What can you buy for the Educator in your life? The holiday season has arrived, and it is time to engage in the traditional gift exchange. Many people began thinking of and creating gifts for their loved ones while others are waiting for the weekend rush to dash to the mall, wearing their masks, to purchase last-minute gifts for those who were unintentionally overlooked or for a spur of the moment nice gesture. With this tumultuous year, giving gifts of any kind is just the thing that can lift everyone’s spirits.
In March, the pandemic uprooted the educational system. Teachers across the nation were faced with the challenge of educating students from home, bringing their classrooms into their living rooms, and readjusting work-life balance. As remote learning continued, many parents across the nation have discovered a newfound love and respect for the teachers in their children’s lives for the work they do. If you were wondering what to gift the long-time unsung hero, look at a short teacher wish-list below.
Engaging students in person is challenging, so one cannot imagine how hard it is now. Nonetheless, there are several virtual resources for teachers to use to make lessons fun from the screen. Purchasing a year’s subscription to one of the many online educational resources will help a teacher more than you know.
The Gift of Relaxation
Scented candles, bath salts, aromatherapy, anything to bring the spa into the home and create a sense of relaxation is welcome. Scented candles are known for creating a soothing environment and for relaxing the body. If you are thinking of sending your favorite teacher a scented candle, check out Natural Annie Essentials Hand Poured Soy Candles. This Black-Owned business specializes in creating scented candles with eco-friendly oil blends, 100% vegan, and recyclable. Some of the scents include Pumpkin-Vanilla Nutmeg, Island Vibes, and Butter Cream Vanilla. In addition to these scrumptious scents, they have a selection of candles with quotes for the creative, over thinkers and those who need positive energy from a sweet-smelling candle. For more information on their amazing products, check out their website. https://www.naturalannieessentials.com
If you are looking for additional relaxation tools, visit Distinct Bath and Body located right here in Chicago in the Six Corners Shopping District. This store offers a variety of relaxation tools to soothe the soul and rejuvenate the body. From Coconut scented bath salts to Oatmeal Milk and Honey scented body butters, this quaint little shop offers unique products to create an in-home spa experience. They also offer made to order soap loaves, hand-curated gift sets, baskets, and boxes for special occasions. To find out more about Distinct Bath and Body, check out their website. https://distinctbath.com
If you want to switch things up a bit to honor an educator this holiday season, send them a Custom-designed wine basket from Hazelton’s Gift Baskets. You have the option to customize a wine basket filled with gourmet foods, fruit, cheese, chocolate, flowers, etc., order a gourmet dessert or other pleasantries to please your palette. They have gifts for all ages and occasions.
That is sure to put an instant smile on someone’s face. For more information, visit their site at https://hazeltonsgiftbaskets.com.
Suppose time has passed you by, and you still want to send a gesture of gratitude. In that case, you can always send a gift card to your favorite educator to Amazon, Etsy, Visa, or one to one of their favorite restaurants, bookstores, or even sending a simple card with a heartfelt message from you thanking them for all their hard work this year.
The gifts listed above are simple suggestions to lift a teacher’s spirit and show gratitude for their work. However, when the sun sets on this season, the daily task of instructing and molding minds will continue, and the gift every teacher needs the most is unending support and understanding. This gift goes a long way and means more to a teacher than you know.
Liz Lampkin is a Lifestyle, Love, and Relationships writer. Follow her on social media @Liz_Lampkin.