Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers With Giveaway!


Dsenyo Greeting Cards

I come from a family full of teachers and have seen the best and the worst gifts possible.  Generally speaking, they really do feel like it is the thought that counts, which speaks to the altruistic nature of teachers. Unlike your postal carrier, hair dresser or garbage man, society doesn’t expect you to gift teachers and the holidays.

It’s certainly most common for elementary teachers to receive holiday gifts, so keep in mind that your thoughtfulness will even more appreciated by secondary education teachers, teacher aids, and any of the support staff.

If you’re compelled to show your appreciation for their dedication and hard work, there are a few do’s and don’ts.  Just remember that nothing is expected, and sometimes the best gift is just a heart-felt handshake and verbal thank you. Oh, and don’t be offended if they decide to re-gift it to their hair dresser.


Mugs: Sure, that snowman mug is adorable.  But unless it comes with a Starbucks gift card inside, pass.  Can you imagine how many mugs a teacher has received over their 20 year career?

Scented Candles or Lotions: While you might love a particular scent, how can you be sure the teacher will?  Unless you are expecting them to re-gift it, save it for yourself.

Decorations or kick-knacks: If you haven’t been to the teacher’s house, how could you possibly know what sort of item would mesh with their decor?  Guess wrong and their saddled with the guilt of throwing away a thoughtful gift instead of enjoying their holiday break. Or the guilt of having a laugh at the expense of a thoughtful student.


crayonsClassroom Needs: Considering that teachers are constantly spending their own money on class-room supplies, one of the best gifts is something they would otherwise have to buy themselves.  Teach for America has a great list of essentials that often come out of pocket. Even better, ask! It might not be a surprise, but it will be more appreciated than a generic “#1 Teacher” ornament.

A Thoughtful Card: green-spiral-handmade-greeting-cards-umoja-fair-trade-malawi-dsenyo-3_largeWe all know and appreciate the hard work it takes to be a teacher, so why not put it in writing?  Better now than the last day of school when they can re-read kind words on a tough day.  Have your child write his or her own note and include your own praise as well.  Since teacher gifts pretty much end after elementary school, imagine the joy you’ll bring to middle and high school teachers by thinking of them during the busy holiday season.

Greeting Cards: Along with a thoughtful note, you could include a pack of blank greeting cards. We love the Dsenyo Greeting Cards because they are crafted by the Umoja Group, an association of people with disabilities living as refugees at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi, Africa. The paper is 100% recycled and handmade. The cards are blank inside, and even the envelopes have a beautiful textile accent on the flap.

In the spirit of the holidays, we have a Dsenyo Promo Code for our readers! Use the code GREENBABYGUIDE to receive $20 OFF orders of $50 or more.  Shipping within the US is free on orders over $75, and orders are fulfilled within 48 hours so you have plenty of time to order before Winter Break.  The Promo Code expires on December 24th, 2015.

tough-cookieBooks for Students: Especially for elementary teachers, books are always appreciated.  Multiple copies of the same book are great for reading groups and are a donation that is often overlooked.  Subject specific books are a good choice for middle and high school teachers, since it will be unexpected.  Who knows what student might find inspiration from a particular read?

For a Non-Denominational Holiday Book, we like Tough Cookie by Kate Louise.  It combines a lesson in kindness (perfect for the holidays) with fun whimsical illustrations by Grace Sandford.  A gingerbread man is baked without any ginger, and makes up for his deficiency by causing trouble and being greedy.  If he wants to stay in the bakery, he has to learn how be generous and helpful.

Holiday-crafts-bookBooks for Teachers: Daycare, preschool and elementary teachers are always on the lookout for fun holiday projects for their students.  Holiday Crafts By Linda Reece is a great choice for quick and easy creations for every holiday.  The supplies required are minimal, and each project can be completed within a short period. You could even include supplies needed for one of the holiday projects.

amazon-gift-cardGift Cards: If no inspiration comes, or your are short on time, a gift card is the way to go.  We usually stick with local coffee shops or retailers; why not support local at the same time?  Otherwise, we suggest retailers such as Amazon, Target or Walmart.  That way they can by something for themselves or for the classroom, guilt free!  Gift cards are especially good for middle and high school teachers, who don’t have to purchase as many classroom supplies throughout the year.


Book Giveaways

We’re excited to be giving away FIVE copies of Holiday Crafts By Linda Reece. Whether you give it to a teacher or save it for yourself, you’ll find great indoor activities for you and your kids.

tough-cookieWe’re also giving away ONE copy of Tough Cookie by Kate Louise.  This children’s book is a perfect story to help your kids remember to be nice and helpful during the holiday season.

You can enter up to Five times to win one of these books.  The giveaway will run through Friday, December 11th at 12PST and is open to US and Canadian residents.
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  1. Erin Ellis says

    I would love the Tough Cookie book! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  2. christina p says

    I am excited to read the Tough Cookie book.

  3. I’d love to win the holiday crafts book!

  4. I’d love to win either book for my daughter’s preschool teachers!

  5. Amie george says

    I would like to read tough cookie. It just sounds cute

  6. I would like to win the holiday craft book.

  7. Caroline B says

    I would love to win the Tough Cookie book, just too adorable!!!

  8. Amanda cain says

    Id love to win the tough cookie book

  9. I would love the holiday craft book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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