A Holiday Gift Guide For Your Favorite Ethical, Bookish Teacher

December 05, 2020

If the loved one you are looking for a gift for is a teacher who loves books and doing good in the world, then look no further than this list.
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During this holiday season, I find myself wanting to be even more generous and give gifts that are even more meaningful and personalized than ever to show my appreciation for my closest loved ones during this difficult time period. If the loved one you are looking for a gift for happens to be a teacher who loves books and doing good in the world, then look no further than this list.

1. Bamboo Tray Table

Being able to work comfortable anywhere is critical as a teacher right now. This tray table can be used if you are sitting on your bed, sitting on the floor, or on top of a desk or table to create a standing desk (which is how I'm using it right now as I write this post). The tray table is 100% natural solid bamboo and the legs fold up, making it easy to transport. While there's lots of options out there, this particular tray table is made by Emerging Green, a small family business and 70% of their products are made of environmental friendly and sustainable sources.

2. Notebooks

Because so much of teaching work has to be done on the computer right now, I find myself taking notes by hand and planning on paper any chance I get. This set of 3 notebooks, made of 100% recycled paper and are also produced by Emerging Green, are the perfect size for slipping my teacher bag.

3. Statement Jewelry

Teachers are passionate about so many causes and these necklaces, bracelets, and other accessories are the perfect way to show what is important to you. All of the pieces are ethically made by a family owned factory in the United States and Bird + Stone donates 10% of each purchase to trusted nonprofits like Planned Parenthood, Equal Justice Initiative, NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, and The Trevor Project. I love that the bracelets come in different sizes because I have tiny wrists, and my personal favorite is this equal justice set.

4. Book Sleeve

I'd never seen or heard of a book sleeve until a recent search on Etsy for gifts for family members. A book sleeve is basically a fabric pouch to slip your book into to protect it, so they are perfect for anyone whose books do a lot of traveling. I've ordered two from CPickeringCo and can vouch for their excellent quality. I opted for the larger size, 9 x 11 inches, with pockets. The shop has over 60 choices of fabric to choose from and the sleeves come with a button loop closure.

5. Classroom Book Stamp

For any teacher that is building a classroom library, a personalized book stamp is a must. I have the inside cover of any book I've purchased for my classroom library stamped with this stamp. It says "read it, love it, return it," and you can personalize it with your name.

6. Kindle Paperwhite

I've had mine for years and use it primarily to check out e-books from my public library through OverDrive. I find it especially convenient when I'm traveling because I can have an infinite number of books to choose from without books taking up space in my bag or weighing down my suitcase. The newest model is even waterproof. Hello to reading in the tub! I also love being able to read in the dark and one handed. There's debate over the environmental benefit of having an e-reader over purchasing physical books. However, for the number of books I read a year and the length of time I've had my Kindle and will continue to have it, plus saving on electricity by reading in the dark, I think it is a worthwhile investment.

7. Book Light

If you don't have a Kindle, then a good book light like this Lumino Lite is a must. This light has 3 different levels of brightness, a flexible neck with a padded clip, and be recharged via USB. Goodbye batteries! This is perfect for reading in bed or in the car at night.

8. Book Art

There are so many options when it comes to art inspired by literature, but my favorites are the primarily black and white prints from Obvious State. The illustrations are stunning and focus on famous lines from the classics. The paper used to make the prints are made of made of environmental friendly and sustainable sources.

9. ThriftBooks Gift Card

I no longer purchase books for personal consumption; everything I read comes from my local library whether it is a physical book, e-book, or audio book, but ThriftBooks is my go to for purchasing books for my classroom. They have millions of new and used titles available and ship in 100% recyclable packaging. If there is no demand for a book, ThriftBooks donates it to charity or recycles it.

If the loved one you are looking for a gift for is a teacher who loves books and doing good in the world, then look no further than this list.


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