Let's just get one thing out of the way: teachers do not sign up for this gig for the gifts! That being said, we really appreciate any act of generosity from parents and students and judging by my Pinterest feed, parents are inspired to treat teachers to a little something here and there. I decided to write this blog post because my Pinterest feed has been chock full of the most adorable back to school teacher gifts interspersed with this popular ecard:
I do not want to come off as ungrateful, but I think we can find a happy medium here. We would love the crayon wreath, but if crafting is not your thing, below are 10 gift suggestions humbly suggested by this high school English teacher:
1. Support: This is a cheat gift, but very cheap and incredibly valuable to teachers. Having our back is the best gift a parent can give when the time comes to battle the homework, deadlines, book choices, classroom management, etc.
2. These Amazing Mugs: Click here for a link to buy the mugs from amazon. Trust me, this will be an instant favorite with every English teacher!
<--------First Lines Literature Mug $12.95
Shakespearean Insult Mug $12.95 -------->
3. Target Gift Cards: Chances are, we are going to put the money back into our classroom, so help us offset our school expenses with a gift card of any size. Every little bit counts and we totally understand that you may be buying small gifts for several teachers.
4. Coffee Gift Cards: I cannot count the number of late nights I've spent slaving over student essays/research papers with the comfort of a good cup of joe. I love my job and I wouldn't change it for the world, but this English teacher still needs her caffeine and I suspect the same is true for most of us!
5. TpT Gift Certificates: The best way to help a teacher save time is to help buy quality products. This one also goes directly to a quality education for your student, so it is a win-win. Be sure to make a note of Simply Novel's store while you're there!
6. The Really Cool Office Supplies: There are some supplies that we just can't justify on our back to school shopping list, but we would love them. Get us the good stuff. Here's my list:
- Pretty Post-Its: We can usually get our hands on the square ones, but I think we all secretly love (and can't afford) the ones shaped like arrows, apples, stars, etc.
- Washi Tape: There are entire Pinterest boards dedicated to beautiful washi tape classroom ideas. Click here for an example if you are not familiar with this little beauty.
- Sharpies: I drool every time I pass by the giant sharpie packs at Costco, but with a cart full of other school essentials, I can't always justify $20 on permanent markers...even if they are amazing! I especially like the fine tip ones, which are perfect for poetry annotation.
- The cute baskets and organizers: With 100-175 students filling in and out of our rooms, organization is a survival strategy.
7. iTunes Gift Cards: There are so many amazing edtech apps and iTunes books out there; I am sure this one would be a hit with almost any teacher!
8. A Stapler: Maybe this is a personal problem, but my classes run through staplers like they are going out of style. I've spent hours trying to fix them and yet inevitably on essay due dates I'm down to one erratic stapler and a chaotic collection process. As crazy as it sounds, I could really use 1 new, quality stapler each year so that I consistently have a couple working staplers and an efficient classroom.
9. Awesome Stamps: With all of the feedback that we give student papers, stamps can be a fun way to save time. Click on each image below to see the etsy store it comes from:
10. Teacher Gadgets: We love cool gadgets. I mean who doesn't want these? Click on each for more info.
Teachers and parents, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!