Gift cards and personalized notes are two good choices for daycare teachers. Avoid dust-collecting trinkets that have no practical use when considering what to purchase.
Like traditional teachers, daycare teachers might be used to receiving a lot of decorative gifts that end up collecting dust, so choosing something practical is a better option. Gift cards are one of the better choices since teachers can use them to purchase exactly what they need for the classroom or for themselves. A gift card to a popular restaurant or a relaxing day spa is a good alternative to a card for school supplies. Gift cards with expiration dates and fees should be avoided.
Notes and handwritten cards with personalized information inside are simple and take up little space. References to specific encounters or memorable events make the card stand out and add meaning to the gift. Drawings made by the child are a great addition to personalized notes. Homemade sweet treats are another option.
Other practical gift ideas include organizers, tote bags and desk accessories that the teacher can use regularly. Replacing old, worn-out materials with fresh, sturdy ones makes it possible for the teacher to get brand-new items without spending personal money.