Simple gift ideas for your child’s preschool teacher

In trying to prepare for my latest news segment on Indiana Fox 59 Morning News, I asked the parents and teachers over at Teach Preschool on Facebook what types of gifts they treasure from their children or students (besides hugs and kisses)…

Personalize the gift

There is no one answer to what teachers would enjoy as a gift but what I learned from the folks over on Facebook is that they love it when the child is involved in the gift giving process in some way….

Here are some ways your child can personalize a gift…

Add your child’s handprint or footprint to the gift box or card along with your child’s name and the date….

Let the child write his or her own name on the gift or on the card or even draw a picture to send along with the gift…

Let your child help make their own card to go with the gift…

Kinds of gifts you can consider giving your child’s preschool teacher…

Homemade gifts…

For those of you who enjoy a little creative time with your child at home, invite your child to make a homemade gift for the teacher. I like to make something that the teacher can display at home or school all year long…

Homemade and Store Bought Ornaments…

Something the teacher can hang on their tree each year is always a good idea. Homemade ornaments create fond memories for the teacher about your child and any kind of an ornament is a great way for teachers to mark each year of teaching. I have a nice collection of store bought and homemade ornaments from when I was teaching preschool over 20 years ago. Each ornament brings back fond memories of the years I have invested in early childhood education…

Something for the classroom…

Some teachers enjoy getting something they can use in the classroom like a children’s book. If you choose a book for the teacher, consider choosing a simple picture book that is good for reading any time of the year. I always ask my students to sign the inside cover of any book they give me – this makes each book I receive even more special to me.

A gift card…

Teachers always appreciate getting gift cards but what type of gift card will depend on how well you know your child’s teacher.  Ask others who know your child’s teacher what their favorite restaurant is or what department store they like to shop at.

Chocolates, candy, and other goodies…

For many teachers, a box of chocolates or another sweet treat is something they enjoy receiving during the holidays.

A note from the parent…

If you want to really make your child’s teacher’s day, then write a note of appreciation to go along with any gift you choose to give.  Teachers enjoy hearing from you and a few words to express your thoughts about what they do for your child is very meaningful. I have received some great parent letters from over the years that are like gold to me.

Don’t forget…

For any gift you may decide to give your child’s teacher, don’t forget to personalize it a little bit!

What teachers and administrators can do…

While at Fox 59, Angela Ganote mentioned a few ideas her child’s school does to help parents choose gifts for their teachers…

  • Set up a school Christmas tree and let the teachers leave notes on the tree for gifts parents can purchase for them or their classrooms.
  • Make a Teacher Wishlist Binder and invite each teacher to fill out their own wish list page to keep in the binder.  Place the binder at your front desk where parents can thumb through at their own convenience.

Do you have a great idea for a teacher gift?

Go ahead, leave a comment below and share your ideas for great teacher gifts you have received or great teacher gifts you enjoy giving!

By |2011-12-15T00:15:28+00:00December 15th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Aimee Nicks December 15, 2011 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Any type of coffee or coffee mugs or gift cards to coffee shops! Or cute mugs!!! They would be really great mugs/cups if they were decorated by the student or you had pictures of the student made onto the mug!!! One year I received a drink warmer to keep your drink warm while it sits there I love that one, just have to be careful around the kidos with that one!!! 😉

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 15, 2011 at 1:10 am - Reply

      I would love a kid decorated coffee mug! What a cute idea:)

  2. andiejaye December 15, 2011 at 2:53 am - Reply

    i love those applesauce cup ornaments! we’re gonna make some of those this week!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      These were actually melted cups (see my next post) but apple sauce cups would work great too! I never thought of using them:)

  3. Esther December 15, 2011 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Oh, How I wish the post was put up last week! I had been wondering for my daughter’s teacher gift! Finally we bought lavender candle!

    Thank you for the great gift ideas! I love all of them! Especially the melted cup apples and the egg carton apples!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      I just got the sweetest gift from a child in my class today. I am going to ask her mommy if I can add it to my post!

  4. Tammy December 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    My daughters teacher had a baby over the summer and so we went to the mall and picked out an ornament and had the guy write their names on the the 5 spots for names. Someone did that for me with my first baby and it was so special. It was under $20 and so worth the look on her face when she opened the gift.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm - Reply

      Oh, that you are so sweet to think of something so personal and special for your child’s teacher. This is a great example of a treasured gift!

  5. Kristah December 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I made my child’s teacher some fun stuff to use in the classroom. You can check it out on my blog.

  6. Kristina December 16, 2011 at 3:50 am - Reply

    Great ideas!! I of course read this too late last night… so my great idea to make a set of blank cards with my son’s artwork on them for each of his teachers was too late. I’m going to try for the end of the year! It wasn’t worth staying up all night.

    I felt so lame today when I gave the teachers each a Visa gift card and chocolates. I know they will be appreciated, but next time I want to do something more creative! Gotta plan ahead next time!

    Thanks for so many great suggestions!

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