If you are looking for an elementary teacher gift, you cannot go wrong with books. Gift certificates to book stores or Amazon would also be appreciated. If you know they drink coffee, then Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts would be appropriate.
My all time favorite gifts were of personalized stationary. One year I was given some notepads with my name on them...perfect for sending notes home or to the school office! Another year I was given a stationary paper set with my name. I loved them both so much.
|Photo from Plum Paper|
This year, I decided to give M's preschool teacher personalized note cards. I purchased them through Plum Paper's etsy shop, and just love how they turned out! I chose to go with a repetitive flower design (similar to the one above). Other shops might have teacher-y designs, but I wanted Mrs. S. to be able to use the cards for personal use, if that is what she desired. I got my cards in just 5 or 6 business days, so if you are still thinking about a teacher gift, you have time! I would definitely recommend Plum Paper!
I was given several unique gifts during my teaching days...one was a giant dancing snowman that also sang. It responded to movement. The students loved him, but I never, ever would have bought him myself, but what a huge hit! Another was a Christmas sweatshirt. It was cute, but it was not a gift I would expect to get from a student. One girl gave me coasters with drawings of Korean life portrayed. Diane was from Korea (and lived with her uncle here), so they were perfect and fully unique. (I still have them, too!) Oh, the chocolate chip cookie pie that I love was first given to me by a student!
More than anything, as a teacher I appreciated the heart-felt words of a parent. When I taught junior high, some students even wrote their own notes. "Thank you" goes a long way for a teacher. Tucked away, I have those notes from parents and students.
Disclaimer: These cards were not for review...I just wanted to share.