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Teacher gifts - what to give?

Posted November 28, 2010

What are you giving to teachers this holiday? Any frugal suggestions?

If you are a teacher, please let us know what you would love to receive!

Click on the link in the box for an article with some good suggestions from a teacher. On the top of the "Don't need any more of these" list: Best Teacher mugs and candles.

As the author of the article suggested, I am thinking of putting together gift bags for the teachers of my elementary school student with needed classroom items like crayons, copy paper, Lysol wipes, highlighters, tissues, sidewalk chalk, etc. Many of these are items I already have from great before-school sales and many are items I can purchase frugally with sales and coupons. Although I do hear she likes chocolate, as well. May need to include some of my favorite Hershey's peppermint kisses! Since her teacher reads this blog.........surprise!

Not sure about the teachers of my middle school student. Not too many crayons being used in pre-algebra!



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  • shantankenz Dec 4, 2010

    I teach 2nd grade and I think the best gift I could get from a student is something we can use in the classroom. Kleenex, baby wipes, candy for the candy jar, stickers, stamps, crayons, glue sticks, construction paper, card stock, I could go on and on! Any kind of gift card is great also (for a food place or store).

  • Oxymoron02 Nov 30, 2010

    I've avoided giving mugs in the past, especially to more senior teachers (newbies don't display a collection around the room so much). I usually default to B&N gift cards, mostly because I'm a bibliophile and any teacher SHOULD be a bibliophile and therefore appreciate the sentiment. :)

    My daughter is in the public HS, and I have no clue how I'm going to break up buying THAT many teacher gifts this year (a card to each and maybe let her pick one to give a GC to? I dunno, money's been too tight this year to give much). My son is homeschooled, so I might let him pick out a super-awesome megagift for his teacher. ;)

  • coffeecrazy Nov 30, 2010

    I taught middle and now teach high school.
    Great gifts: Christmas ornaments are great; gift cards - $5-$10 is STILL a blessing, I love Bojangle's bucks, Starbucks cards; home made jellies and jams are AWESOME; the mason jar with pre-measured brownie/cookie mixes are great too; no gift - just a personally created Christmas card from the heart; a donation made in my honor to an animal rescue shelter was WONDERFUL as well.
    Definite "No Thanks": no scented lotion (no good for those with allergies or who prefer organic etc.), no coffee mugs please, no breakable ceramic Christmas nik-naks.
    Truly though, it is the thought that counts. I love cards with real messages in them, and I love knowing my students are giving to charities- so to donate in my honor is a double blessing.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 29, 2010

    Sonia - that is a GREAT idea! This years calendar is full of free items with no other purchase required. I bought them for a school fundraiser at the beginning of the school year and I am really impressed with the 2011 coupons.

  • fedupteacher Nov 29, 2010

    Gift cards to coffee shops are always a hit at my school. Another favorite is the Chick-fil-A calendar. It's inexpensive to purchase, but has lots of value with the coupons included on each page.
    Sonia Armstrong

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 29, 2010

    I think your teachers will be very very happy, autumn nut!

    Thanks for the link Eri815.

  • autumn_nut Nov 29, 2010

    I'm giving a Godiva Peppermint Truffle Bar to my teachers. At $17.75 for a pack of 6, each one is only $2.95! Add a nice card with a handwritten note and voila!

  • eri815 Nov 29, 2010

    I came across this website this weekend and it's got some neat ideas for gifts that are quick and easy to make. They're intended for neighbors, but some of them would work for teachers too.

  • Dr D Nov 29, 2010

    In addition to things others have already mentioned, such as gift cards and homemade goodies (cookies, mini loaves of sweet breads, chocolate covered pretzels - preferrably recipes that the children can participate in preparing), we have sometimes also given Forever postage stamps (currently $8.80 for a pane of 20 self-adhesives), which are small enough to fit inside a greeting card.

  • workingm0m Nov 29, 2010

    Once when I was younger a manager gave me a gift card to a grocery store. It allowed me to buy a ham for Christmas dinner. So I always give teachers a grocery gift card because they don't have the best salaries and I like to think that I can contribute to a nice holiday meal for their family.