Many kids ask their parents if they can give small holiday presents to their teachers. Here are some gift ideas that are always appreciated:
A card with a heartfelt message
Christmas tree ornaments—your child should sign first and last name and date them (Josie Jones, 2016) so teachers can reminisce when decorating every year.
Gift card for a local learning/teaching store
Gift card to a discount store like Wal-Mart or Target
Supplies for the class: sanitizer, pencils, white board cleaner, Kleenex, etc.
A personalized gift (I love my Miss Green apron!)
Flowers or a small potted plant
Amazon gift card
Blank note cards—teachers write a lot of notes. (You can buy nice blank cards at stores like Ross and Marshalls for about $5 or less)
iTunes gift card
A recommendation letter, typed and signed, recommending the teacher. The teacher can hold this in her file and use it for applying for another job, make a copy and give it to the principal for her personnel file, etc. It can go a long, long way.
Handmade gifts: bags, decorative items, etc.
Two gifts I personally appreciate are chocolates or candy I can share with the class (Dum Dums, Jolly Ranchers, etc.)
Remember, your child’s classroom teacher is not the only important adult at school. You might want to send in cards to a specials teacher, librarian, bus driver, instructional aide, school nurse, or the custodian who always greets your child. Classroom teachers often receive many presents at holiday time, but these school workers are often overlooked. Something as simple as a holiday card with a personalized note would be much appreciated.