1. A Vintage Message Board -- my friend just gave me one of these amazing boards from Letter Folk as a gift and I absolutely love it. You can check out the different options here. I use mine at home to post inspirational messages or jokes for my family, but it could also be used in a classroom. My version is beautiful but definitely pricey (a great group gift if parents are going in together on something as they often do at my kids elementary school). There are smaller similar items available at various sites. $40-$150
2. A beanie from Love Your Melon -- another friend of mine was sporting one of these around the fire pit last weekend and I quickly added it to my wish list. These adorable winter caps come with a detachable puff and best of all 50 percent of the proceeds go to Pediatric Cancer patients. $40+.
3. Okay, at the risk of sounding ridiculous, a pencil sharpener. One of my students got me this Exacto pencil sharpener last year and I heart it. It's quiet -- it works, and it makes my teacher life easier. So if you like a teacher who likes gadgets this is a win. My students use it all the time and they rave about it -- yes students rave about pencil sharpeners -- who knew. $20.
4. A Yeti Tumbler. Yes, its $30+ and yes that is a lot for a tumbler -- but this is a tumbler built for a life time. My husband got me one this year and I thought it was a little crazy to spend so much, but man does it keep my coffee warm, not to mention the color -- the mint green gives me a little sense of peace and calm in the midst of the joyous chaos that is school life.
5. I love personalized stationary. This is a thoughtful gift for educators. There are tons of vendors on Etsy. I like the look of these cards MyPreciousPaper. These cards from PrintsbyCarrie are stylish but simple. $10. Check out Etsy for tons of different vendors and styles.
1. Scratch tickets are fun, right? More fun than a ticket is a whole poster full of 100 classic books -- as you read each one, scratch it off to show the cover art underneath. A beautiful, interactive piece of art for a reader in your life. $18.
2. I love the idea of a custom recipe tea towel -- upload a photo of a favorite recipe in your grandmother's handwriting (or a class recipe for playdough or slime written by the students) and give gift with special meaning. $10.
3. Simple and cozy, perfect for a chilly classroom or a snow day off from school, a pretty scarf is always a welcome present. There are lots of lovely scarves out there -- I like this blush colored infinity scarf or this fringed wrap scarf. $12 - $48.
4. These removal chalkboard panels bring a bit of retro whimsy into any space. Use on a classroom wall or the side of a kitchen cabinet and start writing messages right away! 9x12 panels, set of 4, $19.95.
5. This teacher coloring book (paired with a box of crayons, of course) will help a teacher with a sense of humor -- be sure to know your audience here -- find some zen AND some laughs! $8.
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