Top Teacher Gift Ideas

FamilyFun readers share their favorite picks for teacher gifts.

Give Them What They Love

Teacher Gifts Illustration by Orlando Hoetzel

At the beginning of the school year, I hand out a questionnaire to my kids' teachers, asking about their favorite color, restaurant, sports team, beverage, candy, and snack. We also ask if there's anything special they collect. With these lists, our family has been able to make our presents more personal.

Shelly Frederick
Bella Vista, AR

    Make a Noteworthy Gift

    Our family loves to take pictures of nature. We turn our favorites into notecards to give to teachers.

    Amy Leach
    Menomonie, WI

      Cook Up Something Special

      One thing our family likes to give is homemade preserved foods, such as jams and salsas. I always take a picture of the kids helping with one of the steps, turning the crank while making applesauce, for instance, and use that photograph as the gift tag. This idea has been a hit for a couple of years now.

      Anna Hammari
      Foresthill, CA

        Share the Great Outdoors

        Last year I put together an outdoor relaxation kit as a present from the whole class. In the kit was a hammock, a book on hiking in the area, and a water bottle. The teacher loved it!

        Julie Monahan
        Overland Park, KS

          Go for the Essentials

          We created a "cake" made out of school supplies, including packs of crayons, pencils, tissues -- things a teacher would normally buy for her classroom.

          Leah Dixon
          Phoenix, AZ

            Offer a Helping Hand

            Teachers never get any help dismantling their classrooms at the end of the year, so we always give a certificate for one day of labor. They appreciate the assistance.

            Mariellen Haen
            Sturgeon Bay, WI

              Gather Classroom Memories

              Each child in the class gets a piece of card stock to be customized with artwork, a photograph, or a letter to the teacher. A parent collects the pages from everyone and turns them into a sweet scrapbook.

              Rebecca Shields
              Mahwah, NJ

                In a Teacher's Own Words: Make It Useful

                I'm a teacher, and I have to say that I really enjoy receiving gift cards for an experience, such as dinner and a movie. Baked goods with the recipe attached are always nice as well. I have also loved the many Christmas tree ornaments I have received over the past 30 years and still hang them on my tree.

                Deborah Schumm
                Downingtown, PA

                Originally published in the May 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.