The lights are sparkling, and the calendar is full of holiday activities. Wish lists have been written and it is time tackle the shopping. Don’t forget holiday gifts for teachers! Like many of you, I am incredibly grateful for my children’s teachers and the holidays present an opportunity to show them how appreciated they are. When shopping for teacher gifts, I try to find something that would elevate the upcoming winter vacation, making it more indulgent and relaxing. I also make an effort to have a local component to support our Cape small businesses.

Here are some gift ideas to get you checking off at least one person on your list:

Homemade drawings, notes & ornaments:

As an educator, the gifts I value most are the artwork from kids and handwritten notes from their families. I save it all. I also love having a tree infused with homemade ornaments from my students over the years. If you do not have the budget for a lot of extras, something homemade and a thoughtful note are perfect. If you are able add a purchased gift still include the note or homemade component because they truly are the best.

Scargo Pottery mug:

There is nothing cozier then snuggling up with a cup of coffee in a Scargo Pottery mug. Nothing. The glazing on these mugs is perfection and would look amazing in anyone’s cabinet. Enjoy exploring their open air pottery studio, tucked in the woods near Scargo Lake. Watch their social media for their holiday open house when they give away mini pottery cups that are great for sipping eggnog or espresso.

T.Jazelle bracelet:

This company is all about spreading positivity. Each charm & stone have a distinct meaning and arrive beautifully packaged with a card that explains the message behind the piece. I gave their teacher bracelet to my son’s preschool teachers last year and it was a hit. These affirmation bracelets or a bracelet from their holiday designs are also great options. Tiffany does a lot of sales and promos during the holidays so be sure to watch the website for special offers.

Farm & Sea products:

I was introduced to Farm & Sea by one of my best friends last fall during a girls trip to Portsmouth, NH. I ventured into their store and came out with a bag full of gifts. The products are locally sourced, small batch home and body fragrances made from high quality ingredients. My favorites are their candles (obsessed with winter cabin) and beach girl lotion. You can order online from the company, which is based out of Amesbury, MA. Some cape gift shops such Seaside Design and Fisherman’s Daughter carry the line.

Homemade candy:

If you are looking to get a smaller gift, you can not beat the homemade candy at Hot Chocolate Sparrow. Their sampler and peppermint patties are my go-tos. While you are there, treat yourself to the best hot chocolate around.

Clipboard with a gift card:

A more functional idea is to get a clipboard and clip a gift card to it. I have my eye on this one from Lilly Pulitzer. I would attach a gift card to one of of my favorite local coffee shops like Nirvana, or Snowy Owl.


A manicure gift card to Cape Cod Nail Company would be a such a fun treat. Throw in one of their signature polishes that are vegan, “9 free,” made in the USA and have customized Cape names.


Grab some elevated stationary. Wish Gift Company and Sativa both have a variety of options. This buoy notepad, this to do list and these little notes top my list.

Hot sauce from Light House Keepers Pantry:

Light House Keepers Pantry makes four varieties of hot sauce with a cape twist: Cranberry lime, Cherry Pepper, Jalapeno and Habanero. These are delicious to serve with breakfast sandwiches, burgers, oysters… You name it. They also offer a mini sampler, which I will definitely be gifting this year.

Candy cane earrings from Holst+Lee:

If you are shopping for a teacher with a little more flair these candy cane earrings add some sass without reaching ugly Christmas sweater level. These are not local but are from a small business out of Charleston, SC. They were simply too festive to exclude.

Tata Harper 5-minute facial:

This set includes a Tata Harper mini regenerating cleanser and resurfacing mask. The resurfacing mask is my favorite mask of all time and gives some serious glow. It would be ideal to use before a holiday party or special event. To add a local touch I would include some cozy socks or a gift card to a bookstore.

Happy Holidays! Share your gift picks by tagging @CapeCodMoms and @leahmrockwell! We can’t wait to see how you bless your teachers!

Leah Rockwell
Born and raised on Cape Cod Leah Rockwell grew up with a love for the ocean. She has always found the kid table the most interesting place to be and knew from a young age she wanted to pursue a career working with children. After studying child development at Bates College she moved to Boston where she received her Masters and CAGS degrees in school psychology from Tufts University. Since 2005 she has practiced school psychology. When she isn’t counseling and writing evaluations, you can find her trying to convince her own kids to play soccer. Leah resides on the Cape with her husband and two very energetic sons.



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