As a former room mother and the wife of a high school band director, I can tell you… teachers do not get enough recognition for what they do. But often, buying gifts for a male teacher can be hard.
But what do you get for your child’s teacher… especially if that teacher is a man?
Well, since I am married to one… How about a list?
Great Gift Ideas for Male Teachers
Not the fru-fru flavors but the strong stuff:
Works well with the Joe mentioned above and you can personalize it with a photo of the class or make it match the subject he teaches.
Mixed nuts, summer sausage… you know… GUY food.
Restaurant Gift Cards
I know that a lot of people hate to give Restaurant Gift Cards but it really is a gift that gives twice… once in a card and once as a night out with the spouse.
Again, this is a gift that gives twice because on a teacher’s budget, nights out do not come often enough. Visit Fandango to purchase gift cards<?a> and you can even choose to have them emailed.
Retail Gift Cards
My husband would freak out over a gift card to Best Buy or iTunes!
Masculine Pen Sets
Teachers always need pens and a manly ballpoint pen could get you bonus credit.
Creative Candy Gifts
Like the ones where the candy fits into the message. “Despite all the ‘Snickers,’ you are the best teacher in the ‘Milky Way.'”
If nothing here strikes your fancy, consider the teacher’s specialty. For instance, my husband is a band director because he loves music, especially jazz. So, a biographies of popular jazz musicians would be a great idea.
BAD Gift Ideas for Male Teachers
Now, there are things that are just not a good idea… EVER!
- Wall art ~ Unless it is something for the teacher’s office. (No offense intended to those who picked out the lovely, 2 foot tall, metal microphone we received last Christmas.)
- Girly gifts ~ Candles, picture frames, etc.
- Fru-fru crafts ~ Like the girly gifts above
- Cash ~ Can you say, “Bribe?”
- Clothing ~ Yes, this includes ties
Need more ideas? Check out my Gift Ideas board on Pinterest.