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Toni Fitzgerald writes about raising a family in central Pennsylvania.

It's That Time of Year: Great Teacher Gift Ideas

Written by Toni Fitzgerald, Community Blogger | Jun 10, 2014 3:41 PM
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If you're anything like me, you get to the day before school ends and realize, "Oh no! I didn't plan anything for teacher gifts." Then you run to the nearest grocery store and pray that your child's teacher really, really likes Chili's, because that's the only gift card they have left (seems a lot of us don't plan ahead).

Well, next year I promise it's going to be different, because today I sat down and brainstormed a bunch of ideas for teacher gifts that are useful, fun and unique to Central PA.

Here are a few you may want to try, too:

1. Hersheypark season passes

This is ideal for a teacher who has young children, but it's going to take some planning. You'll need the entire class to chip in $15 to $20 per person, depending on how many kids are in the class. Since you know teachers get the summer off, it's the perfect way to ensure he or she enjoys lots of family time.

2. Homemade shoofly pie

Or any other goodie that's native to Central PA. Bonus points if you cook it yourself, but purchasing specialty foods are okay in my book.

3. Tickets to a game

Whether you're treating the teacher to a Harrisburg Senators game or a York Revolution contest, they'll get a fun night out. Include a little extra money with the tickets to buy some peanuts and/or Crackerjacks.

4. Whitaker Center gift certificate

Again, this may be something the whole class or at least a handful of other classroom parents contribute to. Buy a family membership to one of the area's best retreats. Bonus: It's the perfect destination on rainy summer days.

5. Restaurant gift card

Treat your child's teacher to dinner at Alfred's Victorian, the Golden Sheaf or any number of fine restaurants in the area. Yep, this is another one that you should go in on with others, but it's worth the effort to give that special teacher a night on the town.

What great teacher gifts have you come up with? Let me know in the comments section.

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