With the holiday season approaching fast, it’s time to think about holiday gifts for your preschooler’s favorite teachers. While I’m sure teachers appreciate every gift they receive, including every Christmas ornament in the shape of an apple stating “World’s Greatest Teacher,” this article will provide you with a few more ideas that your preschooler’s teacher will love. I’ve tried to use simple ideas, with a suggestion for “adding on” if you want to spend a little more on a gift.
Antibacterial Gel. Sounds hokey but it’s the perfect holiday gift. You can purchase this in all kinds of scents and containers, so check out www.bathandbodyworks.com for some great ideas. Preschool teachers spend all day surrounded by coughing, sneezing little children, what could be the more perfect gift? You can add in small bottles of lotion and body wash in a matching scent, and even put it all together in a little basket with a few packages of tissues, too. Wipes are also a nice gift for the preschool classroom, because even if all the children are toilet trains, wipes still have a myriad of uses. (As a parent, you already knew this!) Wrap up some wipes like Christmas presents to add on to this idea for a funny, useful gift.
Pens, pencils and markers. School budgets are tight and many teachers have to purchase their own supplies. Why not fill a pretty holiday case with an assortment of fun writing implements for your favorite teacher? Besides the basic pens and pencils you can add in fun colors and sizes (extra large markers, scented markets, etc.) For a little more, you can put it in a basket and add in arts and crafts supplies, too. Preschool teachers need paste, glue, stickers, glitter, you name it.
Pet Supplies. A lot of preschool classrooms have a class pet (I saw the world’s biggest guinea pig in one, no lie.) Put together a basket of supplies for him or her, including litter, pellets, treats, toys, even some fresh veggies in a zip-lock baggie. Even if your teacher isn’t paying for the pet supplies out of her own pocket (while I’ll bet she is), this is a time saver during the holidays because your preschooler’s teacher won’t have to make the trip to Petco or PetSmart for supplies. And the pet will love it, too!
Homemade treats. These are always appreciated, because they are a thoughtful holiday gift from the heart. Find out what your preschooler’s teacher’s favorite treat is – cookies, brownies, fudge? Then whip up a bunch and present them in a festive tin. She can enjoy them herself or bring them to a friend’s house to share. If your preschooler is old enough let him or her help make or decorate the goodies, or at least decorate the tin. To add on to this gift, make a basket with mugs, cocoa, tea and coffees.
Gift certificates. These are always appropriate. For small holiday gifts, think coffee shops or local family restaurants, movies or even grocery stores. For a larger or group gift, you can get gift certificates for a more expensive restaurant or a shopping mall. And don’t forget book stores, craft and hobby stores, and anywhere else your preschooler’s teacher might like to shop!
I hope you found some useful ideas here for holiday gifts that your preschooler’s teacher will enjoy. Happy Holidays!