Teaching is one of the most important professions there are, considering teachers are responsible for shaping the little minds of children who’ll grow up to be future scientists, artists, doctors, or even teachers.
Their big role in the lives of students became even more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic when most schools started closing their doors. Witnessing their dedication to go out of their way and continue with the educating mission, even if remotely, we could all agree that being a teacher is an extraordinary profession.
With this thought in mind, you’ll agree they deserve a special appreciation in this unconventional school year of 2020-2021. If you don’t know where to start, here are some suggestions.
If you want to go for a unique gift that provides the utmost enjoyment, you can’t go wrong with tasty edible end of year teachers gifts. There are many reasons why gift baskets haven’t waned in popularity despite all the trends that come and go – they’re delicious, they show you care, and they’re multiple gifts in one!
Though there are ready-made options that would save you from the shopping headaches, finding out what the teacher you’re buying for is fond of in terms of sweets and salty delights means going the extra mile to excel at gift-giving this year. Best of all is you can easily comprise a box full of all the snacks they adore without having to splurge on it to actually buy something meaningful.
In addition to the classic chocolate treats that offer a sensation of flavours for the palate, you can personalise the box choosing from a wide range of other edible goods. This could include fruits and nuts ideal for health aficionados or cheeses and crackers for those with a salt tooth. And to finish off the gift with a bang, besides throwing in a genuine “thank you” card, you can also add a bottle of their favourite drink.
Again, to be certain you succeed in gift-giving, you’d need to know the teacher’s likes and dislikes – maybe they’re into organic wines or they like to sip on craft beers. Speaking of this, a true zythophile would also appreciate fancy Christmas gifts for teachers teamed with unique beer advent calendars that evoke the cheer.
Don’t worry, there’s something for the coffee buffs too. It’s your job to sleuth around and find out! As the last step, you can use the packaging to your advantage as well, having in mind that gift presentation generates extra points. From gifts wrapped up as bouquets to sophisticated buckets, boxes, and baskets, you’ve got a vast array to pick from.
Plants are equally great as end of year teachers gifts, more so than flowers because they last longer and provide health benefits along the way. Now, as we’ve made it clear, teaching takes up a lot of time and dedication which makes trouble-free plants the ideal choice for teachers since they don’t require much TLC to thrive.
Succulents are examples of low-maintenance plants that can add some liveliness even to the most boring classrooms, but they aren’t the only ones that are great when it comes to purifying indoor air. Other options include snake plants, spider plants, garden mum, and dracaena to name a few. Pay attention to the pots they come in – make sure you add a nice decorative touch to the pot to create a memorable gift.
If you want an example of one of the most common and mundane teachers’ presents, it’s got to be the mug. I can say with utmost certainty they already have a whole collection of mugs that say they’re the best, most loved, and appreciated teachers, so steer clear of purchasing them yet another one that might end up collecting dust in the cupboard.
Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t buy anything mug-related that they will gladly use – one such choice is the mug warmer that can actually put their set of mugs to use. No longer will they have to worry about their coffee or tea getting cold with such a thoughtful gift. In case you feel like you could purchase something extra, it’s a nice complementary choice for edible end of year teachers gifts.
Okay, this one is probably an obvious example of a gift, however, taking into consideration that every teacher requires the use of a good range of stationery supplies, it’s certainly a welcome choice. Regardless of whether they’ve got years of experience, or they’re new to the profession, there are some essential classroom supplies you can get them.
Along with a variety of pens and pencils, that would be more special if you personalise them with their names or some fun and motivational quotes, you can pick from a range of additional supplies. Our suggestions include file keepers, post-its, and most importantly a teacher’s planner.
Most educators find this to be an essential tool throughout their career, and a great planner offers space for them to organise their lectures, note down some important facts about students, as well as mark their progress. Look for one that encompasses these aspects and you’ll get quite the handy present.
“With great power comes great responsibility”, and a great need for relaxation. Teaching requires a lot of effort and commitment, so it’s easy to feel burned out after work. Nothing speaks “I appreciate your zeal for the education of my child” better than a box of chocs as ultimate teachers gifts accompanied by pampering essentials to remind them to take care of themselves too.
You’ve got many options with this kind of gift – you can treat them to their own collection of aromatic natural and organic skincare, a lovely organic candle with a thoughtful quote on it, essential oils to reap the benefits of aromatherapy, or even a Treat Yo’ Self spa box a-la Parks and Rec.
Additional picks include a pair of soft and fluffy slippers, a luxurious bathrobe, a heatable plush toy, a silk anti-frizz hair towel, or the trendy and organic all-things bamboo, such as towels and blankets. With these suggestions, relaxation can truly be a gift away!