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The 10 Best Gifts for Teachers

May 25, 2010

Photo by D Sharon Pruitt

I’m hoping I’m not too late with this  – I know the schools in the South start their summers uber-early.  My elder adorable’s last day is coming up very soon so I’m getting my gifts for his terrific teachers ready now.

I’ve been polling friends for their favorite gift ideas (teachers agreed: no more mugs!) and here’s my short-and-sweet list:

1.  Personalized pre-loaded Visa cards from

The last couple of years, all the moms in my adorable’s class have been pooling their money for one large gift. provides a personalized pre-loaded Visa card (in any amount) for a fee of $3.95-5.95.  I love this idea because teachers can use it anywhere for anything.

2.  A gift certificate to a local restaurant or book store

Treat your teacher to a new book, a meal, or “coffee on me”.

3. Gear for the beach or pool

How about a new beach towel, flip flops, book and sunscreen for their relaxing time?

4. Something sweet and baked by you and your adorable

Lemon bars, chocolate chip cookies, cakes, breads, you name it.  Your adorable’s pride will shine through.

5. Movie Night!

Fill a popcorn bowl with microwave popcorn, seasonings, movie theater candy and a Blockbuster or Netflix gift card.

6. A gift certificate for a mani and/or pedi

Need I say more??

7. A donation of some of your adorable’s favorite books for the class library

Be sure to inscribe the books with something like “A favorite book of Your Adorable’s Name: 2010” so other students can be delighted to find it later.

8. A gift certificate to your local Teacher store

We all know teachers often spend their own money for teaching supplies, and wouldn’t this be appreciated?

9. A monogrammed tote bag from Land’s End for carting all their papers to grade, plan book, etc

Am I the only one who just adores these?  I use them for everything and I can’t have enough of them.

10.  An invitation to dinner in your home

Have your adorable help you create the menu and cook.  A friend of mine’s brother taught Meatloaf (the singer)’s adorables and they invited him to dinner at their home to get to know him.  #1: He got to have dinner at Meatloaf’s house, and #2: what a great way to really get to know your teachers.  Make sure to include your teacher’s spouse and perhaps their adorables.

I hope these ideas help!  Please share your great ideas below too.

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  1. Courtney

      on May 25, 2010 9:41 am

    Great list! Love the visa idea!


  2. Whitney Trujillo

      on May 25, 2010 11:33 am

    Great ideas!


  3. Christina D

      on May 25, 2010 3:49 pm

    I like the giftcards Visa idea. I can see a class photo on a Visa card.


  4. Ellen

      on June 2, 2010 8:37 pm

    Thanks so much for the tips, I am putting together something now for my son’s teacher.


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