Nothing says “thanks for putting up with my little monster” like a well-chosen Christmas gift for your kid’s teacher. Unfortunately, the days of home-baked cookies and a red delicious apple are long, long past. That’s why we’ve queried some of our favorite people (who also happen to be teachers) for a handful of easy last-minute gift ideas that promise to put a smile on your teacher’s face.
Express Ticket to Awake-Town (aka Coffee, Coffee, Coffee)
It may seem like the de facto gift, but according to our sources you can’t go wrong with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop, whether it's Starbucks or regional favorites like Peet's or Caribou Coffee. Pick one up along with a decent mug or thermos, and you won’t have to worry about teacher awareness for the second semester.
All Vera Bradley Everything
According to one of our sources, “All [female] teachers love Vera Bradley.” These brightly patterned bags and accessories have found quite a market in the last few years, and you can’t go wrong with a well-chosen tote or id card holder.
Supply Some Supplies
No matter how well-funded the district, the cold truth is that most teachers go out of pocket for simple school supplies like markers and books. Help fill your teacher’s bookshelves with a well-stocked gift card to Barnes and Noble or Amazon, or up their arts and crafts budget with a set of perennially popular supplies like Mr. Sketch Markers.
Prepare Some Pampering
Teachers work hard. They’re on their feet most of the day, talking, moving and tolerating. Treat your favorite teacher to a few things that’ll make their day-to-day much more comfortable. Suggestions from our experts include stress-reducing aroma creams, Burt's Bees lip balms and patented sleep solutions guaranteed to provide some much-needed sleep, anywhere.