When it comes to teachers, gift cards make a lot of sense. But to me they scream: “I bought this from the gas station last-minute!” so I am extremely reluctant to give them to the people I care about. Yet time and again, teachers tell me they actually want gift cards to restaurants, movies, coffee shops, wine and beer stores.
I guess I’m a slow learner because I’m still determined to find the perfect teacher gift. If you’re in the same boat and looking for something that’s personal but not too personal, creative but not weird, here are a few suggestions:
For the teacher who’s also a mom
Mama Bird and Babies Necklace | $30.00
If your kids’ daytime mama deserves something special and unique, give her a gift that says “thank you for loving them like your own.” She’ll be proud to wear it inside and outside the classroom.
Harper Crossbody Bag | $50
This “it” bag is loved by moms and celebrities alike for its stylish functionality. Available in close to 30 colour combinations.
A Love Note | FREE!
Most Moms are big saps and adore a good love not. So maybe you don’t need to send them a sonnet (like this one by our Editor-in-Chief), but a thoughtful note thanking your teachers for the year will always be appreciated. If it’s not necessarily your strong suit, here’s a helpful little guide to get you started.
For the teacher who’s never seen without a beverage
Porter Ceramic Travel Mug | $34.50
Does your kid’s teacher always have a coffee in hand? Then spoil him with the ultimate travel mug that’s chic and BPA-free!
Davids Tea Get Up and Go Set | $30.00
Get Up and Go with this special tea and portable mug set from David’s Tea featuring two succulent and energizing flavours.
Forget to shop? No time to shop? Chances are very good that a Starbucks gift card sent by email will hit the mark with just about everyone.
For the Food Lover
If your favourite teacher likes to unwind with a hunk of brie and some crackers, surprise and delight her with these pretty cheese knives that are perfect for entertaining or everyday use.
Battery-powered Wine Opener | $19.95
After a long day in the classroom the last thing your teacher needs to do is wrestle with a fussy corkscrew so let this battery-powered opener do the work for him!
Homemade Edible Gifts | Price varies
Store-bought gifts are great, but homemade ones are just as nice, especially when they come from the heart of your home – the kitchen! These will show your teacher that you took a little extra time and energy to create something that you know (hope!) they’ll love.
For the Traveler
The Original Scratch Map | $29.50
The top layer of gold foil scratches off revealing a whole new world below, letting your favourite teacher record her adventures in a unique and artful way. Great for the home or classroom.
If your favourite teacher has the travel bug help inspire their next adventure with this “destinations of a lifetime” book from National Geographic.
Phone-Charging Passport Holder | $49.99
If your favourite teacher is running (fleeing?) to the airport directly after the last day of school, spoil them with this must-have tech gadget that holds all her important documents and cards AND charges a phone!
For the teacher with a sense of humour
Student Tears Mug | $18
Mugs for teachers are about as original as ties for Father’s Day but if your teacher has a sense of humour he might enjoy this one. (Insert evil laugh).
If you know a teacher who would prefer something slightly more …. alcoholic than goldfish crackers and cut veggies for her after school snack, this just might be the perfect gift.
Unstable Unicorns Game | $24.95
Why should kids have all the fun? Unstable Unicorns is a strategic card game for ages 14 and up and features everyone’s two favourite things: destruction and (what else?) unicorns.
For the “Teachery” Teacher
Personal Laminator | $30
Perfect for displaying student artwork in the classroom or protecting important documents, the personal laminator is practical, easy-to-use and will make him the envy of the staff room.
Apples to Apples Junior| $20.99
Hello, indoor recess! This hilarious card game helps kids expand their vocabulary and thinking skills by making outrageous comparisons. Includes close to 600 cards for hours of fun.
Teachers tend to be oh-so-appreciative of a set of Mabel’s Labels featuring their name. Finally, they’ll be able to label their important classroom supplies to help with organization come back to school time (too soon, we know).
For the Inspirational Teacher
Tiny Arrow Necklace | $27
Nothing says “Thanks for pushing me forward” like a delicate arrow necklace. Perfect for the teacher who consistently goes above and beyond.
Isn’t this what it’s all about? Perfect for the teacher who champions anti-bullying and knows what’s really important in life.
Finally, remember that gift-giving should be about the recipient, not the giver. So if what your teacher really wants is a night out at Kelsey’s, then, by all means, hit that gas station.