As the daughter of an educator I know that this time of year, teachers are inundated with gifts before the Holiday break. My Mom would come home with trunk loads of cookie tins, smelly hand lotions and and all sorts of handmade knick knacks. These would usually sit in the study until we ate everything (and felt guilty about it) or gave it all away (and felt guilty about it.)
I know it's easy to let the teacher gifts can fall way down to the bottom of your shopping list, but don't stress, here are a few simple rules to follow and a handful of gift ideas to help you avoid the panic attack so you can actually enjoy crossing this one off of your shopping list.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Do you know what the inside of their house looks like? Do you know what they wear on their days off? Do you know what they love to do? If you are not 100% confident of your ability to get them something that matches their style, and fits into their life then don't you dare buy a gift because it "looks like them." Keep it simple and keep it sweet. If you are totally stumped, buy them something you love and share with them why...."I had to get this candle for you because it is my absolute favorite to burn at home and the scent reminds me of being on vacation, hope it does for you too."
MAKE IT THOUGHTFUL
Spend more time on a handwritten note than you do shopping for the gift. Usually a genuine, heartfelt, and personal card will be even more appreciated than the item it is attached to. Take time to say thank you for helping your child overcome a big challenge, or a funny anecdote shared by your kid about them.
MAKE IT USEFUL
If you wouldn't want it, like it, or use it, don't give it. Period.