Lovely Local Gifts for Teachers in Vancouver

Lovely Gift Ideas for Teachers in Vancouver - SavvyMom
It’s nearly that time of year: school will soon be out in BC with two long months of summer ahead. As kids start to clean out their desks and lockers, and schools prepare to shut down the classrooms for the year, many parents are thinking about gifts for their children’s teachers or other school staff. Here’s some ideas for locally sourced, unique gifts for your favourite educators.

Local Gift Ideas for Teachers in Vancouver

Yummy Treats

How about a gift of food? From snacks to spices, desserts to tea, there’s plenty of options. Granville Island Delivery Company offers gourmet food baskets of all kinds, along with options for self care and wellness products, and home gifts. Check out Green & Green Gifts with Flair for a wide option of food gift baskets (including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options). This store also has baskets with an Indigenous designed products. Or head to your local Purdy’s store: this Vancouver-based chocolate company has made it extra easy, with a section on their website dedicated specifically to teacher gifts.

Crafty Supplies

We all know that teachers stock their own classrooms with supplies, crafts and more – so why not give them a hand with a gift card or cash towards some crafting materials for the coming year. Check out Urban Source, which bills itself as the alternative art materials supplier – they have material that might otherwise have been destined for the garbage, such as leftover paper cuts from printing presses. It’s full of unique stuff that will be sure to get the imagination flowing. Opus Art Supplies has locations around the Vancouver region and offers gift cards in store for supplies from the entry-level to the high-end for artists of all ages. And, of course, there’s the go-to big box craft store: check out Michael’s for a wide variety of supplies.

Literary Love

What would a classroom be without books? Many teachers carefully curate and build their own library collections with their own funds. A gift of a few new-to-the-shelves books – or better yet, a gift card so they can choose their own to avoid duplication – can make a great gift. Check out Kidsbooks, which has a location in both Vancouver and North Vancouver. They are one of the longest-running children’s book-focused stores in Canada. If you’re in New Westminster or surrounding neighbourhoods, head down to Kinder Books in River Market at the Quay. This shop has been open for more than ten years now, offering a carefully selected stock of books focusing on diverse and inclusive titles. Chapters/Indigo is an easy option for purchasing a gift card online.

Take a Break

Why not encourage your favourite teacher to chill out this summer with a gift they can enjoy later, like tickets to a film of their choice? Gift cards are available at all major theatre companies. Check out Cineplex Canada, Landmark Cinemas, Hollywood 3 and the Rio Theatre for a mix of mainstream and independent cinema.

Coffee and Tea, Please

There are plenty of great local options for both specialty coffee and tea in the region. In New Westminster, check out Great Wall Tea in River Market. Head to Granville Island Market for the Granville Island Tea Company. And over in East Van, check out the East Van Tea Company. For coffee lovers, check out Revolver Coffee in Gastown, Luna Coffee out in Langley, and for to-the-door delivery, head to Pallet Coffee Roasters in Vancouver.

Whatever you choose, remember it needn’t be fancy – and a thoughtful word of thanks in a card or letter is always a kind and valuable touch.

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