Christmas is just around the corner and if your house is like mine, then you know the kids aren’t the only ones who are excited. The Christmas spirit is contagious for adults and children! It is always a good (sometimes stressful) time trying to find the best gift possible for each person in your life while sticking on a budget.
And since it seems like everyone has an educator in their lives nowadays, whether a friend, relative, or your child’s teacher, it is time to think of the perfect gift for them as well. However, if you are like me, I try to keep that teacher gift to thirty dollars or less. (Not that their contributions can have a dollars ign attached to it.) There are many great gifts in this price range for that educator (or future educator) that they will cherish.
A Tote Bag for Your Teacher
There are certain gifts to avoid when contemplating what to get a teacher. The biggest one is probably a coffee mug. No matter how cute the coffee mug is, I have about 30 that I have either stored away or regifted to others. Instead, give the teacher a really nice tote bag that will last a long time. I know that I have only had one carrying case for all of my things during my teaching career and it has been falling apart for years. I am guessing the teacher in your life will enjoy a new carrying case for all of their school things.
The HAPPY TEACHER Binder
If you know the field of education well, you realize that being a teacher is a never-expanding role. You don’t have to just present amazing lessons and handout grades the students have earned. Teachers must also keep track of where students are going after school, correct poor behavior, stay in contact with parents, know each child’s worrisome health problems, and hunt down homework assignments that seem to have disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle.
Imagine the HAPPY TEACHER Binder as the Swiss Army Knife for your classroom. This unequaled binder provides everyschool form that a teacher would need during their whole teaching career. There Are forms in the HAPPY TEACHER Binder that teachers probably have never even seen before. Your favorite teacher will receive close to 4,000 editable pages that they can use in their classroom for the rest of their years in the classroom. They will never forget you after you give them this gift.
It’s tough to be heard in a classroom of thirty students. Even if the kids are halfway quiet, it is easy for them to miss a word now or then. (And carrying around a megaphone is probably not a good look for you, but one of my students gave one to me years ago and I have broken it out a few times.) This voice amplifier will have the teacher in your life heard by everyone. They may even feel a bit like a rockstar as they walk around with it on. If they have ever wanted to break out into song, now would be the time while wearing this voice amplifier with the built-in microphone.
Their Own Personal Laminator
Teachers Love to laminate. They can’t get enough of it. Not only does it protect the document, but it will last just about forever once it is coated with that plastic. What they don’t like is waiting to use that laminator in the teachers’lounge that never seems to be working. Giving them their own personal laminator will be a gift that they will never forget and always use. I wish someone had given me one years ago!
Real Whiteboards are expensive and it may surprise you, but there are classrooms that still use chalkboards for this reason. These self-adhesive whiteboard rolls are just as good as a full-size costly whiteboard, but at a mere fraction of the cost. They can place these up on normal walls, over top of chalkboards, or even on students’ desks. My students enjoyed having their own personal small whiteboard on their desk when I used this adhesive roll to increase student interaction in the classroom.
Students need a quiet place to get their work done or some sort of background noise that at least eliminates all other little noises. And if you don’t interject these white noises, the kids will with their whispering and chatting. This noise machine will be able to mask any other background sounds and provide relaxing sounds like ocean waves in the process. The teacher will love this so much that they will even take it home with them at the end of the day! I don’t know how I managed to go to sleep every night without it.
Do you know a teacher who has always wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument? They may believe it is too late to learn, but it’s not. Give them a little push by giving them the gift of music lessons from iAchieve. We offer lessons on justabout every instrument you can think of.
Written by Ryan Crawley