Last Minute Teacher Gifts that get an A+

Wake up. Get in school as soon as the doors are unlocked.  Finish preparing for the day as long as I can and inevitably be cut short by a conversation with a teacher or student that needed to happen, but just wasn’t in the plan.  Teach all day and occasionally grade a quiz, pick up photo copies, discuss an event with an administrator, call a parent, tutor a hardworking student, and “counsel” the student who did not cooperate in class that day.  Coach. Eat. Grade papers. Prepare another lesson. Go to bed. Repeat.

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That was my typical day for the better part of 14 years as a teacher.  What a blessing that career was to me.  I certainly hope it was a blessing to all of the students I taught!  As a high school teacher, I didn’t see as many gifts around the holidays that I suppose elementary school teachers receive; however, any kind gesture was always appreciated in a way words can not express.

If you are planning on giving a teacher a gift this year, I have a few suggestions that do not cost a lot, but mean the world to a dedicated educator.

1. A thank you letter. This gift is the best, especially when you see the student (and/or parent) truly took the time to thank a teacher for a specific lesson or kindness.  I can not emphasize enough how awesome it is to get a thank you card/letter from a student – especially from a junior high or high school student.  It literally makes a teacher feel like they won the lottery – notably when the letter is detailed and from the heart!

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2. A gift card.  A 5 dollar gift card to Dunkin Donuts gave me a great morning! Any gift card is incredibly appreciated by teachers.  If you were already thinking gift card – you get an A++!

3. For those who are artsy and creative – A pencil box filled with fun pens and pencils (I would have loved this because when a student once again told me he or she had nothing to write with I would have had something to offer them and not have been so “scroogey”).

This one from DaySpring is absolutely PERFECT!

The World’s a better place because of you pencil pouch

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If you want to go this route, I suggest asking the teacher if there are any supplies he or she finds to be buying frequently – and out of her or his own pocket. Another idea for the creative gift giver (I am not and will never be in this category – but I am sure some of you are!) was given to me by my son’s teacher.  She said last year someone beautifully wrapped up at diet coke and a chocolate bar – and it made her day!

4. Chocolate – Here’s a little chocolate gift made just for teachers!

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Remember, it’s ok to keep it simple – and it’s ok to not give a gift at all, especially if your budget is tight!

I hope this helped you!  And I hope you have a very, very, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  1. December 21, 2015
    • December 21, 2015

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