We are mere moments away from the end of the school year; some of you may already be done and have your children terrorizing your home 24/7! Lucky you. In case your kids haven't quite yet finished, I polled my teacher friends and asked them what they actually want for their end of the year gifts. As lovely as another mug may be, perhaps find your way over to these options! My mom is a teacher and she has more mugs than any human should ever have. Everyone gives mugs, you guys.
If you really want to give your child's teacher a gift, give them something that acknowledges their existence as a human being with a life outside of your children. So as precious as a handmade necklace or painted ceramic from your child may be, you can be sure it is going straight to the trash.
1. Gift Cards
I've already mentioned that I am pro-gift cards in general, and this is no exception. Target, Crate & Barrel, or Williams-Sonoma are great because most people are always in need of more stuff for their home, whether it be cooking tools, or clothes, or furniture. Gift cards allow them to pick what they truly need, so stores that are multi-functional, like Target, are a great option. If you know they love music or makeup, or something more specific, feel free to gear it to their own personal taste.
Technically, these would be gift cards too, but I felt it warranted its own category because YOU KNOW your kid's teachers are exhausted. They are on their feet all week, hauling kids around, and generally feeling like mangled garbage. A massage is always an amazing treat and would be truly appreciated.
I mean, alcohol in general, but wine to keep it classy. I've yet to meet a teacher who isn't a total booze-hound, so help them keep their wine-rack stocked! If you have a hunch or know they are cocktail-fiends, splurge on a nice bottle of Campari or or some Bourbon.
Remember that if you really don't want to give a gift, your kid's teacher would truly rather you didn't give one. Several teacher friends have mentioned to me that nothing is worse than having to write thank you notes to parents for stuff they don't want. Just write them a heartfelt note! That will always mean so much more than any gift you can give them. A joint gift from the class is great too, because if it's something like a gift certificate it can be more substantial, or you can do something like make a tiny album with pictures of they kids and include a note from each child and parent. And if you are gonna go out on a limb and get them fancy jewelry, don't forget to include a gift receipt!