6 thoughtful holiday gift ideas for teachers

While you could never possibly express enough gratitude for the people who educate your kids, a sweet gift from your child certainly helps. Think outside the box this holiday season with one of these unique and practical presents.

Utopia Insulated Coffee Tumbler

Teaching kids all day long basically requires caffeine. But just like parents, teachers rarely have enough time to sit and enjoy their cup of hot coffee. This tumbler is double walled and claims to keep drinks warm or cold for up to 12 hours, so they can sip throughout the day. You may want to snag one for yourself while you’re at it.

J Crew Factory Slippers

Teachers deserve comfort at the end of a long day. Nothing says “chill” like a relaxing night at home in a cozy pair of slippers. These J Crew Tartan plaid slippers are cute, affordable and available in both men’s and women’s versions. They’ll help keep feet warm through the brutal Midwestern winter.

Harry & David Hot Chocolate Assortment

Who doesn’t love hot cocoa? This hot chocolate isn’t your average, store-bought stuff either. The four mixes include White Chocolate, Peppermint, Caramel and Milk Chocolate and there’s also an option to buy a gift set that comes with two mugs. If you’re looking for a little something extra to add to the mix, include a mini bottle of Kahlua or rum with the gift. Your child’s teacher will thank you.

Old Navy Tote Bag

Every educator has one thing in common: they constantly have to lug things to and from their classroom. Help them make the trek easier and more stylish by gifting this sleek bag. The canvas tote comes in black, wine and olive and contrary to what Old Navy says, I think it’s pretty unisex. It’s also big enough to fit essentials, a laptop and plenty of paperwork.

Minted Personalized Notebook

Teachers can never have enough notebooks (and, let’s face it, we could all use more help with organization). Create a customized journal, planner or address book with choice of layout and binding for the special teacher in your life. These colorful notebooks feature the work of independent artists and make for a stylish and useful gift.

Gift cards

When in doubt, a gift card really is appreciated by everyone. My sister is an early childhood teacher and said that she loves randomly remembering there’s a gift card in her wallet when she’s in need of a treat. Her top suggestions include Target, Amazon, Starbucks and gas cards. If you feel like splurging, a spa gift certificate would most certainly be welcomed.


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