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Great end of the year teacher gifts

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By Angella Dykstra of Committed: The Ties That Bond and Dutch Blitz

I have three kids (I don’t believe it either) and have been giving out teacher gifts for the past five years. That fact, coupled with the fact that some of our best friends are teachers, makes me a bit of an authority. Or at the very least, someone who thinks she knows what she’s talking about.

The school year is coming to an end for all three of my little hooligans munchkins and it’s time to think about showing my thanks to the people who spend all day teaching them new skills and knowledge, all with a sense of humor and a whole lot of love.

So what are my go-to gifts that have teachers pulling me aside and thanking me for not giving them apple-themed gifts or mugs or school supplies?

1. Gift cards

We live in a small town that has a locally owned coffee shop as well as a national chain (Tim Hortons). I often go for the local one, mainly because I love their baked goods and paninis, but if I know the teacher is a Timmy’s addict I will opt for that one. If the teacher isn’t a coffee drinker, you can go to most major grocery stores (or a 7-11) and choose from a wide array of gift cards without having to take a trip to a mall in hopes of finding a good option.

2. Local wine

This, of course, depends on whether your teacher is one to imbibe. We live in wine country and a common gift in any profession is a good bottle of wine. Seeing as how we’ve run into my son’s teacher in the liquor store toting a bottle of wine, I believe that a good local varietal might just be the perfect gift for her.

3. Good chocolate

I’m not talking about a Snickers bar or some Hershey’s Kisses. I’m talking about something from a good store that is not of the gas-station variety. If the teacher on your list is a health nut it may not be the best choice, but as a fellow health nut I can confirm that sometimes we all need a treat. And if we don;t buy it for ourselves, the calories don’t even count. It’s true.

How about you? Do you have any clutch gifts that you go to for the teacher in your life?

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4 comments so far...

  • We are typically gift card people too. What we did at Christmas were Tim Hortons cards for Abby’s two bus drivers and movie night out passes for her teacher and teacher’s aid (two admissions, two drinks and a popcorn).

    Jen  |  May 26th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

  • Being the recipient of said gifts…GREAT choices! I may not be a wine drinker, but I know many a teacher who would enjoy. Might I also suggest GC for book stores (with the insistence they spend it on themselves…although I had a hard time listening to that one). Timmy’s is always a hit with me (and my husband).

    Amanda  |  May 27th, 2010 at 12:02 am

  • I’m definitely a fan of gift cards for teachers. I think most teachers have plenty of knick-knack type of stuff (mugs, crafts) so I stick with something basic - bookstore gift cards are a great option usually!

    Laurie  |  May 27th, 2010 at 2:26 am

  • So many teachers have to supplement with their own supplies, giving a gift card to a store at which they can get supplies AND a little something for themselves (like Target) can be a big help!

    If your children go to a school where many teachers help out in many different classrooms, buying lunch for all the teachers can be a cost-effective way to show your gratitude. Pizza, a platter of sandwiches and veggies, or even an easy brunch (coffee, tea, bagles, fruit) are inexpensive options that are greatly appreciated.

    Lylah  |  June 1st, 2010 at 6:19 pm