Do’s and Don’ts of Teacher Gifts

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By Vicki Little

Just when you think you’ve finished your holiday shopping, you realize you’ve forgotten a gift for that wonderful teacher who does so much for your child! This week is holiday crunch time – but don’t worry, we have some suggestions that are quick, inexpensive, and sure to please. We also have advice on what NOT to get your teacher, even if you’re in a bind.

DO get them something useful — like pencils or hand sanitizer or even crayons to start the new year off sharp!

DON’T get them another knick-knack for their room. Unless they are a brand new teacher, they don’t have space for another pencil holder.

DO get them a bundled gift like a diffuser water bottle and some fresh fruit to put in it.

DON’T shove a packet of hot cocoa in another mug — they have a lot of mugs. A lot.

DO get them a gift card — Starbucks, Target and Office Depot are always welcome!

DON’T buy them a planner. You will never find the right one.

DO get them something that smells good, like a Plug-In or Scentsy.

DON’T get them a candle — open flames and kids don’t mix.

DO give them something from the heart. Homemade cookies are great!

DON’T give them cash. It is weird and feels like you are trying to buy a grade for your child!

Any gift you give to your teacher will be appreciated, and remember that you don’t have to buy or make anything at all! Many teachers would love to simply have you volunteer in their classroom or take some pencils home to sharpen. Don’t go crazy. Just let them know you appreciate them and that you care.

Do you have an unique gift for your favorite teachers?

Vicki Little is a work-at-home mom with two young kids. A Colorado native, she is the Publisher and Editor of Macaroni Kid Aurora and Downtown Denver. When she isn’t writing or trying to keep up with her kids she can be found volunteering, reading, or enjoying a bottle of wine with friends.

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