The winter holiday break is nearly upon us, and that means you’re probably busy decking the halls and picking up gifts for all the people on your list. If one of those names is your child’s teacher and you’re stuck on what to gift them this year, we’ve got a few ideas to help you out.

Gift Cards

Gift cards make a great teacher gift, especially if you know your child’s teacher has a penchant for a particular coffee chain or restaurant. Best of all, you can pick one up in any denomination, so it’s easily customizable to your budget. Tuck it inside a homemade card for added impact.

Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are another popular holiday teacher gift, and can be picked up from almost any store this time of the year. You can go with a ready-made option from the shop, or pick up a few different items with a common theme and make your own. Make a movie-lovers gift basket with some gourmet popping corn, popcorn seasonings, and a gift certificate to the local movie theater. For a teacher who enjoys a cuppa coffee or tea, a personalized mug with some small-batch beans or tea blends and a few fancy chocolates is a thoughtful idea. Meats, cheeses, and crackers are another yummy option! One word of caution — you may want to avoid bath product gift baskets as their fragrance can be overpowering or even irritating for those who are sensitive to scents.

Classroom Supplies

As school budgets continue to be cut, teachers are spending more and more of their own money on supplies for the classroom. Ask your child’s teacher if they need anything specific in the classroom and then surprise them with those much-needed supplies ahead of the holiday break. You can also never go wrong with adding to the class library, art supplies, or snack cupboard.


Greenery can add a splash of joy to the classroom or a teacher’s home, making plants a nice holiday gift idea for teachers. While poinsettias are a seasonal choice, orchids, succulents, and bromeliads are all wonderful, easy to care for options. Choose a nice planter or pot for an added touch of pizazz.


If you know that your child’s teacher enjoys alcohol, a bottle of wine (or two) can make a nice gift idea. There are some cute Pinterest tag and label ideas that can let you customize your gift, and adding an accessory such as a corkscrew, aerator, or pair of stemless wine glasses can help round out this idea.

Homemade Card

If you simply have no idea what your child’s teacher’s interests are, a homemade card with a thoughtful message is always a welcome gift. Bonus — it’s also perfect for those who are especially crunched for time or finances, and makes the perfect finishing touch to any of our gift ideas above.

Don’t forget to set up your holiday shopping lists in the Flipp app, so you can easily scan the circulars for the best deals on your teacher gift, and save some money at the same time!