Valentine’s day is around the corner and is there anyone who deserves more love than teachers? In most instances, our children spend the majority of their day with their teacher.
By now, you’ll have gifts and cards organized for your significant other, which leaves you some time to get your children’s teachers something to show them how loved they are. We have collected a list of practical and fun gifts for teachers, sure to make them feel warm and fuzzy.
Teachers love gift cards as these allow them to buy something they truly want or need. Remember that much of the time, teachers will stock their classrooms using their own money. By buying a gift card, you can be contributing to the classroom too! It also allows the teacher to buy something for themselves to practice self-care. The options are endless! Try gift cards to Amazon, a local coffee shop or toy shop, Target, a nearby experience, a salon, nail care, or a cool local boutique.
Portable Phone Charger
A teacher’s time is so valuable. They don’t have time to hang around waiting for their phones to charge! Plus, they’re always moving around. A portable phone charger is the answer. This one we found is so on trend for Valentine’s Day.
I never feel more guilty than when I’m in the car line waiting to pick up my daughter from school. I’m nice, warm, and snug while those poor teachers are outside herding our children in the bracing wind and frigid air. Also, spare a thought for those teachers who draw the short straw of recess duty outside when the dial is hitting freezing. Perhaps this is the perfect gift for them for Valentine’s Day.
I just love the beaded bracelets that are in at the moment. You can definitely buy these for the special teachers in your life. Personalize one with the word “Teacher,” their first name, or what their students call them.
Teachers have been with your children since August and have been teaching them all sorts of cool things. How about encouraging your child to make a good old-fashioned handmade card to show off their new skills? Depending on the age, there could also be a little handwritten note. Love doesn’t always have to have a price tag.
As with the handmade card suggestion, showing love doesn’t have to cost money. Your child and/or you could write a letter to the teacher expressing how much they are valued. My daughter calls her teacher her school mom and regularly tells me how much her teacher is there for her during school hours. It warms my heart to know that she has that type of role model at school who loves her and her classmates as much as we do as parents.
“Thank You for Helping Me Grow”
This is an oldie but a goodie. A potted plant with a label saying “Thank You for Helping Me Grow” is such a fantastic play on words and also something that could be kept within the classroom.
Hand-Painted Plant Pot
To go with the plant option above, you could include a hand-painted flowerpot from your child. Most towns have a paint-your-own pottery studio that offers such a service. Though beware, it can take up to a week to get your creation back.
Phew! Planning, preparing, teaching, and grading are a lot of work for one person and don’t really leave a lot of time for self-care. Ensure your teacher rewards themself with some downtime by putting together a box of pamper products such as bubble bath, Epsom salts, a candle, a face mask, a lovely cream, and of course, chocolate!
Have you heard of Sugarwish? You choose from a selection of categories like candy, cookies, popcorn, snacks, coffee, tea, or dog treats and then pick a gift size. Your teacher gets to choose exactly what their package includes. There are so many different options. This care package is sure to make your teacher smile!
A lovely, safe way to get a fresh-smelling classroom and no naked flames to burn little fingers. Be sure to choose a tranquil scent for a calm classroom environment, such as lemon or lavender. You can also choose one to promote thinking, such as eucalyptus.
Can you imagine the number of pens and pencils a teacher must hand out every day? Treat them to a personalized pen or pencil and they’ll never lose it again.
Easy Recipe Book
While researching for this article, I came across many reels and articles detailing how teachers don’t always have time to fix themselves a nutritious lunch or snack. We can help them out by gifting them a recipe book full of easy-to-make meals and snacks.
Letter boards are so much fun and allow you to always have some fun, quirky message posted without having to actually voice it. Send it to your teacher with a wonderful Valentine’s message!
This one can work out to be a little expensive, but it can also cover all the major holidays you would traditionally send in a gift for your teacher. There are many types of subscription box options there. Look for themes like beer, cheese, surprise beauty, yarn, gemstones, and bacon, just to name a few!
Every teacher out there in our education system, from daycare all the way up to the University level, will have a wish list! Take this opportunity to buy something from your teacher’s list and help make it a little smaller.
Whatever you choose to do for Valentine’s Day, make it into a learning opportunity for your child. This holiday is a chance to show them how we can express our love and kindness to those who give us theirs.