The only acceptable Pinterest-inspired teacher gift

OK, I know that with the explosion of Pinterest we have all found our inner-Martha.

We finally have learned how to turn a wooden pallet into 428 unique projects, we have 213 crafts for recycled Altoid tins, and what you can do with your old t-shirt?… the possibilities are endless.


Recently, I took a very (un)official poll and asked my teacher friends what their favorite gifts are to receive from their students.

Was it the re-gifted candle & potpourri? Or the mason jar filled with cookie dough ingredients? Or maybe the wall art with their initial made out of crayons?

Surprisingly, no.

The top 3 answers were:

1) Starbucks gift card

2) any gift card

3) Starbucks gift card

So ladies, before you whip out your glue guns, ask yourself this question:

just because I can make it… should I make it?

hmmm . . .

If you absolutely cannot give “just a gift card” (cause it seems so boring and all), here is the only acceptable Pinterest inspired gift I found…

You’re welcome, teachers.

And have a craftastic Christmas season y’all.

{Truth be told, there was one handmade gift teachers enjoy receiving: a card, artwork, or craft made by their student}

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10 Responses to The only acceptable Pinterest-inspired teacher gift

  1. Um…. we gave my son’s teacher a plug-in wax melter/air freshener thing. But, the classroom is kind of stinky. Kids in puberty. Grossness. I know. Selfish gift. :-)
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  2. Mrs MedMan says:

    Ha! Love this! Best teacher gift ever (and so much less stressful for mom)

  3. Leslie Howe says:

    As a former teacher, I say YAY! and KUDOS TO YOU! There should be a limit on how many coffee mugs, peppermint sticks, and little teacher lapel pins one person has to smile through. Gift cards ROCK. And yes, of course, the heartfelt, handmade cards, drawings, and clay sculptures were proudly displayed in the classroom, but the gift cards got taken home!
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  4. Jennifer Schrag Zaccagni says:

    You make me smile…yes, that is the perfect compromise for those who MUST craft.

    I have heard this comment over and over. I would add gift cards for Target, Amazon and Barnes & Noble to the list from teachers I am friends with.

    I did have one teacher/SLP who has worked with my son for years who HATES coffee (and chocolate, which blows my mind), and had to expand my “perfect GC” search to include the alien fact that not everybody loves Starbucks. (I, on the other hand, love Starbucks, but the nearest one is 45 miles away now. *sad*).

  5. Judy says:

    Amber — you are absolutely 100% right! My daughter is a teacher, and there are only so many coffee mugs, spiced candles, and bath fizzies you can use. However, you CAN use and enjoy a Starbucks card every day! Thanks for taking the pressure off the parents who try to be innovative in gift-giving to teachers, and thanks on behalf of the teachers.

  6. candice says:

    You are awesome

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