Teacher Christmas gifts are extra important this year with everything these wonderful teachers have been through! I’ve got a few really great gift ideas here.
I asked teachers for ideas for Christmas teacher gifts. Here are the answers.
I’ve had a child in school for almost eight years (what!), so I’ve given a few teacher Christmas gifts in my time. Some were better than others. After the craziest year ever, the teachers deserve a good gift, so I went straight to the source and asked some teachers what they actually want.
There were a few really good ideas!
5 really good teacher Christmas gift ideas
- Don’t think of them as generic teacher Christmas gifts. Think of them as the best kind of gifts. They’re what most teachers say they want!Here are a few ideas for gift cards:
- Gift cards to a coffee shop
- Door Dash/Uber Eats gift card
- Target gift cards so they can buy whatever they’d like
- Restaurant gift cards so they can go out with their family over Christmas break. You can buy any restaurant gift card you can think of RIGHT HERE online!
- Gift certificates to a nail salon so they can get a manicure or pedicure
- Massage gift certificates would be amazing to help those hard working teachers relax
- One reader sent in this idea: “the entire class went in on a photo session for her family.” Photo sessions can be expensive and teachers are often working on a limited budget, so this is a really thoughtful idea.
- Amazon gift cards! I have done this a few times for teachers and it’s no-fail. Everyone loves Amazon!
Nice hand soap and lotion
- With all the handwashing and extra hand sanitizing, these poor teachers’ hands are so dry! A really nice hand soap and lotion set would be a perfect gift for them!
- Teachers can always use more school supplies, especially this year when teacher’s budgets are a little tighter. If you’re not sure what supplies your child’s teacher might need or want, ASK THEM! Or if you’d rather it be a surprise(ish), ask the Room Mom. She’ll have a better idea of what the classroom could use, or she can ask the teacher discreetly.
- Here are a few ideas that will absolutely help:
- Sweets are always a good idea. Often Room Moms will have the teachers put together a “get to know you” sheet about the teacher and they’ll list their favorite candy or treat. If they haven’t for your child’s teacher, ask the Room Mom to put one together now so other parents have it for Christmas. Or if the Room Mom has a lot on her plate already, just email the teacher directly and ask her to put a Get To Know You list together. You can use THIS FREE PRINTABLE right here!
Notes or letters from YOU
- Handwritten notes from a parent are a great way to really show appreciation for your child’s teacher. I had one reader write in and say that a parent wrote a several page letter, mentioning specific things about the classroom and experiences her child had in the class. It was so heartfelt and clearly took some time and thought, The reader said it was the best Christmas gift she received that year.
Something hand written or made by your child
- Those wonderful teachers love your kids, and receiving something made completely by them is just extra special. Have your kids make them a special piece of art, or a handmade friendship or beaded bracelet. Or have them write a letter on their own about things they love about their teacher. The options are endless. I’d just recommend keeping it small, so a teacher can easily store it with other gifts they’ve received.
A few other great teacher Christmas ideas
- Pretty mask chains – you could do a gold jewelry style, or a fun monogrammed one!
- Diffuser and oils (this diffuser is under $12, and this 3-pack of oil is under $15 and smells like a volcano candle from Anthropologie).
- Blue light glasses – these are my favorites under $15.
- Soft throw blanket – a cozy gift is always a good idea.
Teacher Christmas gifts don’t have to be big or expensive — just put a little thought into it and your child’s teacher will appreciate it so much.