Back-to-school season: it's an exciting time of year! In addition to a stomach full of butterflies, this school year comes along with an extra layer of uncertainty. Constantly contending with the unknown, our favorite teachers deserve a little extra TLC this year! So we've put together a round-up of thoughtful gestures that any teacher would love to get from thankful parents and students.
We've got more than apples in this teacher's gift guide. This list will help you celebrate teachers, counselors, and administrators like the kings and queens of the classroom (or Zoom room!) that they are. Show a little appreciation at the start of the school year with these 9 gifts sure to warm the heart of any educator—and maybe become the teacher's pet while you're at it!
1. Egyptian Linen & Lavender Room Spray, by Candles Afire By Tiff (Tennessee)
Maker: Tiffanie Cole
Teachers top the list of those in need of an extra “om” moment. One spritz of this spray from Candles Afire By Tiff immediately transforms their home into a spa-like sanctuary. Florals mingle with musk and clean cotton for a springy-fresh scent that whisks away the frustrations of a long-fought day.
2. Lodolite Sphere, by Crystal Wellness Company (Washington)
Maker: Yasmine Decosterd
Crystals are a dazzling way to reset the energy in any space. Your favorite educator can draw on peaceful energy by placing this Lodolite Sphere from Crystal Wellness Company in their living room or on the classroom windowsill. Lodolite is known to crystal enthusiasts as a powerful co-star: it absorbs positive intentions and helps propagate good vibes into every corner of the room.
3. Rainbow Falls Travel Mug, by Everecho Ceramics (Connecticut)
Maker: Jennifer Swanson
Kickstart their morning brew with this colorful burst of joy! Everecho Ceramics drizzles this Rainbow Falls Travel Mug with a rainbow of sweet pastel splashes. It comes with a food-grade silicone lid, so it's safe for your teacher's cuppa of choice. Each hand-painted piece is a standalone work of art sure to shake the morning blahs off any overworked educator.
4. Aurora Borealis Body Nectar, by Homebody Candle Co. (Illinois)
Maker: Meghan Rogers
Pop quiz: what has the power to change our minds and moods? The answer is scent—and Homebody Candle Co. knows just the right formula. Aurora Borealis, a bright and enchanting multi-use oil does it all: drizzle into bath water, or comb through the ends of your hair for a much-needed pick-me-up. A sparkly blend of tropical fruit, sugared orange, and radiant citruses, it's the perfect add-on to any wind-down routine.
5. Delicious Foaming Sugar Scrub, by Pampered Sisters (Texas)
Maker: Christine King
A relaxing bath is a great way to wash away the worry at the end of the day. Turn any bath time routine into a No-Nonsense Zone with this Delicious Foaming Sugar Scrub from Pampered Sisters. This mother-daughter team whips together the sweet juicy burst of Georgia peaches with the scents of fresh-cut melon and cucumber. One wash with this moisturizing and exfoliating scrub will transport any weary educator right back to the stress-free days of summer vacation.
6. Therapy Dough—Spa, by Pinch Me Therapy Dough (Delaware)
Maker: Nancy Rothner
Nancy, the founder of Pinch Me Therapy Dough, is a clinical hypnotherapist who understands the trials and tribulations of stress. So, she set out to find a way weary souls could find relief ‘in a pinch'! This squishy, squashy, squooshy putty is the perfect way to soothe stressors. Available in a sweet lavender scent, it hand delivers spa vibes to any moment of the day.
7. Detox Mud Mask, by Skin and Sage Apothecary (California)
Maker: Jasmine Ellis
No Self-Care Saturday is complete without the perfect facial mask! Skin and Sage Apothecary serves up the perfect skin-clearing, stress-soothing mud mask to relax and decompress after a long week. Spread this mix of Dead Sea Mud, Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Seaweed—and tons of other plant-powered ingredients—onto cheeks for a fresh and radiant glow!
8. Teacher Appreciation Candle, by Steph's Scrubs and Stuff (California)
Maker: Stephanie Calderon
Don't quite know how to put your big thanks into words? Steph's Scrubs and Stuff does all the work for you. No trick questions here: this Teacher Appreciation Candle is available in six sizes and twenty-one scents, so you're sure to find one they'll absolutely love.
9. Brighten Your Future, by Young Hope Candles (Arizona)
Maker: Denice Young
The Brighten the Future candle from Young Hope Candles not only smells good but also does a lot of good. Founder Denice donates a portion of every purchase directly to scholarships and other resources for students pursuing postsecondary education. Celebrate your favorite teachers while paving the future for bright, young academics, too!
Questions for discussion and sharing
How do you like to thank your favorite teachers for their outstanding work in the classroom? Let us know in the comments!
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