Every Christmas and every May, I see the question come up among moms: “What would make a good gift for my kids’ teachers?”
I was a public school teacher for three years and a private music teacher for a few more, so here are a couple of my thoughts:
First of all, I remember one teacher colleague telling me that any homemade food she gets from a student goes straight in the trash. I’m not sure what her reason was, and I have no idea if that’s typical, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
More importantly, here’s what I suggest if you want to give a teacher a gift:
Write a note (it doesn’t have to be long or extravagant) telling why you liked this teacher, something they did that was helpful, something that your child learned or enjoyed about the class. If at all possible, include a photo of your child. CC the principal on it.
There! That’s the best gift.
But if you want to do something else (or if you want to give something more tangible as well), here are some cute and useful ideas that I found.
Mug Teacher Gifts
Tote Bag Teacher Gifts
Jewelry for Teachers
If you’re shopping for a female teacher, something “teacher-y but also pretty” is a great option. My personal favorite is the third from the left, the burgundy one with a heart.
Also, if you’re the crafty type, a handmade gift is always fun and special. I’m not the best person to get advice from in that department, but here’s a video with a couple ideas: