And still have, for sentimental reasons, even though it did not resonate with my own faith beliefs at all.). Also, it’s a season when there are a lot of illnesses going around, so I did always kind of prefer commercially wrapped food like chocolate candies to homemade goodies. When my daughter was little, I read that teachers like school supplies and stickers, so I sometimes did that. But when I was a teacher myself, I have to say I enjoyed more frivolous stuff like chocolate or pretty-smelling hand sanitizer. And I’d like to add one more thing. I taught Special Ed, and I had an incentives/treats/prizes box. Friends and family would pass on trinkets to me for my box. If your child’s teacher has a prize box, consider donating little things, or bubblegum, throughout the year (whenever you go on a decluttering spree).
Hi Giirl. As you know, I am a Teacher, If someone ask me what I would like to get a Chistmas my answer will be CLEAN SERVICE FOR A MONTH f will be great, because we ( teachers) always are really bussy all the time and required help with the house... Thank you... Teacher Zoila November 13th, 2018j
I know several teachers and I don’t think ANY of them would argue with this video😄 it’s true: they pour into the lives of our children several days a week and we just want them to feel loved and appreciated with our breaking the bank! 😜 it’s great to be reminded that “taking the easy way out” with a gift card may be the most appreciated or useful of the gifts they receive
When I was teaching I loved gift cards! Definitely the best. I was trying to figure out where to get them for my sons teachers and since you said McDonald’s I’m probably going to go with that. They can always get a coffee there. We don’t have many specialty restaurants in our small town. Thanks for your videos!
I would always give teachers things like a freezable meals that she could microwave or cook in a short time for her / his family during the busy holiday season as well as for younger teachers, prize box supplies, stickers, pencils & subject related items with a personalized card from my student.