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Top 5 worst and best gifts to get teachers for the holidays

Top 5 worst and best gifts to get teachers for the holidays
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The holidays are a time for giving; especially to those that consistently make an impact in our day-to-day lives… But, sometimes less is more.

Teachers are one of those professions that receive an abundance in gifts over the holiday season. From apples, gift cards, coffee, and more, teachers truly get it all.

So, when it comes down to shopping for your child’s teachers, there are a few things you should keep in mind before checking out at the cash register.

Here is a top 5 list of worst and best gifts to get teachers this holiday season, according to teachers:


1. Mugs and Candles:

This is a recurring gift that teachers receive. There is only a certain amount of cupboard space a person can hold.

2. Homemade Food:

While the thought is great. Sometimes you just don’t know what kind of culinary or sanitary skills a student (or their family) has. 

3. Apples or Apple-Themed Gifts:

This is the universal symbol for education, yes. But there comes a point when a teacher needs to rebrand their home to anything other than apples.

4. Lotions and Perfumes:

Unless you know the teacher personally, this can be a hard sell if the teacher isn’t a fan of the scent. 

5. Cash:

While gift cards are a great way to thank your teachers, cash is just plain old awkward. Thanks, but no thanks.



1. Gift Cards:

This is both thoughtful and extremely useful. Teachers have so many added expenses to do as is, gift cards are a great way to thank a teacher for their hard work.

2. Handmade Presents:

Students leave a huge mark on the lives of teachers. Handmade presents are the best souvenirs for teachers to remember their students by.

3. Class Gifts:

Instead of getting 20 small gifts, nothing is sweeter than when students work together to get their teacher one big gift. 

4. Store-bought Food:

Who doesn’t love sweets for the holidays… Especially when they’re packaged nicely!

5. Handwritten Thank You Notes & Letters:

There’s no better way to tug at a teacher’s heartstrings than personal notes and letters. Let your teachers know just how grateful you are to them in your academic journey, from both student and parent. 

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