I mean, teachers in this country are basically heroes!
So around here, we’re pretty stoked for the start of the school year in 37 days. Those days can’t go fast enough. Even the kids are super ready. And - they want to make sure that I remember to buy their teachers a present.At the beginning of the school year, I try to buy each of my kids’ main teacher a gift. It’s kind of my way of saying “I’m sorry for not having them complete the reading list and also for their lack of manners but thank you for saving my life!”
So this year, I went to the experts and asked them what they would like to receive as a back to school gift. In no significant order, here is what the teachers in my life had to say about what they might like to receive as a back to school gift.
Gift Cards - gift cards seemed to be the winning pick among teachers. Most them mentioned gift cards more than any other thing: Starbucks, Target, Sonic, OfficeMax, Staples, Amazon, other fast food stores, local supply stores. The food place gift cards really caught me off guard, but as one teacher out of Texas put it “the first week will be crazy and if you can help with dinner- awesome!!!”
Food - quite a few teachers mentioned wine and liquor. I’m not saying our leading educators are all up in the drinky drink, but maybe some wine sippy cups might be useful, as well. Premade snacks from the grocery (think: fruit trays, trail mix, veggie trays), made from home lunch (if your school allows it) for the teacher’s lounge, 8 O’Clock Coffee, mini coffee maker and travel mug.
Supplies - every teacher loves supplies, so bring on the markers, erasers, pencils, red pens, staples, sharpies, copy paper. Basically, if you are financially capable of doing it, double up your kids’ supply list and wrap it up with a bow. I’ve actually done this twice, and one year a teacher cried upon seeing it. A student had just come in with a note from his mother saying she was unable to afford the things on the list, and the teacher had already assured him she’d personally purchase everything he needed. Most teachers wouldn’t even hesitate to do that, but if 10 in 35 students has this happen, that really adds up. If you really love your kid’s teacher (and want him to be the teacher’s pet) do your best to make sure she’s well supplied throughout the year.
Random - there were some things that didn’t really fit into a category here. Namely: Advil and Tylenol, but also handmade cards and candles seemed to be a big hit with the scholarly among us.
So there you go! Four ideas for back to school gifts for your child’s teacher! Me? I’ll probably be getting my kids’ teachers some Calamity Sue (reisling) and a condolence card.
Many Kind Regards,
With your kids going back to school, you might want to reminisce. Rachel Engel understands.
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