Gift Guide Offers Ideas for Holiday Gifts for Teachers

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Last month we shared gifts for tots to teens, and now we offer some great ideas for gifts for teachers. See also our picks of the best holiday presents for Mom, Dad and the grandparents as well as super stocking-stuffer selections. The Carolina Parent staff, in collaboration with our sister publications Charlotte Parent and Piedmont Parent, chose these items from top product lists, personal favorites, recommendations and product samples. Here's wishing you and yours a happy holiday!


Teachers devote time, energy and caring to help your child. Here are top gift ideas, according to teachers we asked, if you'd like to show your appreciation during the holidays, or other special days:

Give the gift of choice – Gift cards top most teachers' wish lists. Teachers often spend their own money on classroom supplies, so gift cards for stores where they can purchase those items — or things for themselves — are good choices. Consider traditional big-box retailers, but also office supply stores, school supply stores and bookstores. Gift cards to coffee shops, restaurants or movies are more personal options. Coordinate a class gift and hang individually purchased gift cards, in envelopes, from the branches of a small potted evergreen. Or have one parent collect donations and purchase a gift card for a larger amount.

Stock the classroom – Teachers in the lower grades appreciate school supplies such as notebooks, printer paper, tissues, glue sticks, scissors, markers and crayons to replenish their supply halfway through the year. All teachers need tissues and hand sanitizer for the classroom. Package items together in a festive basket or bin that can be used for storage.

Donate your time – Consider a gift of time instead of a monetary gift. Make coupons the teacher can "cash in" for classroom volunteering, tutoring, chaperoning or even helping with supply preparation at home.

Find more gift ideas for kids of all ages by searching our articles using the words "Gift Guide."

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