Let’s be real. Teachers are heroes. Shower your teachers with love and thoughtfulness this year and here’s one way you can do it without breaking your back-to-school budget.
Addie’s first day of school is tomorrow! And by school, I mean daycare. But explaining the concept of “school” is much easier when conversing with a two-year-old, so it’s off to school she goes! My sister has been a teacher for many years and I’ve come to deeply appreciate the dedication to education and the individual care and thought she gives to each and every student. So, I wanted to do our very “first” first day of school up right for Addie’s teacher!
T.J. Maxx is my first stop for many-a-things. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for Target but sometimes I can find just what I’m looking for at T.J. Maxx for half the price and with about half the distraction. Plus, I know I am not the only one who gets a cheap thrill out of the “Regular Price” vs “Our Price” mind game. (See what I did there… “cheap thrill…” Oh, bless it.)
Best Gifts for Teachers under $20
Trail Mix: The way to a teacher’s heart is through their stomach. That’s how the saying goes, right? Grab a small bag of nuts, trail mix or dried fruit that they can stash in their desk drawer and sneak out during recess. $3.99 (originally $6.00)
Stationary: Cards are one of those things you always hope to have on hand but rarely think to buy, amiright? Help your teacher stock up on thank-you notes and blank note-cards and let her focus on educating young minds. Bonus points for fun and colorful designs! $1.99 for 10 cards (originally $8.00)
Nail Polish: Forget the Wet & Wild polish of your youth. Grab the good stuff for the person who is going to do you the favor of caring for your kid for eight hours a day. Some stellar brands include OPI and Essie. $3.99 (originally $10.00).
Travel-size Lotion: Pamper your teacher with some fresh, lightly fragranced lotion. Pick a scent that’s agreeable like lavender or coconut. Travel-sized bottles are perfect for stashing in their bag or school desk drawer for the drier, winter months. $1.99 (originally $5.00)
Small Candle: Our teachers are responsible for so much during the day. Let them wind down in the evenings with a yummy, scented candle in a pretty jar. “I hate candles.” – said no one ever. $2.99 (originally $8.00)
Gift Bag: Stash all the small gifts in a bright, fun bag, add some tissue paper and voila! Just remember the cardinal gift bag rule: refrain from writing on the bag tag so your thrifty teacher can re-use as they please. It’s the gift (bag) that keeps on giving. $1.99 (originally $5.00)
Parents + Teachers: What’s your favorite back-to-school gifts to give or receive?