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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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teachers & coachesIt’s that time of the season to shop for all the special people on our shopping list, and let’s not forget all those special teachers and coaches out there!

The gifts below have different price points so depending on how much you want to spend and how many teachers and coaches you have to shop for, you can choose a gift that suits best.

Top 10 Gift Ideas:

winter candy apple soap

Bath & Body Works Soap

Price: (5) Handsoaps for $15 + More

Soaps, lotions, and shower gels are great options for teachers, plus you can mix and match the items to make a cute gift basket for the holidays.

yankee candle deal

Yankee Candle Large 22 oz. Jar Candle

Price: $23.20

Yankee Candles or really any type of candle is a fun gift for a teacher to use at home to unwind from a day with all of the kids.  Plus the holiday scents sure do smell good!  Watch for great coupon offers to get these half priced!

heidi branches

Heidi Branches & Tree Scarf

Price: $10.95 (reg. $19.95)

Here is a Cents of Style Scarf that could go well with all kinds of outfits. Any lightweight scarf could come in handy, but right now you can get this scarf for an exclusive price of $10.95 when you use coupon code BIRD thru 11/27.

poinsettia plant

Premium Poinsettia Plant

Price: $7.99

You can never go wrong with a plant! This can look great in a coach or teacher’s office or home and a perfect way to decorate for the season.

silver teardrop

Silver Pleated Teardrop Necklace

Price: $12.99

A necklace or some kind of jewelry is a nice gift or if you enjoy beading, you can make your own jewelry.

gift card

Barnes & Noble Giftcard

Price: You Decide

If anyone deserves a Barnes & Noble gift card, it’s a teacher.  If you’re buying for a coach, you can’t go wrong with a gift card to a sporting goods store.  Don’t worry about spending a ton of money and get a $5 Starbucks gift cards to put in with another small item.

picture frame

Threshold Picture Frame

Price: $12.99

Choose a picture frame that fits the personality of who you are buying for! It’s always fun to have a new frame to display all your favorite memories.

contingo extreme mug

Contingo Extreme Mug

Price: $16.99

Coaches and teachers are always bringing beverages on the go and a travel mug or insulated cup can come in handy.



Gifts in a Jar

Price: Varies on price of supplies

Grab a mason jar or airtight jar and fill with all kinds of ingredients! Pinterest is full of ideas including homeade cocoa mix, cookie mix, homeade granola, body scrub and more.

    • Becky

      My husband is a teacher, and I can tell you that gift cards at Christmas are the ABSOLUTE BEST!!! Any denomination is great!

    • dbphunter

      Since I am a teacher, I will also tell you that gift cards are absolutely the best way to go. I really don’t get many gifts at all, since we have a high population of free or reduced lunch, but even a heartfelt, hand-made card can be a lift to a tired teacher’s spirits.

    • liz

      As a teacher, I do not want any of that crap. I would much rather have a small gift card or just a card letting me know I am appreciated.

      • Blessedinsc


      • Mike

        I agree with you

      • Sallie

        I am a teacher, and I always love the homemade gifts that students give to me! I don’t know many teachers that DON’T appreciate the homemade gifts!! And I love seeing the happy faces on the children when they give their gifts to me…..that is absolutely another gift!

      • Average Parent

        Liz, your insensitive comment is crap. Sad actually. I always try and show appreciation for my children’s teachers, in big ways and small. My children and I would be hurt to think any of their teachers would consider our gifts as crap.

      • traci0322

        How about using some of those candles and soaps and beautiful plants to re-gift as hostess gifts throughout the season? Or to donate to a Seniors’ home? The 18th candle you get can be annoying, I’m sure, but it might help you be able to give to others without spending out of pocket. Also– the word crap is offensive to the parents of your students… Perhaps you would rather they do nothing for you at all…

      • KAM

        So you don’t like gifts, but your communication and language skills are atrocious. What you really need for yourself is a class on communication and empathy skills for the students you teach. I hate also say it but you also sound very hostile so you might want to also look into anger management counseling. that would be a great gift from you to your peers, your students, your students parents and yourself

    • Mike

      I would HOPE no ones buys Barnes and Noble gift card especially with them closing their stores in South Carolina it will not be long before most all are closed

    • Christy

      I’m a teacher, and I think that any of these look great. What lifts the heart of a teacher is just the idea that someone took time to think of them. Pricey gifts aren’t important, but clutter isn’t much fun to get either.

    • Mel

      Please consider a donation in the teacher’s name to a worthy charity. There is so much need at this time with recent disasters and on-going situations the world over. I would much rather have someone who is in need benefit from someone’s thinking of me than have the giver fret over what to give me. While I have always appreciated anything a student has given me, I don’t need mugs, candles, candy, bath products, etc. There are too many people and animals in dire need and those few dollars could help meet someone’s needs.

    • sister of the teach

      My sister is a teacher and I’d say that the best gift she could get would be having a parent say “thank you” for teaching their child and maybe having a parent volunteer to help out do something. Or, for those parents to sit down with their child/children and work with them on their homework as needed to be sure that it is done and done properly. She appreciates the gifts that she is given but would really rather the kids got the help at home that they need. Some parents are good at it but many, unfortunately, fall far short of the mark.

    • jenny

      I am a teacher and sadly am allergic to scented things and chocolate. I know that some people don’t think gift cards are personal but they are greatly appreciated. But one gift that I received that was cool was a plastic bowl with a couple packages of microwave popcorn and a few cans of soda. It also included a Blockbuster gift card which of course is not avaliable anymore but it was a nice little movie night gift.

      • mrs b

        You can buy redbox rentals in sets of 5 and 10–and print the card out, so same idea would still work!

    • Kim

      I am room mom for my 3rd grader and my 5th grader classes i told the parents at the beginning of the year that IF THEY WANTED TO, they could pick up a gift card at some point, any $ amount and any time they had some ‘extra’ money in their budget, and at the winter party I’d bring in a wreath with a pretty bow and they or their child could attach the gift card to the wreath. Also, at the beginning of the year, I supplied them with a teacher favorite list and they could use that for ideas for teacher gifts…if they wanted to.

      So, at the end of the party, we’ll present the teacher with the gift card wreath and any other gifts that people may bring in. I also suggested they have their child make a heart felt card for the teacher.

    • Patricia

      I wanted to pickup my son a gift card for his wonderful teacher but I am new at this and I am not sure what amount is appropriate.
      Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

      • April Stroud Roberts

        Something low in amount—seriously, like $5 or $10 is more than sufficient. That amount goes a long way at a Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or another coffee/tea/bagel place.

        • Becky

          I agree! When my husband (who teaches) brings me home (from a student) even a $5 Panera card he sees my whole face light up! He works 14-15 hours a day through the winter season teaching and coaching basketball, so those little gift cards at Christmas do a lot to lift all of our spirits! He also loves the food gifts, but those never make it home! Ha ha!

    • Lisa

      I’m a teacher and gift cards are awesome. But really, any gift is much appreciated. Knowing that someone took time to show they appreciate me is gift enough. Even a simple Thank You card is awesome.

    • Heather

      As a teacher, I prefer homemade gifts and gift cards. I have many allergies, so lotions, candles and some food stuffs I just can’t use. But also something for the classroom, like a good book or office supplies like pretty file folders or binder clips, is also an excellent gift.

    • mrs b

      Another suggestion? So many teachers have to buy their own supplies–and couponers know how to get the bargains. So, a gift of the things the class can use would help stretch the teacher’s paycheck further. That in itself is a gift!

      • mrs b

        Also, many classrooms can use books. Try hitting up a friends of the library sale or Amazon used books (like new) to add to the collection.
        Or one of the great magazine specials that Jenny has been posting–great way to unwind and lasts longer than a coffee or two.

    • Melissa Gresham

      This is such a sweet post! As a teacher, I thank you for thinking of us. I am touched by any gift that I receive. I know that times are tough. My favorite tokens of appreciation are handwritten letters or cards. I keep them all!

    • Nick

      So…uh…what about us male teachers?

    • April Stroud Roberts

      Hey! Teacher here! Thanks for thinking of us. Don’t break the bank because it is truly the thought that counts. 99% of my students are poor by any economic or societal orstandard, and it’s been years since I got teacher gifts, but that is absolutely okay. If you have money to spare, and you decide to buy, stick to the consumables: bag of coffee or box of tea, hand soap, pad of cute paper, or a Hershey bar. Anything looks good with a red ribbon on it. :)

    • A thank you card is priceless…. it is not an easy time to be a teacher, especially in NC. We appreciate it soooo much!

    • kcp

      As most teachers on here have stated, the best route to go is the gift card with a sweet thank you note.