Holiday Gift Teacher Ideas

From Gift Cards to Time | Holiday Presents Teachers Will Love!

By:  Sue Kirchner of  ChocolateCakeMoments.com

Need some fun ideas to say “Thank you” and “Happy Holidays” for your kid’s teachers this year? Every now and then, I try to be creative and come up with something unique, but most years I end up giving them what they say they really need – gift cards or books. I am fortunate enough to have 6 teachers living in my neighborhood so I asked them what they like to get at the end of the year from their students. Here were the top answers as well as some of my own ideas.


Book Gift Cards – Many teachers have to buy their own books for the classroom so gift cards can help cover the expense.  Or you can donate some of your favorite, gently used books for the classroom as another thoughtful gift.

Anything Homemade by the Student, especially if they had a nice bond so far this year. Notes, photos collages, artwork or a written story were appreciated.  Here are some fun homemade teacher’s gift ideas, including the Apple Caramel Cupcakes in a Jar from TidyMom pictured on the left.  (Note: Although some teachers told me they appreciate handmade gifts, others say they don’t know what to do with it all. If you get a handmade gift from 26 kids over a 30 year period, it’s overwhelming.)

School Supplies – A reader last year told me she gets a canvas bag and fills it with extra school supplies and chocolate. Something for the teacher and something for the classroom!

Time – Offer to give your child’s teacher some of your time in the next year. Can you and your child volunteer to help clean up the room? Can you come in and read for story hour? Ask your child’s teacher where she would most need help and then offer to do so. You can create a coupon if you want something tangible to give.


Coffee Gift Cards – They’re in a room with 25 loud children every day, need we say more?

Shopping Gift Cards – A lot of teachers are Moms and Dads too, right? So where do you shop on a regular basis? Make it easy and grab a gift card next time you are there.  Target, WalMart, Grocery Store, or even Kohls are all popular and easy to use.

Gas Card – We all drive and a gift card towards filling the tank is appreciated by anyone.

Entertainment Gift Cards – Give teacher a trip for two to the movies, a restaurant gift card, or a gift card for some pampering – a manicure, massage or lotions.

A box of pretty Thank You Notes. The teachers may want to send a thank you to all of the students for their Holiday gifts so why not make it easier for them to do so.

A Movie Night Package – Grab a recently released DVD, popcorn and some candy so your teacher can have a fun night at home with their family.

Organizers – Anything that helps a teacher get organized is a pleasant gift. Try a grocery shopping list pad, weekly menu page, or a To Do list pad for a fun gift!  Tie them together with a festive ribbon and you’re good to go!  Find these organizer pads and more at the e-boutique, ChocolateCakeClub.

What other ideas would you add?

Sue Kirchner is the founder of e-boutique ChocolateCakeClub.com and blog ChocolateCakeMoments.com.  Both sites designed to inspire and help busy families have more fun, so they can have more ‘Chocolate Cake Moments’ – when they are smiling, relaxed, and enjoying their family time. Sue and her family fun ideas have been featured on ABCChicago, WGN TV, and NBC Chicago. When she’s not working, she is CFO (Chief Fun Officer) for her family. Check out her other kids party ideas at ChocolateCakeMoments.com.

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