Holiday Teacher Gift Ideas

Holiday Teacher Gift Ideas

Posted by by Marisa Rubin on Dec 3rd 2020

’Tis the season, right? Well, this holiday season looks a little different than last year—that’s for sure. But, one thing that’s the same as always is the festive feeling of gift giving. Even if you’re not into celebrating the holidays this year (believe us, we understand), there’s more reasons than ever to let someone know that you appreciate their hard work and dedication. From parents and teachers to teacher friends, close friends, or anyone that you think deserves a little recognition, there are a bunch of really great ideas that are sure to put a smile on their face.

While we found ourselves wondering what the perfect acknowledgement gift looked like this year, we decided to ask the audience! We surveyed teachers across the country and asked them what they’d be most interested in receiving from students/parents and fellow teacher friends. Whatever your budget, we’ve concluded that there are many ways to say “thank you” for helping make one of the most difficult years run as smoothly as possible.

Gifts for teachers, from parents and/or students:

Hobby-Related
Add a little more thought to what they’d like by finding something that’s related to one of their hobbies outside the classroom. Are they crafty? Do they enjoy sports? By putting a more personal spin on it, there’s a high chance that the smile will quickly turn into a hug (but make sure to keep a 6 foot distance!)

Gift Cards
You definitely can’t go wrong with a gift card! There’s so many options for places (or an all encompassing one like a Visa gift card), which allows teachers to pick out exactly what they’d like. You could also think of what a teacher could really use and purchase a gift card to a local teacher supply store, a coffee shop, specialty store… just think of what would offer the best options for your teacher friend to enjoy.

Self-Care Must-Haves (because we know how much teachers deserve a little pampering)

  • Jade Face Rollers
  • Sleep Masks
  • Candles
  • Essential Oils

Classroom Supplies

  • Notepads
    An encouraging daily notepad is perfect for teachers (actually, everyone!) and/or that special person who likes to stay organized. There’s different types, too! From plain to lined—and even pre-planned notepads with areas for to-do lists and reminders, there’s bound to be a notepad that’s perfect for everyone on your list.
  • Fine-Point Pens
    Every teacher’s desk is sure to have the typical black or blue ballpoint pen, but why not help them add some fun color to their daily planning and grading?! A nice set of eye-catching fine-point pens are perfect for just about everything—coloring, hand-lettering, grading, note-taking, and more. Not only are these a great idea for color-coding and organizing, what makes them even better is that they don’t bleed through pages!
  • Pencils, Markers, Glue, etc.
    Consumables are always on a teacher’s wish list, and refreshing them at this time of year is good practice since they may be worn down, nearly gone, or out of ink. It’s one less thing that teachers would have to spend their own money for. Think colored pencils, stickers, dry-erase markers, basically anything that could get depleted throughout the school year.

Miscellaneous Items

  • Mug Warmer
    Whether teaching at home or in the classroom, we know that many people enjoy a nice cup of joe in the morning—or as an afternoon pick-me-up. We also know that sometimes things can get hectic and that cup of much needed caffeine (or decaf), might get accidentally neglected. But with a helpful mug warmer, there’s no need to worry, as it will be patiently waiting—at the perfect temp.
  • Organizational Resources
    From file folders to desk accessories, there’s almost endless options for adding a little pizzazz! Think about which color or theme best matches the recipient’s classroom or office. Are they more of a classic style, or more into trendy accents? Either way, we’ve got a wide selection of products that are sure to add a layer of organization to any environment, both at home or in the classroom.

Classroom Learning Games
There’s always an opportunity to learn—especially when fun’s involved! Learning games are a great way to engage young learners with hands-on activities. Our STEM Challenges Learning Cards (available in Original and Seasonal themes) are perfect for both at home or classroom learning—and they are simple, easy-to-understand, and require commonly-found materials to partake. Flash card-style learning is also a great way to have fun and keep kids entertained. Key Education and Eric Carle Learning Cards provide full-color, durable visuals that are ideal for both in-person and virtual learning.

Virtual Supplies

  • Selfie Light
    Because who doesn’t want to look their best? There are a few different kinds of selfie lights, from the type that clips onto your phone or the standalone ring light (they come in a variety of sizes, too!), there’s a perfect light for everyone to feel like a star!
  • Phone Tripod
    With the amazing technology that’s now available at our fingertips, cell phones have taken over as more than just a means of calling friends and family. Sometimes, Especially in this new “work-from-home” environment, our mobile phones act as our lens to the outside world. If you find yourself struggling to hold your phone up for long video chats with friends, family, or coworkers, it’s safe to think that your teacher friends are experiencing the same woes. Find a cool tripod that holds cell phones and provides the perfect angle and hands-free option for your hard working friends.

Gifts for Fellow Teachers:

Get Together

  • Happy Hour
    Everyone loves a good half-off deal, right? So, obviously, Happy Hour is one of the happiest hours around! If you feel comfortable enough to venture out to your favorite restaurant or bar, power to ya! But if you’re adhering to social distancing guidelines or unable to meet up due to a long-distance friendship or work-from-home situation, try a virtual Happy Hour! You can arrange this ahead of time and send small non-perishable bites and drinks in the mail, or place them on your friend’s doorstep—all that’s left is to video chat and enjoy catching up!
  • Dinner (or gift card for a food delivery app)
    While it’s known that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s dinner that truly takes the cake as the most looked forward to. Dinner provides that light at the end of the tunnel; the perfect finishing touch to a stressful day—or maybe one to celebrate. Make reservations at your favorite local eatery or get carry-out and enjoy a nice meal together. You can even invite your friend over to have an enjoyable evening of cooking and catching up. The options are endless. But whatever you do, don’t forget to enjoy dessert!

Gift Cards
Universally, gift cards are the #1 most asked-for item during the holidays. That makes sense as gift cards offer a virtually unlimited selection. From food establishments (think local, if possible) and coffee shops to local educational stores and online shops, there’s truly something for everyone.

If you want to make a gift card feel extra special, try “dressing it up” by placing it in a library pocket and adding a cute bow or ribbon. You could also use one of our many cut-outs to write a personalized note.

While reaching out to our loyal teacher friends, we felt it would be the perfect opportunity to specifically ask what NOT to get them—because that’s the real question here after all, right? We received responses like baked goods, coffee mugs, and motivational signs. Which, if you really think about it, are more on a personal taste level or catered to a particular sense of humor than just something that is more of a universal “thank you” gift. So, perhaps steer clear of anything baked at home, that includes witty sayings, or that takes up prime real estate in their kitchen cabinet. Try to aim for more thoughtful, open-ended ideas that each teacher can individualize while taking a few—quiet—minutes to shop to their heart’s content.