10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers that will be loved, appreciated and used. As a former classroom teacher, I know a thing or two about receiving gifts from students and their families. No matter what the gift was, I knew that I was cared about for an effort to be made in gift giving. I even had some sneaky moms who would ask around about things I liked and disliked. It's not all about apples, coffee cups and candles.

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers written by a former classroom teacher. It's not all about apples, coffee cups and candles.10 gift ideas they will love. frogslilypad.net

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10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers

  1. New School Supplies – Teachers love school supplies! Many teachers purchase their own supplies to use in their classrooms. For some, a teacher’s budget is stretched very thin when purchasing their cherished Colored Sharpies, Pens, Post it Notes, Note cards, and Stickers.

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers written by a former classroom teacher. It's not all about apples, coffee cups and candles.10 gift ideas they will love. frogslilypad.net
  1. Movie Night Basket – Creating a personal basket with movie favorites like popcorn, candy, soft drinks and even a DVD is thoughtful.

  2. Magazine Subscription – Teacher’s have a life outside of school. If you know they have a hobby or a certain interest, a magazine subscription is a wonderful gift idea. If you’re not too sure on an interest, an educational magazine would be welcomed for the classroom.

  3. Personalized Stationery– I’ll never forget the cute little notepads I received one year. I loved them! Any teacher would love to have a set of their own personalized stationary to send those pleasant and not so pleasant notes home.

  4. A Tumbler Cup – Not all teachers use coffee cups, but they will use a tumbler type cup. An added bonus would be either small lemonade or iced coffee packets tucked inside.

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers written by a former classroom teacher. It's not all about apples, coffee cups and candles.10 gift ideas they will love. frogslilypad.net

(Thanks Megan and Kelly for allowing me to use your photos to share these awesome gift ideas.)

  1. Mints and Hard Candy – Teachers do a lot of talking and many times throughout the day they need a little something to keep from getting a dry throat and mouth.

  2. Chocolate, Favorite Soft Drink and Snack Items – Teachers have favorite drinks, your child probably knows what that drink is. I’ll never forget my 4th grade teacher’s favorite drink because she had a glass bottle of Mr. Pibb every single day at lunch. It became my favorite when I was a teen and it still is to this day.

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers written by a former classroom teacher. It's not all about apples, coffee cups and candles.10 gift ideas they will love. frogslilypad.net
  1. Handmade items – Some of my favorite gifts of all were the ones that were created by students themselves or even their mothers or grandmothers. I have a couple of little crocheted runners I still use that I received my very first year of teaching.

  2. Gift Cards – One gift that most teachers enjoy receiving! Whether they are for restaurants, coffee shops, a local school supply store or even a gas station. These gifts while not “personal” they are gifts that are truly appreciated.

  3. Cash – While this is what many think of as an “if all else fails” gift, teachers spend money just like you and me. Cash comes in handy while shopping and who knows the teacher in your child’s life may be saving for a large purchase or has had an unexpected bill to come up.

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers written by a former classroom teacher. It's not all about apples, coffee cups and candles.10 gift ideas they will love. frogslilypad.net

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