It’s hard to come up with just the right holiday gift for your child’s teacher. This year try to avoid the apple-themed knick-knacks or #1 Teacher t-shirts and give one of the gifts teachers really want for the holidays!
Let’s face it. In some ways teaching can be a very under-appreciated job and most teachers simply need to know they’re doing well. Although you don’t need to wait until the holidays to say “thanks,” a nice greeting card or letter detailing how your child’s life has been touched by his teacher is a wonderful gift.
2. A donated gift for a classmate in need.
Every year, across the country, there are students in classrooms who will go home to a giftless holiday. It’s pretty likely your child’s teacher is already trying to find ways to remedy this, but ask her if there is something you can provide for anyone in the class. Just know she probably won’t be able to let you know to whom your gift is going, but does it really matter?
Gifts like bread in a nice container or a "gift in a jar" are very nice, inexpensive, thoughtful gifts. It’s fun to work together as a family to do the baking and wrapping, too. Every year, my kids and I get out the chocolate molds and make a mug full of holiday-themed chocolate pretzel sticks for their teachers.
6. Flowers, a plant or seeds for a garden.
Flowers can really brighten up a teacher’s desk and mood and they’re portable enough to come home at the end of the day. A plant or seeds for a garden may take a little longer to bloom, but they can be annual reminders of your child. (If your child’s teacher has a green thumb, that is!)
A gift certificate to a bookstore, office supply store, restaurant, coffee shop, Bath & Body Works...OK, you get the point. A gift card is a greatly appreciated gift. It doesn’t have to be large, it shows you're thinking of the teacher and it can either be to supplement the out-of-pocket costs for the classroom or to give your child’s teacher a well-deserved treat.