Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers With Giveaway!

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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.
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Check Out Our Holiday Posts for Green Gift Ideas

If you’re wondering how to shower the baby in your life with gifts this holiday season, you needn’t look further than last year’s posts on the Green Baby Guide. Here are some of our brilliant ideas, in review:

Green Baby Guide’s Gift Repository—We plug some of the companies we’ve had the pleasure of working with, such as Natural Pod, Pedoodles, and Monkey Foot Designs. We also get practical and suggest buying your bundle of joy bumGenius or Fuzzibunz diapers.
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A beautiful Monkey Foot Designs wet bag for those cloth diapers!

Green Gifts for Baby on Etsy—Want a homemade onesie or knit cap without actually constructing it yourself? Etsy is the perfect way to treat your baby while supporting independent craftsters.
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5 Unexpectedly Green Holiday Gifts for Baby

1. Garage sale toys

2. Experience gifts

3. Money

 4. Donation to a charity in baby’s name

5. Most shocking of all . . . NOTHING!  Before you discount this idea as completely Scrooge-like, hear me out.  Will a baby really know if you got her a gift or not?  Most pint-sized toys and clothes get relegated to the basement or attic within a few months.
 
You may think “going green” means shelling out extra cash for organic clothes and hand-crafted toys carved from sustainable wood.  All the gifts we mentioned use no raw materials so your bundle of joy can leave a little footprint on the Earth.  Rather than depriving your child, you’re emphasizing the true meaning of the holidays: family togetherness, festive food, good cheer, and of course (adjective) + (abstract noun of choice).

Avoid Packaging, Shipping, and Clutter with Gifts of Experience for Adults and Kids Alike

I know that part of the fun is receiving a package, wondering what’s inside, and opening it with abandon.  But here’s a green idea: what about giving the gift of experiences this holiday season?

Experience Gifts for Adults

Gift certificates to favorite local restaurants.  My mother-in-law pays attention to the restaurants we frequent or mention wanting to try when she visits us–then we’re surprised with gift certificates to them months later!

Gift certificates to local grocery stores.  This might not seem like much of a present, considering people spend money at the grocery store all the time.  I personally love to get gift certificates to places like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, and I make sure to buy something special for myself with them, because it’s a present–not a coupon!
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