The Perfect Teacher Gift

Thrifty Gift Friday this week tackles the problem of what gift  to give your child's teacher.  I have the perfect solution.

Food gifts are not always ideal, as many people are leery of food prepared by people they don't know. Teachers often don't know what to do with all the little trinkets and treasures they get. So that leaves something practical that they can use.

Gift cards, hand sanitizer,  and  other class room supplies are often a go to gift, but as parent I wanted to find something that  would help my children feel more a part of the gift giving process, but would still be appriciated and useful to the teacher.  I also wanted to create a tradition that our family could do year after year throughout their elementary years.
Gift Ideas for teachers

My solution?  Letting my child buy a book for the teachers classroom library.  Almost every teacher has a small library of books in their classrooms that are grade appropriate. Most of them spend their own money to build this collection.  Adding a book that your child selected will be very useful and appreciated.  Many schools have a book fair during the fall and I found that teachers often fill out a wish list at the book fairs. Often when I took my child to the book fair, we would also choose a book from among the teachers wish list. Other years, I let my child choose any book they wanted to from the local bookstore.

Finish off the book by taping in your child's school picture and let the child hand write their name & the year. My children would often go back to past teachers and find their books still in use in the classrooms. They always loved that!

Your child can find ways to earn money for the book if you want to add that element to your gift giving as well. Chores around the house or for neighbors will make the trip to pick out the book very exciting as well as help the child feel more apart of this special time of year where we honor those who touch our lives for the good.

Jan's Tip: The other benefit for this busy mom, was although we had to pick out a book each year, I didn't have to struggle to come up with one more creative idea.  Keep it simple, and do the same thing every year for every teacher. You'll be so glad you did!

What's your favorite "go-to" teacher appreciation gift?


  1. That is a brilliant and I can say that because I'm a teacher! I can also say that as a teacher, I have thrown away many a food gift because I just can't eat food from the homes that I know many of my students live in. (Many live in hotels and somehow produce food for gifts....). I don't get many gifts as a middle school teacher and those that I do are usually food (yuck) or trinkets that I have no use for. As a French teacher, it's even harder for kids to find things for me. However, if they bought me a book for my library, I'd probably wet my pants with excitement!!

    1. Thanks for the endorsement! I always had such great feedback from the children's teachers that I felt it was worth continuing every year!
      Middle School French teacher, now that deserves hazard pay!

  2. Great idea! Books are a perfect gift for so many accasions -- but I never thought of this one. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  3. I give spices. I give them a small box of great spices. Usually a cinnamon, and other things need to bake for themselves. I have even bought a grilling box for the male teachers. I order them from Penzy's Spices and they have been very well received. But the book is a wonderful idea! I think that will be my gift for the teachers next year.

    1. I love the spice idea! Everyone can use that and would welcome it as a gift, great tip!
      THanks for sharing!


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