PreK Teacher Goes Viral for Showing Parents What Educators *Really* Want This Holiday Season

Please no mugs

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If you’re stumped on what to get your children’s teachers for the holidays, you’ve come to the right place. 

In a new video posted on the official @Moms TikTok account, we enlisted a PreK teacher to give honest feedback about what educators really want to receive as a gift from their students (and what they don’t).

In the video (which has been viewed over 1.6 million times), the teacher explains that the most over-gifted items are mugs. “Teachers don’t actually want another mug this holiday season," she says. “Here are some of my favorite gifts I’ve received in the last eight years of teaching.”

Instead of a mug, she suggests gifting something more unique, like Personalized Teacher Bracelets ($15). She also appreciates “any gift that makes me laugh, like this candle that says ‘Thanks for putting up with my kid.’” (We found it for $13 at Amazon.)

Other options include plants, like this Terrarium with Wooden Stand ($20), because they are the “gifts that keep on growing, and I can remember them from year to year.”

You can also opt for functional objects that double as classroom decor, like a Pencil Desktop Pen Organizer ($13). Or if you want to play it safe, teachers can always use school supplies, like Colored Dry Erase Markers ($9) or a Personalized Ballpoint Pen ($19).

Last but not least, gift cards. “Teachers also love gift cards of any kind—especially coffee ones,” she adds. 

Happy shopping!


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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...