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Beyond Apples

Education has come a long way in the past few decades, but one thing parents may miss from the good old days was the simplicity of teacher gifts. An apple was all it took. One shiny, red, delicious apple. A lot has changed in contemporary classrooms, which now feature iPads, interactive SmartBoards, and a whole lot of parental stress when the holidays come around. What do you give a teacher who may be receiving 20 other small gifts from well-meaning parents and children? (And that’s just from one class, out of several.)

Most teachers will insist they have no expectations for Christmas gifts. Others may prefer nothing more than a grateful, handwritten note. Nevertheless, we know many parents love to express their appreciation with a small, affordable gift, so we assembled a selection of items for male and female teachers. From a Vera Bradley coloring book to Lego flash drives, they’re fun, practical, and maybe a little unexpected.

Clockwise from right:
Kate Spade pencil pouch $30, Lilly Finch
Altec Lansing Everything Proof power pack $17.49; Lego flash drives $12.99, Office Depot
Modern Sprout parsley herb kit $20, World Market
Vera Bradley coloring book $14; colored pencils $12, Kem’s Bed & Bath
Corkcicle.® 16-ounce tumbler $24.95, Two Loons Warehouse
Morning Glamour™ gift set $22, Kem’s Bed & Bath

by Jason Boyett

Jason is a journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, and the author of more than a dozen books. His most recent is “12 World Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity's Most Influential Faiths”, published by Zephyros Press. Learn more at
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