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10 END OF YEAR TEACHER GIFT CARDS {IN A DISTANCE LEARNING YEAR}

It has been a challenging school year for students, teachers, schools and administrators and teachers deserve a reward for the adjustments

It’s that time of year again. Schools systems are closing and families may be looking for options for gifting their child(ren)’s teacher(s) for a job well done navigating an unprecedented situation.

A lot of parents decided to opt for the 100% virtual option all year and some didn’t have the option of choosing and they may not have a chance to go into school to hand the teacher a nice gift

That’s where gift cards com in handy!

Fortunately, we live in the era when e-gift cards and virtual gifting is now a very regular thing!

I’ve curated a list of nine stores that offer amazing virtual gifts you can simply email your child’s teacher:

starbucks gift card

Starbucks e-Gift Card

With the digital Starbucks card, your child’s teacher will get a code that she or he can add to her/his mobile device and order enough hot cocoa to sip and chill all Winter break long, depending on how much of a cocoa fan s/he is.


sugarwish gift card

Sugarwish

Send your fave teacher the gift of a sugar rush this Holiday season with the popular Sugarwish treats delivery service. Send him or her an invite to choose their favorite flavors of candy, cookies or popcorn and it will get delivered to them. Prices start at $19.98.


sephonra gift card

Sephora

Who doesn’t love the gift of self care and pampering? With an e-Gift card from the beauty store, Sephora, you can send a present in any denomination.


audible gift card

Audible

When keeping up with lessons plan doesn’t allow time to dig into that new book she or he wants to read, Audible books are the next best thing. A month free listens provides access to thousands of books, podcasts and Audible original content. Prices start at $15.00 for one month.


uncommon goods egift

Uncommon Goods eGift

An uncommonly good gift for any occasion, a gift certificate lets them pick from hundreds of unique gifts.


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Netflix

Since we all will be home anyway this Winter, your child’s teacher can catch up and binge watch all those TV shows trachers missed during the semester! A Netflix membership for a month or two will do it!


amazon gift card

Amazon

They have it all so you cannot go wrong with an Amazon.com e gift card.


Ban.do

Ban.do is that place where you can find the quirkiest of gifts and its $20 Gift Shop is filled with a fun ecclectic mix of little gifts that will put a smile on your teacher’s face!


Etsy

Etsy is a marketplace for personalized gifts, and everything in between and is a beloved place your teacher can get lost at while looking for something for her or himself! There’s so much fun on Etsy!


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42 Affordable Mother’s Day Gifts That She’ll Actually Want

Coming up with the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea can be tricky, especially if you’re on a budget. How can you tell your mom or maternal figure in your life how much she means to you without breaking the bank? If you’re a crafty type, then you can always make a DIY Mother’s Day gift that she’s sure to love. There are also plenty of free Mother’s Day gifts that are guaranteed to put a smile on her face. But if you’re looking to purchase a present, then there are plenty of cheap Mother’s Day gifts out there that look anything but cheap. Whatever your budget, you have options that your favorite lady will definitely appreciate (and, better yet, that she’ll actually use).

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27 Mother’s Day food gifts perfect for any mom

Have a food-loving mom in your life? Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift for a foodie can be a challenge. What do you get for the mom who loves being in the kitchen whipping up new treats for the family without it seeming like you just ran to Target and bought the first thing you saw in the kitchen aisle?

From culinary experiences to the latest kitchen tools, the Shop TODAY team has rounded up 27 perfect gifts for the foodie mom in your life.

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32 unique Mother’s Day gifts 2020

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to get started on your search for the perfect gifts to celebrate the amazing women in your life. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, your aunt, your grandma or any motherly figure in-between, your gift doesn’t have to be over-the-top to let them know just how much you appreciate them (though let’s be honest, they deserve the world).

From the ultimate beauty set for the mom who loves to indulge in self-care to a bracelet customized with your own handwritten message, we found some cool Mother’s Day gifts that she’ll be sure to love.

Read on for some special Mother’s Day gifts that should be on your radar this year.

60 Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That Are as Unique and Thoughtful.

Mother’s Day is the occasion to show your mom — biological or otherwise — how much you appreciate her and all that she does for you, your siblings and everyone else in her life. But when the holiday comes, it may feel next-to-impossible to find a Mother’s Day gift that properly expresses your love and appreciation. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at these unique Mother’s Day gift ideas, ranging from cheap to luxe, to surprise and delight your favorite lady this year. This list is full of the best gifts for all kinds of moms: the one who relies on you to share what’s new in beauty, the one who is always trying out new DIY projects and the one who wears her heart on her sleeve. While some of these picks are better suited to be given by sons and daughters, all of them can work for grandmasmother-in-lawsauntsstepmoms and godmothers, too.

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The 25 Best Baby Shower Gifts for Lucky New Moms and Dads

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When it comes to baby showers, the shower games are easy to plan.

The party — either an in-person affair or a virtual shower — is a snap. But the gift? Well, that’s something else entirely. The Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) can help. The parenting experts and engineers in the GHI Little Lab test baby gear throughout the year, so they know what items are worth the investment.

It’s a safe bet that the big-ticket products — the best car seats and strollers and cribs — will be spelled out on some sort of baby registry or list, since parents need to figure out what brands work best for them and what features they require based on their personal needs. But when it comes to the nice-to-haves as opposed to the need-to-haves, the sky’s the limit.

Here is some of the GHI’s best-rated gear, along with fun best-sellers and little items you can add to a wishing well. Pick one up for your shower gift, and the parents will definitely thank you later. (And forgive them if they do so in a 5 am text, since they’ll be up for those early-morning feeds.) And, after the baby finally arrives, be sure to check back to see some of the Institute’s favorite baby gifts, too.

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Personalized lovely

Personalized Lovey

$23.00

If you know the baby’s name already, you can buy a snuggly friend that is uniquely his or hers. The blanket-style lovey doll comes in many different animals, and you can also specify the font and thread color.
Once upon a world collection

Once Upon a World Collection

$35.99

It’s never too early to start building a baby’s library. This collection features board books with four favorite fairy tales — RapunzelSnow WhiteCinderella and The Princess and the Pea — each drawn in a style from a different country, including Japan, Mexico, India and Russia.
New Born rattle

Newborn Rattles

$38.00

Show the parents that you’ve got great taste (pun intended) with these adorable food-themed rattles. Each one is hand-knit in Peru from organic cotton. This shop has other themed rattle sets, too, including sports equipment, fair food and New York City.

50 Fun and Unique Gifts that Teens Actually Want to Receive

Teens are a daunting demographic to buy for. They’re often the first people clued into the newest products and cultural phenomena that you’re probably not as aware of — but they also don’t have the deep pockets to get everything they want for themselves. Thankfully, that leaves plenty of opportunities open for you.

Here are our faves!

Reusable straws

Help teens do their part to keep single-use plastics out of trash bins, landfills, and the ocean by giving them this pack of reusable silicone drinking straws. They come in various colors and include a few cleaning brushes as well.

Face masks

What’s better than feeling refreshed after a cleansing face mask? Sixteen of them. This combo pack features 16 different face masks like aloe, charcoal, and cucumber so your teen will be set … at least for the next few weeks.

Noco Boost Plus

The Noco Boost Plus is a powerful battery that’s small enough to fit under the passenger seat, but it packs enough power to jump-start any vehicle with a 6-liter engine or smaller — and do it 20 times before needing a recharge. It also offers a USB port for charging various devices and has an integrated flashlight with a strobe setting for extra safety at night

Touchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer

It’s in the car, the house, and their pocket these days, but many hand sanitizers can smell a little like household cleaner. Touchland comes in scents like Vanilla Cinnamon and Forrest Berry, or keep it simple and choose unscented. The compact sanitizer features 67% alcohol for killing germs but balances it with soothing aloe vera and essential oils to hydrate the skin. 

Apple Watch SE GPS

If you have a little extra to spend on your teen, consider getting them a smartwatch. The Apple Watch SE is like a smartphone, fitness tracker, and music player all in one. Just like on their phone they can customize the watch to show their favorite apps to pick, including social media.

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42 Best Gifts for 4-Year-Olds 2021

If you have to come up with a gift for a 4-year-old and you’re stumped on what to get them, we’ve got some expert advice to help you.

The best gifts and toys for four-year-olds help their imaginations come alive. As they leave age 3 and turn 4, little ones are enthralled by storytelling, pretend play and exploration. They are also immersed with friends and start playing collaboratively instead of just playing side by side.

“They tend to have clear preferences on what they like or want to do,” said Tovah Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of “How Toddlers Thrive.”

Their pretend play is a little more complicated as they come to understand narratives and differentiate between fantasy and reality, said Marie Conti, the head of The Wetherill School in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, and a board member of the American Montessori Society. Capes and dress-up props, as well as outdoor toys or science gadgets, allow them to explore their world.

This holiday season, we rounded up the best gifts for 4-year-olds that will keep their minds and their bodies moving.

Here are our faves!

Fat Brain Toys Squigz Starter Set

Made with high-quality silicone and innovative suction construction, these little suckers make bath time so much fun.

Lincoln Logs

Lincoln Logs are back — there’s a reason they’re a classic.

Ooly Chunkies Paint Sticks

All the fun of painting with none of the mess.

LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box

“If you’re buying Legos, just buy regular Legos. Don’t feel like you have to buy pink ones because you have a girl,” Conti said.

If you need to organize your Legos, here are five brilliant (and mom-approved) hacks for keeping them tidy and out of your bare foot’s way.

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The Best Gifts for Teenage Girls, According to Teenagers

Teenage girls are notoriously hard to shop for — and picking the right gift for them might be even harder now than ever before, thanks to trends that shift at lightning speed and the influence of social-media stars who most people of legal drinking age have never heard of. To help you find an age-appropriate gift that’s actually cool for a teen girl to own, we consulted with actual teen girls — including some of the YouTubeInstagram, and TikTok personalities the teen you’re shopping for likely follows. We’ve broken it down into categories, so you can really dial in the right gift. And if you’ve got an adolescent boy in your life, be sure to check out our list of gifts for teenage boys, too.

Here are our faves!

Tessie Canopy

When we asked teens about their favorite bedding earlier this year, Ava Lattimore told us about this bed canopy that’ll transform any teen’s space if they’re tired of their childhood bedroom. Lattimore especially likes that “it drapes softly around your bed instead of hanging straight down,” and adds that “it reminds me of the pillow forts I used to build when I was little but with an air of maturity.” And it lets you carve out a little “secret hideaway,” in your room “to draw, read a book, or chat with friends.”

LED Photo Clips String Lights

As we discovered in both our very enlightening 100-teen poll and our survey of cool college students, string lights are one of the most universally beloved décor pieces in this age group. One teen, Phoebe, says, “The warm hue that these lights create helps me de-stress and unwind.” Another girl, named Sydney, especially likes this set with clips for her photos. “I can hang my Polaroid pictures on these string lights up on my wall, and have them be all lit up so I can look at them while I’m reading before bed,” she says.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

Certified cool girls Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight, identical twins with over 5 million followers on Instagram, recommend a waterproof speaker, because “there’s nothing like jamming out to your favorite music in the shower.”

Apple AirPods With Charging Case

For listening to music on the go, AirPods are a must-have among teens. As we learned in our teen poll, “second to their phone, this is what most teens said they always have on them (or want on them).”

Urban Outfitters Butterfly Clip Set

Both Gwen Attridge and Freyer recommend butterfly clips, another ’90s staple. “I went on a binge ordering these clips from Urban after being on the search for good ones for the longest time,” says Attridge. “These are in the trendiest colors and have great hold. They make a super-fun, trendy gift that doesn’t break the bank.”

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