Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Holiday Gifting: Giving Teachers What They Really Want

November 01, 2013

As shopping malls begin to deck the halls with holiday decorations, parents around the nation are creating long shopping lists for all of the loved-ones and friends. While some people are easier to buy for than others, picking the perfect holiday gift for your child’s teacher can be a struggle. Although thoughtful, “World’s Best Teacher” gear, mysterious baked goods and flavored lotions and candles can be overwhelming when received year after year.



So what should a parent do? According to a survey by the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA), last year alone, public school teachers spent $1.6 billion of their own money on classroom supplies. Parents can help alleviate some of these expenses teachers incur by getting them useful gifts that benefit the classroom this holiday season. According to the National School Supply Lists Directory, TeacherLists.com, there are a variety of everyday items on teacher wish lists that make great gifts. The organization reviewed data from more than 60,000 teacher wish lists and top requests include:

  • LSchool supplies: Glue, pencils, crayons, markers, folders, colored pencils, dry-erase markers, pens, paper

  • Cleaning supplies: Hand wipes, facial tissues, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer

  • Classroom supplies: Books, trinkets for prizes and rewards, stickers, technology items and gift cards to books stores and teacher retailers

    Other thoughtful gifts are:

  • Personal Supplies: Blank notes and thank you cards, as well as stationary.

  • Handwritten Thank You Notes: Teachers love receiving thoughtful notes that show a teacher’s impact on a student’s life.

    Parents can find teacher wish lists through the National School Supply Lists Directory, TeacherLists.com, by typing in the school zip-code. From there, parents can view the specific supplies a teacher requested and pledge toward fulfilling the list. .

    TeacherLists.com is a free website that gives educators a platform to share these needs with parents and the community on a year-bound basis. More than 20,000 schools from all 50 states have lists on the site.