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In Christmas, Lifestyle on
December 17, 2017

Last minute teacher gifts for Christmas

We love teachers for all they do. Like, REALLY love them. Without teachers, you’d be teaching your kids quadratic equations. I do not possess enough patience to wait for them to get their shoes on in the morning, never mind teaching them math. Which is why at Christmas, I make sure I put some effort into choosing a good teacher gift.

We asked a bunch of teachers (my sister included) on what they’d appreciate this yule-tide season and they’ve given us the goods on what they want, what they really really want.

Need a gift that reflects your adoration for teaching your kid day in and day out? We’ve got that for you in the form of wine and gift cards.


Let’s face it. It’s Christmas and children are out of their MINDS right now. Imagine having 25-30 8 years old kids in one room every day a week before Christmas? No. me neither. Get that teacher some booze. Gift cards are a more “classy” way to bring some bubbly into the classroom, this way your kid isn’t walking around the playground with a bottle of pinot grigio, plus the teacher gets to pick the booze of their fancy.

Your teacher may not actually drink alcohol, so this might not be the best gift if you’ve never actually met the teacher.


Gift Cards

Sometimes you straight up don’t know your kid’s teacher, especially as your kids get older and you’re no longer needed (ie: wanted) in the classroom.

Gift cards are easy for a couple of reasons.

  1.  The recipient gets to choose their own present and what they need.
  2. You can buy gift cards online! 👌🏼

Sometimes the obvious places are the best, Chapters, Starbucks, and Timmies are really great options. If you know the teacher try shopping locally, or there’s always  Etsy gift cards

Teachers are often spending their own money on supplies needed for the classroom, so a gift card to Education Station might come in handy if you know that this is something they’d appreciate.


The Christmas Card

No matter what you get for your teacher this holiday season whether buying a gift or creating one (check here for DIY Christmas projects), a nice handwritten note or card from your child is the icing on the cake. As much as we love teachers it’s always nice to get a note or a drawing from a child, especially when they’re really little and their writing is the cutest.


Did you get your teacher a gift? Do you get them for karate and piano teachers too? How do you decide what to get them? Let us know in the comments.


Happy Shopping!

In Lifestyle, Random Thoughts on
June 4, 2017

Top Gifts for Teachers

How do you thank the person who taught your child to read? The person who somehow managed to put up with not just your child’s “quirks” but also, 24 other students. The teacher who, at the end of the school year,  still looks relatively normal? With gifts. Really good gifts.

Here are some of our favourites:

Useful Gifts

Teachers don’t need another mug. Seriously. Put down the mug. Styling water bottles from Swell are good for the environment and are way better looking.

Swell Water Bottle from Chapters


Gift Cards! 

Starbucks, Chapters and teacher supply stores are great. Nothing like a little cold hard cash (on a gift card) to help a teacher out.

Gift Cards are ALWAYS welcome


“This year we have been giving a bottle of wine and something for the classroom/program.. since lots of teachers had to throw lots out after returning from wildfire evacuation.” – Joanne, Fort McMurray

If you know your teacher likes to indulge in a glass of the good stuff, a nice bottle of wine with a little note, or a small token with it is a great touch.

We found a printable for a bottle of wine found from a really cool Albertan business  HERE

Click through for FREE printable.

Customizable Gifts

Sometimes these gifts need a little more time to prep, but your teacher is worth it, right?

Storage for ALL the things teachers bring to class. As an added benefit, personalize the items so everyone knows not to swipe teacher’s amazing swag.


Pamper, Please

If the year was particularly challenging, perhaps pampering your teacher would be the way to go. Chocolate from your favourite local chocolatier along with a nice bottle of wine would be lovely. Perhaps chocolate and bath bombs?  Check out Albertan chocolatiers, Jacek Violet Chocolate Company. or Chokolat. Actually, while you’re there, get yourself that gift too for making through another school year.

Locally made bath bombs are the bomb! We love Rocky Mountain Soap Company‘s bath bombs as well as Wild Prairie Soap which is made here in Wild Rose Country.


Group Gifts

These are the a) easiest on the parents b) the best gifts! Ask the parents in the class to donate some cashola (we recommend $20 per person if it’s feasible) for a combined gift. One (organized) parent collects the money and picks up a gift card for the teacher. In the past, I’ve been a part of gifts that included hotel stays for a teacher that goes to Seattle every year (it covered the cost of one-night stay), or a spa day!  Easy for the parents and the best gifts ever for the teacher.

Homemade gifts. 

It’s important that your child is involved (even slightly) during this process, it was their teacher after all.  Handmade cards reflect all the child has learnt throughout the year as well as put a personal touch for the gift.

If you’re feeling crafty,  The DIY Mommy has a great craft for you to do with your child and… free printables too!


Inspired? Got a better idea? What are you getting your teacher this year?