Back to School Ideas for Gifts for a Teacher

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Back to School Ideas for Gifts for a Teacher
Make homemade muffins for your teacher. (Getty Thinkstock)

When a new school year begins and you are out shopping for back-to-school supplies, you may want to get a gift for your new teacher as well. If you are stuck about what would be an appropriate gift, think about practical gifts she can use in the classroom and personal gifts she can use at home. These may include a coffee gift basket, classroom supplies or homemade baked goods.

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Gift Token

Many teachers find themselves buying school supplies for the classroom out of their own pockets, due to budget cuts in the schools. To better help your new teacher pay for these supplies, you can get him a gift token to an office supply store. With this, he can buy items like dry-erase markers, paper, pencils, notebooks, chalk and other supplies he might need for the classroom.

Baked Goods

Make your teacher homemade baked goods at the beginning of the school year to show her how much you appreciate her and look forward to her class. Have your parents help you with baking items like cookies, cupcakes, brownies or other treats. If you want to make candy, you can purchase candy moulds from a craft store as well as a bag of chocolate. Just pour melted chocolate into the candy moulds and put them in the fridge to let them cool. In just a few minutes they should be ready to pop out of the moulds.

Gift Basket

To celebrate back-to-school, you can give your teacher a special gift basket that helps her start the new school year. This might include school supplies she can use in the classroom like chalk, paper or storage containers, or a variety of art and craft supplies for special projects. You can also make her a more personal gift basket that helps her relax after long school days with items like bubble bath and scented candles.

Coffee or Tea in a Cup

If you are looking for a more frugal gift for your teacher, you can give her coffee or tea in a cup. This also works for hot cocoa. Just purchase a new coffee mug and place instant coffee bags, tea bags or hot cocoa packages inside. You can also put in honey packets, individual-sized creamer containers, sugar packets or mini marshmallows. This is a great gift that doesn't cost a lot and shows your teacher how much you care.

Reusable Tote Bag

A reusable tote bag is a great gift for anyone, including teachers. Your teacher can use this tote bag for her lunch, school supplies or personal items when coming to class. She can also use it at home for grocery shopping or other shopping trips. The reusable tote bag doesn't have to be fancy or expensive; you can find a variety of tote bags at just about any major retailer, online store or discount store.

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