Four Holiday Gift Ideas for School Professionals
Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for those extra people in your life? It is often easy to purchase for those closest to you including your spouse, parent, or child. But, the tradition of the holiday season often says you should gift people like your hairdresser, the mailman, and your children?s teachers and school professionals. What do you get these people that you do not quite personally know?
Gift card for a generic location
You might not consider gifting a gift card to your mom or spouse, but gift cards are an acceptable gift for those you do not know that well. Your child?s soccer coach will appreciate the thought. If you know that they enjoy a certain brand of coffee or local restaurant, this is a great way to personalize the gift card experience. However, if you know little to nothing about them, a gift card to a local grocery store or generic coffee spot is an acceptable gift choice. Also, giving a gift card to a local sports store for a school coach or a teacher supply store for a teacher is a good idea.
Custom school apparel
When you share an enjoyment of school pride with your child?s teacher or sporting coach, what better gift is there than school sports apparel? Most teachers and coaches have a wide selection of school sports apparel and always appreciate receiving more. Also, you are gifting on the idea of this shared connection. You can even design custom shirts with your own apparel designs or logos on them. Further, customize the school sports apparel with the teacher’s name or title on it. Most principals overwhelmingly believe it is important that they personally build school spirit at their school (99%) and that higher levels of school spirit is tied to higher student achievement.
Personalized sporting or teaching accessories
There are also many accessories that you could gift and you could further personalize them. For example, if you are looking for the perfect gift for that favorite teacher, consider a monogrammed pencil case. If you are looking for a unique gift for the basketball coach, consider an engraved or monogrammed basketball. In addition to school sports apparel, these gifts keep with the school spirit and show your appreciation with a holiday gift. Additionally, many apparel fundraising donates a portion of the cost of the schools funding. You are gifting a unique gift, while also helping out your child?s school.
Donation in their name
If you don?t want to risk buying something that they will not enjoy or use, consider a donation in their name. The holidays are an important time for charitable giving. In the year 2014, approximately 1.4 billion people worldwide donated money to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, about 75% of Americans think they donate more than average. In reality, 72% contribute at a rate below the national average. Many people claim that they would donate more if they had more funds available. Instead of purchasing fundraising apparel, make a donation in the teacher?s name and present them with the donation certificate. It might even encourage them to make an additional purchase or to gift something similar to another teacher or school professional.
During the holiday season, you are expected to provide everyone you know with a gift. This even applies to those relationships that you know very little about. If you are looking for a nice holiday gift for your child?s teachers or coaching professionals, consider school sports apparel, a donation to a local charity, or a gift card. Any of these gifts will be well appreciated.