What do daycare teachers want for Christmas? A list of holiday gift ideas daycare providers will honestly love!
Should you give your child’s daycare teachers a gift for Christmas?
The answer (in my opinion): yes!
There’s no doubt that daycare providers are amazing people. We trust them to care for, teach, nurture and love our children.
Giving daycare teachers a gift during the holidays is a great way to show how much you appreciate everything they do throughout the year.
Gifts don’t have to be expensive or extravagant. A simple gift card or thoughtful handwritten note are wonderful gifts to show appreciation for your childcare provider during the holiday season.
How Much Should You Spend on a Christmas Gift for Daycare Staff?
The answer to this question should really be based on what you can afford.
In this article from The Washington Post, experts recommend spending about $10-$25 per teacher.
What If You’re Not Sure Your Child’s Teacher Celebrates Christmas?
If you know for a fact your child’s daycare provider celebrates a certain holiday, you can make note of that in the card, if you want.
If you’re not sure what they celebrate or if they even celebrate anything, you can just give a general end-of-the-year gift to say thanks for all they do.
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Here’s a great list of 9 amazing Christmas gift ideas for your child’s daycare teachers.
1. Gift Card
This is probably the easiest and one of the most appreciated presents you can give to your child’s daycare provider.
A $10 or $20 Amazon gift card is a great choice.
Some other excellent ideas for gift cards are:
- Visa gift cards
2. basket of Candy
Last year, along with individual gifts for our child’s main daycare teachers, we also sent a basket full of treats for the other daycare staff and administrators.
This is the perfect Christmas gift when your child has several daycare teachers and you don’t have the budget for individual gifts or don’t want to leave anyone out.
I bought a cute basket like this one and filled it up with individually wrapped candy and other holiday treats.
You might also like: Great Gift Ideas For Multiple Daycare Teachers
3. Daycare Teacher Tote Bag
Why not give your child’s daycare provider a teacher-inspired tote bag as a gift this Christmas?
I love this adorable tote bag that could be used as a work bag or travel tote for your favorite daycare provider.
4. Homemade Gift from Your Child
Your child’s daycare provider will love a homemade gift from your little one, even if it’s just something as simple as a drawing they made.
I worked at a daycare center in college and I took home and hung up every picture any child ever made me.
We made these easy salt dough ornaments for my kids’ daycare providers last year. My daughter painted them herself and chose which one to give to each teacher.
Even if they don’t celebrate Christmas or have a Christmas tree, they could still hang the ornaments up anywhere around the house.
5. Plant Cube
This little plant cube is a cute Christmas gift idea for daycare teachers.
Even if your child’s teacher doesn’t have a green thumb, they won’t have to do much to get this plant to grow.
I love the bright colorful letters and super sweet message.
6. A Book
Is it cliche to give a teacher a book? I don’t really think so!
As a book lover, I feel like you can never go wrong with a thoughtful book as a gift for someone.
Here are a few adorable books that would be perfect Christmas gifts for daycare teachers.
Our Class Is A Family: Daycare teachers develop strong bonds with the kids in their care. They also help the kids bond with each other. Many kids will develop their first friendships during daycare. Your child’s daycare teacher will love this book about how their class is a family.
A Teacher Like You: A heartfelt book about how important teachers are. This book has some great reviews on Amazon with a lot of buyers recommending it as a nice book to give to a teacher.
Dear Teacher: This is a sweet book that expresses appreciation for teachers and all they do. This book also has some great Amazon reviews with many saying the teachers they gifted it to loved it.
7. Personalized Notepad
Childcare educators can use this notepad to send notes home with children or to write themselves a to do list.
I love that it can be personalized with each teacher’s name.
8. Meaningful Figurine
A Willow Tree figurine is always a great gift for any reason.
This Thank You sculpture is an especially adorable and thoughtful gift idea for a daycare teacher this Christmas.
9. Card With Personalized Note
If you want to give your child’s daycare teacher something extra special this Christmas, write a heartfelt note about how much you appreciate them!
Include specific things they do or ways you know they are taking great care of your little one.
Everyone appreciates being told how much they are appreciated!
Final Thoughts on Christmas Gift Ideas for Daycare Teachers
It may sound cliche (sorry), but the best gifts for childcare providers come from the heart.
Daycare teachers will love thoughtful and sentimental gifts from you and your little one.
And if all else fails, you can never go wrong with a gift card!