Buying gifts for teachers is an easy assignmentWritten by Michael Driehorst | | firstname.lastname@example.org
An apple for the teacher is so yesterday. When considering a gift for a teacher, there are plenty of other options.
Raymer Elementary School teacher Shannon Wittenberg said teachers will often appreciate personal items like chocolates, holiday pins, special notebook pads or other items.
“One student picked up that I like teddy bears, and got me a cute, little teddy bear figurine dressed as a teacher. It’s those types of little things that make you remember the students,” said Wittenberg, who has been teaching for 11 years.
She added that, “Gift cards are always nice because you can go either way – you can get something personal that you need or want, or get something your classroom might need.”
Local shops for teachers’ supplies include the ABC Center School Supplies, 3606 W. Sylvania Ave., and Holcomb’s Knowplace, Spring Meadows.
Holcomb’s Manager Tammy Ezakovich said teachers typically spend a lot of their own money for classroom supplies.
“Surprisingly, many parents do not realize how much teachers spend on their own classroom. At the beginning of the school year, teachers can spend around $300, and about $25-50 each month,” she said.
While gift cards are always a good idea, Ezakovich said other popular gifts include beaded lanyards for their identification cards, puppets (depending on the grade level) and educational games. Popular educational games include Apples to Apples, Chunks, Words on My Mind and I Spy.
Kristen Reinbolt, marketing assistant at the Shops at Fallen Timbers, Maumee, said she comes from “a family of teachers.
“Gift cards can be the perfect gift. You can go with something personal like a trip to the salon or a massage, or something for the classroom.”
Westfield Franklin Park Marketing Director Sara Young echoed Wittenberg’s sentiment that personal items can be a good choice. Gift examples include a scarf/glove set, a photo frame, a DVD or CD or a book are good choices.
“Gifts are usually given for the lower grades, but if you student is older and has several different teachers throughout the day, you may want to be more selective,” she said.