As a former teacher, I know how heart-warming it is when a student brings in a Christmas card or gift. Often, teachers aren’t sure that what they are doing is making a difference and these gestures of appreciation are indeed appreciated. That being said, if you’re looking for small ways to show your appreciation to your child’s teacher, here are some teacher Christmas gift ideas that every teacher will appreciate:
1. A Christmas card: Don’t feel that you have to purchase an item. A card with a note of appreciation from the student will touch the heart of any teacher. It will probably be tucked away in their special “teacher memory box” that every teacher has somewhere in their home.
2. Cash: If you feel like a Christmas card isn’t enough, simply tuck a $5 or $10 bill inside it. It sounds rather blunt, but we all know a teacher’s salary is very minimal. On top of that, common classroom items are often purchased by the teacher.
3. Supplies: Chalk and Erasers, Dry Erase Markers, Computer Paper, notebook paper, stickers and pencils. Most people probably don’t know that a lot of basic teaching supplies are not supplied by the school, but by the teacher. Even blank paper, commonly used for in class mini-projects, is commonly limited for a teacher’s use. Get creative, bundle items together in a cute basket.
4. Snacks: If you love to bake or create snacks, teachers love to eat. I’ve never known a teacher who didn’t like having a small snack in between classes. Or to add variety to their little brown bag lunch or relief from school cafeteria food. Food will always be appreciated by any teacher. The teacher next door to me was so excited when a student brought her a 12 pack of Diet Coke for Christmas (all the students knew she was never without a Diet Coke tucked away somewhere behind her desk).
5. Subject oriented gifts: A student of mine gave me a little pi (3.14…) pin that seemed like such a personal touch for a math teacher. If you prefer to give “personalized” rather than practical gifts, consider buying something small, like a magnet or bumper sticker a teacher can display in their room. CafePress has a variety of products for every subject starting at $5.