With the holidays coming up, I’ve been thinking about gifts for teachers I work with. I’ve also been fielding questions about what kids can get their teachers for Christmas. Below I share how I solved my dilemma, as well as some ideas for coffee-theme gifts for teachers, and even a printable teacher questionnaire (to determine the best gifts).
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coffee gifts for teachers I adore
I work with some absolutely wonderful ladies at a small preschool. December is an incredibly hectic month for us (as it is for everyone)! We’re still focused on teaching and supporting the kiddos, while helping to make gifts for parents and practicing for our annual Christmas program. Add the children’s excitement for Christmas, and we are on our toes even more than usual! I knew I wanted to acknowledge the awesomeness of my coworkers before the month got away from me. #DunkinToTheRescue
Many of my coworkers like coffee, so I wanted to put together a super coffee gift basket for them. After a very unscientific survey, I was able to determine their favorite coffee flavors and I was set. Cue a quick trip to Walmart for some goodies! There were a variety of flavors an roasts to choose from, including seasonal flavors perfect for the holidays. You can also get $1.00 off via Ibotta on Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee exclusively at Walmart.
Our school has an individual cup coffee maker, so I was happy to see a variety of Dunkin’ Donuts® K-Cup® pods there – I grabbed Original and Hazelnut. Then I decided to pick up some ground coffee my fellow teachers could take home, too – Original and Dunkin’ Dark®, then I was set to go. I placed all the coffee goodies into a basket, then put it out in our workroom. Based on my friends’ comments (and the fact that a good amount of coffee is already gone), it was a well-received gift!
what to get a teacher who loves coffee
Recently, I was joking with my friend Devany of Still Playing School. We were bonding over a shared love of coffee, and I quipped, “this teacher runs on Dunkin’!” I know, I know, I’m hysterical! 😉 Thank goodness Devany didn’t call me out on my goofiness. All that aside, I am definitely a coffee lover. I blame my father (hi, Dad!). With the cooler weather, it’s even more imperative that I get a few cups of coffee every day. The ritual of it just seems to lessen the hustle and the bustle of the holidays, and gives me the chance to enjoy the little things.
I’m often asked what I’d like for teacher presents, so I thought I’d share a few ideas. Please keep in mind that I never expect gifts, and these are gifts I think are spot-on for teachers like me. Not every teacher likes coffee, and that’s ok (more coffee for me)! Here are some ideas:
- Coffee. Yes, really! It’s something we love, it doesn’t collect dust, and you know it will be thoroughly enjoyed. Personally, one of my favorites is the Dunkin’ Donuts® Hazelnut K-Cups®.
- A coffee mug signed by the kiddos in the class. Not a coffee cup from each child in the class, as that’s just too many coffee cups! But one mug from the class, with each child’s cute kid handwriting on it – yes! Again, it’s something that coffee lovers will use, it won’t collect dust, and it’s a sweet keepsake from the group.
- Gift cards. I know some people think gift cards are too impersonal, but I disagree. If I’m given a gift card to Walmart or a favorite coffee store, I’ll actually use it for something I want! In this case, probably coffee to store in my classroom.
- Favorite creamers. The perfect accessories for the coffee!
- Some tasty treats to go along with the coffee. Maybe a few cookies or candies the teacher would enjoy!
- Most importantly, a simple card from the students. These always make the best gifts for teachers!
Notice that none of the suggestions are over the top? That’s because it’s the sweet thought that counts – in my opinion (and in the opinion of all the teachers I know)!
printable teacher questionnaire
If you’re not sure if your child’s teacher even likes coffee, consider using this simple questionnaire. It will help determine what the teacher IS interested in, so you can plan gifts accordingly (although, like me, I don’t think your child’s teacher expects gifts)! Print it HERE. It is seriously one super easy way to get gifts for teachers that the teachers will definitely love!
Are you a teacher who loves coffee? Any other suggestions you’d add to my list?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dunkin’ Donuts® . The opinions and text are all mine.