FamilyFun readers share their favorite picks for teacher gifts.
Give Them What They Love
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Originally published in the May 2014 issue of FamilyFun magazine.