We meet teachers every day in our retail stores and around this time of year the conversation of teacher gifts seems to always come up. We also seem to be having this conversation with our parent customers as well. In light of this, we wanted to share some of what we have learned from our teacher customers with you.

First, and foremost, teachers love gifts and the thoughts behind them. They cherish what they are given by their students and are genuinely grateful that parents would take the time to think of them and appreciate their hard work.

But consider the following- teacher have lots of students, each and every year, and they have a limited capacity to store trinkets and knick knacks from their students! As such, teachers don’t really want mugs, or teacher-themed knick knacks or anything with apples adorned on them.

Green-arrow-RSo what do they want from their students as gifts? Would you believe us if we said that the number one most desired teacher gift was a hand-written note from students or parents about what the teacher had meant to the student. Nearly every teacher we spoke to mentioned that notes/letters were something they kept, looked at constantly over the years, and truly treasured.

Red-arrow-RNext to a handwritten note, gift cards are second most requested. Teachers buy almost everything for their classrooms using their own money, so gift cards help stretch their budgets. At Scholar’s Choice, we see special teachers spending their own money each day to decorate the classroom to ensure it is engaging and educational, or picking out special manipulatives or games with the needs of their students in mind. Scholar’s Choice gift cards are a great option. Shop our gift cards now by clicking here.

Green-arrow-RIf you don’t like the idea of giving a monetary gift, another great way to show appreciation is to give something to the teacher for his/her classroom. Here is a selection of the hottest teacher gifts that any teacher would love! Shop our selection of teacher gifts by clicking here.

Another great idea is to purchase a few storybooks or novels from your local bookstore and donate to the library in the teacher’s name. If the student and teacher shared a love for the same book or read a book together throughout the year, perhaps choose this particular title. If this was a year for learning to read, or if your teacher instilled a love for reading in your child, pass on that love to other students through the library! It is also a great way to enrich the library for your child the following year!

We also carry tea and aromatherapy online and in our retail stores! Stop by a retail store to try free samples any day of the week, and maybe pick up some for your child’s teacher. In order to be the best teacher they can be, your child’s teacher needs to take care of themselves. Made from only the top 5% of tea leaves, Tea Forte tea is a great choice for a gift!

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Other things to keep in mind:

Don’t forget about Daycare providers and child care workers! Think about writing a little note so giving a gift card to the centre or provider personally as a token of appreciation.

Don’t forget about Special Ed and resource teachers! These teachers work really hard on behalf of our children and are often over-looked. If your child is getting extra help, consider something for these hard working teachers as well!

Don’t forget Scholar’s Choice wraps your teacher gifts for free!! Come in to any retail store, purchase a gift with the help of our learning experts, and get the gift wrapped for free!