Gifts Teachers Actually Want!

teacher gift ideas

Christmas is coming and the dreaded teacher gift dilemma is coming. Finding a way to show your child’s teacher how much you love and appreciate them without breaking the bank can prove to be a difficult task.

Here are the gifts teachers love and appreciate!

Flair Pens – These are always a hit and teachers can never have enough!

Starbucks gift cards – Whether you want to treat them to one drink or a few, these are always appreciated.

UBER Eats Gift Cards – Teachers generally can’t leave campus for lunch and find themselves ordering in more than they plan.

Amazon / Target / Walmart Gift Cards – Whether the teacher wants to treat themselves, buy an extra treat, or get something for their class, these gift cards are so useful.

Color Cardstock – Cardstock is very expensive and generally isn’t covered by the school administration. Teachers love bringing lessons to life with colorful paper.

Personal Laminating Machine – Most schools have one large laminator and teachers enjoy making smaller projects. These are super cute, affordable, and portable.

Essential Oil Diffuser – These are a hit for home and classroom use. They also come with a variety of scents so the teacher is sure to love a few of the scents versus using a traditional candle.

Wine – An inexpensive, discreetly packaged bottle of wine is a great gift for teachers who are looking forward to Christmas break. Even if they aren’t wine drinkers, many will attend holiday gatherings where they can share this gift with friends without having to stop to pick something up after work.

Treasure Box Items – Positive behavior incentives help teachers with classroom management. Many teachers spend out-of-pocket for these little goodies. Sending in fun pencils, stickers, treat bag items, slime, bouncy balls, etc. are great ideas to help them refill these treasure boxes.

Lunch – Most kids have more than one teacher and it’s sometimes easier to send in pizza, Cane’s, or something similar to treat the teachers before they leave for the holiday break. It’s usually easier to ask the teacher what day would be best and send them lunch. They will appreciate it!

Special Notes: When considering gifts that are perishable food items keep in mind teachers may get various goodies all at one time. Many times teachers receive so many brownies, cookies, and cakes that they are unable to eat them all before they go to waste. 

Also, Public and Charter school teachers have to follow the code of ethics determined by the State of Louisiana. Public employees are not allowed to have gifts from one student that are over $25 and $75 for the school year. Group cash gifts are allowed from the class, it just can’t average over $25 per child. Private schools may have their own gifting rules.

Seleigh is a New Orleans native currently residing in Waggaman with her husband and two daughters. She stayed local and received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University New Orleans and Master’s from the University of New Orleans. She currently works at a New Orleans charter school as a School Operations Leader. As a life long civil servant she has found her passion dedicating her days to NOLA’s youngest residents! Seleigh spends her weekends running between extra curricular activities for her girls, festival hopping and enjoying dinner at her favorite restaurants.


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