Teacher Gift Ideas from Local Ottawa Businesses

Teacher Gifts from Ottawa Businesses - SavvyMom

The school year is coming to an end, and it’s time to celebrate the incredible teachers, educational assistants, office staff, and bus drivers who have made a lasting impact on our children’s lives this year. We’ve put together exciting teacher gift ideas in Ottawa so you can share a special something with the school team in your life to say THANKS! They’ve inspired, educated, and nurtured young minds, and now it’s our turn to show our appreciation.

Thoughtful Ottawa Teacher Gift Ideas


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Themed Gift Baskets

Let’s get creative with themed gift baskets! You can assemble a “Relax and Unwind” basket with bath bombs, scented candles, and a cozy blanket for those well-deserved moments of self-care. Or how about a “Caffeine Lover’s” basket with an assortment of local coffee beans, a cute mug, and a gift card to a nearby café?  Cafe Latte Cino in Orleans always has a great selection of caffeine and special gifts that would make a great gift basket come together. Tailor the theme to match their interests and watch their faces light up with joy!

DIY Classroom Décor

Get the whole class involved in creating a special DIY classroom décor gift! Have each student contribute a personalized art piece, such as a painted canvas or a decorated picture frame. When combined, these heartfelt creations will transform their classroom into a colorful and joyful space, reminding the teacher of the love and appreciation they receive from their students.

Local Specialty Food Basket

Delight teachers with a basket of local gourmet treats like chocolates, teas, or coffee. Supporting local food producers adds a personal touch to the gift. Whether it’s fresh produce and baked treats from the local farmers market, sourced local honey and sweets, or local cheese with crackers and nuts there is something for all food lovers.

Donation to a Classroom Project

Instead of a traditional gift, donate to a specific classroom project or initiative. It supports the teacher’s vision and enhances the educational experience for students. Work with the teacher to identify a project and contribute to its success with materials, items and sourcing the materials needed. Even better if it’s a project that can live on for years to come!

For the Love of Books

Books are a timeless gift that can inspire and expand a teacher’s knowledge. Consider giving a book related to the teacher’s subject of expertise or a popular novel. You can also inquire about the teacher’s reading preferences and choose a book accordingly. Supporting local bookstores is an excellent way to contribute to the community. Check out Singing Pebble Books, Books on Beechwood, or Black Squirrel Books.


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Local Art or Craftwork

Support local artisans by gifting a unique piece of local art or craftwork. Look for paintings, pottery, or sculptures that showcase the beauty of your region. This not only provides a beautiful gift but also supports the local economy and fosters a sense of community. Check out  Maker House Company, Mini Tipi and The Village Quire for a variety of handmade and local gifts.

Gift an Experience

When it comes to end-of-school-year teacher gifts, experience gifts are a fantastic option as they provide lasting memories. A group gift, such as tickets to a Cirque du Soleil show, is an excellent choice as it allows the entire class to contribute and shows appreciation for the teacher’s hard work.  Corteo will be in Ottawa June 28th – July 2nd. Have a parent to take the lead on this one and set up an account to send the money to (you can make it a specific amount or suggested donation) and gift an exciting experience to your favourite staff member!


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