Black Friday has passed. Cyber Monday has come and gone and in another week or so, school will be out. What to do for those wonderful teachers who spend such critical time with our children. Beth Almy, Educational Resource Coordinator at the Natural Science Center has put together a few great ideas. As an instructor herself, she really knows what would bring a holiday smile to an educator’s face while being kind to our environment as well. So if you are struggling for gift ideas for your child’s teacher…check these out for a little earthly inspiration.
Take the time to let the administration of your school know how much you appreciate your teacher. Send a note to the principal about something kind she or he has done for your child. Make sure you give the teacher a copy!
Keeping It Clean
Purchase a refillable natural hand sanitizer or lotion. Peel the labels off of the bottle and decorate it with scrapbooking stickers and ribbons. This personalized gift will be appreciated by the entire class throughout the winter season.
“Go To” Gifts
Teachers need a little fun time too! Gift certificates to restaurants and movie theaters are wonderful treats for educators who rarely get to treat themselves to lunch out or a matinee!
Encourage educators to investigate their local parks and green spaces by giving them local trail books and field guides. Include these items with bird feeders, an assortment of seed packets, or a gift certificate to choose a tree at a nursery.
Vote for TOTES!
Re-usable tote bags are great gifts for everyone….not to mention the environment! Many retailers carry a variety of trendy packable totes. You can even purchase totes at the craft store ready to be personalized by the kids. Totes are a great substitute for paper wrapping and gift bags!
Surprise your favorite teacher with a basket of fresh produce from your local farmers market. Include a sweet treat along with a set of recipe cards.
High Tech To-Go!
Data storage devices are great gifts that allow teachers to transport less paper back and forth between school and home. Not only do they come in a wide variety of colors and designs, but they are very affordable!
The Gift of Time
Share your time and talents with your child’s class. Give the teacher an hour off by teaching a special lesson while she enjoys a cup of coffee and her favorite book. If teaching is not your talent, offer to help her organize a project, clean the classroom or decorate a bulletin board. You can even bring her a home-cooked lunch to enjoy while you take the class to the cafeteria!
Gifts that Keep Giving
Donate to a teacher’s favorite charity, PTA , community organization or plant a tree in their honor. You can even gift a favorite book to the school or public library. Zoos and science centers also run programs where you can honor someone by providing enrichment toys and treats to the animals. The possibilities are endless and will be appreciated long past the holiday season.
Select a book or two with an earth-friendly theme that can be used in the class. If possible, have all the children sign as an extra special memory. The Great Kapoke Tree, Faces of the Earth, and Little Green Books are a few possibilities.
That’s A Wrap
When wrapping homemade goods and gifts for anyone this holiday season, think re-usable! The variety of inexpensive totes, decorative containers and fabric gift bags is truly inspiring. Think outside the box…and the wrapping paper!