Five Affordable and Thoughtful Back-to-School Gifts for Teachers

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Posted on 09/17/2009

They mold the minds of future generations. They educate society’s most precious resource. They put up with whiney kids for eight hours a day. Let’s face it, teachers deal with a lot. An affordable and thoughtful back-to-school gift may not make up for all of it, but at least it will let them know you care. Here are five ideas (and for extra savings on your gift for teacher, check out the deals at the Ben's Bargains Back to School Coupons page!).

Cute Desk Accessories - Avoid the apple cliché. Instead opt for this fun magnetic birdie from SeeJaneWork.com. It will keep paperclips close and since it chirps when you take one off or put one on, students won’t be able to get away with stealing them. It’s a creative and useful gift for only $16.

Lesson Planner and Record Book -
Teachers must be organized. Help them start the year off right with the Teacher’s Lesson Planner and Record Book from Barnes and Noble. It’s the perfect tool for hectic school schedules. And at just $12.95 you can afford to throw in a Barnes and Noble gift card too, so the teacher can relax over a good book and a cup of coffee!

Personalized Notebook - Head over to Jenni Bick Bookbinding to get teacher a customized classic black moleskine notebook. For less than $25 you’ll have a thoughtful, luxurious looking gift that just about anyone would treasure.

Free Fun - It’s no secret that teachers don’t earn the kind of salary they deserve. Give them some free fun with movie passes, a gift card to a great restaurant or tickets to a local theater. They’ll appreciate the chance to relax after the first week or two of school.

Something Green - Students may get to enjoy recess, but teachers typically don’t. Give your child’s teacher something green for their classroom since they’re stuck in there most of the school day. This potted aloe plant from Crate and Barrel has a clean, modern look and the best thing about it—no green thumb required since it’s not actually real. Plus, it’s just $14.95, which is a small price to pay to show someone you appreciate their hard work.

By Alison Storm

Borders coupons - Save 25% on one item online with coupon code SLK6573H. Expires today, 09/17/2009. And don't forget the rest of the bargains at the Ultimate Coupons' Back-to-School Sales page!

The Great Indoors - Find a nice candle or figurine for teacher's desk at The Great Indoors, where all Halloween and harvest decor is discounted 25% through 10/10/2009.

* Hot deals expire quickly. This deal may no longer be valid.

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