A mom asked for recommendations on teacher gifts. I asked the moms, but then I realized I was asking the wrong people. I have so many friends who are teachers or used to be teachers that I decided to ask them. After all, it’s what the recipient wants that matters, right?
Here are the top things teachers said they do NOT want.
- Scented things like lotions and candles. “All gifts are appreciated. However, there are some that get re-gifted to others….lotions and candles. Those are such personal preferences.”
- Plants, mugs, picture frames, magnets, etc. “you can only take so many lotions, candles, plants, mugs and picture frames.“
- Candy and Sweets “A lot of my colleagues are on diets and food isn’t always the right thing, especially sweets.”
What do teachers want? To sum it up in two words: Gift Cards. If you know what your child’s teacher likes to do in their spare time than go for a store focused on that. Not sure? How about an activity? And what teacher doesn’t need help buying books or other school supplies? If you can only spare $5 it is still appreciated. Or organize the other parents and pool your funds to provide one larger gift from all of you.
Here are some suggestions:
- Interests/Hobbies. Starbucks, Michael’s/Hobby Lobby, Home Depot/Lowe’s (gardening or home improvement projects), Barnes & Noble or Booksellers, iTunes, Dick’s Sporting Goods/Sports Authority
- Practical. Target, Knowledge Tree (tons of teacher supplies), Office Depot/Staples, Kroger, Kohl’s, Stein Mart, Oak Court or Wolfchase Mall, TJ Maxx, Kid Station (if they have young children)
- Activities/Outings. YoLo or Sweet CeCe’s, movie theater, spa’s (mani/pedi), restaurants
And a few comments from the teachers:
- As a teacher, we mostly appreciate gift cards. Even a 5 dollar target or sbux card is great!
- As a teacher I always appreciate ANY gift, but I too tend to get too much food that isn’t good for my waistline….it is constantly in the teachers lounge too! I love getting a gift card to Barnes and Noble or even an iTunes gift card!
- We’re always grateful if you think of us. Especially the often forgotten special area teachers. Trust me, as a teacher, if I’m given something, it will get used somehow.
- The coolest gift I ever received was a gift card to the mall… so it was good in ALL of their stores. The BEST gift? I’m a huge baseball fan, and one year a family got tickets to the Cardinals game for me. 1st base… field level. Awesome!!
- Always appreciated gifts for the classroom… Books for our library, toys/puzzles for indoor recess, magazine subscriptions, etc.
- As a reading teacher, I like getting grade appropriate books to add to my classroom library. I also ask the student to write their name and the year on the inside front cover. When students borrow them the next year, they always notice the signature.
- The best gift that I ever received was a donation made in my honor to an animal sanctuary.
- Gift cards are awesome… Or something I can use in my classroom like stickers, books, special markers, stamps and stamp pads.
- (and my favorite comment): I liked liquor. But people get mad when I suggest that. Also long heartfelt notes were awesome.