It’s always a caring, thoughtful gesture when parents give presents to their children’s teachers for the holidays. However, since most students don’t have just one teacher, the cost of getting gifts of appreciation for each one can really add up. If your child has art classes, here are five affordable holiday gift ideas for art teachers (that they really, really want):
Gift idea #1: Sharpies (or any other permanent markers) – Art teachers love Sharpie markers; any size, tip or color – although black is most widely used. Permanent markers come in handy in so many art room situations, from labeling art supplies to writing on cardboard, designing posters and more. You can often find 2-packs of permanent markers for about $1.00. You can’t get much cheaper than that, for a present that an art teacher really wants.
Gift idea #2: A pack of nice paintbrushes – Art teachers are often artists themselves, and would love to show off their skills and create amazing artwork examples, but are limited to the art supplies used by students. Rather than being forced to use the old, paint-hardened brushes students have used for years, provide a thoughtful holiday treat for your art teacher by gifting them a pack of nice brushes. An affordable pack of brushes usually runs about $2.00 and up.
Gift idea #3: A gift card – Nothing says the holidays like a gift card, and art teachers (actually, any teachers) are thrilled to receive one as a present. To stay on your budget, keep the value amount small. For instance, purchase a $10 gift certificate to a local coffee shop or drive-thru, which the teacher can stop at on their way to school. Other stores that would appeal to an art teacher would be an office supply store, craft store or art supply store.
Gift idea #4: A handwritten note of appreciation – the most affordable, and most meaningful, present is one that’s free. Teachers are often overworked, overstressed, don’t get any thanks and many times don’t know if they are making a difference. Simply write a genuine note of appreciation to your art teacher, and have your child chime in, letting them know how important you think the art program is and what a good job they are doing. These kind of notes are often cherished by art teachers and held onto for years.
Gift idea #5: Chocolate – of course, the holidays just aren’t the holidays without chocolate. Most teachers will be ecstatic to receive a holiday or Christmas gift of chocolate, whether it’s a specialty bar or a bag of sweet treats to keep in their desk for a quick pick-me-up during the school day. Depending on the brand, you need only spend a few dollars on a delicious sweet treat.
Buying holiday or Christmas gifts for your child’s teachers need not break the bank. Show appreciation to your school’s art teacher with any of these five presents that they really want, while not spending any more than a few bucks.