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12 end-of-year teacher gifts (that they actually want!)

Say "thank you" with a thoughtful gift your kid's teacher will actually use. Hint: It's not a mug.

12 end-of-year teacher gifts (that they actually want!)

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End-of-year teacher gifts (that they actually want!)

Fancy candles

It’s. Finally. Summer! A nice candle goes well with that bottle of wine that someone else’s mom is picking up for teacher. These soy-based candles are made in Canada and come in a variety of scents like french lavender and freshly cut grass. They’re all so good, buy one for yourself, too. Starting at $16, redskycandles.com

12 end-of-year teacher gifts (that they actually want!)Photo: Red Sky Candles

Gourmet candy

Hi, have you met Squish candies yet? Wth vegan and gluten-free options, these soft little gummies are a real good time. Thank You mix, $14, squishcandies.com

12 end-of-year teacher gifts (that they actually want!)Photo: Squish Candies

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Artisanal bath salts

A long year of teaching is worthy of a good soak. We love the pretty packaging, chunky salts and amazing scents of Alberta-based Rocky Mountain Soap Company. Starting at $6, rockymountainsoap.com

12 end-of-year teacher gifts (that they actually want!)Photo: Rocky Mountain Soap Company

Movie passes

Gift your teacher some movie passes so he can live his best life outside of school in an air-conditioned auditorium catching the summer’s hottest flicks. Prices vary, cineplex.com

two Cineplex movie passesPhoto: Cineplex

Terrarium

A DIY terrarium is an easy way to enlist your tiny pupil in the gift-making process. Our version has cute little gnomes, yours doesn’t have to. Get the instructions here

three terrariums with little gnomes on top

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Books! All the books!

It’s no secret that many teachers spend their hard-earned money on classroom supplies. Donate books to the class library. Go one step further to personalize the gift by having your child hand-pick the book (based on what the classroom lacks) and then write a sweet dedication on the inside flap. Get inspired with our list of the 100 best Canadian kids’ books of all time

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Summery tea

If you notice your tot’s teacher swigging a hot cup of tea regularly, a packet of fancy leaves fit for summer sipping will be a welcome gift. Coffee drinker? Grab a bag of beans from your local coffee shop. The Splash Collection Tea singles, $25, davidstea.com

12 end-of-year teacher gifts (that they actually want!)Photo: David's Tea

Emoji post-it notes

Help your kid’s teacher take his marking into the 21st century with these post-it notes. You’ll know your little one got an A+ if she comes home with a heart eyes post-it note. 

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Gift Cards

We suggest bestowing teachers with a gift card to places they can buy themselves a treat, or pick up school supplies for the classroom. A card to Starbucks or Tim Hortons is great for the caffeine-obsessed. If you feel comfortable, a gift card to the LCBO can make for a much appreciated end-of-year gift for those tired teachers!

12 end-of-year teacher gifts (that they actually want!)

Make a donation

Look for a charity that’s close to the teacher’s heart or one that provides supplies to low-income schools. Sometimes the need is close to home; ask your child’s teacher if there’s a family in the class that’s in need of a helping hand.

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School supplies

Many teachers love gifts they can share with future classes. Plus, they won’t have to worry about stocking up come September.

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Handmade Card

You don’t have to get fancy, just write something heartfelt. Teachers love feeling appreciated. Have your little one construct a card and write something special. You can add your own blurb of thanks, too.

little girl holding a handmade card with heart and a pink tulipPhoto: iStockphoto

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