Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Teacher Gifts

Happy Wednesday Girls!

I am so glad we are halfway through the week!  We are for sure ready for the weekend over here!
The saying "time flies" sure is true isn't it??  I cannot believe that the school year is just about over, the time is truly flying on by.  I don't know about you guys, but we are so ready for the school year to be over.  I love having my kids home! 
We have been once again blessed with fabulous teachers this year, and I always love giving them little gifts, a small token to say thank you for all they have done.  When Brooke and Harrison were younger and I was their class mom, I would always take up a collection at Christmas time and at the end of the year, and we would present the teacher with a gift from the class.  I always loved that because, it can definitely be stressful trying to buy teacher gifts.  We don't want to spend a lot of money, and I mean how many candles and coffee cups does one teacher need right???  This way, everyone in the class chipped in a little bit of money, and we were able to give the teacher something nice.  At the schools my children attend now, we are not allowed to collect money, personally I think it sucks, but it is the rule, so we must follow it:)  I have 3 kids in school, Jack is in middle school with multiple teachers, so buying teacher gifts can really add up!  Last year Jack had one teacher that he just LOVED, and that was the only teacher we purchased a gift for.  I know that probably wasn't very nice, but I just cannot spend a small fortune on teacher gifts.  I feel like in elementary school the teachers really get to know their students, they spend the entire day with them.  In middle school here, they have no year round classes, so for example he only has English every other day for the first two marking crazy to me!
In our school, the kids bring home a list at the beginning of each year of the teacher's "Favorite Things", and I am so glad they do this.  I would much rather buy them something I know they will love or use, rather than guess! 
Here are some great things that would make AWESOME teacher gifts.
This cute little travel mug would be so cute for a coffee loving teacher with a Starbucks gift card.
A super cute pair of earrings, like these would make an awesome teacher gift...and talk about affordable...only $8.00.  Both Olivia and AJ's teacher are getting these for Teacher Appreciation next week.
I have these pens and LOVE them.  Teachers always love a great pen, and these would make a great little gift with a notepad or something!

I had picked up these cute notecards in Michael's in the $1 section a few months back, these would be adorable to give with the pens above or even on their own.
I always think candles are a great gift too, I don't think there is such a thing as "too many" candles.  I love getting candles at Bath and Body Works.  Their 3 wick candles are the BEST!
This Spiced Pineapple happens to be the greatest scent ever:)
I would love to hear what everyone else gives as teacher gifts.  Have a great day!


  1. I love your choices! Our school actually prints out a questionnaire that the teacher's fill out with all of their favorite things. SO itypically just refer to that and pick a few things. Simple and easy!

  2. The turtle on the Happy Hump Day graphic is cute.

  3. LOVE the questionnaire idea! I also love the idea of taking up money and getting a large gift. Great idea. I work in a daycare and while I am not a teaching teacher, I do get a few gifts each year. I am most happy with a card or letter from the parent telling me they appreciate me. That means the world. I am very appreciative of anything, but, I have gotten a few things that I have thought were just things you don't buy if you do not personally know the teacher, lol.

  4. Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Depot, and Amazon are very much appreciated. Teachers spend an insane amount of their own money for their classroom (I don't even add it up anymore, because it would make me cry), and those gift cards really help. Also, if you're tech saavy, a gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers is a fabulous idea! It's a site where teachers can buy units for their classroom that have been created by other teachers! One last idea would be to check Donors Choose to see if a teacher has a project listed there. It's another great way to help (and that one would be tax deductible)! Skip the mugs, candles, jewelry, etc. unless you and your child's teacher are best buddies, and you know exactly what their style and needs are.