I know that I’ve had parents ask me what types of gifts I would like to receive, but it just seems, well rude to put in requests for things. Even though, as a gift giver myself, I always ask the intended recipient what they would like and honestly, I become a bit annoyed when they are vague or say nothing. Hmm… I’m going to have to consider that.
As I was perusing the internet today, I came across some things that I think would be EXCELLENT gifts, so I’ve decided to write them down so that when a parent asks me in the future, I’ll always have a suggestion. The items below contain affiliate links, but all of these items are things I truly would like to have!
Personalized office supply products. For example:
I hope this helps those of you searching for gifts for your classroom teachers, but remember, the best gift is a student who is ready to learn every day!
These shiny pencils by Dixon Ticonderoga - my ALL TIME FAVORITE pencil are pure magic all year long and especially during testing season!
I was first introduced to them by one of my 2nd grade team teachers who was absolutely fabulous and knew so many ways to inspire wonder in her students.
She handed these pencils out during testing season and told her kiddos that with their brain power and the magic of the shiny pencils, anything could happen! Following in her footsteps, year after year I tell my kiddos that some magic lies within, and here's the thing - they BELIEVE! Because, well kids are in fact, a kind of magic of their own. Their belief helps fuel mine and it's one big wonderful cycle of perpetual wonderfulness!
I think the first year I bought them at a big box office supply store, but they were so expensive! Then, I decided to search Amazon and Ta-Da!, there they were at a portion of the cost. I consider this expense to be an investment in my kiddos, so I'm happy to do it. Plus, the look of pure joy on their faces when I tell them they get to keep the pencils is phenomenal. I admit, I take great pleasure in being able to make them smile and if it costs me a pencil, then so be it!
And who doesn't love a shiny pencil!
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through the link. Please understand that I have experienced all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something through my links. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Your Santa is out there
When I worked as a teacher in a Title I school, I found myself not only worrying about my student's academic growth, but also with their, for lack of a better term, spiritual growth. Many of my kiddos came from really hard backgrounds and didn't have much in the world and I could see it starting to harden them, at age 7. When I talk about being concerned about their spiritual growth, I'm not referring to religion, I'm referring to their humanity. By 2nd grade, many of them had gone through traumatic experiences most adults can't even talk about. So I made every effort I could to make sure they knew people could be kind and generous and along the way, I was reminded of how much goodness there really is out there.
Elementary Teacher/ Teacherpreneur
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