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When the last week of school before winter break rolls around, so do the gifts! (Unless you’re a high school teacher, in which case getting gifts at Christmas is about as common as a student putting an apple on your desk in the morning.) As every seasoned teacher knows, there are some families that knock it out of the park with their teacher gifts, while some strike out in spectacular ways. Read on to find the best and worst teacher gifts out there… and maybe if you’re sneaky, you can find a way to share this with your classes ;)

1. You wanted:

A nice bottle of wine

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You got:

An assortment of teas

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This is not the beverage you were planning on drinking throughout the holidays.

2. You wanted:

A gift card to your favorite restaurant

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You got:

Some questionable-looking baked goods

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You’ve seen your students’ personal hygiene up close and you’re not sure it translates to baked goods.

3. You wanted:

A spa day

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Hello, Swedish massage!

You got:

A scented candle

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Just what I needed – a scented candle! Said no one ever.

4. You wanted:

A gift card for movie tickets and popcorn

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Christmas movie season, here I come!

You got:

A framed picture of your student

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I’m supposed to put this where?

5. You wanted:

A Visa gift card

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Show me the money! Have you seen a teacher paycheck?

You got:

Anything regifted.

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The gift tag that said “Love, Grandma” was a dead giveaway.

6. You wanted:

A pizza delivered to make that last day before winter break that much sweeter.

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We’re teachers… when in doubt, give us food.

You got:

A plastic apple that says “World’s Greatest Teacher.”

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Where do we begin?

7. You wanted:

A coffee subscription.

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The nectar of the gods.

You got:

Another mug to add to the collection.

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I’ll just put it in the cabinet with my other 53 mugs.

8. You wanted:

Some new sweats (aka your winter break uniform).

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Welcome to a week of comfy clothes and elastic waistbands!

You got:

Underwear.

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Mmm, can you say inappropriate?

9. You wanted:

A new tote bag

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Because we go through bags like they’re Skittles… have you seen how much a teacher can fit in their tote?

You got:

A scarf

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The perfect gift for any shapeless human you don’t want to offend with a sized article of clothing.

10. You wanted:

A bag of (insert-your-favorite-candy-here) bars.

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It’s the holidays – screw it!

You got:

A fruit cake.

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Get in your Delorean back to 1955 and take your fruitcake with you!

The moral of the story? When you don’t know what to get a teacher, there’s one surefire win:

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No one ever got mad about a gift card!

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