My mother has been a teacher for 20 years, which means she’s amassed a lot of gifts from students and their grateful parents. If you’ve ever wondered what gifts teachers adore, read on to find the ultimate inside scoop!
- Classroom trinkets: Any gift you give a teacher is greatly appreciated. Most don’t expect anything special, so when you send a fun desktop gift like this zen garden from Etsy, they really appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into your demonstration of appreciation (plus, with 30 screaming kids in class, most teachers love a little zen in their lives!). Other great ideas include small potted plants and flowers, books for the classroom library and craft supplies.
- Homemade treats: Everyone appreciates the hard work that goes into homemade goodies, from cookies to fudge, jams and jellies. But teachers tend to get overloaded with sugary snacks at the end of the year. Instead of brownies, consider sending a fruit basket, restaurant gift certificate or a seed kit for a summer garden.
- Coffee cups and ceramics: In my mother’s opinion, a teacher can never have too many coffee cups! She particularly loves the travel mugs that easily ride along with her from home to school. She also appreciates vases and other ceramic dishes she can use around the classroom. Order a personalized mug for an extra dash of charm.
- Personal stationery: Teachers love thank you notes, and use them more than most other professions (they have to send them out for all of these great end-of-the-year gifts!). I just sent my mom these Vivacious Vase thank you notes as a gift, and she absolutely adores them!