Hey there enthused Parents and students alike!
The holiday season is fast approaching and so you have probably been busy in the hustle and bustle of buying gifts and preparing for holiday meal sessions with family and friends (yea. I know how hectic this can be). But I wanted to take this time to address two things:
- Ensure that you are showing appreciation to you or your child’s favorite teacher/mentor/coach/educator (because giving back to someone who spends the majority of their time, energy and money with other people’s children is needed from time to time. Additionally, the appreciation is a great motivation).
- Help you choose that perfect gift for them 🙂
Please note that the gift doesn’t have to be extremely fancy nor expensive (like expensive jewelry or perfume). It just has to be thoughtful and heartwarming, which requires you to know their interests (likes/dislikes), hobbies and personality.
Now at this point you may be saying, “well, I don’t really know my teacher that well as yet.” Well here’s a simple solution: just ask them. A lot of the time, if you ask a teacher their interests, likes and dislikes, they will share it with you (I love Ferroro Rocher…just in case someone was wondering…) So go ahead and ask away.
After you have figured out what your teacher is interested in, you can check the following websites for perfect, inexpensive items for them.
If your teacher is a big cat/dog lover, this is the best place to purchase little trinkets and novelty calendars such as this
Grumpy Cat 2020 Planner
Dog Gallery 2020 Desk Calendar
What I really like about Calendars.com is that you can find nice gifts other than calendars at a very inexpensive price and they have it organized in product types such as gifts, puzzles, books, stationaries, drinkware (cups and mugs), etc.
Of course, Cats and dogs aren’t the only category of products that are sold at Calendars.com as there are many other categories of items available but for sure, it is the best place for gifts for cat and dog lovers.
2. BetterWorldBooks.com Explore New & used books. Browse many categories!
Is your teacher/educator a bibliophile or is always in need of reading books for the classroom? This is the best place to purchase them at a discounted price.
Here you can find anything from antiques and collectibles to children’s books, to books on education at various levels and entities.
However, I must note that with technology nowadays, educators can easily download their books on their phones at a cheaper price, though there are still many people out there who would rather have a book in their hand than to read it on a screen. It’s best to find out their interests and needs with this idea.
Of course, the third option would be finding something off of Amazon because it has thousands upon THOUSANDS of products to choose from such as textbooks, reading books, coffee mugs, kindles, speakers, classroom accessories…you name it!
For example, in the Bahamas, I find that teachers are always in need of speakers so I found this Bluetooth speaker that doubled as a clock which could be very useful in the classroom for under $25.
What I also love about Amazon is that you can actually purchase an amazon gift card and send it straight to their email box if you rather not think too hard about gift items.
If you are more on the sentimental, crafty side, you and/or your child can create beautiful cards for each of your favorite teachers, expressing your gratitude and appreciation to their dedication. I assure you that they will love it just the same.
Another option can include organizing the entire class to raise funds to purchase a gift for the teacher. Sometimes, teachers just ask for supplies in the classroom such as dry erase markers (we ALWAYS need those!), pens, pencils, erasers, rulers (for the children who are always losing them and/or can’t afford them), reading books (for much of the younger grades), paper (both printing paper and folder sheet/loose-leaf for those that use it), musical instruments (more towards music teachers) and some form of caffeine (whether that be coffee or coke soda). If the entire class can pool those resources, maybe they can organize to get a few of these items in bulk.
Well, there ya go! These are just some ideas to get you going.