Nov 052009

teachers holiday presentsThese Christmas gifts for teachers are from me – a former teacher! Of all the teacher gift ideas I’ve received from students, these are some of the ones I enjoyed the most.

Before my tips, a quip:

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~ William Arthur Ward

Your teacher is probably great, since you’re shopping for a Christmas gift for him or her! The best gift for teachers has to be a Spa Bath and Body Gift Basket like the one pictured — but it doesn’t have to be a big, luxurious spa gift set. Even a small basket of lotion, bubble bath, hot chocolate, and pampering items would be highly appreciated.

And, here are a few holiday gift ideas for teachers…

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Christmas Gifts for Teachers – Tips and Ideas for Students

One of the best tips for buying Christmas or holiday gifts for teachers (or anyone on your list) is to start shopping early. There’s nothing worse than rushing out and grabbing presents at the last minute – that costs you more money and aggravation than planning ahead!

Okay, enough with the lecture (see? I told you I was a teacher!). On to the Christmas gift ideas for teachers…

Homemade or store bought gourmet food gift baskets

Can you tell I love gift baskets? I adore when I get a Desk Caddy of Coffee and Treats – Gourmet Food Gift Basket for Christmas or other holidays! Gift baskets are practical, enjoyable, easy to share with others, and fun to open and sort through. This is a Christmas gift idea for teachers that can’t go wrong — especially if you include cookies (store bought or homemade), wine, gourmet coffees or teas, chocolates, etc.

Healthy Christmas presents – wellness or fitness-oriented

Teachers eat a lot of delicious but oh-so-fattening treats during the holiday season, and some struggle with weight gain or health issues. Read 5 Healthy Holiday Gifts for ideas that will improve your teacher’s health and well-being.

Gift certificates for restaurants, book stores, hair salons, etc

If your teacher has a hobby, favorite food, favorite place to shop, etc, then a gift certificate would make the perfect gift. Get creative, and give a gift certificate for a gas station, grocery store, or an office supplies store like Staples or Office Depot.

Christmas gifts for your teacher’s dog or cat

I have a cat, and would be thrilled if a student bought me a pet toy, case of canned gourmet cat food, or heated cat bed!  Pet Street Mall has some cool products, such as heated dog bowls (so their water doesn’t freeze if outdoors) and special pet food treats. Gifts for People Who Love Dogs will help with this type of gift for teachers.

Tickets for sports events, the opera, or the local theater

Does your teacher love hockey, classical concerts, the Monster truck rally, or ballet? Tickets for an event or activity is a perfect holiday gift – even if the event isn’t for another few months. It’s a perfect gift for your teacher to use in January or February, when the winter doldrums have set in! If your teacher is a woman, you may need different Christmas gift ideas for teachers.

A photo on a coffee mug, mousepad, or notebook

PhotoWorks is a company that puts pictures of your teacher, class, school, pets, or special occasions on all sorts of useful items! If you don’t have a picture of your teacher, just ask another teacher, the principal, or any school staff (the school secretary could probably help you out). If you’re consider this gift for your teacher, make sure you put a nice photo of him or her – no closed eyes or funny faces!

Personalized chocolates, like M&M’s

This is a cool idea: you can create personalized M&M’S®. The Mars chocolate experts will put photos, phrases, and names on their little chocolates. If you have a photo of your teacher, or your teacher and you, you can put the image on the chocolate with something like “Merry Christmas, Mrs Teacher!” And, M&M’s last a long time – so your teacher can savor this present for months, or even years.

Chocolate mint tea

I’m sipping on a cup of Stash Chocolate Mint Oolong Tea right now. It’s the first time I’ve tried chocolate mint tea, and it’s incredible. There’s no fat in it and it smells like rich dark chocolate — a combination that makes it the perfect chocolate brew!

Other hot chocolate tea brews for teachers who love chocolate:

If you have any thoughts or questions about these Christmas gift ideas for teachers, please comment below…

  10 Responses to “Christmas Gifts for Teachers – Tips and Ideas for Students”

  1. I’m already trying to figure out what to get my teacher for the end of the year gift!

  2. Christmas is a great day for all people. I also would like to give a present for my teacher as you said above. Thanks for your tips, I hope my teachers will be glad and happy to receive it.

  3. Thanks for your thoughts for gift ideas for teachers — very helpful!

  4. Anything that they see everyday like a travel coffee mug, mouse pad, or academic pocket planner. A slogan of appreciation imprinted on the gift will add a sense of pride and loyalty on a daily basis.

  5. Holiday Gift giving is an essential part of the holiday season. Christmas Holidays call for many gifts to be given to family and friends, and gifts take many forms. Gifts are especially important for close family members like spouse, mother, father, and children.

  6. These are some great suggestions– I just wanted to add: don’t forget classroom supplies! This was actually one of the most asked for teacher gifts in a poll that I did, click my name to see the results.

  7. Wow, that’s a nice Christmas gift for your daughter’s teacher — I’m sure she’ll love it!

  8. For teachers with laptops or cell phones I found some nice gift ideas at newpcgadgets. I ended buying my daughters 2nd grade teacher a Laptop Flip for her Macbook Pro.

  9. Thanks for the tip…but somehow I doubt people will give their teachers or their children’s teachers a holiday vacation as a Christmas gift! But you never know…I supposed if the teacher is amazing, it could happen… :-)

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