Anyone who can get 25–30 kids to cooperate, listen, and learn for six hours a day, five days a week, ten months out of the year, is nothing short of a real, live superhero. Truly. Like you, I have no clue how teachers do it, and I am indebted to the many good teachers my children have been blessed to have over the years.
And that is why I go out of my way to thank them — and also shower them with gifts whenever I can. But the question is: What to get them? We all know teachers love handmade gifts from their students, and there is no teacher I know who would say no to a gift card. But there’s got to be more to it than just that, right? Sometimes you just want to be able to knock it out of the park with the perfect gift.
No worries. I’ve got you covered. I caught up with a few teachers to ask them what they wanted most this holiday season. These 10 gifts topped the list.
When I asked my teacher-husband what he wanted most from his students, he said coffee, without missing a beat. Teachers are tired, ya’ll, and while a Starbucks card is always in season, a nice coffee set like this one from Walmart will give any exhausted teacher new life. Just one inhale of these coffee beans as your kid’s teacher rolls out of bed at the butt crack of dawn will work wonders.
Teachers really do remember their students — often for decades after they had them. And what better way to remind them of the kids who become their second children than a custom-made Christmas ornament? These personalized apple ornaments are simple, sweet, and the entire “personalization” part can be done online. Win-win!
Teachers really are the real MVPs, and they ought to flaunt it. This soft, comfy “I’m a Teacher. What’s Your Superpower?” t-shirt from Jet is just what your kid’s amazing teacher needs. I mean, there’s no point in being humble: Teachers save the day, every day, and they deserve to announce their incredible powers to the world.
Let’s face it: There can never be enough pencils, markers, or crayons, and kids lose that stuff at alarming rates (seriously, where do all the pencils disappear to?). This teacher supply kit is amazeballs — and it’s even stocked with Ticonderoga pencils, the brand that teachers always request without fail on school supply lists.
Not all of us can afford to send our kids’ teachers to a spa (which they so deserve). But that doesn’t mean we can’t bring the feel and flavor of spa-life to them. All teachers earn a chance to unwind, and this fresh cucumber melon wood spa basket has everything teachers need to forget their worries and be absolutely pampered.
My mom taught special education for 25 years (yep, she’s a major superhero) and said her favorite gifts were anything that involved chocolate (I guess the chocoholic gene runs in the family). And I mean, who can say no to chocolate? This Newman’s Own Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup gift box is just what the doctor ordered. Plus, it’s got peanut butter and is organic, so we can pretend it’s totally healthy too.
If you think the endless notes sent home for us to sign and return are a royal pain-in-the-butt, imagine what it’s like for teachers to have to prepare all the endless notes and stuff our kids’ folders with them. This “Please Sign and Return” stamp will totally make your kids’ teacher’s day that much easier. And believe me, every second counts in a teacher’s never-ending day.
Regardless of how much teachers adore their students, they will tell you that the job is stressful AF. It’s always nice for a parent to recognize that, and do a little something to help ease that stress. Volunteering in the classroom, making photocopies, or bringing in extra supplies is incredible. But sometimes a teacher just needs some good, old self-care. The stress relief gift set has got your favorite teacher covered in that department. Just one whiff of the eucalyptus and spearmint massage oil will get your tense and tired teacher in a groovy mood in no time.
Teachers can never have enough books in their classrooms, especially because they need to cater to the varied reading levels and interests of their students. So get them some books! Take, for example, this crafts and culture book set. It would work great in almost any elementary school classroom — and it’s got an awesome variety of topics and interests. Really any books (used or new) will do the trick. Your kid’s teacher will make use of them for years.
When I asked my veteran teacher friend what teachers really want for the holidays, she said, “Wine. Seriously.” And while it feels a little awkward to bring a tall bottle of wine into school for a teacher (though if you choose to do that, I will not judge you), this hilarious and totally honest “I Teach, Therefore I Drink” wine glass will make your favorite teacher’s day.
And trust me: They will be going home and filling that thing to the brim after spending the day with our beloved tyrants children. Maybe while they’re eating some of that delicious chocolate on the list too.