Gifts for Teachers

1. Dinner’s Done!

Teachers are busy, very busy. If you really want to help, bake a meal with your kids that their teacher can freeze and use on a night when she’s too tired to cook.

2. Cookies in a Jar.

If your child’s teacher has a sweet tooth, help her satisfy it with cookie mix in a jar.


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • Mix the salt and baking soda with the flour, then layer the ingredients into a 1 quart, wide mouth jar. (For a pretty layering effect, layer brown sugar first and press down. Follow with salt, baking soda and flour mixture. Cut a circle of wax paper or foil and place on top of that layer. Pour chocolate chips on top.)
  • Enclose a card with the following mixing and baking directions: Chocolate Chip Cookies 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 2. Cream 1 cup of unsalted butter until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix in cookie mix from the jar. Drop dough by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. 3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned.  

3. Tools for School.

Most teachers appreciate cute gifts, but eventually, run out of room for all of the trinkets they receive.  However, if you have any school type toys or learning tools at home that you can donate to your child’s teacher, she’ll probably really appreciate that. Gather up the items you’d like to give and wrap them creatively.

4. Gift Cards.

It’s not the most exciting gift around, but teachers really appreciate gift cards. Let your child help you around the house and earn some money to buy their teacher a gift card. Think coffee shop gift cards, bath shops and even grocery store gift cards for a can’t-miss gift. You might not think it’s a lot, but a $5 gift card will be greatly appreciated. Any more than that might make your teacher feel odd about accepting your gift.

5. Green Thumb.

Give your teacher an indoor houseplant in a clay pot, for the classroom. Have your child decorate the pot.


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