Pinterest may have you believe that your children’s teachers will be delighted by a wreath made out of crayons, but we have it on good authority that they actually will not. So now that the end of the year is almost here, what do you get for the person who’s taken such great care of your sweet little angel all year long? If you’re looking for some fresh ideas that are sure to please, we’ve got you covered with our list of wonderful gifts that are anything but ordinary. Check it out below and share it with the other parents you know. Trust us, your child’s teacher will thank you.
Wine & Paint Experience
Have you heard of those sip and paint parties? You are guided through painting a picture while sipping on some wine. Don’t worry about being artistically inclined–even beginners walk away with a respectable-looking piece of art! Gift your teacher a certificate good for one free class at a wine & paint location near you. Wine & Design has studios in Hoboken, Milltown, Princeton and Rahway, while Pinot’s Palette has 15 NJ locations to choose from. Throw in a bottle of wine for an extra special touch!
Travel Mug & Coffee Gift Card
Every teacher needs his morning coffee (or tea) to jump start the day and every coffee drinker needs a good travel mug that is washable and doesn’t leak. Add a gift card redeemable at a local coffee shop to get him started. Or another option is a pretty coffee mug along with a cup warmer to always keep the drink toasty.
Teachers are forever writing notes and jotting things down so stationery is always a perfect present. Visit one of The Papery’s four New Jersey locations (Princeton, Sea Girt, Shrewsbury and Summit) and browse their collection for a personalized notepad or a beautiful set of stationery. Add a nice pen or a picture frame for a lovely gift she can remember you by.
Adult Coloring Book & Colored Pencils
Who says kids get to have all the fun? Beautifully-illustrated coloring books just for adults are a hot trend right now. It’s a great way to relieve stress and get the creative juices flowing! Check out the local independent bookstore closest to you to find a nice book and a set of colored pencils for an artsy present.
A Sweet Treat
Let someone else do the baking and order a batch of custom cookies made by Jersey Cookie Girl. Apples, crayons, pencils or even a yellow school bus will make a fun, yummy treat. Crazy Susan’s Cookies in Voorhees is another option, with its mouthwatering choices of Butterfinger Cookies, Peanut Butter Fluff Cookies, S’mores Cookies and more! This is a great gift idea if you have to buy for a group of teachers–send in a platter, along with some coffee, and it’s an instant party in the teachers’ lounge!
Pretty Nail Polish & Salon Gift Card
Next time you’re in your favorite spa or nail salon, pick up a bottle of polish in one of the new summer colors by Essie or O.P.I. Create a gift bag including a certificate for a manicure or pedicure for your teacher to enjoy, along with a pair of flip flops to ease her into summer.
Keep Collective Bracelet
Maybe you’re contributing to a group gift with other parents and you want to get something a little more pricey. Keep Collective lets you design a bracelet featuring initials, gems, trinkets and more. The best part? It’s all removable so you can buy different “keepers” to mix and match all the “keys.” Some cute keys perfect for a teacher’s bracelet are the gold or silver apples, plus her initials.