Before Kids, or BK, I didn’t know what all the Christmas hoopla was about. I always finished Christmas shopping early, lounged about and watched old movies. Now, it’s the most stressful time of the year.

Simone and Nadia have their own parties, and I am charged with buying teacher gifts. This is a tough job. I want to show their teachers we appreciate the time they spend with our girls. It is hard, though, to find a respectable gift.

When I was kid, you didn’t even fret. A teacher may have gotten a hand-written thank-you note or something with an apple on it. Nowadays, we know teachers are underpaid and under-appreciated. This is one time of the year when we parents can show them some love.

I lean toward gifts that inspire rest and relaxation or indulge in some way. I try to spend $10-$15 on each teacher, and there are at least five teachers this year. (I say at least because I’ve counted again and again, but there’s always someone I forget about or someone who needs to be acknowledged.)

For what it’s worth, I considered making my own gifts. I decided to make lavender bath fizzies. I bought all of the supplies, made a test batch this summer and was underwhelmed. My bath fizzies didn’t have amy scent at all and fizzled out. Simone and Nadia used them at bath time. Game over.

Here are my options this year:

I’ve fallen in love with Sweet Petula via my computer. It’s an Etsy shop, and it has all kinds of handmade goodies for the personal spa. There are packets of bath salts for $4 and bath fizzies for $6. The shop was featured in Oprah’s O magazine, so I figure these folks know what they’re doing.

Another way to indulge teachers is to give them chocolate. I’m a fan of Godiva, which has all kinds of goodies this time of year. I am drawn to Godiva’s red velvet cake truffles. Red velvet cake is a Southern delicacy, and I can get four per a teacher for $10.

Teachers like to make things, right? Maybe they would like a charm made of a Scrabble game piece. A lot of Etsy shops offer jewelry made out of Scrabble tiles. They range from $6.95 to 8.95 apiece. It’s cute, inexpensive and thoughtful.

Back on the spa tip, there’s Ahava. The company mines its goodies from the Dead Sea. This year, I can get a wand of scented sea salt for $10. Teachers can soak in the salt and let it wash all of the children troubles away.

I may purchase one of these or find something else entirely. Like I said, it’s the most stressful time of the year.

Any advice?



3 thoughts to “Good Teacher Gifts?

  • Claudia

    My oldest is now 12 years so I’ve been doing teacher gifts for awhile. In the past I have given gift cards to Barnes and Noble, the movie theater, or nicer restaurants. For the last few years my children have given teachers a favorite book for the classroom library along with a homemade treat of mints or carmel corn. We even gave the school librarian books and mints one year.

    My aunt taught elementary school for 35+ years she said she really appreciated classroom supplies. One year a student’s dad bought a box of paper and told her to call him when she ran out. When the schools make financial cuts it seems the supplies are the first to be reduced.

    • Honeysmoke

      Thanks for the ideas!

  • Christine M of Hartlyn Kids

    I like to give my daughter’s pre-school teachers arts and crafts books. I also love coffee mugs with a nice selection of tea packets or coffee.

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