Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Gift Preferences Poll

The results from our Teacher Gift Preferences Poll are in! A big thank you to all the teachers and parents who participated. You can read the results below to find out which holiday gifts teachers preferred most, how much is appropriate to spend on gift for a teacher, and more. If you haven’t yet participated in the poll, you can still submit your votes below, or use the comment form at the bottom of the page to add your thoughts. Thank you!Quick links for those looking for gift ideas:


Poll Results: What do teachers really think about holiday gifts?


1. Teachers, which gift(s) would you most like to receive this year?

Most teachers would prefer to receive gift cards, books/ music, or classroom supplies.

Most teachers would prefer to receive gift cards, books/ music, or classroom supplies.

  • Gift Cards/ Gift Certificates – 35.84%
  • Books or Music – 15.9%
  • Classroom Supplies – 14.45%
  • Food/ chocolate/ coffee – 11.56%
  • Candles or lotions – 5.78%
  • Ornaments or decorative items – 4.05%
  • Coffee mug – 2.6%
  • Homemade crafts – 5.2%
  • Other answer… – 4.62%

2. Teachers, which gift(s) would you rather not receive?

Teachers say: please don't give us any more coffee mugs, decorative items (especially apples!), and candles or lotions.

Teachers say: please don\’t give us any more coffee mugs, decorative items (especially apples!), and candles or lotions.

  • Coffee mug – 21.96%
  • Ornaments or decorative items – 19.93%
  • Candles or lotions – 19.26%
  • Homemade crafts – 13.18%
  • Food/ chocolate/ coffee – 8.11%
  • Anything is fine! – 6.42%
  • Other answer… – 2.7%
  • Classroom supplies – 4.73%
  • Books or music – 2.03%
  • Gift cards/ Gift certificates – 1.69%

3. Teachers, what do you feel is an appropriate amount to spend on a gift for a teacher?

Teachers want you to know: it's not how much you spend that matters most!

Teachers want you to know: it\’s not how much you spend that matters most!

  • Up to $15 – 45.97%
  • Any amount is fine – 20.97%
  • Up to $30 – 21.77%
  • Less than $5 – 8.06%
  • Up to $50 – 3.23%

Poll Results: What do parents think about holiday gifts?


1. Parents, which gift will you most likely give this year?

Many parents choose gift cards, but a large number still give overdone gifts like coffee mugs, ornaments, or crafts.

Many parents choose gift cards, but a large number still give overdone gifts like coffee mugs, ornaments, or crafts.

  • Gift cards/ Gift certificates – 35.2%
  • Homemade crafts – 21.12%
  • Ornaments or decorative items – 14%.03
  • Coffee mug – 10.1%
  • Food/ chocolate/ coffee – 10.11%
  • Books or music – 7.31%
  • Classroom supplies – 3.07%
  • Candles or lotions – 0.82%

2. Parents, what do you feel is an appropriate amount to spend on a gift for a teacher?

Most parents are much more generous than teachers expect them to be.

Most parents are much more generous than teachers expect them to be.

  • Up to $30 – 38.84%
  • Up to $15 – 34.38%
  • Any amount is fine – 9.82%
  • Up to $50 – 10.71%
  • Less than $5 – 6.25%

Share Your Thoughts:

ChristmasGiftsforTeachers.com is doing a poll to find out what is the most wished-for gift among teachers this year. If you are a teacher, please complete the 3 poll questions under the teacher section below. Parents, you can participate too: please complete the 2 poll questions under the parent section.

Gift Poll for TEACHERS


Gift Poll for PARENTS

Thank you for participating in our gift preferences poll! If you’d like to hear more what teachers think about the gifts that they’re given, please read my advice on choosing a gift for teachers, or check out my list of suggested gifts for teachers (with teacher comments!).

Interested in more great sources of Christmas gift ideas? I’ve found the following sites helpful in my quest to give the perfect gift to everyone on my list, and I hope you will too!


Happy holidays!

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December 15, 2009

What a great site – I couldn’t agree with you more. I just put together a list of ways to personalize gift cards for teachers–so they can buy what it is they want but the parent and child still get a chance to express heartfelt appreciation. Here are some of my suggestions if you’re interested:

- Apple for the teacher? Get an Applebee’s gift card instead. Or get a gift card for another restaurant and attach it to Trader Joe’s apple butter, apple sauce, or Scrabble Apple game.
- Getting hand sanitizer or mittens or a good oven mitt- attach a gift card with the note, ‘Thanks for the helping hand.”
- You Rock! Add an iTunes gift card to a Symphony candy bar, rock candy, or Pop Rocks. Write, “You Rock!” on the note.
- XTreme. I’m extremely grateful for all the time and effort teachers give my kids. A gift card to Starbucks or a favorite lunch place attached to Xtreme candy plus a note of “Xtreme” thanks would be appreciated. “I’m Xtremely happy you are my child’s teacher.”
- Smarties. There are a ton of “Smart” food products out – Smart water, Smart food, Smarties. Add a gift card to a bag a Smarties with the note, “Thanks for all you do to teach our children” would be a smart move.

I could go on…but I think you get it. Gift cards can be viewed as impersonal. But with something as little as a candy bar, a homemade bookmark, or a recipe – any gift card can be turned into a thoughtful gift.


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