One of the hardest jobs on the planet is that of a teacher. Show your appreciation for the efforts poured into the lives of your loved ones by treating their teacher to something special. Here are our gift ideas for teachers:
Wearable Art. Turn your child's special drawing for a teacher into a fun piece of jewelry with KiDoodles. Simply submit your child’s drawing (any size, any medium, actual paper or a scan); choose from 14k gold or silver; select the product (earrings, pendant, pin, or tie tac); and in just a few weeks you’ll have your custom jewelry delivered in a gift box, ready for giving. (Please allow extra time before the holidays!) ($55.00 and up) Buy KiDoodles jewelry from kid's art here.
Self-Publishing For The Sippy-Cup Set. Tikatok is a free online community where kids under thirteen can write, illustrate, publish, and print their own books. Get kids in the class together and turn their memories into a special teacher gift (there’s no extra software to download.) Kids’ identities are even protected with their own nom de plume! ($25.00 and up) Learn more about Tikatok book publishing website for kids here.
You Will Like It With A Goat. Like dulce de leche (a traditional caramel sauce made with cow’s milk), all of the Fat Toad caramel sauces start with milk and sugar. But here, of course, the milk is from goats, and the sugar is organic. Choose the original flavor (simply milk and sugar), or go for coffee bean, vanilla bean, or cinnamon for an extra flavor kick. ($8.95 and up) Buy Fat Toad Farm's organic goat's milk caramel sauce here.
Brew Up Happy Holidays. The beautifully packaged collection from Tea Forté includes three tasty blends: a decaf sweet orange spice, a caffeinated traditional English breakfast blend, and a decaf crimson nectar tea that steeps to a deep ruby red—a great alternative to humdrum hot cider this holiday season! ($15 and up) Buy Tea Forte's gourmet tea gift set here.
Pickle Love. Root Cellar Preserves is dedicated to bringing back the art of pickling and has established a fund from their profits to help preserve early American homesteads - what a special, and meaningful gift to bring! ($5.99 and up) Buy Root Cellar Preserves gourmet pickles here.
Pocket Photo Albums In A Flash. ZoomAlbums are the professional-looking, pocket-sized albums you create yourself, at home, that will have everyone asking where you got them. Grab a few snapshots of your child and classmates in action and you can create a wonderful keepsake for their teacher in minutes. ($35.95) Buy Zoom Album, the bound, mini, photo album here.
Stuck On You. The TapeSwell decorative tape and mailing labels have wonderfully bold graphics and modern patterns. Crafty teachers will love finding new ways to frame kids’ artwork, perk up classroom containers, or use in their own home and packaging. ($20) Buy TapeSwell decorative packing tape here.
Letterpress Finesse. Many of Night Owl Paper Goods’ cards and journals are made from sustainably harvested yellow birch wood. Yes, wood. The natural grain of the birch veneer makes the perfect backdrop for their hand-pressed graphics, which draw inspiration from Swedish and American folk art. The aesthetic is whimsical, but it also has a modern flair that keeps the designs feeling contemporary. ($10 and up) Buy Night Owl Papergoods wood stationary and journals here.
For the Ultimate List-Maker. Each BDesign Listmaker caddy includes four smart styles of lined slips, waiting for my brain dump (there’s one for phone messages, fix-it lists, notes, and grocery lists). The Minimalist Caddy holds notes headed with the words “Want,” “Need,” “Think,” and “Eat”—perfect for a modern sensibility! ($40) Buy B Design's Letterpress List Maker here.
Embrace Your Freckiliciousness. Yamodo! is a quirky game that lets kids work your mad doodling skills and create zany definitions for made-up words. A wonderful addition in any classroom. ($9.95-$14.95) Buy Yamodo! The creative drawing doodle game here.
Accessory Assistance. Brooke Stanton scarves are hand-dyed silk, and come in a rainbow of colors. It's a special gift for a favorite teacher ... an accessory to accompany any look. ($28) Buy Brooke Stanton's hand-dyed silk scarf here.
Just Your Cup Of Tea. IngenuiTEA is an all-in-one compact loose tea making device. All you need to do is boil water for a quality cup of tea. Now how easy is that for a teacher after a long day in the classroom? ($15.38) Buy Adagio Tea's Ingenuitea here.
Chocolate 2.0. TCHO is decidedly different. This San Francisco-based chocolate factory was founded by a Space Shuttle technologist-turned-chocolate maker and a chocolate manufacturing veteran. These are chocolates that will let your child's teacher know how much you really appreciate what they do! ($55.00) Buy TCHO good fair trade chocolate here.