Christmas Gifts for Teachers

As a retired teacher, I want to offer a bit of advice on holiday gifts for teachers. Gifts are never required, of course, but what no teacher needs are things with apples printed on them, or things that state "teachers are....".


Some of the gifts that stand out in my mind:

  • Offers of time or help from a parent; i.e. grading some papers that I could send home with their child, or an offer from a parent with specific skills to teach this skill to my class.

  • A plastic container full of homemade chocolate chip cookies given at a time OTHER than the holidays.

  • Gift card for office or school supplies, or books or games for the class. We usually spend many of our own dollars for these things every year).

  • Gift cards to places like Starbucks or a fast food place near school.

  • An offer to bring in lunch on a date to be agreed on after the holidays.

I even had a parent offer to take me out to a really nice lunch during my birthday month. Another parent invited me a to a dinner of homemade pizza. Not every teacher has an "away from school" relationship with families but for those of us who do, these gifts were memorable. It really is the thought that counts but please do give it some thought! And never, ever bring the class a PET without asking first!

Source: years and years of experience


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October 28, 20160 found this helpful

Please don't forget those tireless Art,Music,Librarians, PE coaches, speech coaches etc.etc...we teach ALL the students and give constantly of our love, time & money....we are forgotten most of the time esp. at special occasions

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November 27, 20160 found this helpful

There are so many valuable people at school but most of us do not have a huge budget. I take a tray full of treats into the lunch room for everyone to enjoy.

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October 31, 20160 found this helpful

I'm also a teacher. We do not expect gifts. One time I got a $10 gift card. When I went to the store, the cheapest thing there was $100.


I never used the card, and the giver wasted $10. If you're going to give a gift card, make sure the recipient can use it.

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November 8, 20160 found this helpful

I totally agree with these teachers, teachers need practical gifts that are conducive to their lifestyle. I was an educational assistant and received many nice gifts & gift cards our school had the teachers and educational assistants fill out a form at the beginning of school asking for their favorite restaurant, favorite department store, and any other favorite thing that would make them happy and usually we all received Christmas gifts that reflected that favorite form that we filled out at the beginning of the school year. Coopers and educational assistants appreciate any gift or help that is given to them during the course of the school year. I treasure the Christmas ornaments that I was given as gifts at school, they hang on my tree every year and I have such sweet memories of the students that gave them to me.

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November 27, 20160 found this helpful

it is most likely a bit frustrating gettting a lot of "Apple" themed gifts BUT if a little student picked this out and was excited to give it to his or her fav teacher.. there is always the other side...sice when did suggesting what to give become the main focus of gift giving?


weather or not ou can use it is NOT the focus. it is the that you were thought of enough to get a gift.... and a thank you is ALWAYS appropiate!

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