You managed to nab one of Hong Kong’s highly prized Christmas trees, your nails are painted Rudolph red and your wine fridge is stocked. The holiday season is here and there’s only one item on your to-do list that’s still a stress: teacher gifts.
Don’t fret, Sassy Mama is here to help! We asked long-time educators about their favourite Christmas presents from students over the years, and here are some of the answers we received. Some might surprise you, and we hope all of them will inspire you in your shopping this season.
Our favourite teachers love…
1. Moleskine notebooks
All the iPad apps in the world still don’t hold a candle to this classic teacher gift. In a candy-store range of hues and sizes, these are a hit with men and women alike. Check out every option in person at the Moleskine ifc location.
2. A handmade treasure
Teachers love their students, but they don’t need a coffee mug with your child’s face printed on it. They already have about 15 of those. Want something equally personal, but with a little more panache? A gorgeous, mod, handmade quilt is the ticket. BlueElephantStitches on Etsy ships worldwide!
3. Soothing candles
How do you relax after a day on your feet with a rowdy bunch of 6 year olds? Light a candle — stat! Seattle-based Glassybaby creates one of a kind candle holders for approx. $340 that your teachers will enjoy for years. Plus, many of the designs benefit causes such as pediatric cancer research. Buy online here with international shipping to Hong Kong.
4. Good wine
Hong Kong knows great wine, and French wine shop Monsieur Chatté offers a lovely range for all tastes. Why not pick up a gift voucher and let your teacher pick his favorite? Or share a favourite bottle you know and love. (Coffee and chocolate? Also foolproof options along the same lines.)
5. Really amazing soap
Every teacher knows that flu season is like going to the front lines of duty — and hand washing is one of the few defenses available. Gift a special bottle of Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash for $305 and make the threat seem a little less intense.
6. A trip to the spa
Seriously, these people deserve a chance to relax! How about a gift card to the Mandarin Oriental? What could possibly be better?
7. A kid-written poem
Sometimes the perfect thing isn’t a thing at all. Spending an hour with your kids reflecting on the ways you appreciate their teacher is worth a whole lot too. ReadWriteThink has a kid-friendly acrostic poem template — it’s a good place to get started.
However you choose to thank your kid’s teachers this holiday season, if it’s shared in a spirit of gratitude and cheer, it will be warmly received!