This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click on some of these links and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission for sending you there at absolutely no additional cost to you. It’s one small way you can support this site and all the free content you receive here.
Consider taking up a collection from the entire class and pooling your money together for a gift basket of the teacher’s favorite coffee, a new book, a pair of cozy socks, and a soft throw blanket.
Or maybe a tree of gift cards to her favorite restaurants and stores.
Do you know a teacher who would not love a day at the spa for some much-needed pampering? Or maybe tickets to her favorite concert or theater production?
Yeah, me neither.
If you find yourself on your own, here are some thoughtful and inexpensive ideas.
These are adorable. And they will ensure the students will return the pencils after borrowing them.
Everyone needs at least one (more) super-soft throw. Here’s a nice one that comes in pretty colors.
The thing is, most teachers won’t spend their hard-earned money on things like holiday hand towels. But they would love some cute holiday hand towels. And that’s where you come in.
Mason Jar full of stuff
You can put anything into a mason jar, tie a beautiful ribbon on it, and make it look festive.
For a free idea, fill the jar with “what I love about you most” notes from each child in the class.
For an inexpensive gift, try some hot cocoa mix and some marshmallows or bath salts. Mints, gum, M&Ms are always a nice option. Or how about a set of colorful new pens?
For Teens/Young Adults/Babysitters
Most teens will appreciate gift cards to their favorite restaurants or stores. Or better yet…cash. Teens like cash. But if you want something a little different, here are some great ideas on the cheap.
To help with GPS while also being hands-free.
For the teen who loves art…
For the teen who loves to read…
My son has one similar to this and uses it every day in the shower…
Okay, this is just awesome.
My favorite brand of journal. Hardcover, lined, and pretty.
Gasp! I love these so very much!
Said every teenage boy…
Backpacks are useful for everything.
For Your BFF/Neighbor
If your BFF is a mom with small children at home, a $10 gift card to your local coffee shop and a handmade coupon for free babysitting would be amazing (maybe I’m only speaking for myself here, but I would have loved if someone would have given this to me 10 years ago).
If you are on a tight budget, a tin of homemade cookies or peppermint bark says, “I’m thinking about you” without also saying, “I took out a second mortgage for you.”
Depending on what your friend/neighbor likes, here are some things that I would like if I was your BFF or neighbor (hint hint).
For the friend who likes to cook
I have this book and I absolutely love it. The recipes are delicious, the pictures are stunning, and the stories woven throughout are thoughtful and funny.
Oven mits get gross when you cook a lot. Here are some that are durable.
Your friend will feel like she’s on a cooking show with these!
For the friend who likes house stuff
One time in elementary school, we had a board like this in our classroom. Our teacher wrote “Come Holy Spirit” on it. My friend changed it to “More Chilly Spit.”
These are so cute and can go anywhere.
Last year my friend bought this exact candle for me. Since then, I’ve bought about 5 more. It smells divine and supports a great cause!
For the friend who likes cozy clothes
You haven’t felt soft t-shirts until you’ve felt AE soft t-shirts. They come in every size and style. I have this one in burgundy and black.
When blankets can be worn as clothes, I’m here for it. Comes in many colors and patterns.
Tis the season for cozy socks (preferably by the fire with a good book.)
Speaking of good books…this makes a GREAT GIFT for your frazzled friend!
Parents/Grandparents are hard. They most likely have everything they need. And more often than not, they don’t want more stuff around the house. When I was growing up, my mom asked for the exact same thing every year: Her favorite perfume and nylon knee-hi stockings. “That’s all I need ” she’d say.
If you’re like me, you want to get something that is meaningful but won’t clutter the home. But also isn’t nylon knee-hi stockings. 🙂
Most parents would love an updated framed family photo of you and your little family. Frames are inexpensive and available everywhere. Grandparents always love something homemade from the kids. Truly. They love it. Pinterest is full of fun DIY craft/gift ideas for children to make.
Maybe you can pool your money together with other adult siblings and send mom and dad on a nice dinner to a restaurant they wouldn’ splurge on for themselves. Or maybe tickets to a theater production or favorite concert. A few years ago, we replaced all my dad’s old bath towels–he was literally using the same tattered ones since I was a kid. It wasn’t fancy, but it was much-appreciated.
Bird feeders are always nice. Parents and grandparents can sit by the window or on the porch and enjoy the view. Here’s a cute one for a great price! Add a bag of birdseed and you’re still under $25!
A personalized ornament is always thoughtful. Here is one I absolutely adore.
If we did not have 10,000 children in our family, I’d totally get this for Jon’s parents.
Since having children, we have always lived far away from grandparents. Last year, we bought this for our Florida Grandparents from their Kentucky Grandkids. Of course, the states and names are customizable.