Holiday gifts teachers really want
Looking for a special teacher gift for the holidays? Take a tip from teachers themselves.
An Idea for Crafty Kids
Here is a suggestion for an easy homemade gift bound to please any teacher.
Snowman card When your child makes this snowman card, in addition to making a gift for his teacher, he will be practicing cutting, drawing and writing.
- One 8-1/2-by-11-inch piece of card stock or construction paper
- 1 piece of heavy white paper and small pieces of black, orange and red paper
- A hole punch
- A pipe cleaner or two grocery store twist ties
- Markers or crayons
Directions: Fold the piece of card stock or construction paper in half. Tear or cut three white circles from the white paper for the snowman's head and body. On the head, use the hole punch to make two tiny black eyes (or draw two eyes), cut out or draw a red mouth and use the orange paper to make a carrot-shaped nose. Glue the circles to form the snowman on the front of the card. Before the glue dries, tuck the pipe cleaner or twist ties under the middle circle to serve as the snowman's arms. Cut out a small, black hat and paste it on the snowman's head. Write your holiday message on the inside of the card.
By GreatSchools Staff
Sure that "World's Best Teacher" coffee mug is cute, but imagine how many of them an experienced teacher already has! Here, teachers share what gifts they'd really like, and it turns out that gifts from the heart are among the most appreciated.
Teachers Tell Us What They Want
There is a perfect gift for every teacher, as comments from these teachers show:
- "I am a teacher so I have plenty of knowledge on this topic. Gift cards are a beautiful thing; restaurants, stores, movies, grocery cards are all really great gifts. Flowers are also a nice gesture."
"I always enjoy getting flowers or a gift card," adds Dr. Ruth Jacoby, an educational consultant in Florida and co-author of the School Talk! Success Series. "Many of my parents usually ask other staff what my likes are. One school at the beginning of the year sent a survey to all staff members on likes and favorites, so many times I get gift baskets with my favorite coffee, snacks and books."
The always popular gift card
Teachers told us that gift cards they can use to treat themselves to something special or buy supplies for the class are always appreciated. You can even pick up a wide assortment of gift cards at many grocery stores, making this gift even easier!
Homemade Gifts and Cards
A teacher in Washington, writes:
- "My students always ask me what I want for Christmas. My answer is the same every year. I ask for a homemade Christmas ornament with the child's name and year on it. Each Christmas, as I hang these ornaments made by precious hands, I remember those students. I reflect on the difference that I made in those lives and my new year's resolution is already made, to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of my students! I have over 25 years of ornaments that I now display. Each one is filled with memories."
A Gift for the Whole Class
"My favorite gifts to receive from my students are those that I can use at school," writes a Mississippi teacher and mother of two. "Because of tight supply budgets, practical items like pens, pencils, cap erasers, paper clips, sticky notes, and lined notebook paper make ideal gifts for teachers. A personal note from the student that the teacher can place in his/her 'memory' file will make the gift special."
Other teachers agreed that gifts to teacher supply stores, bookstores or other places they could buy much-needed things for the classroom were greatly appreciated. One teacher suggested that parents can tap their own skills to make a special contribution to the classroom: "One of the best gifts that I ever received as an educator was the donation of a parent's carpentry skills to put a door on an ugly sink cupboard for my classroom."