Updated: Sep 17
Christmas time is busy, but we must not forget about our children’s teachers or those special colleagues that have worked hard to make a difference in the classroom all year. In saying that, thinking of gift ideas can be hard!
So we have done the thinking for you and put together a list of fun gift ideas that teachers will LOVE. (Note: this blog post does NOT contain any affiliate links. Suggested businesses are people we have worked with ourselves and can recommend.)
A Teachers Pay Teachers Gift card – you can purchase them here. $10 will buy your teacher two smaller or one larger resource they may want to use in their classroom. It doesn’t sound exciting for non-teachers, but trust us, teachers will be grateful for this gift!
Chocolate – Why not spice up your gift of chocolate with a cute personalised wrapper! This would be a fun idea for a colleague or from a Secret Santa. Find our favourite personalised gift tags @wild_and_ivy_designs. (Psst, they can also create personalised prints for a teacher or colleague).
Personalised Stamps – Most teachers LOVE stationery. But what they love more is stationery that is cute AND saves them time. We have never met a teacher who hasn’t loved a personalised stamp (we use ours daily!) These ones pictured are from @misshoneyteachers and you can get 15% off your order using the code: RAINBOWSKY15
Coffee – Lots of teachers live on good coffee! Why not consider a voucher to your local coffee shop to keep their energy levels high in the lead up to Christmas. Perhaps even give Planet Earth a gift too and give a teacher a funky keep cup.
Fancy Stickers - Primary school teachers love themselves a sticker. The talented Jo Edgar (a teacher herself) has designed a range of beautiful stickers that teachers can't get enough of. Any teacher would love to receive a gift that has come from Mrs Edgar!
A Stylish Lanyard – This is an accessory truly limited to teachers… but they are a must-have and an excellent fashion statement! There are so many beautiful lanyard designs out there these days, check out @siliconejewellery or @lillipopbeads on Instagram for some inspiration!
A Handmade Rainbow - Teachers generally love rainbows and these handmade keyrings from @rainbowearthlings are gorgeous and amazing quality. You can even get them personalised. They have loads of stylish colours and designs.
Scratchies or Lotto tickets – This is a fun idea and great to use as a small token of thanks. Find the label we have used in the image below for free here.
Teacher Survival Pack – Admittedly, teachers receive LOTS of chocolates and nibbly treats! But this is a fun idea that could be kept inside a desk drawer for when it is really needed!
Spa Voucher – This is a little more on the expensive side in terms of gifts, however, a spa voucher or manicure and pedicure voucher is a beautiful way to say thank you to a teacher because you are giving them the gift of self-care at the same time!
Fancy Hand sanitizer – There is nothing more luxurious than a fancy hand sanitizer (and teachers use hand sanitizer daily!) We love this beautiful one from Aesop!
Hot Tip: This is also a lovely gift for new mamas or teachers going on maternity leave. Update - we wrote this post long before COVID but now there are so many fancy hand sanitizers on the market and teachers are still going to need it long after corona!
Teacher Stationery - Teachers are stationery addicts at heart. They are also the walking ‘grammar police!’ Why not spoil them with stationery made especially for teachers. These pencils (pictured) come in a range of colours. Frame This, also has options to create personalised stationery items too.
Another great stationery item for teachers are fun stamps. We love the unique stamps from @theteachingtools (pictured) Grab 10% off when you use the code RAINBOW10
A Teacher or Professional Development Diary - We have a range of diaries and teacher help guides that make wonderful gifts for teachers. They come digitally so they are affordable and you can package them up in any way you wish. Check out the First Year Survival Pack for new teachers, Prac planner for Pre-service teachers or our Teacher Diaries and Professional Development diary for teacher friends or colleagues.
A Fancy Lunchbox - Teachers may be the only profession left where it is common place to bring a packed lunch. You can pick up beautiful lunch bags from Etsy or gift stores. We love these ones from Feather and Noise.
Wine – If all else fails, wine to the rescue! Find cute personalised wine bottle labels here to add a special touch!
Ideas for the men!
Male teachers are tricky, so we asked a few of our colleagues what they liked to receive when it came to gifts. Apparently, they get lots of mugs (no wonder the mug cupboard is always so full in the staffroom!) Why not try coffee vouchers, alcohol (like Whiskey), or Westfield vouchers.
We hope this gives you some Christmas inspiration so you can thank a teacher in a way that they will love!
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