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In making an even grander list of present suggestions for Mother’s Day, my mind wandered to teachers (don’t ask) and what an appropriate gift for a teacher is for the end of the year (or the holiday season). I actually don’t have children, as many of you know, but I have friends who are teachers and I love hearing their stories about weird presents from students.

For example, the teacher who got a baggie of “homemade” granola mix. I mean, I am sure that it was safe, but would you eat something the Goth kid made you and placed in a baggy? Regardless, food is probably not the best way to go. And handmade gifts are treasured for about 5 minutes and then thrown away (because, after 10 years or 300 kids, that’s a lot of handprints to save).

Do I think that presents are mandatory? Well , no (but I am not a teacher). For children in elementary school, presents aren’t a bad idea, especially if your child has brothers or sisters who at some point in the foreseeable future may have the same teacher. And FYI – teachers talk about their students AND their parents with other teachers. So better to butter up the teacher just in case; help them look forward to having your ADD riddled child next year right! And small tokens of thanks are superior gestures that really go a long way.

All the gifts here have a teacher though behind them, but they work not only for teachers, but mothers whose career involved teaching, or upcoming teaching graduates…I mean, who needs an excuse to give?

A lunch bag? Lunch boxes and school go together like cake and ice cream. Sure your teacher is probably over the age of 9, but these lunch totes are all insulated, geometric, mod and fancy! These lunch bags are stolen from Hostess with the Mostess – and they’re fabulous. For all around $25 or so, this is a fabulous gift idea (even for the working mom who is too posh for brown bags!) and helpful for the environment. Superiorists may want to include a $20 gift card to a local fine grocer or a Whole Foods.

 not fit in my décor, but for some teachers it may be a hit. It’s a little mod for moi, but it is super cute with the stem turning into a spoon. And when you visit a teacher’s home sometimes it’s cute to see the kitsch…

Dunkin Donuts Gift Card (Starbucks too!) Really, any gift card to the local coffee shop or lunch spot is appreciated. Dunkin Donuts has a fabulous online system where you can upload a photo. Here is the prefect way to ensure your child is remembered every time their teacher gets coffee. Very personal, and bonus points if the picture is the teacher and your child! Dunks’ also does gift packages and coffee clubs for monthly delivery of coffee. Heck, this is a great present for everyone!

 

 

Paris Damask Insulated Lunch Tote This one is my personal favorite!

Uno Insulated Lunch Tote for One This is my favorite too – I mean come on! A spot for napkins and silverware! SUPERIOR!

Milano Lunch Tote Very mod.

Quattro Insulated Wine Tote Well this certainly is not for lunches…fill this with some quality wine and champagne to celebrate the end of the year and you can guarantee straight A’s for the rest of your child’s academic career…

 

Gin Emerald Jade Apple Dangle Earrings & Matching Apple Necklace So cute and fun and flirty (check for pierced ears first!) these apple earrings are maybe clichéd but so superior to painted pasta jewelry for a teacher. This is also a great idea for a mom who is a teacher (or a teaching student graduating soon?)

Apple Jar with Spoon This jar would not fit in my décor, but for some teachers it may be a hit. It’s a little mod for moi, but it is super cute with the stem turning into a spoon. And when you visit a teacher’s home sometimes it’s cute to see the kitsch…

Tovolo Popsicle Molds  This really is just in here because I saw them on Wrapables.com and I thought it was so cute! It has nothing to do with kids or teachers or moms or anyone. But I am going to purchase some and make some lemonade pops ASAP! But what a cute little token for the mom who always takes your daughter to dance lessons while you work Tuesday afternoons…just a thought!

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