Teacher gifts can be tricky. Here in New York, we tend not to buy individual gifts for teachers, but instead a class parent will ask for contributions towards a (large) cash gift. Don’t even ask how much we are asked to contribute per child/per teacher–it’s a lot. But I know that many of you still buy individual gifts for teachers, and if you don’t want to spend money on more scented candles that will go unused, here are 5 other good ideas:
Personalized Cotton Waffle Cosmetic Bag ($21.99 at Personal Creations). This can be used for so many things–not just cosmetics. You choose the color, monogram, and thread color. Machine washable, too!
Collapsible Sky Umbrella ($35 at The Museum of Modern Art). This cheerful umbrella designed by Tibor Kallman has been a MoMA best-seller for years (and part of my own umbrella collection). The new lighter-weight, collalpsible version makes a practical but classy gift for any teacher.
Jonathan Adler Bohemian Bliss Tulip & Sunflower Pen & Pencil Set ($19.95 at Barnes & Noble). This is something any teacher could use –pretty writing implements. This cheery Jonathan-Adler designed pen plus mechanical pencil arrive in a gift-ready decorative box.
Oh, and one extra idea (and my personal favorite). I love to give my kids’ teachers (and special needs therapists) Amazon Gift Cards. From the gift-giver’s perspective, they are super easy to buy, and from the recipient’s point of view, it is almost like using cash since there are sooo many things people buy at Amazon.com. Plus, the teacher won’t lose this gift in the sea of little gift bags and envelopes he or she is receiving on the last day of school before break; it’ll be safely stored in their e-mail account. For all these reasons, they are one of my “go-to” gifts year-round.
Need other holiday gifts picks? Check out this year’s picks so far: