15 Creative Birthday Gift Ideas for a Teacher
“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.”
– Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Teachers have a very strong influence and a tremendous impact on the life of our children. They create a strong and unshakeable foundation on which the child’s life is built. These unsung superheroes needs to be recognised and celebrated for their contributions, hard work and dedication. Occasional gifts are a way of expressing gratitude and saying ‘thank you’. Holidays, festivals, farewells, end of academic year and birthdays present opportunities to convey your thankfulness to these ‘chaos coordinators’ who bring discipline in the life of kids, and sanity in the life of parents. They also ensure that kids are well-educated, nurtured and entertained.
Best Birthday Gifts for Teachers From Kids
Finding an appropriate birthday gift for a teacher can be a challenging task. You have to choose something that is practical and useful, and at the same time be careful not to be very personal or inappropriate. It is always a safe choice to give something that can be used in the classroom or at home. Our precious educators do not just deserve a gift, they deserve an awesome and well-thought present for their valuable contributions in kids’ life.
Here’s a list of 15 awesome and adorable ideas for good birthday gifts for teachers. Let them know that you are grateful and thankful for their presence and contributions in your child’s life!
1. Handmade Gifts
Handmade gifts will never go out of fashion. A beautiful handmade card for a teacher, a scrapbook with a personal note from all the students of the class, pictures of special moments and achievements and more make a wonderful birthday present. Make a big box of cute handmade contributions from each kid of the class, and gift wrap it to present to the teacher. You can also add bouquets created from handmade paper flowers, art and craft projects, picture frames, pen stands, and drawings by kids into the box. It will definitely bring a big smile on the teacher’s lips and a shine in her eyes when the box is opened!
2. Food And Beverage Hampers
A goodie bag with homemade treats is a great idea as a birthday present. Include cake, cookies, chocolates, candies, jams, jellies, squash, muffins, sweets and more! Pack it in a beautiful basket and decorate with colourful ribbons. If your teacher loves to sip on coffee or tea, add a box of assorted teabags or a variety of coffee powder. A bottle of wine would be a great gifting idea along with a pair of beautiful and delicate wine glasses.
3. Baking Kit
Baking can be therapeutic! Head to the closest supermarket and shop for some cake moulds, essence, flavors, cupcake liners, confetti, fancy piping tools, and recipe books, and assemble a baking kit as a birthday present for your teacher. Be assured that the class will receive a lot of baked treats for the rest of the year!
Everyone appreciates a good book. Pick up an inspirational book of quotes or a classic novel, a great biography, collection of short stories or a set of encyclopaedias. Add a personalized and engraved metal or wooden bookmark to make the gift truly memorable.
5. Something for the Classroom
A teacher’s life is concentrated around her class and students. There’s always something that she will need for the classroom! A new desk organizer, a stationery kit, a large desktop sharpener that can sharpen the pencil of the whole class in a few seconds, a fancy paperweight to keep all the papers in place and more – there are plenty of ideas for this simple yet thoughtful gift!
6. Monogrammed Pen
When it comes to teachers, the pen is mightier than the sword. Make the day special by gifting a monogrammed pen. It is one of the most appropriate and best gifts for a male teacher.
7. Teacher Survival Kit
There’s nothing called too many colors and too many crayons when it comes to a teacher! Make a survival kit with loads of pen, pencils, cute erasers, stamps, markers, ribbons, charts, posters, glitter, stickers, glue, correction pens, stencils, shape punch machines, card stock and more. Add a roll-on balm for the constant headache or a room freshener to keep the class smelling lovely!
8. Say It with Plants
Bring nature indoors! Gift your teacher a plant that needs minimal care and yet brightens up the desk. Make a terrarium with tiny stones, cute plants and toy dinosaurs. A bonsai plant is a great idea as well.
9. Pencil Pouch
A teacher’s bag is a treasure trove. Too many things can get mixed up and create a lot of mess and confusion. Bring in a sense of discipline by gifting a zippered pouch to keep things segregated. Personalise the pouch with beautiful quotes and messages.
10. Knick Knacks
When you are too confused to decide on what to give to your teacher, there are always random knick knacks that come to rescue. Mugs which say ‘World’s Best Teacher’ or a fancy water bottle to keep them hydrated, decoupaged coasters that says ‘Teaching is my superpower’ or fridge magnets with a bespectacled teacher, tea cozy, cup warmers, diaries, placards, trophies and more are readily available online or in a gift store near you.
Dealing with dozens of kids every day can be challenging. Teachers have to keep their calm and deal with a bunch of curious and hyperactive kids every single day. Help teacher relax after a long and tiresome day. A box with aromatherapy supplies is a pretty good choice to help them unwind and rejuvenate. Choose from bath bombs, salts, body scrub, fancy soaps, hand and body lotion, luxury creams, shower gels, exfoliators, potpourri, face masks, candles, perfumes, essential oils, aroma diffusers and more. Be creative and think out of the box!
12. Reward Jar
The tiny treats from a teacher make class fun! Gift your teacher a cute jar filled with goodies that can double up as a reward jar for students at a later stage.
13. Personalised Charms
Nothing says ‘specially for you’ like personalised jewellery, cufflinks with initials, monogrammed diaries, engraved keychains and other charms. It will stay with them for many years and remind them of the special bond of a teacher-student relationship.
14. Gift Cards
When you run short of ideas on what to gift, gift cards come to rescue. Pick up pre-loaded gift cards from a neighborhood store or a gift gallery. Extend your reach to a bookstore, popular coffee shop, pizzeria, movie theatre, spa and more. Let imagination be your best mate when giving a gift card. Ensure that you check the validity and balance in the card before handing it out!
15. Personalised Tote
Teachers do carry a world with them. There are stationery supplies, copies to correct, lunch bag, water bottle, personal stuff and so much more. A huge tote bag would be ideal as a birthday gift. A personalized tote with their name or initial – even better, an eco-friendly tote – will be the ultimate winner!
Besides these, there are so many more options for a birthday present for a teacher. Check with your little ones what their teachers would like to receive as a gift and they may come up with the best ideas. Make sure to avoid gag gifts and overly expensive gifts to earn cookie points for the child in the class or as compensation for bad behavior. Always respect the boundaries of the student-pupil relationship while choosing a gift.