I have many teacher friends and have seen over the years a pretty serious collection of clutter built up from all their students. Teachers love their students and they love the thought put into a gift given to them, it’s hard to let go of items that remind them of people they love. So, let’s help our teachers out and commit to no more coffee cups or gaudy brooches to be burdened with. 🙂
- Coffee Shop Gift Card. Coffee is a favorite morning drink for most, why not gift them something they’ll be sure to use?! Pick a coffee shop that is close to the school, so they can grab a quick pick-me-up whenever they need it.
- Restaurant Gift Card. Want something a bit more? Treat your teacher to dinner with a gift card to a Restaurant.
- Spa Gift Card. Massage, hair appointment, manicure, let the receiver decide how they want to be pampered most.
- Movie Gift Card. Having a gift card to see a movie they’ve been looking forward to is a treat and will help them to take some much needed “me time” without feeling guilty.
- Theatre Gift Card. Just like a movie, this is a great way to spoil your teacher, particularly enjoyable for drama and music teacher.
- Sports Event Tickets. If you know your teacher is a fan of a certain sport, gift them with the ability to see it in person. In our area, college games are very popular.
- A combined gift card. Ask all the students to contribute to an amazon gift card- ask all the parents to contribute $5 and give her a lovely gift!
- Farmer’s Market Voucher. Browsing the market and being able to pick out their own gift is useful and appreciated.
- Flowers. A bright bouquet is a lovely gift that can be enjoyed for a short amount of time and then disposed of without guilt.
- Plants. Plants bring in a bit of outdoors for those stuck in a big building all day- but make sure that the teacher enjoys plants before giving this gift.
- Stickers. Elementary school teachers buy many things they use in their classrooms. Getting extra stickers for them to put on completed papers is a great help.
- Classroom supplies. Again, this may work more so for elementary teachers, but they often purchase extra supplies to get them through the year. Pencils, tissues, tape, dry erase markers, glue, etc.
- Personal Organizer Voucher. Keeping all the supplies organized at the end of the year is a lot of work- how about getting them some help with that? A personal organizer is always helpful and is sure to be a blessing.
- Food Basket. As much as I love giving homemade baked items unless the teacher knows your family well, they may not feel comfortable consuming homemade goodies. (You can’t blame them, think of how many kids they see picking their noses!) So, if the teacher doesn’t know your family well, consider a prepackaged food basket or a fruit basket.
- Immunity Boosters. Teachers are surrounded by germs and don’t have time to get sick! Give a gift of wellness: A box of Emergen-C, a bottle of Essential Oil or elderberry syrup.
- Time. Schedule some time with the teacher in your life to help them organize supplies, make copies, gather supplies for their next unit study or anything else they need.
- Portable Humidifier. Technically, not clutter-free, but very useful! You can find little humidifiers that plug into a USB port and some turn a water bottle into a humidifier.
- Thank You Note. A handwritten thank you note to let the teacher know the impact they have had and how much you appreciate them giving of themselves is very meaningful and often more welcomed than any material item.
More on gifts:
- 18 Non-Toy, Non-Clutter Gifts for Baby Showers
- 18 Non-Toy Gifts for Toddlers
- 18 Non-Toy Gifts for Children
- 18 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for Teens
- 18 Clutter-Free Gifts for Men
- 18 Clutter-Free Gifts for Women
- 18 Clutter-Free Gifts for Grandparents
- 11 Ways to Get Friends and Family on Board with the Limited Gifts Idea
- 15 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas
Clutter-Free Gift Guide – This gift guide is a compilation of all the gift-lists published on the blog, from toddlers to grandparents and everyone in between. Clutter-free and toy-free ideas. Click here to get this 33-page PDF for $7.