22 Holiday Gifts Teachers Really Don't Want

8Candles

Sure ... candles are pretty. But if they are scented, they might turn off teachers. Different people prefer different types of smells.

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9Clothes

A resounding please, no! to this one. You don't know their size or their style or what kinds of materials they hate ... so skip the sweaters this year.

10Smelly Lotions

Yes, lotions are cheap and easy. But don't you think all the other moms know this, too? Teachers get a million of these, and a lot of them won't be used because of the strong scents.

11Apple Knickknacks

Cute? Yes. Way overdone? Yes. Teachers only have so much room on their desks for tchotchkes from all their students over the years.

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12Cash

Sure, money is practical, but cash in an envelope feels a little too much like a bribe (haha). Gift cards to Target or a great restaurant in town might be a better option.

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Wine

Wine may seem like a good go-to for anyone, but teachers say alcoholic gifts are a bit too personal. And they'd rather the things they do in their free time to relax -- and their preference for chardonnay or the occasional old-fashioned -- remain private information. 

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Makeup Kits

Another one that is just way too personal to gift to a teacher whose beauty preferences are unknown. 

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Perfume 

Perfume is extremely individual. Also, as one teacher from Chicago put it, "I don’t want to be on a date night and spray a scent that reminds me of your child!" 

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Hand Sanitizer

It may seem useful and thoughtful, but teachers have their own methods of boosting their immunity and staying germ-free and likely won't dig a perfume-y sanitizer as a gift. 

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Home Decor Items 

Unless you know the teacher fairly well and have a sense of that person's personal style, avoid gifting anything that they'll display in their home -- from blankets to vases to other random tchotchkes.

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Scarf

Scarves or pashminas might seem like good go-to generic gifts, but the teacher on your gift list would likely prefer to pick out anything she wears, period.  

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Socks

Who doesn't love a cozy pair of socks? Very likely the teacher you're gifting, who may also find it a bit odd to have her students' parents gifting her or him warm fuzzy items for their feet. 

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Generic Candy

Unless you know exactly what kind of candy/chocolate a teacher loves, as well as all of her or his possible food allergies and sensitivities and preferences, it's best to steer clear of the generic gift box of sweets. 

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Fruitcake

Same as the candy. But also, yuck. Just say no to fruit cake.

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