Christmas is coming and it is one of the favorite holidays for almost everyone – child or adult. It is time for gifts and many parents face the problem of choosing the best Christmas gifts for teachers.
It is easier to choose gifts for friends and family because you know their taste and personal preferences, but it is difficult to surprise someone whom you do not really know. Therefore, it is not an easy task to choose and buy or craft gifts for teachers.
Simple rules to follow when choosing Christmas gifts for teachers
Christmas gifts for teachers should not be expensive because the receiver may feel awkward. The main rule is that the present must not come from the wallet, but from the heart. Be sure that such a present will always be appreciated. Of course, the gift should not be cheap either. After all, when it comes from the class, each family participates, so you will have a decent amount of money.
Make sure that the present if from the whole class or group, not personally from your family. Personal gifts from the families, and not from the whole class, are inappropriate. Yes, not all teachers think the same, some may gladly receive such gifts, it all depends on the teacher. A personal gift may be a good idea and will not embarrass the teacher if you know him/her and the present is coming as a gesture to a person who you like very much and have informal relations or you became friends.
Wrap the gift beautifully. Whatever you choose, think about the packaging. Now there are a lot of opportunities to make an impressive gift wrap that will become part of the gift. It will be great if you also make a postcard with holiday greetings.
Give the present in a festive atmosphere. While the children are still small and cannot say a speech, hand the gift along with other parents. It is best if you did that in the classroom before the lessons started, in the presence of the children, inviting them to join in the congratulations.
Christmas gifts for teachers ideas and what to avoid
Tea, coffee and chocolate sweets – this seems like a banal gift, but if you go for high-quality or something really special, it will be a great treat. Avoid pre-packed gifts with assortments that you do not know. Choose something that you’d like to taste or receive as a gift. Remember, that chocolate sweets and confectionery are always a good idea. For example, you can go to a specialized shop and select artisan confectionery.
Christmas decorations for the home are also an obvious choice. As we mentioned before, do not go for something cheap or something very expensive. There are many hand-made original products which are a precious and beautiful addition to any festive décor. Some parents choose an ornament or a statuette of the animal of the year. This is not a very good idea because, unless the teacher collects animal figurines, such a gift will not be much of a pleasure.
Gift cards are a great idea for both male and female teachers. Shower gel, perfume, mascara – with such gifts it is very easy to make a mistake, plus they are very personal. A gift certificate allows the teacher to choose something that he needs and likes and you are not limited to cosmetics. Almost every shop offers gift cards, so it could be a wine shop, dairy shop, art shop, etc.
A gift connected to the professional activities of the teacher. It is known that each teacher considers his subject to be the most important and interesting. Many teachers will enjoy something related to their professional sphere.
A book – now, this is a controversial gift, unless you know that the teacher loves to read and you are certain that he has not bought the book already. A bookstore gift card will solve the problem and the teacher can choose a book, a beautiful calendar or something else.
Gift baskets – this is an option which allows you to be creative. For example, you can buy interesting stationary or personalized items. Small computer accessories – USB drive or a mouse are always a practical gift and will be of use.
Tickets for a musical or a theater or a Movie certificate taped to a box of popcorn – this is another idea, but you need to be sure that the teacher has not already seen that particular show.