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5 Last-Minute Valentine Gifts for Teachers

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The gift of giving is inherent in young students. If you look on a teacher’s desk after recess or lunch, you will find treasures of wilted flowers, colorful rocks, and even on occasion, a prized ladybug. As a teacher and a parent, I understand the sweet sentiments of a young child’s gift giving—as well as the after effects of too much chocolate! Here are my top recommendations for teacher appreciation gifts for Valentine’s Day or anytime in the school year.

  1. A handmade card. Nothing is more precious than a card made with love.
  2. Flowers from your garden or from the grocery store. They can brighten a classroom and home!
  3. $5 gift card to a coffee shop! Caffeine is always appreciated within the world of education!
  4. Sweet-smelling bottle of hand sanitizer or soap for the classroom.
  5. Colorful pens and or dry erase markers for the whiteboard (always a winner ☺).

As a teacher or parent, do you have other ideas for teacher gifts? Please share in the comments section.


Heather Foudy is a certified elementary teacher with over 7 years’ experience as an educator and volunteer in the classroom. She enjoys creating lessons that are meaningful and creative for students. She is currently working for Evan-Moor’s marketing and communications team and enjoys building learning opportunities that are both meaningful and creative for students and teachers alike.

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