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Finding teacher gifts can be tricky

Put down that apple mug. Right now. Your kid’s teacher probably has a cupboard filled with mugs painted with apples. And pass up on those adorable apple earrings too.

It’s tempting, I know. And there’s such an array of apple apparel, all seemingly perfect to gift your favorite teacher. But the appeal of the apple is fleeting. You reach for that gift because you just don’t know much about the teacher you’re shopping for.

You can do better than that. Really.


And to help you live up to your teacher-gifting potential, I’ve created a board on Pinterest with teacher gift ideas. Check it out here.

If you’re lucky enough to have a kid at Rocky Run Elementary School in Stafford County, your PTO has made things a little bit easier by publishing little Q&As with the teachers about their interests, favorite restaurants and more. You can check them out here. offers some helpful gift ideas, and shows you how you can get your teacher to create a classroom wishlist.

Do you give gifts to your children’s teachers? How do you decide on a present? What was the best present you’ve given? Have any fallen flat?

I’d love to hear about your experiences–and I’m working on a story about teacher gifts. So if you have anything to share, please give me a call or shoot me an email (540/735-1973 or And even if you don’t want to be in the story, feel free to comment below to keep the conversation going.