Holiday Gifts for Teachers, Students, and Parents

Need ideas for holiday gifts for teachers, students, and parents? I've compiled a list of suggested gift ideas for each, and I've ranked them by ideas that I think are excellent down to ideas that you should avoid.

Gifts to make, gifts to buy. Writing from the point of view of both teacher and parent, here are my favorites:

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For Teachers from Parents

A big yes for gift cards, my personal favorites being a bookstore or Starbucks. Another terrific option is to order a gift card for Teachers Pay Teachers, where your child’s teacher can purchase high quality teaching resources created by other teachers.

Also nice is a card with a personal note about what you appreciate about your child’s teacher. I still have a few from years back.

Please skip mugs and books with inspirational teaching stories (it isn’t that teachers don’t want to read them so much as that they often don’t have the time).

 

Need ideas for holiday gifts for teachers, students, and parents? I've compiled a list of suggested gift ideas for each, and I've ranked them by ideas that I think are excellent down to ideas that you should avoid.

For Teachers from Students

A big yes for anything homemade. For years my kids made this wreath ornament made from rice for their teachers. Not the most creative project, but they always came out looking great, even when our kids were small.

 

Also nice is a card or note from the child expressing a kind thought.

 

For Students from Teachers

A big yes for Madlibs, if you can afford them. Sometimes you can find a good deal. I love them because they are fun and educational. Small puzzles or Sudoku books are other options, and, of course, you can always find a good deal in the Scholastic Book Club. Art or fun school supplies are other great options.

 

Also nice and great if you are not wanting to spend any money are bookmarks you can make and laminate yourself or free homework passes.

 

Please skip Christmas ornaments or other Christmas-themed gifts unless you know all of your students celebrate Christmas (see my post on being the lone Jewish kid).

 

For Parents from Students

A big yes to anything that allows the child to be creative in a personal way. Over the years some of the gifts I have treasured that my kids have made in school have included a calendar with an art project my child completed for each month (I was completely floored by the amount of teacher planning and work that one must have taken to pull that off), homemade picture frames with a really nice phNeed ideas for holiday gifts for teachers, students, and parents? I've compiled a list of suggested gift ideas for each, and I've ranked them by ideas that I think are excellent down to ideas that you should avoid.oto of my child, a hand-painted candle holder, a hand-painted box, anything made and glazed from kiln-fired clay. Also great are cards with original poems or sentiments (not copied from the board).

 

Also nice – the preschool plaster hand print. Nothing original there, but so precious. I am so very glad that I have one for both my kids now that they are teens.

 

Please skip cookie-cutter gifts that could have been made by any child in the class – pine cones spray painted gold, construction paper cutouts, etc.

 

Rachel Lynette Teachers Pay Teachers
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