Gift Guide

Teacher Gift – A basket of goodies to show our appreciation

teacher gift baskets wine cup

A great teacher gift is needed now more than ever wouldn’t you say?! I mean these courageous warriors show up every day and give their best for our kids! And this year (ugh… this year!) they have had to adapt and pivot in the hardest of ways!

My three children are currently remote learning, and believe me it is no easy task! Every day I can’t help but wonder were these teachers are hiding their wings? I witness them navigating endless zoom calls, virtual office hours and trying to conduct MAPS testing all via a remote computer camera! Their patience is nothing short of amazing!!

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Teacher gift basket items

I have always enjoyed getting to know my children’s teachers and this year… well, I just am struggling to do that! I a missing the drop off… the pick up… and the casual chats that make me feel connected to them and provide the opportunity to tell them in person my sincere gratitude for how they aid in shaping our children’s lives and education. Because of this, I wanted to put together a teacher gift basket that simply says “thank you!” Thank you for putting in the long hours for subpar pay… thank you for caring enough to show up everyday with creatively crafted plans and alternative ways to education our children! You are doing a GREAT job! THANK YOU!!

How to put together your teacher gift basket

Putting together these cute little teacher gifts was easy and you can fill them with whatever items you like. Below is a list of the items that I put in ours, including some items to pamper and treat them to an indulgent treat!

I started by picking up a couple small baskets at our local Goodwill. The Goodwill is an excellent and inexpensive place to find baskets of any kind! It took me all of 1 minute to find my three perfect baskets!

thrifted basket

Teacher Gift Basket Items

Thermal Wine Cups

Next, I knew that I wanted to add some sort of beverage glass, because let’s face it… these teachers need lots of coffee to get them going and then maybe a bit of vino to wind down the day (I know I do and I just have my 3 kids, lol!) These thermal cups were the perfect choice! I love that they can be used for coffee or wine and the color is just perfectly Fall!

items laid out for the teacher gift basket

McCrea’s Hand-Crafted Caramels

The next thing I knew must go into my teacher gift basket were McCrea’s caramels! Have you had these yet? They are decadent and down right incredible! Fall is all about the start of school, sweater weather, pumpkins and CARAMELS! These candies come in a variety of flavors (my favorite is the Cape Cod Sea Salt!) and have the most adorable packaging!

McCreas caramels

I chose to use the “work from home” boxes as they are the perfect size for my teacher baskets. However, they also are available in larger “Appreciation” boxes… wouldn’t these be the perfect gift to drop at your school’s office?! These individually wrapped caramels would be the hit of the teachers lounge!

McCreas caramels mocha and rosemary

If you haven’t tried McCrea’s caramels head over and check them out! They make a beautiful holiday gift as well! While you’re there, don’t forget to check out and use BOXWOOD20 for 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER!!

(Coupon code is good thru 12/31/2020 – excludes gift cards, caramel of the month club and single pillow packs)

McCreas caramels

Burt’s Bees Brightening Face Mask

Let’s face it… any way you sugar coat it, this year is stressful and that can take a toll on ones energy and complexion! This biocellulose gel mask is packed with Vitamin C (something we can all use a little bit more of right now!) But aside from all of the natural benefits, our teachers simply need to be pampered right now! By throwing this in there, I am hoping that they can relax, perhaps with a glass of wine… see thermal wine cup :), and feel refreshed for a moment.

teacher gift basket Burt's bees

Everyone Hand Sanitizer

Although our teachers are education from a distance, they are still going into their empty classrooms to broadcast their daily lessons. I’m not going to lie… it’s nice to just see the inside of a classroom, even virtually! However, that means that they are still stepping outside the safety of their home. This little spray hand sanitizer not only smells good (I checked, because we have all smelled those that are quite the opposite!) but it’s the perfect size for keeping in a purse or pocket should they ever need it!

teacher gift basket items

Eucerin Hand Lotion

Of course with all the hand sanitizing, you are prone to dry hand – especially here in Colorado! This is one of my favorite hand lotions! It’s affordable, yet extremely effective! I even had a nurse message me that with all their hand washing, this is what they use and recommend themselves to alleviate dry hands.

Putting The Teacher Gift Basket Together

Once I had gathered my basket and various teacher gift items, I dropped by the good ol’ Hobby Lobby to pick up some natural colored grass filler. Adding this not only fluffs up the basket and elevates (literally) the items inside, but it adds a natural and neutral aesthetic that I love!

teacher gift baskets wine cup

For the finishing touch, I also picked up some ribbon – a wide, silky ribbon in rust and a cute navy and white stripe. I love the mixture of the two ribbons, it’s perfectly cheerful, elegant and Fall!

McCreas caramels and ribbon
top down view of teacher gift baskets

Lastly, I went out to our garden and snipped a few sprigs of Rosemary to tuck into the layered ribbon bow. Adding this sweet touch of greenery softens the look and compliments the natural tones of the basket (and the McCrea’s Rosemary Sea Salt Caramel) just perfectly!

The Final Teacher Gift Baskets

So there you have it! Three easy, yet meaningful, teacher gift baskets that I hope they love and enjoy!

Do you have any ideas for teacher gifts that your teachers have loved? Christmas will be here before we know it and I’d love to hear them and have you drop them in the comments! Our teachers (and parent teachers) need so much support right now and hopefully as a community we can help to lift them up!



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