Children spend about six to seven hours per day at school. That’s a significant chunk of time dedicated to developing the young minds of students – with and without disabilities. Special education teachers undoubtedly go above and beyond their job description. That’s why choosing a teacher appreciation gift can feel challenging. Well, AmeriDisability can help! We’ve rounded up a list of holiday gifts for special education teachers. Plus, we’ve even drafted sample verbiage to include on the card. Pssst… just for a bit of grammar fun, our suggested messages are all about the pun. Because we all know that special education teachers deserve extra giggles and holiday cheer.
10+ Holiday Gifts for Special Education Teachers
If you suspect that your child’s special education teacher is exhausted from preparing lesson plans, this coffee cup may be a useful gift. It features a strong message – stronger than espresso – that reads, ‘Abilities Outweigh Disabilities – Special Education Teacher.’ Pour on a sweet compliment with a note that reads: “Thank you for helping me realize my true potential.”
John’s Crazy Socks is an online retailer run by John Cronin, a creative entrepreneur with Down syndrome, and his father Mark. This sock-lovin’ duo, which leads an inclusive workforce, sells tons of fun footwear — with many of the themed socks benefitting disability causes, like autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy. Opt for the ‘Love My Teacher Gift Bag,’ which includes three pairs of socks. Add a heartfelt fashion statement to a card, such as: “Thanks for helping me get my footing in class this year. You’ve kicked my education up a notch.”
According to a survey by AdoptaClassroom.org, more than half of educators reported that one of the biggest challenges their students face this school year is not having access to basic learning materials. Teachers often close the gap themselves! The average teacher spends a whopping $820 out-of-pocket on their classrooms every year. And, because additional resources are incorporated into special education classrooms, teachers instructing students with disabilities most likely devote even more of their personal funds. A gift card to the website Fun & Function can help your child’s special education teacher purchase needed supplies. Plus, teachers looking to continue their own education may direct this gift card to enrollment into interactive courses.
This bangle features five charms, including a central piece etched with the declaration: “It Takes a Big Heart to Teach Little Minds.” So true, right?! This silver bracelet also features a pearl, apple, heart and customizable initial. Perhaps add a card to state, “You’re a true gem! Happy holidays.”
A portion of the proceeds (20%) of the Good Day Bouquet sold by 1-800-Flowers benefits Smile Farms, an organization that provides developmentally disabled adults with meaningful employment opportunities. When Smile Farmers work on farms, urban gardens, greenhouses and farm stands, they are able to grow and sell flowers, plants and produce in their local communities. A note could read: “Your smile lights up our classroom.”
Special education teachers will likely be gifted plenty of cookies, chocolates and other sweet treats. As a nod to the tradition of gifting teachers apples, why not mix things up with a dried fruit basket? Plus, after the fruit snacks are nibbled up, the apple-shaped basket remains a keepsake. Personalize this gift with a note that reads: “The fruits of your labor are much appreciated.”
While peanut butter and jelly may be a school lunch staple, Texas Sweet Heat Jam Company really spices up jelly condiments. This mission-based company is dedicated to providing culinary training and competitively paid employment for adults with intellectual disabilities. Because special education teachers are a hot commodity, gift unique flavors like Strawberry Heat. A silly message could say, “Other educators will always be jelly of your teaching skills. You’re awesome sauce!”
Encourage your student’s special education teacher to cook up some fun after the school bell rings. This baking gift set says it all with an embroidered potholder, spatula and chocolate chip cookie mix. A complimentary note can restate the sweet declaration: “Thanks for making me one smart cookie.”
Rooted in kindness, this plant kit includes wildflower seeds. The cube vase is painted with the message, “Thank you for helping me grow.” A card could state, “Because of you, I am blossoming at school.”
This ornament playfully describes what it means to be a special education teacher. These incredible professionals do so much… and mean so much. This flat, ceramic decoration is printed on both sides and includes a gold ribbon loop for hanging. Draft a complimentary message to read, “Your guidance means more to me than words could ever describe.”
More Gift Ideas for Special Education Teachers
- Bookmark – Find one-of-a-kind creations by Allie Guard, a designer with Down syndrome.
- Leather Journal – This soft-covered book is a smooth gift for tough teachers.
- Teacher-themed (adult) coloring books – Because art therapy is beneficial for people of all abilities.
- Tote bag – Because we know special education teachers have a lot of stuff!