Teachers Deserve to Treat Themselves to Terrific Recognition Gifts!

Are you a teacher who has just started Winter Break? Chances are, you’re getting ready for your own holiday celebration. This probably means decorating, baking, cooking, wrapping, packing, and too many more action verbs than can be captured here. It also means you’ve likely just wrapped up your professional responsibilities at school. Most teachers get very little transition time and jump right into the holiday preparations that we all have on our to-do lists.

In a recent blog post, 5 Teacher Tips for a Great Last Day Before Winter Break, we mapped out a few ways to power down your classroom. We also suggested that every teacher stop take a few moments to acknowledge the many professional accomplishments that we know you—one of the many dedicated and committed teachers out there working so hard—achieved in 2015.

Now that you’ve recognized your accomplishments so far during this school year, why not reward yourself for having achieved the results you did?

Got a Gift Card? Ready to Shop?
One way to reward yourself is to enjoy the gifts you may have received before you left school. You may have been fortunate enough to receive a holiday gift or two from students or perhaps a even gift from your entire class. Because gift cards are a popular gift for teachers at the holiday season, you may have received one of these, as well. While gifts that were selected just for you can feel more personal than a gift card, check out Teacher Peach’s recent blog post, 6 Specific Tips to Take Teacher Gift Card Gifts Personally, for great ideas for how to make gift card gifts feel personal, too.

If you have a gift card in hand, treat yourself! Choose a few special and professionally appropriate teacher-product gifts that YOU like to reward yourself for your professional results! Take a look at these teacher-centric products that are sure to get your 2016 off to a positive and professional start. Designed exclusively for teachers, you’re bound to discover products that appeal to you and echo your teaching style. With over 250 products, there’s a great deal to choose from at teacherpeach.com. Just think how you’ll enjoy showing your students what you purchased with their gift, too.

Jumbo Rainbow Tote
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A new year means a new look! Keep all your school essentials together with a tote! Just one of over 30 different totes and bags to choose from, this jumbo rainbow tote is the newest addition. It is not only vivid, colorful, and attractive, it’s highly functional too. This tote is big enough to fit your laptop, lesson plans, lunch and tech gear—and there’s even room for your New Year’s resolutions!

The message reads: “Yes. I teach. So I inspire, manage, coach, engage, solve problems, listen, detect, explore, believe, care, worry, & always make time to laugh with my kids.” The black, Denier polyester tote highlights the many invaluable roles of every teacher and sends a positive message about teachers’ every day actions. This gift tote is big enough to hold the many materials you’ll need each day. Organization is easy with the zippered inner and outer compartments. The sturdy, 25-inch rolled shoulder straps add to the comfort.

Once you upgrade your carry-all tote with one of the many options you’ll see, breeze through the lunch gear to jumpstart your healthy plan for 2016 with these incredible lunchtime accessories. Nothing is more motivating than functional and well-designed gear—especially when it reinforces your professional role.

Soup and Salad Mugs
SISTEMA SOUP MUG FILL 2 Chill; HEAT 2 eat

You can run hot and cold at lunchtime with these dual-purpose oversized soup and salad mugs! Fill with your favorite soup, chili, leftover, or fresh, crisp salad and watch your lunch become a healthy hit in the teacher lounge!

Each red soup mug comes with the message, “TEACH! It changes everything.” The “HEAT 2 eat”/”FILL 2 chill” version comes in multiple other colors. These soup mugs swing with the seasons with their dual-purpose design. Hot or cold, you’ll easily find lunchtime favorites to pack! These containers also seal tightly and feature a steam vent for heating. Both mugs are 22 oz. and freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe for all lunching needs!

Freezable Sandwich Containers
REUSABLE, BPA-FREE, FREEZABLE SANDWICH CONTAINER  FREEZE 2 please

If a quick sandwich is more your style, these containers have got you covered! With freezable-lid containers, not only will your sandwich, salad, fruit, or vegetables stay crisp until lunchtime, this container also acts as a cold pack for the rest of your lunch! These “TEACH! It changes everything.” and “FREEZE 2 please!” containers neatly fit a sandwich, sliced veggies or fruit, or even salad! Pop the freezable gel lid in the freezer the night before and be ready to run in the morning. The bottom part of the container is dishwasher safe; the lid should be hand washed and should not be put in the microwave.

Stylish Lunch Bags
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Put your 2016 lunchtime health strategy in a stylish lunch bag designed just for teachers. Durable and sturdy, “Here’s to the teachers who lunch!” burlap lunch bags are perfect for fast moving teachers! Each bag is made with neoprene lining and comes with a zippered closure to stand on its own. Choose from four different color combinations to coordinate with your favorite colors! The “Teach. It changes everything. Really.” zippered lunch bag is made of neoprene material and is large enough for lunch with room for an ice pack for optimal freshness. Choose from three popular school colors! The “Chill out! It’s time to eat.” lunch bag features a zipper closure and a front pocket. An insulated interior helps keep food and drinks chilled. In fact, this bag can even hold up to six soda cans for school sporting events. Choose from five popular school colors.

Sweet Sips™ Water Bottles

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Go beyond lunchtime and stay hydrated in style, all day long. Planning to hit the gym in January? Joining a popular weight loss program? Either way, hydration will be key. If your resolution involves getting into better shape, drinking more water will be an important ingredient. Why not include a meaningful message? If your thirst extends to a THIRST for knowledge or you intend in 2016 to DRINK it all in, the these Sweet Sips™ bottles will definitely quench all of your thirsts! These popular beverage bottles are designed to keep beverages cold for up to 16 hours or hot for up to 8 hours thanks to the double-walled copper vacuum insulation. Two great motivational messages “DRINK it all IN.” and “I THIRST for knowledge.” make these bottles great conversation starters, too. Each message comes in four fantastic colors for a total of eight delicious options!

Teacher’s Desk Accessories
Desk Set 1   MCRDSKC5-2T Teachers Create Gift Set

Last but not least, check out the desk products to spruce up your workspace with professional flair. You might like desk set 1, with tools that showcase verb-rich typography or the new Modern Desk accessories set with its clever “Got an AHCHOO? Take a TEACH-CHOO!” tissue box cover. Perhaps creativity is more your style. Check out all four of “Teachers Do Amazing Things” sets.

These are just a few of the many really great, health-focused products for really great, health-focused teachers! You’ll find many more at teacherpeach.com.

Regardless of the exact products that appeal to you, what matters most is that you take the time to treat yourself to something that will add a dash of inspiration and a bit of motivation to help you return to school in high style and with high energy! We hope you’ll find that at teacherpeach.com. It’s our reason for being in business—to support, inspire, and provide products that work for teachers.

Happy Holidays!

As a really great teacher, what are your professional New Year’s resolutions? What Teacher Peach products might help you accomplish them? Any ideas for new products that you’d like to see our team create? We’d love to know more. Check out our website for more perfectly peachy teacher products.

 

Day 6: Get 25% Off Three “Because it’s all about the kids. . .” Products!

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The Day 6 deal for the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts is all about the kids—and more. Saving 25% on all “Because it’s all about the kids. . .” products makes this a win for you, your gift recipients, and the kids! Sending this message tells everyone that kids really are at the heart of what matters.

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Day 6: The “Because it’s all about the kids. . .” Gifts Mean So Much
These three special “Because it’s all about the kids. . .” products can combine together to make one great mega-gift or stand alone as a special gift signaling that recipients do have their priorities straight. Show your gratitude with gifts that teachers, families, pediatric medical professionals, and support personnel will truly appreciate! Let these pros know that you know why they’re so dedicated to their craft: Because it’s all about the kids. . ., of course!

At Teacher Peach, it’s also all about the holiday deals! Day 6 of the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts brings you this incredible deal. Save 25% off on ALL “Because it’s all about the kids” products!

Chances are that, if you’re on the hunt for great teacher gifts, you also work with kids yourself. Why not show off the main reason you work with children each day with this awesome line of products, too? With these savings, it’s easy to both give and receive these powerful products. Treat yourself today.

“Because it’s all about the kids. . . ” Product Features:
Each of these kid-centric products sports the message: “Because it’s all about the kids. . .”

Stainless Steel Water Bottle
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  • The sleek, stainless steel water bottle reduces carbon footprints while showcasing the message in its wrap-around, bright, white graphic design on a rich, gray matte finish.
  • Copper vacuum insulation keeps this 17 oz., double-walled bottle cold for up to 16 hours or hot up to 8 hours.
  • This water bottle makes a terrific gift for teachers, pediatricians, counselors, principals, front office staff—anyone who works with kids!

We like this bottle so much that we added eight more! This exact same water bottle was just released in our new Sweet Sips™ product line. If you like this bottle, you’ll love those eight colorful bottles, too. Check them out! “DRINK it all IN!” and “I THIRST for knowledge.” also make delicious, delightful gifts. Give all three to make one super-sized treat!

Spiral Notebook Journal

SPIRAL NOTEBOOK JOURNAL

  • This colorful 8.5 x 11-inch journal is sure to become the go-to choice for meetings, conferences, and in-service professional development.
  • It’s a great addition to your classroom accessories because kids love these colors. Let them know at a glance that they are your top priority.
  • It’s easy to write, sketch, and graph with 100 sheets of smooth grid paper.
  • This vibrant, spiral notebook is durable thanks to its 100-point chipboard covers.
  • This journal makes a great, economical gift for everyone who truly knows that it is all about the kids!

Insulated Cooler Tote

INSULATED COOLER TOTE

  • This 600 Denier poly/canvas tote, with its snazzy black-and-white materials, even has a front Velcro pocket, flourished with this bold, signature message.
  • The front pocket is ideal for keys, cell phone, or anything else that needs to be readily at hand.
  • As if that weren’t enough, this amazing tote is also a cooler! The tote is insulated with Thermal Shield protective material.
  • The insulation also makes it safe to pack tech gear or papers in this tote in all kinds of weather.

Pair all three items in the line together for a perfect holiday gift for everyone who knows that it really is “all about the kids!”

Wishing CAN Make It So!
Because it’s also all about the wish lists, as the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts continues, the incredible savings continue, too. As you explore these many different offers, we really want to hear from you! How do you show the world that it really is all about the kids? Did you put the whole set together and give it as a gift? What other Teacher Peach items have you purchased so far?

What’s still on your wish list? Remember, your Teacher Peach wish list is designed to be private, so it’s a great place to stash your favorites. Then, jump onto Pinterest and share your faves on your own board. See Teacher Peach’s incredible boards there, too! Invite us to follow your boards and follow ours. There’s a lot more to come! And don’t forget to send us pictures!

It’s an Easy Wrap!
These kid-focused products are almost too awesome to wrap. The journal needs no box thanks to its durable cardboard covers, and the beverage bottle comes in its own ready-to-wrap box. As for the tote-cooler, why not just pop a bow on it and tuck the bottle and journal inside?

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Check out all of the amazing Teacher Peach products, savings, and expedited shipping options at our website, teacherpeach.com!

Wishing for FREE SHIPPING? Place your order before 12/10 to receive your gifts before winter break! Hurry, there’s only 1 day left!

To receive your order by 12/24, place an order by 12/17 and still take advantage of our free shipping offer!

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We are so excited for tomorrow’s Day 7 deal, too. It’s PAWSibbly the most PURRfect DOG-gone gift idea of the season! If you are (or know) a teacher who knows who The Real Teacher’s Pet™ really is, you’ll want to pay PETicular attention to tomorrow’s deal! Check back tomorrow “fur” the next real deal! It’s a sure “pet!” (Okay, so we really mean bet!)

Day 5: Get 20% Off on ALL Sweet Sips™ Beverage Bottles!

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There’s nothing sweeter than this Day 5 deal during the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts by Teacher Peach! Save 20% on all Sweet Sips™ water bottles, the sweetest beverage bottles to hit your shopping list this holiday season! Thirsty for sweet savings?

Teacher Peach Sweet Sips Thirst Bottles     Teacher Peach Sweet Sips Drink Bottles

Sweet and Swell Beverage Bottles Bargain
Teacher Peach continues the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts with this amazing deal of 20% savings on all Sweet Sips™ thermal beverage bottles!

This incredible bottle does it all in swell style! It keeps drinks hot for up to 8 hours and keeps drinks cold for twice that long—a cool 16 hours!

Day 5’s Sweet Sips™ beverage bottles bargain makes these trendy thirst quenchers a sweet and refreshing gift for everyone on your holiday list. Two graphic messages in four different bottle colors allow you to choose the exact flavor for each recipient’s taste and personality.

Sweet Sips™ Sweet Features!

  • Keep beverages cold for up to 16 hours or hot for up to 8 hours thanks to the double-walled copper vacuum insulation.
  • Two great motivational messages “DRINK it all IN.” and “I THIRST for knowledge.” make for two great gift options.
  • Each message comes in four fantastic colors for a total of eight delicious options! The hot pink, electric green, and vivid orange have a shiny lacquer finish, while the camo-style olive green sports a rich matte finish.
  • The graphic lettering is printed in striking black and white inks that really pop on each of these colors.
  • From classroom to commuter train and any athletic activity in between, there’s a Sweet Sips™ beverage bottle to match your intensity of working in or working out.
  • Middle school students love the sweet popularity of these Sweet Sips™ beverage bottles, too.
  • Sweet Sips™ make thirst-quenching gifts for everyone in your life.

It’s a Wrap!
Each Sweet Sips™ beverage bottle comes in its own sturdy ready-to-wrap box. The slim, boxed gifts make swell stocking stuffers, too! Get one for each family member! They’re easy to color code and identify so everyone knows which bottle to grab on busy mornings.

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As the Teacher Peach 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts continue to pour out incredibly hot (and cool) savings, we want to hear which offers you like best! Which bottles did you purchase? Which ones made it to your wish list for those gift card purchases after school’s out for winter break? Did you pair these sweet bottles with something else that’s equally peachy from Teacher Peach? Send us pictures!

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Check out all of the amazing Teacher Peach products, savings, and expedited shipping options at our website, teacherpeach.com!

Want to receive your order before winter break and still take advantage of FREE SHIPPING? Place your order before 12/10! Just 2 days left!

To receive your order by 12/24, place an order by 12/17 and still take advantage of our free shipping offer!

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Tomorrow is Day 6, and with six, you get a really terrific deal! This deal is “all about the kids” (Yep, that’s the hint!) who matter so much to all of us—teachers, families, pediatricians, nurses, aides, and anyone else who works with kids day and night. Check back tomorrow for another peach-arific holiday deal!

 

12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts!

With the calendar turning to December, it’s OFFICIALLY holiday season! The holiday break that seemed so distant last week is now less than three weeks away. So, Teacher Peach is here to help you acknowledge the amazing teachers on your list with amazing (and perfectly peachy) teacher gifts.

Over the next 12 days, Teacher Peach will countdown its 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts that you can surely count on to thrill teachers—and save you money! Each day for the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts we will feature 12 Top Teacher Gift products! Each day you’ll discover a different exceptional holiday deal. Check in daily. Make sure you catch each spectacular deal that’s part of this peachy holiday countdown, 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts!

Save 30% on Action Pads
To get you started, enjoy this early bird saving! Save 30% on Action Pads. Use these planning pads to plan your holiday projects and to make your list and check it twice.

Teacher Action Pads

Haven’t started shopping for your holiday gifts for the important teachers in your life? Don’t worry. 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts is here to help.

Are you looking to honor the teachers on your holiday shopping list with delightful, practical, and impactful gifts? Don’t worry. 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts will help you show your appreciation for all that teachers do.

Do you want to help the amazing teachers in your life to display powerful pride in their incredible profession? It’s easy with 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts!

Each day, Teacher Peach will give you a new deal. Overall, you’ll have a dozen product lines to choose from and a dozen peachy deals, too. In the next 12 days, watch for the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts notices and check out the special offers at Teacher Peach for perfect teacher gifts for this holiday season.

Best of all—if you order between now and December 10th, you will still be able to take advantage of FREE SHIPPING, knowing your package should arrive in time to give your gifts before winter break. (Not gifting until December 25th? The last day for FREE SHIPPING isn’t until December 17th for that gift-giving date.)

Highlights of the Holiday Gift Countdown
The 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts countdown of peachy teacher holiday gifts will include jumbo totes for teachers with lots of gear to carry; water bottles for active teachers to stay hydrated; lunch gear for teachers on tight schedules—and so much more.

Teacher Peach I Teach JUMBO TOTE Teacher Peach Primary Priority Tote

Sweet Sips Water Bottle Teacher Peach Water Bottle

Teachers Who Lunch Lunch Bag NEOPRENE ZIPPERED LUNCH BAG

Quick and Easy Gifts vs. Meaningful and Lasting Gifts
Sure, that coffee house gift card is easy to pick up, but do you know how many coffee cards the average teacher receives? Too many. They become a blur, too.

Do you want your gift connected to your child? Spend that same money at Teacher Peach and give so much more! For example, for $25, you can give a “TEACH. It Changes Everything.” reusable, BPA-free freezable sandwich container AND reusable Sistema soup mug. This combo is a memorable gift that your favorite teachers will use daily for the next several years. (Just imagine what you can get for $50 or $100!) The choice is easy. Browse teacherpeach.com to go exploring!

REUSABLE, BPA-FREE, FREEZABLE SANDWICH CONTAINER   SISTEMA SOUP MUG

Be the First to Know about the 12 Deals
Want to be the first to know about the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts! deals? Follow our blog, sign up to be on our mailing list, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter,—in fact, do all of the above! We’ll be broadcasting each new deal every day from tomorrow through December 15. Be sure to sign up so you don’t miss any of the deals.

Did you save with one of our deals? Let us know what you purchased and why the gift was meaningful to you.


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Check back tomorrow for an amazing deal that will brighten any teacher’s holiday decorations.

Remember, need to receive your order before winter break and still want to take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING? Last day to place an order is 12/10.

Need your order by 12/24 before the holidays? Last day for FREE SHIPPING is 12/17.

 See our website for expedited shipping options, too.

 

Families and Teachers Know Gratitude as an Attitude Gets It All Done!

Thanksgiving and National Family Week All in One
To say this week before Thanksgiving is a busy week is an understatement for families and teachers! In addition to all of the events associated with Thanksgiving, this week is also known as National Family Week. If you’re wondering how to add one more celebratory event to your list, consider this simple way to capture the essence of both Thanksgiving and National Family Week.

From completing schoolwork, preparing for family celebrations, and in many cases, packing for holiday travel, families and teachers are stretched to the max with endless details. In the wee small hours of the morning, we make list after list of things to be done before Thursday’s Thanksgiving celebration. From school art projects to table decorations, Thanksgiving is a time of actions and activities for everyone in the family. It’s easy to become overwhelmed. Adding actions to acknowledge National Family Week can feel like too much.

A Gratitude Attitude: The Common Denominator
When you focus on what really matters for Thanksgiving and National Family Week, one common denominator makes it easy to combine both special events. A Gratitude Attitude does the trick.

  • It’s not about the brine on the turkey so much as it’s about having a healthy family to sit around the table. Stop to be grateful.
  • It’s not about finding parking for the tree lighting ceremony so much as it’s about seeing those lights reflected in the amazing looks on your kids’ faces. Stop to be grateful.
  • It’s not about the traffic jam leaving the city so much as it’s about the fact that your family has somewhere to go in a nice warm car. Stop to be grateful.
  • It’s not about delayed flights so much as it’s about living in a place where we can travel safely and freely from place to place. Stop to be grateful.
  • It’s not so much about wedging in that last art project of pilgrim hats from your lesson plan so much as it’s about the chance to teach kids to find their own gratitude attitude. Stop to be grateful.

A Gratitude Attitude Diffuses Stress
If you are feeling stressed, stop. Take one moment to acknowledge the many aspects of your life that deserve your gratitude. You’ll be amazed at how quickly stress evaporates. Adopting a Gratitude Attitude helps put stress into perspective. Being thankful for all of the good takes energy and focus—and where better to pull that energy and focus from than the stressful events that had been draining you? If you let your Gratitude Attitude shine through, you’ll notice you cannot feel gratitude and anger at the same time.

A Gratitude Attitude is Contagious!
With a Gratitude Attitude, your cup will seem instantly half full. You’ll also notice that when you articulate something you’re grateful for, you’re likely to catch the attention of those around you. With your Gratitude Attitude at front and center, you gain the power to help those around you tap into their own Gratitude Attitudes! Gratitude is catchy and it spreads every time to share some of yours.

Share Some Gratitude
As teachers and families, there are many ways to instill a Gratitude Attitude in kids—especially at the time of year. Consider these suggestions between now and the end of the year:

  1. Be a strong role model: Choose a consistent time each day to share one thing that you are grateful for with your own kids. Around the breakfast or dinner table, in the car after school, or as backpacks are assembled are simple times to weave this in.
  2. Encourage kids to find their own Gratitude Attitudes: Assign one student the honor of finding and sharing one example of a Gratitude Attitude each day. Give kids notice or assign in advance a child for a given day.
  3. Make gratitude a habit: By folding in the Gratitude Attitude to daily actions, you’ll help students form this habit.
  4. Show visual reminders: With all that’s going on, reminders help us tap into our Gratitude Attitudes. Use the freebie posters included in this blog to print out visual reminders. Tack one on the classroom door, by the cubbies, in your own line of vision during the day, and near the sink or the student mailboxes. At home, pop one on the bathroom mirror and the refrigerator door! You’ll be amazed at how much these reminders help spark your Gratitude Attitude.
  5. Choose give back times carefully: This time of year is a popular time for giving back. It can seem like everyone’s asking you to create a giving project, donate mittens, add a toy to their drive, or to figure out another way to help students grasp the need to give and share. Thanksgiving is a great time of year for this, yet so are the other 364 days! If this time proves too hectic for you, choose a different time. Valentine’s Day, Earth Day, and the end of the school year are also great times to set up a give back project.

Gratitude Attitude Freebie Posters
Enjoy these Gratitude Attitude freebie posters. Print them, post them, share them, and make them into screensavers! These are just a few of the quotations our team collects and designs for teachers and families to enjoy as part of our PeachQuotes Studio™.

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Teacher Gifts Show Gratitude, Too
If you want to help your child show gratitude to a special teacher during this holiday season, browse teacherpeach.com for many products that focus on gratitude. These special gifts are economical ways to express your gratitude to those who do so much for our kids.

Teacher Peach Ornaments      SPIRAL NOTEBOOK JOURNAL
INSULATED COOLER TOTE    SWEET SIPS™ THIRST VACUUM INSULATED Water Bottle

Our Own Gratitude Attitude
While Teacher Peach makes really great accessory products for really great teachers, during this busy time of year, the most important accessory you can choose is your Gratitude Attitude! As Teacher Peach embarks on this busy holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we are sporting our own Gratitude Attitude.

We express our gratefulness to our many readers of teacherpeachblog.com and the many loyal customers of teacherpeach.com. Your support of our commitment to teachers and educators means a great deal to us and keeps us going every day! Thank you. With our deepest appreciation, we wish you and your family a healthy and happy Thanksgiving week.

Check Out These Links
These four articles contain some interesting and easy-to-do ideas for helping to instill a Gratitude Attitude in kids.

To learn more about National Family Week, check out this link.

 

 

5 Tips for Finding Meaningful and Appropriate Teacher Gifts

The holiday gift-giving season is the perfect time for teacher appreciation. However, many families struggle to find appropriate teacher gifts for teachers. Some schools designate room representatives to collect money on a voluntary basis for a class teacher gift. Other schools leave teacher appreciation gifts up to individuals. Some families give teacher gifts; others don’t.

To show your teachers that your family appreciates them this holiday season, this article will help you choose terrific teacher gifts. Teacher Peach knows what teachers like, so our five tips for finding meaningful and appropriate teacher gifts will help you choose special and meaningful teacher gifts for the range of teachers on your list.

Four Typical Teacher Gift Categories
Typical teacher appreciation gifts fall into four main types, each with PROs and CONs. Review these common options before delving into the five tips. Looking first at what doesn’t always work will help you select an option that does work for your teachers!

  1. The Generic Gift Card
    With collected money, classroom representatives often purchase generic gift cards from major credit card companies or chain stores.
    PROs: These cards are easy to find, easy to give, and easy for teachers to spend almost anywhere. You don’t need to know anything about the teachers to choose this gift option.
    CONs: A generic gift card is impersonal. Teachers often spend these gift cards immediately—on gifts for other people, not on themselves! Gift cards may offset holiday budget concerns, but they disappear quickly and teachers often end up with only receipts to remind them of your gesture.
  2. The Handmade Gift
    Pinterest boards brim with ideas for handmade holiday teacher gifts. Many involve ready-made office supplies or foods wrapped with clever wording to personalize them. “You’re one smart cookie!” might be the tag for cookies or “You’re a sharp teacher!” might top a set of Sharpie® markers.
    PROs: Making gifts can be fun for some. Cookies are popular handmade gifts. A handmade scarf might also be fun.
    CONs: Handmade gifts are often pricier than they seem. By the time you buy ingredients and supplies and make gifts, dollars and hours can expand—at an already busy time of year. Homemade gifts are often consumable and, as with the generic gift card, are often shared by teachers with family and friends. Some schools have no-food policies, too.
  3. A Teacher-Specific Trinket
    You’ll find what some consider humorous teacher trinkets and gifts. Many poke gentle fun at teaching. A T-shirt for math teachers might read, “I’ve got problems! I teach math!” Other items might include ornaments or mugs with apples, ABCs, or 123s, reading “World’s Best Teacher.” Some can be personalized: “Mr. Harris, World’s Best Teacher.”
    PROs: These gifts focus on the teacher’s profession and may be perceived as more thoughtful than generic gifts. They’re also inexpensive. If you know teachers well enough to know such gifts would entertain, they may be good options.
    CONs: Not every teacher appreciates this type of gift. Most teachers and schools strive to present highly professional and positive images. Some of these gifts might be seen as presenting the profession in a pejorative way. Others may appear too juvenile for teachers to display or carry. As one teacher said, “Just because I love teaching kindergarten doesn’t mean I want to ride the train with a bag covered in handprints and stick figures.” To personalize a gift often takes extra time so plan ahead; adding a teacher’s name makes the gift non-returnable and non-exchangeable.
  4. A Personal Item
    Sweet Sips Water BottlesIf you know what interests the teachers on your list, personal items can be great gestures. Scarves and gloves are great for dismissal and recess. A book about rock climbing shows an avid climber/teacher you respect his/her outside interests. Tote bags, water bottles, and tech gear appeal to many teachers. Some have positive messages about teaching, too. Sweet Sips™ water bottles keep drinks hot for 6 hours and cold for 12; reading: “I THIRST for knowledge.”
    PROs: These gifts signal you know the teachers in your world. Scarves fit most people. If you include a gift receipt, items may usually be returned.
    CONs: When teachers share their interests, many in the class know about it. You could end up giving your horse-loving teacher one of seven horse motif mugs! You’ll also need to know sizes for some personal items.

5 Tips for Finding More Meaningful and Appropriate Teacher Gifts
Now that you’ve reviewed the more typical gifts, consider these 5 tips for finding meaningful and appropriate teacher gifts. Gift givers want to find just the right gifts for the teachers who teach their children.

  1. Wish Lists Help Everyone!
    Both families and teachers love wish lists. Gift givers like buying from wish lists and teachers enjoy receiving gifts they really want. It means a lot to teachers to be asked to choose gifts that really appeal. It’s good to preview and provide links to one or two website wish lists to help teachers feel comfortable their choices are within your budget. Share work-related, not personal, wish list links like this link from teacherpeach.com, a great source for really great teacher gifts and accessories for really great teachers. This site helps you appropriately express your teacher appreciation this holiday season.

    Teacher Peach Wish List

    Check out the Wishlist link at the bottom of our website, teacherpeach.com. Use this private wishlist to select items that appeal to you. Once you have settled on your favorites, share them with friends, your family, and even with those student families that may ask what you’d like for the holiday. Because our wishlist is just for you, consider some of these options as ways to share out your finalists. It’s easy to make a Pinterest board of your favorites by clicking on the little red Pinterest graphic that appears on each product page or send screen shots or product links in an email. However you opt to do it, by making a few selections of your favorite gift ideas from Teacher Peach, you’ll set the stage for everyone to enjoy the holiday season—including you!

  1. Pool Resources for Bigger Gifts
    Get together with other families to pool resources and purchase a more robust teacher’s gift set. Some sets, like the ones shown below, contain products for teachers, students, and classrooms. These gifts send supportive messages, adding value to teachers and students.
    Teacher Peach Gift SetTeacher Gift Set
  1. Say the Word(s)!
    If your budget won’t permit purchased or handmade teacher gifts, use words to send great messages. Help kids make lists of adjectives to describe their teachers’ qualities. Make lists of 12 Compliments, one for each day of the holidays. Have kids write 26 words about teachers—A to Z. The right words can make meaningful teacher gifts.
  1. Be a Gift Detective
    Pop into class to scope out what’s missing on the teacher’s desk. Would a new stapler or “TEACH-CHOO!” tissue box spruce things up? How about an entire desk set?
    Teacher Peach Desk Set
    Do you notice color-coding? Do bulletin boards indicate a creative streak? Would Sharpie® marker sets and cool pocket folders be great additions?
    Teacher's Only Marker SetPocket Folders
    Do you spot a picture of a cat or recall your child sharing stories about his teacher’s big black lab? Gifts for a teacher’s furry friend is a great way to express thanks. The Real Teacher’s Pet™ products are just such a product line.
    Teacher Peach's Pet Products
    Watch teachers leaving school. Would a snazzy “I Teach.” Jumbo Tote complete her professional look? Totes make great teacher appreciation gifts.
    Teacher Peach JUMBO TOTETeacher Peach Jumbo Rainbow Black Tote
  1. Choose Teacher Gift Certificates from a Teacher-Centric Gift Store
    Choosing appropriate teacher gifts can be tough, but not impossible. What if you’ve reviewed teacher wish lists, chatted with other families, attempted thank-you lists, applied your best detective skills, and still can’t decide what teacher gift to choose for teachers who really matter? What if you’re just pressed for time? Choose gift certificates from a teacher-centric store to ensure the really great teachers in your world can make their own really great gift choices! Teacher Peach offers gift certificates in any dollar amounts for just such situations.
    Teacher Gift Certificate

Put a Bow On Teacher Appreciation Gifts
From wish lists to tote bags and other teacher accessories, there are many meaningful ways to show teacher appreciation with great teacher gifts this holiday season. By planning ahead to take advantage of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday deals, you can explore terrific teacher gift options—and save money. No matter what approach you choose, you’re not only expressing teacher appreciation—you’re also showing your kids that teachers give great gifts to your family every day.

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