This entire school year was challenging.
Whether your children went in person (and then were switched to online recently) or if they were online from the start of September, our kids have been asked a lot of this year. And so have the teachers. That’s just one reason so many of us want to recognize the hard work that so many teachers have put in to help our children through a difficult school year.
As the school year comes to an end, there are many ways to show your appreciation, and support local, by sending a thoughtful teacher gift. Even if it’s sent a bit last minute or late (guilty!) it will still be appreciated. And don’t forget a thank you note!
We’ve gathered some teacher gift ideas from Ottawa-area businesses for your child’s teacher this year:
Gift Boxes Ready to Go
Select from one of the thoughtfully curated gift boxes for adults from The Loot Bag Lady and pick them up porchside or have your gift delivered. The Teacher’s Local Gift box features three local businesses and includes chocolate, popcorn, and coffee, wrapped up with a decorative teacher’s tag.
At Flamingo Boutique, a shop filled with unique gift items, you can build the perfect gift set to ship to your child’s teacher or simply add to cart the teacher’s gift box Flamingo Boutique has already put together for you. Included is a special butterfly sign with a teacher’s saying on it, chocolate bar and hand cream.
Gifts that Give Back
Art lovers, take note. You’ll find art by Colleen Gray turned into book marks, art cards, prints and more on the Art for Aid website. Sales from the Art for Aid shop help fund shipments of art supplies sent to remote Indigenous schools making this a gift that gives back.
Who doesn’t love gorgeous stationery? Celebrate your teacher’s creativity with a set of beautiful journals, brightly coloured markers, special pens and more from The Village Quire. They also have a selection of cards, art work, and other gifts that can be sent via snail mail.
Book Lovers Unite
Who doesn’t love a great read while sitting on the beach or on the back deck during their summer holidays? Octopus Books offers a selection of popular and contemporary books (including features by local authors) to add to a teacher’s summer reading list, or order a gift card to make shopping more personal.
Give the gift of tasty goodness in the form of baked goods. Custom design a special cookie creation, or send one of the decorate-your-own cookie kits from Aux Delices Bakery and Pastry Shop or send cupcakes from The Cupcake Lounge. Look for their ‘Thanks a Lot’ box of cupcakes, or mini ‘Class or 2021’ cakes.
Across Ottawa and the surrounding areas, we are fortunate to have locally owned coffee shops where you can grab gift cards (or send them electronically) so that a special teacher can treat themselves to an iced coffee, tea or dessert this summer.
In Ottawa’s West End, check out The Thirsty Maiden for an electronic gift card and teachers can order a London Fog to sit on their patio or grab a beverage to go.
In the East End, local teachers will enjoy a gift card from Cafe Latte Cino, stocked with baked goods, beverages and gelato. Shop online for their tea, accessories and gift cards.
Another popular choice, with locations at the NAC, in Westboro and in Almonte (where their headquarters are) is local coffee shop and roaster Equator Coffee. You can even order a coffee subscription to send to your teacher’s door for the next few months!