The Best Teacher Appreciation Gifts (That Aren't Apples or Candy)

The Best Teacher Appreciation Gifts (That Aren't Apples or Candy)
Looking for some great ideas on the best teacher appreciation gifts? Well, here's one thing you probably already know - most teachers get more apples and candy than they consume in a year. Not to mention, not everyone who is a teacher likes apples or sweets.
So, why do people keep buying these gifts every year? Probably because they haven't been inspired with something better - but, I have just the thing. How about a teacher appreciation gifts that are inexpensive, provide warmth and comfort, are easy for a child to carry to school, and are healthy? If it sounds too good to be true, you'd be wrong: I'm talking about loose leaf teas.
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Fresh, organic loose leaf tea is a fabulous gift for teacher appreciation because it is beautiful, it smells great (I know some teachers who keep teas near their desk just because of the aroma), you can choose from a variety of options - and if you sneak a peek at your teacher's tea stash you can find out their preferences. Not to mention that tea is healing and comforting, and we all know that teachers can use a mug of support now and then!
If you're buying tea for a teacher gift, here are some things to consider:
  • Caffeine or No Caffeine. This is the most important question. If you don't know, go with no-caffine - something like our self care blend.
  • Find their favorite flavors. See what you can sleuth. Some people love mint, others hate it. Chamomile - love, hate. Hazelnut - love, hate. You see where I'm going with this.
  • Do they have an infuser?. If not, you might want to get a few loose leaf tea bags just to have in case.
I don't mean to make buying tea sound different. In fact, when in doubt, pick up a few different teas - your giftee teacher will be very thankful and no doubt will share your abundant offering with friends.

Teacher Appreciation Week Gifts


Do you need some inspiration for teacher appreciation week gifts? One fun way you can treat your favorite instruction is a gift that is spread out across an entire week. You'll want a gift that sort of builds upon itself.
Here's an example: on day one, you give him/her a cool tea mug. Then the next day, a bag of tea arrives. And then, the following day, a nice infuser or tea bags. Oh, and then comes a lovely hand-written card. Maybe a magazine. It's building a picture of all the things you need for a lovely tea moment. How fun, eh? And even if each piece of the daily gift is small, the continued surprises are a real delight for your hard-working teacher.

You might also see if the school is hosting any events for teacher appreciation week. Gifts might be more impractical at these events, but you could band together with other parents and setup a tea station at the school for the event or for a specific day.

Teacher Appreciation Day Gifts


Speaking of specific days, there is both a teacher appreciation week and a teacher appreciation day - gifts are welcome to both. If your school honors teacher appreciation day, that is definitely the day to bring your gift in to share.
By the way, if you know that your teacher likes candy or apples, I should mention that it's totally OK to get those things - who wouldn't like a cup of tea and a bit of chocolate? And although they're generally more popular in the fall, you could get an apple tea - or maybe a tea that has some apple pieces in it, for a more subtle reference.
No matter what, just remember: it really is the thought that counts.
Good luck with your search for the best teacher appreciation gifts!

Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is the founder and creator of Plum Deluxe. He authors our award-winning weekly email newsletter, The Blend and curates our popular organic tea of the month club.
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