The kids are loaded into your car, ready to see their teachers one last time before the much-anticipated start of Christmas break. You shift into drive and then gasp as reality hits: You forgot to buy presents for the teachers! No worries; here are five super easy and quick last-minute Christmas gifts for teachers sure to make any educator merry.
Last-minute Christmas Gifts for Teachers – #1: A fruit basket. An shiny red apple may be the quintessential gift for teachers, but a whole basket, brimming with not only apples but pears, pomegranates, oranges, and whatever other kinds of seasonal fruit you can find at your local supermarket says ‘I appreciate you!’ in a big and tasty way. Either snag an unused basket from home before you leave, or pick one up at the grocery store when you choose the fruit. Top this last-minute Christmas gift with a big red bow and you’re ready to roll.
Last-minute Christmas Gifts for Teachers – #2: A gift card. When it comes to most-wanted presents at our house, gift cards tend to top the list. They can make much appreciated and highly time-effective last-minute Christmas gifts for anyone, including teachers. Our local grocery store carries an extensive variety of cards, including Starbucks, movie theater, Applebees and TGiFridays, among others. Or, swing by Target or Walmart and pick up a gift card from there. Teachers will love choosing their own Christmas presents, and you’ll still get to school on time!
Last-minute Christmas Gifts for Teachers – #3: Deliver her morning coffee or tea. If you’ve worked closely with your children’s teachers and know their morning beverage preferences, this makes an excellent and practical last-minute Christmas gift. Pop by your local coffee shop, order up her favorite latte or chai tea in the largest size available and a big blueberry or cinnamon spice muffin, and head to school. For a festive last-last-minute touch, toss a candy cane into the muffin’s bag to be used as a stirrer. It’s a delicious last-minute Christmas gift idea that’ll get any teacher’s day started off on just the right note.
Last-minute Christmas Gifts for Teachers – #4: A Pointsettia or African Violet plant. They’re bright, they’re beautiful, and they’re available almost everywhere during the Christmas season! Pointsettias are classic last-minute gifts during the holidays, and your children’s teachers would love to have one to grace their classrooms. If for some reason you can’t find a Pointsettia or simply want to be more unique, go with an African Violet. They require minimal attention and produce beautiful little flowers in a range of colors, from purple to pink to white, depending on the plant selected. Best of all? They’re available in most supermarkets for just a few dollars each. Ho ho ho to more beautiful last-minute Christmas gifts for teachers.
Last-minute Christmas Gifts for Teachers – #5: Classroom Supplies. They may not be the most fun last-minute Christmas gifts for teachers, but in an age when educators often find themselves springing for student necessities, classroom supplies are most definitely appreciated. For teachers of younger children, pick up 15 to 20 boxes of crayons and a few packs of contruction paper at your local Walmart or Target. For teachers of older children, go with pencils and lined composition paper. Deliver with a smile and a sincere thank you this Christmas!
‘Last-minute Christmas gifts’ doesn’t automatically translate to ‘cheap and thoughtless’ if you take a few minutes to truly consider the recipient’s needs and desires. Say Merry Christmas to your children’s teachers with any of these gifts, and make their holidays a little brighter.