- Hand-made appreciation cards: Teachers always love to hear “thank you;” make it count with a personally decorated card from your child.
- Certificate of Excellence: Design and print a certificate of excellent teaching from home and decorate a re-usable frame; your teacher will love hanging this in the classroom!
- Paperwhites: Everyone loves these flowering holiday bulbs.
- Make-a-Mix: Create a hot chocolate, pancake, or cookie dough mix in a pretty jar. Tie it up with a ribbon, and attach the recipe on a small card.
- Found Art Ornament: Scour the house for pretty buttons, old costume jewelry, keys, pine cones and ribbon. Have your child decorate a small ornament that can add festive fun to the teacher’s holiday year after year.
- Plate of baked goods: Include the kids in baking and decorating.
- Book or Music Gift Card: Think Amazon or iTunes so s/he can choose something entertaining to enjoy over the break.
- Reusable Water Bottle: Decorated by your child with paint or permanent marker.
- Gourmet Chocolate Bars: Wrapped with a pretty ribbon.
- Surprise Snack: Arrive at the classroom early one winter morning leaving a steaming latte and pastry surprise on the teacher’s desk.
- Gift cards: Treat teachers with something they might not normally buy for themselves, like fancy coffee, movies, a manicure, or a car wash.
- Warm scarf and hat: For recess duty!
- Supplies for the classroom: Thing like sticky pads, markers and glue. Include stickers—teachers LOVE stickers!
- Tickets and discounts: Get tix to local holiday performances for your teacher to enjoy with her family over the holidays.
- Puzzles and Games: These are great for the classroom when it’s too cold or rainy to go outside.
Gifts to Avoid: Teachers report having an overabundance of apple-themed gifts, hand lotion, bath salts, coffee mugs and candles.
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