This simple and easy teacher gift idea is the perfect gift for ALL teachers. As a former teacher with a ton of teacher friends, I promise I know what I’m talking about. Get your favorite teacher what they really want this year!
With it being Teacher Appreciation Week, and the end of school quickly approaching, my Pinterest feed has been taken over by gift ideas for teachers. There are so many cute and elaborate gifts people have created and I’m mind blown by it all.
Honestly though, the one gift all teachers will appreciate is simple and easy and doesn’t require 5 hours of crafting and baking…
Believe me, I know how difficult gift giving can be. Sometimes I have an epiphany (like this EPIC Father’s Day gift idea) and know exactly what to buy someone, but more times than not, I’m completely clueless and find myself stumbling through Pinterest, or Googling “gift ideas” frantically trying to find something unique and different to get someone. It’s important to me because I want the person receiving the gift to know how much I appreciate them. I’m pretty sure most people feel this way 🙂
As a former teacher (who was a recipient of many thoughtful and lovely gifts), I have something to share. So I’m hoping you’ll let me be honest here. I mean very honest to the point that you might roll your eyes a tiny bit and have a few choice words to say about me. We’re all friends here, right? And hopefully, we will still be after you read this. Fingers crossed!
With my previous experience as a teacher and someone who still has a ton of teacher friends, I can promise you I know a thing or two about what gifts teachers like. And not that I want to sound ungrateful in any way, shape, or form, but there are just some gifts that aren’t necessarily at the top of a teacher’s want list.
Speaking for myself, there were definitely some gifts that I was always so excited to receive from students and parents and then others that I greatly appreciated but didn’t necessarily need any more of. And that got me thinking, “If someone wasn’t a teacher, would they even know that teachers didn’t necessarily need x, y, and z?” Probably not! And that’s exactly how the idea for this post evolved.
So this morning, I sent out a text to some of my “teacher friends” and asked them the following: “Can you give me your favorite gifts you’ve ever received as a teacher? What don’t you need as a teacher? I’m putting together a list for parents.”
I was curious the gifts they loved receiving and which ones they weren’t so crazy about. Their responses were all basically the same. I knew that I needed to share this information to help parents out there so no one was left in the dark. Or worse, spending money on wasted items!
5 Things Teachers Really Don’t Need
Mugs – I wish I could give you an exact number of coffee mugs I have received throughout my years of teaching. I’m going to go with 20 but I honestly think I’m on the low end with my estimate on this one. Again, I was happy to receive these from my students and just loved to be acknowledged for my hard work, but who has enough room to house all those mugs in their kitchen?!?! Over the years, I’ve had to purge quite a few of them mainly because I just didn’t have the space to keep them any longer.
Candles – This is a hard one for me because I really do love candles! Like the mugs though, there are only so many candles that I have space for. Did you know we aren’t allowed to even burn candles at school because it’s a safety hazard? That means we have to bring all those candles home and find a place for them. Just something to think about next time you find yourself in the candle aisle shopping for a teacher.
Lotions, soaps and creams – Another lovely gift, but as teachers, we get this kind of stuff all the time. Sometimes we even have so much it goes bad before we can use it. Or worse, we regift it to someone else…Ahhhh, I told you I was going to be honest today! Full disclosure happening here…
World’s Best Teacher items – As much as teachers love knowing you think they are the best in the world, there’s only so many of these items we have room for. It’s not that we don’t love them by any means, but there’s just not enough counter space to display every frame, cup, flower pot, pen, or notebook we receive from our students.
Homemade treats – This one might be a little shocking to you. Heck, 50% of the Pinterest teacher gifts focus on homemade treats to give to a teacher. Here’s the truth though, unless we know you and your child really well, we probably won’t even eat your treats. They will end up in the trash. Gosh, that sounds so horrible to say out loud but it’s true. Almost every teacher was given “the talk” during their internship that includes the words, “Never eat ANYTHING your students give you!” It’s really for the same reasons you don’t want your kids eating homemade treats in school. You just don’t know where the food is coming from.
So what the heck do these ungrateful teachers want then!!!! I know that’s what you’re thinking right about now. Am I right?
The answer was unanimous. All 8 teachers, plus me to make 9, said that gift cards are the way to go! Gift cards! How plain and simple is that? Instead of making a $10 craft or buying a $5 dollar mug, purchase a gift card to Target or Walmart or Amazon for that amount instead. If you want to go the extra step, ask your child to find out what their teacher’s favorite store or restaurant is and get a gift card from there. To make this a little simpler to figure out, I created a teacher questionnaire. Have your child’s teacher fill it out to learn about all their favorite things!
Gift cards can be given individually by a student or an entire class can pitch in for one large amount if you have a room mom.
To still give it that “Pinterest feel”, print out this adorable gift card holder from my free resource library and simply attach your gift card to it. Add a heartfelt note from you and your child on the back and you’re all set.
Thank you for making it to the end with me. I hope we are still friends and you don’t think teachers are horrible people. We love your children like our own and want nothing more than to see them succeed and blossom into amazing human beings. Truth be told, seeing students grow throughout the school year is the one gift all teachers will appreciate always and forever. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week and thank you, parents, for supporting teachers!
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