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Tutors and Teachers Gifts (Day 5), 12 Days of Shopping

Gifts for Teachers and Tutors

We are not supposed to give a gift to our teachers at our public elementary school but, shh!, I always do. Discretion is important as is a low-key but thoughtful gift. Capability:Mom has more ideas for teacher and tutor gifts too!

Felix Doolittle pocket mirror for purse, $12

The perfect little gift for a teacher or tutor. It is available in many other designs but this playful frog is my favorite!

Felix Doolittle pocket mirror

Memo Paper from Felix Doolittle, $30

After getting so many little gifts, your teachers will need to write thank you notes. I thought these little pencils were perfect!

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Wooden Pen and Pencil Set, $4 (a $27 value)

I love this tactile pen set that displays so  nicely on a desk. At $4, it’s a bargain!
pen set, wooden pen set,

Books as Teacher Gifts

My picture book as gift for teacher or principal is heavily Patricia Polacco oriented but I have more picture book lists for teachers and librarians.

Perfect Picture Book for a Teacher Who Changes Lives

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

In real life, Mr. Falker helped Patricia as a child overcome her dyslexia to learn to read. All teachers of any grade deserve to have this book in their collection. My kids loved hearing it read aloud to them in 5th grade.

Art Teacher Picture Book Present

The Art of Miss Chew by Patricia Polacco

If you need a present for an art teacher, this would be the perfect picture book!

A Present for a Principal

Mr. Lincoln’s Way by Patricia Polacco

Mr. Lincoln has a special gift with kids and, in this case, find a way to reach and transform a bully.

Mr. Tanen’s Ties by Maryanne Cocca-Leffler

A principal’s job is not an easy one! Give this book to your principal. It was inspired by a real principal who must have a pretty awesome tie collection!

 Picture Book for Teacher About to Get Married

Lily’s Big Day by Kevin Henkes

If your child’s teacher is getting married and your kid talks about going to the wedding (invited or otherwise), this is the perfect picture book! Lily’s beloved teacher is getting married and she hopes she will be the flower girl. Alas, the bridal couple has a little niece to do that but Lily and her class are invited to the wedding. When the little flower girl freezes at the ceremony, Lily knows just what to do! (She’s been practicing for a long, long time!).

Please click on image of book to view more closely at Amazon.


The 12 Days of Shopping

Saturday, December 1:  Make Your Own Gifts with granola two ways. Hers and Mine.

Sunday, December 2:  Kids Make Gifts Craft, Clove Fruit and Crafts.

Monday, December 3: Personalized Gifts, Hers and Mine.

Tuesday, December 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Wednesday, December 5:  Tutors/Teachers

Thursday, December 6:  High Tech/Low Tech

Friday, December 7:  Hostess/Doing Good

Saturday, December 8:  Sanitation Engineers, Mail CarriersHairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer

Sunday, December 9:  Husband, Me (Our Own  List), CapabilityMom’s List

Monday, December 10:  Cats/Dogs

Tuesday, December 11:  Quick Gifts from Whole Foods and Gourmet Food Store

Wednesday, December 12:  ’Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts, Homemade Ornament Crafts for Kids and Capability:Mom’s Homemade Gift

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. I love the teacher gift ideas. I can not believe that teachers are not allowed to get gifts. Children love to give their teacher a little gift they picked out. They should set a limit to the amount that you can spend but not allowing not good. I love that you came up with some ideas that are small.

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  2. Artchoo

    These are great ideas. I love the little mirror! I so boringly always resort to the Starbucks gift cards, but I think I’ll be more creative this year.
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    • Hi Artchoo!,
      I do the Starbucks or iTunes cards too. This year I went to two book events so I (finally) remembered to get a book signed as a teacher gift. I’m giving two teachers signed copies of Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin but I think I misspelled on of the teacher’s names. Oops. Complicated last name. I might do gift cards for assistant teachers and gift cards for the specialist teachers unless I can up my game.
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  3. Both of my kids are in preschool and the moms all go in on a joint gift together. It makes our lives easier and we can get something really nice that the teachers will enjoy – win/win!
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  4. I can’t believe you aren’t allowed to give gifts. That seems a bit scrooge-ish.
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    • Hi MaryAnne,
      I went to our PTO meeting and got clarification. We are allowed to gift the teacher “items for the classroom.” So books, markers, etc are officially ok. If a child were to make a gift, that isn’t a crime punishable by death and while it’s not officially allowed, the powers that be would look away. Our school district policy is stricter than the state policy which states gifts of $50 are permitted. Our policy is a little wacky.
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  5. tricia

    oops! i sent in a small gift with my daughter for her teacher since it is our last day before exodus….a small vase, maybe 3 dollars, with origami flowers we folded. hope it was allowed! love your ideas and thanks for the tip! i need to look up our policy!!!!
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  6. Love your ideas – and agree that it is a rule I sometimes break. Glad to know they clarified the rule, though!
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  7. Ann

    I’m a big fan of Patricia Polacco!

    Also really love the Felix Doolittle mirror, what a sweet gift!

    These will surely guarantee some A’s ; )
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  8. I am a teacher and a mom and work really hard on little personal teacher gifts. This year, we put together cocoa kits (, but I have also made little teacher emergency kits, ice cream sundae kits, and a few other consumable ideas. I know when I receive items like this as a teacher, I love them!

  9. Here are the teacher emergency kits Contents are things like chapstick, Tums, Advil, Tide to Go pen, quarters for the soda machine…
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