Summertime is right around the corner, but before you check out of school and check into swim gear, don’t forget to thank those all important teachers in your children’s lives! From MDO all the way up to high school, these teachers work so hard for your kids. So without further adieu, here are my top 10 teacher gifts for this year. And for a special touch, all of these are local Fort Worth businesses!
Does your teacher have a sweet tooth? Rather than hitting the grocery store bakery, take a look at Hurley House. Katherine Sasser and her team can bake some delightfully delicious goodies for your favorite teachers. Two really great $5 options are the Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispie treat (it’s big!) packaged in a clear bag with a bow and nestled in a disposable (but completely reusable) turquoise berry basket. Yummy treat and functional container will be a win for any teacher! Hurley House also has its signature Sparkle Sandwich Cookies packaged in a clear square plastic box, tied with a bow, also for $5. In addition to a goodie, you can add one of its cute green Hurley House gift cards (in any amount) or put together a gift basket with lots of different treats. Check out the Hurley House blog and follow it on Instagram for news of the store front opening!
Want to pamper your teacher with some natural body care products? Olive Tree Body Care has been creating products that are free from paragons, silicones, sulfates, and petroleum since 2011. You can find goodies that will satisfy your teacher, hubby, pets, and babies! Follow it on Facebook and Instagram for info on the latest products and whereabouts.
Does anyone have a male teacher? Well, The Squire Shop is just the place for you to find a special gift. From formal wear to tailgating accessories, The Squire Shop has been outfitting and accessorizing men since 1994. If you head over there right now, you will find the cutest embroidered koozies and keychains and a great selection of hats, socks, and ties all for under $40.
Looking for something one of a kind? Check out Hale House on Camp Bowie Blvd. Here you can shop unique jewelry, totes, stationary, coffee mugs, and more. Hale House is clever mix of vintage-finds and fresh new trends for your teacher’s home, wardrobe, and soul.
With summer approaching who wouldn’t love a car wash? A University Car Wash gift card would be a fun, outside-of-the-box surprise for any teacher. Recently, this location changed management (and names) and have been getting all kinds of praise around town. From a simple car wash all the way up to car details, University Car Wash can accommodate any make or model. They also have the cutest gift shop for you to browse while you wait, yummy expresso to sip, and, if you happen to be there on a Saturday, you will probably run into a pop-up shop. Follow the car wash on Facebook and Instagram and you will find out what local Fort Worth businesses it is hosting each Saturday.
Have you heard about air plants? Untangled creates living art with air plants and succulents making handcrafted products with minimal upkeep. What better way to spruce up your teachers classroom than with a plant that just needs mist every few days? Sounds right up any teacher (or mom’s) alley! Check out Jody’s shop on Instagram or Facebook for products as unique as the plants and materials themselves.
What teacher doesn’t love coffee and kolaches? Pearl Snap Kolaches combines both in a beautiful way! The shop has a really awesome vanilla latte that rivals any brand name coffee place. And its kolaches will having you reminiscing about your stop in West, Texas. Just recently it started featuring live music on Sundays and a Kolache Burger for lunch. They are open early so any teacher close-by can swing in for a morning treat with a gift card from you.
Do you REALLY want to pamper your teacher? Look no further than the Woodhouse Day Spa. These spas are locally owned and operated and provide anyone with a truly spa (and magical) experience. Pick up a gift card for any amount, choose a specific service, or just browse the gift shop. The spa has some yummy lotions and potions that will please any tired teacher. Follow it on Facebook and Instagram for upcoming specials and events.
Right across the shopping center from Woodhouse you will find the newly opened Drybar. Talk about an awesome experience! I have already been twice, and it is fabulous! Think back to your grandmother who went to the beauty parlor every week to have her hair curled and set. Now add some hairdryers, modern day products, super cute styles, and a mimosa and you have the DryBar. You can gift your teacher a Blow Out (style of her choice) for just $40 or give a gift card in any amount. Your teacher can book online, and DryBar is open as early as 7:00 a.m. on weekdays for convenience.