It’s hard to believe that the school year is coming to a close in just a few short days. If you’re like me, you’ve left end-of-the-year teacher gifts until the very last minute, and now you’re scrambling to find something special.
As a teacher myself, I’m often asked by friends what types of gifts teachers like to receive the most. The truth is, the most meaningful gesture a teacher can receive is a hand-written note from yourself or your child just to say thank you. If you do want to go the extra mile, here are ten suggestions of teacher gift ideas from local YYC vendors that your child’s teacher is sure to swoon over.
A Delicious Treat from Going Nuts
Going Nuts is guaranteed to have a treat that’ll make any teacher’s mouth water. Their sweet and savoury nuts come in fun flavours like Key Lime, Salted Caramel, Butter Rum, Cajun, and Mango Chili, just to name a few. So far, every flavour I’ve tried has been totally addictive (so much so that I hid the package from my family so I didn’t have to share!) They also have chocolate, granola, and energy bites, as well as other products like salad toppers. You can find Going Nuts at Granary Road Market and Calgary Farmer’s Market, Symons Valley Ranch Market Store, Mercantile at Avenida Food Hall, Bearspaw Farmers’ Market, and your local Safeway (although Safeway has a smaller range of flavours).
Price range: Under $15 | goingnuts.ca
Lotion That Smells Good Enough to Eat
When I find a lotion with a scent that smells incredible but isn’t overpowering, I feel like I’ve won the lotion lottery. High Country Mercantile has some of the most unique and delicious scents I’ve come across (my favourites are Lemongrass and Pineapple Cilantro, although I can’t wait to try others like Pumpkin Spice and Lavender). The lotions are thick and creamy and leave my skin smelling and feeling amazing. High Country also has bath bombs, soaps, bath salts, natural deodorant, and skin care products. You can find High Country Mercantile at McKenzie Towne IDA, Granary Road Farmers’ Market, Bragg Creek IDA and Revive Ladies Consignment.
Price range: Under $15 | highcountrymercantile.ca
One-of-a-kind Jewelry from Wonderland YYC
Wonderland YYC makes beautiful, fun and delicate bracelets, earrings, and necklaces that pay homage to our home near the mountains. For the teacher who loves to explore, why not pick up some beautiful compass studs or a mountain peak pendant? For students in grade 6, the moon phases necklace would be the perfect memento of the sky science unit all kiddos in that grade covered this year. Wonderland also has some cute and colourful enamel pins that would look great on a backpack or jean jacket! You can find Wonderland YYC products at Granary Road Farmers’ Market and on Etsy.
Price Range: Under $30 | etsy.com
Something Spicy from The Silk Road Spice Merchant
If you’ve heard that your child’s teacher is a whiz in the kitchen, The Silk Road Spice Merchant has everything they’ll need to take their cooking game up a notch. From spices to dry rubs and chilli powders you won’t find anywhere else, you may just have to ask if they’ll invite you over for dinner! In addition to spices for their favourite foods, The Silk Road also has bitters and cocktail supplies to mix up the perfect summer beverage. Look for their storefront in Inglewood!
Price Range: Rubs & Spices under $10, Bitters Under $25 | silkroadspice.ca
A Cute Terrarium From Plant
If your kid’s teacher is a plant lover (and who isn’t these days?), they’re guaranteed to love just about anything you pick them up from Plant, located in Inglewood. The store is filled with beautiful planters, fun giftware and accessories, and, of course, a huge range of plants. There are succulents, cacti, and tropical plants just waiting to be plunked in the perfect pot or terrarium (and there are tons of gorgeous ones to choose from). If you just can’t narrow it down, there are DIY terrarium kits and gift cards to grab as well.
Price Range: Under $40| plantshop.ca
A Perfect Summer Beverage from Spirit Hills Flower Winery
If your child’s teacher is a wine lover, I’d definitely recommend gifting a bottle of Spirit Hills’ unique and unforgettable flower wine (they have red, white, rose and mulled wine) or their tasty YeeHaa! Sangria. Spirit Hills’ wines can be found at fine dining restaurants worldwide, and now in your child’s teacher’s kitchen as well! There are many liquor stores across the city that stock Spirit Hills wine – check out this map to find one near you.
Price range: Under $25 | spirithillswinery.ca
An Oil And Vinegar Pairing From Soffrito
Olive oil and vinegar is a classic pairing, but Soffrito takes this match made in heaven to another level with delicious flavours that’ll make the perfect addition to any teacher’s charcuterie board. Think olive oil flavours like cilantro and roasted onion, Persian lime, and Tuscan herb, and balsamic vinegar choices like cranberry pear, wild blueberry, and dark chocolate and you’ll have an idea of the good stuff we’re talking about! The mini gift packs are $14 for an olive oil and balsamic vinegar pairing and are the perfect taste testing size! You can find Soffrito at their storefronts in Canyon Meadows and Mahogany, as well as at the Calgary Farmers’ Market and Granary Road Farmers’ Market.
Price range: Under $20 | soffritto.ca
A Candle From Milk Jar Candle Co.
Who doesn’t love a delicious-smelling candle – especially when it’s a clean-burning coconut soy candle with a 50-60 hour burn time? Milk Jar makes two lines of beautiful candles – one scented with plant-based essential oils and the other with phthalate-free fragrance oils. These candles are a great alternative to traditional paraffin wax candles and they smell incredible. As an added bonus, $1 from the sale of every product is donated to a non-profit supporting children with disabilities in Alberta. Check out this map to find a Milk Jar Candle Co. stockist near you.
Price range: Under $40 | milkjar.ca
A Chocolate Treat From Master Chocolat
Chocolate is a quick way to any teacher’s heart (I promise!) and there’s no better chocolate maker around than Bernard Callebaut himself. The options for chocolate treats are just about endless at Master Chocolat – you can find boxes of chocolate, chocolate bars, chocolate treats like chocolate-covered gummy bears and pretzels, chocolate sauces and spreads, and even chocolate for those teachers with special dietary needs, like vegan and sugar-free. You can find Master Chocolat at their storefronts in Marda Loop and 130, 560 – 69th Ave SW, as well as at the Calgary Farmers’ Market.
Price range: Under $15 | masterchocolat.com
A Gift Card To A Local Coffee Shop
It’s no secret that many teachers are connoisseurs of coffee, so why not treat your kiddo’s to a gift card from a local shop they may not have tried before? There are many amazing roasters based out of Calgary. Some of my personal favourite cute coffee shop stops are Analog, Higher Ground Cafe, Neighbour Coffee, Monogram, Our Daily Brett, Phil and Sebastian , and Rosso Coffee Roasters. Many of these spots aren’t just known for their incredible cups of joe – they may also have delicious sandwiches, soups, snacks, and more.
Price range: It’s up to you!