Top Picks for Gifts for Teachers

Big Chick started school this year and for the first time in my life, I am faced with what to get her teachers for Christmas. I polled my teacher friends, but most had the same thing to say: no mugs. Ok, got it. No mugs.

I should say that I adore Big Chick’s teachers. Not only are they sweet, nurturing, and kind, but they take a sincere interest in my daughter’s education. They feel like part of the family. So I want to make sure I get them something thoughtful and unique, but it can’t break the bank either (although, I would each gift them a million dollars if I could).

Here are my top pics for gifts for teachers this year:

1. Voseges Couture Cocoa Sampler Pack (this is not your ordinary hot chocolate)- $19.99

Netflix Gift Certificate (simply purchase it online and print it out!)- Prices Vary

Voluspa 2-Wick Candle in Decorative Tin (so chic, smells great, and long-lasting)- $15.00

The New Yorker Book of Teacher Cartoons– $15.00

iPlunge Phone Stand (a great accessory for any iPhone or iPod user)- $5.99

Personalized Bag of M&Ms (7oz)- $11.99

Grobal Self-Watering Plant (a great desk accessory)- $9.0

Harry and David Create Your Own Relish 4-Pack (split these in half and make two gifts out of one!)- $18.00

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Morgan is a Domestic Goddess and mother to two girls, Big Chick and Baby Chick. Before she became a mother in 2007, she worked as a nanny for three different families. This means that she has had goldfish stuck to her car floor for a very long time. While Morgan loves all baby and child related gear, she has a particular fondness for strollers. When Morgan isn't outside enjoying the Southern California weather, she also writes for her own website:

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GIFT CARDS! As a teacher most of the other stuff gets given away. Yep. Being honest there.


Gift cards are great & cash works too;) I have loved cute earrings, bracelets, cute stationary, and smelly candles too.
I agree on no mugs, or cutesy figurines & signs…there is only so much space in a classroom & if you wouldn’t display it at your house, the teacher probably won’t either.


I agree with the other teachers…as a teacher, I prefer gift cards. If I get another “teacher” book or cutesy mug or ornament, I don’t know what I’ll do with it. Gift cards, I can actually use. The Netflix one is great–I already have Netflix, so it’d help with that bill. I’d use Barnes and Noble to help with my Nook addiction, Target would help with anything, or even the local teacher store to help with classroom expenses. Go gift cards!


no mugs, no soap, no lotion, no more candy, no Starbucks cards(I like but get too many of). Target or Walmart cards are GREAT! I like ornaments, hair accessories, photo books of the class, small trinkets, scarfs, hats, gloves, movie tickets, and cards to eat out.


GIFT CARDS!! Teachers love gift cards. Most of the time they end up using the gift cards on classroom supplies anyway.

Candles, soaps, plants, desk accessories are cute, but times that by 20 kids times 20 years of teaching….that’s a lot of soap.

Brittany Enneking

Wow, thank you for these great ideas! I’m gonna go with the Voluspa candle and self watering plant! So awesome!


As a teacher I have to say…my favorite gifts were always gift cards 🙂


These are all really cute…i always give my teachers money or a Target gift-card though. At the end of the day, I figure most teachers want and need money more! Even if you can just give them $15.