Gifting season for student teachers, mentor teachers, and students!

Updated: Jun 16

Well, it's that time when we scour the internet for gifts for teachers, student teachers, and students. You might be wondering what I should get my cooperating teacher to help me all semester? Or what can I get my students? I don't have any money.

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No worries, edumagicians, I got you covered with a few ideas for gifts for your mentor, student-teacher, and of course, our students!

I thought I would share some gift ideas for your favorite educator. Spoiler alert there is some overlap in gift ideas, but I think you will get some good ideas from this list!


Gifts for mentor teacher

In addition to the gift you purchased for your cooperating teacher, include a heart-felt written thank you note. You might also want to write a thank you letter or note to these helpful individuals during your student teaching journey.

  • Principal

  • College supervisor

  • Other teachers who helped you in the school or district (think other grade level teachers, special ed teachers, or the edtech coach!)

Here is a list of a few gift ideas for your cooperating teacher:

  • Travel mug with a gift card to their favorite local coffee shop

  • A gift card to a local bookstore

  • Plant for their desk that is easy to take care of with a tag that says, "Thanks for helping me grow!"

  • Add to their professional development library with Books from EduMatch publishing.

  • Canvas storage containers for all of your teacher needs with dance-happy designs.

  • Video of their students during your time as a student teacher

  • A sweet treat from Collete's cookies

  • Subscribe to a favorite edtech tool for their classroom next year.

  • Teacher socks from John's Crazy socks

  • Buy items for the classroom - Expo markers, erasers, flare pens, desk organization tools, notebooks, pencils, stickers, post-it notes, etc.

Gifts for student-teacher (new grad)

I love getting my student teacher a copy of The Wizard of Oz for graduation with a note that reads, "You have the brains, courage, and heart to be an educator of excellence." Are you a professor or mentor teacher, and you want to get something for your student teacher or field student? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Travel mug with a gift card to a favorite coffee shop

  • Amazon gift card

  • Personalized stationery with their teacher's name on it!

  • Teacher bag for them to take on interviews

  • Resume portfolio cover that is personalized

  • You can autograph or send a personalized note from each student framed.

  • Teacher Tote

  • A gift card to a local bookstore

  • EduMagic Shine On: A guide for new teachers.

  • Planner

  • Canvas storage containers for all of your teacher needs with dance-happy designs.

  • A sweet treat from Collete's cookies

  • Teacher socks from John's Crazy socks

  • Items for the classroom - Expo markers, erasers, flare pens, desk organization tools, notebooks, pencils, pens, stickers, post-it notes, etc.

  • Subscribe to a favorite edtech tool for their classroom next year.


Gifts for students

As teachers, we teach students of all ages! Getting them a gift can show that we are thinking of them and appreciate their hard work this year.

  • Individualized bookmarks made in canva and printed for each student

  • Video of students throughout the year created in adobe spark or Animoto

  • Copy of your favorite book from when you were in that grade

Small gift bags filled with different items with a fun tag on them, such as

  • You can put mini erasers, crayons, and pencils in a gift bag to restock each student's desk supplies.

  • Chalk "Chalk it up to a great semester with insert Student-teacher name"

  • Pencils. "You're a sharp student! I'm going to miss you! - Student-teacher name"

  • Popcorn "Popped in to say, have a great year! I'm so going to miss you!"

  • Bubbles "Student name, you blew me away this year."

  • Small bag of cookies. "Student name, you are one smart cookie!" Check out this Pinterest board full of ideas!

If you enjoyed this episode, please tag me @SFecich on Instagram. Check out the books EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers, EduMagic Shine On A Guide for New Teachers, and get your semester ready with the EduMagic Future Teacher Digital planner. Want to get started with your digital portfolio? Check out this self-paced, mini-course digital portfolio from scratch in one week or less. Find these and more resources for future teachers at www.sfecich.com.

Remember you have the #EduMagic in YOU!


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