GOA's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide for the Educator in Your Life

It has been a year - again! Educators worldwide have grown and developed substantially in the face of challenges over the past few years. As we approach the end of the year and start to think about the holidays, we are stepping back to celebrate all of our outstanding educators. Enter: our holiday gift guide for the educator in your life. We all know educators who are in need of a little self-love and care, and these gifts are the perfect way to encourage just that. To close 2022, we share with you our GOA Gift Guide, curated for educators by educators.

For The Avid Reader

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Audible Membership - With an Audible membership you can download an audiobook every month. I’ve been listening for years, and this helps me read another 12 books every year. Great for people who exercise, wash dishes, or fold laundry. -Jason Cummings, Director of Student Programs

Book Subscription Box - Support a leading independent bookstore and delight the bibliophile in your life with a subscription that will bring new titles and perspectives into their life. Choose from debut first editions to poetry to true crime subscriptions and more! -Anh Nguyen, Director of Public Partnerships

Litographs Products - For your favorite passionate literary enthusiasts - these products turn over 200 of your favorite texts into designs for your classroom, home, and wardrobe. Their mission is a commitment to promoting literacy around the world. -Kelsey Hall, Director of Membership

NY Public Library Store or Online Course Catalog - For the bibliophile in your life. Explore the NY Public Library’s online gift shop to find thousands of cute gifts – you can own your own stuffed library lions. They also have thousands of online events and classes. -Jackie Chu, Director of Finance

Teacher Unions and Social Justice Book - An anthology of more than 60 articles documenting the history and the how-tos of social justice unionism. Together, they describe the growing movement to forge multiracial alliances with communities to defend and transform public education. -Shaundel Sanchez, Program Manager

For The Creative DIYer

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Buddha Board Art Set - Use this board to paint “ink drawings” on the board with the bamboo brush using water. As the water dries, the board will return to a blank slate. Embrace the opportunity to draw in the moment and let go! -Jackie Chu, Director of Finance

DIY Kits from Global Grub - Gift a culinary experience! Global Grub’s food kits in a box offer instructions, ingredients, and an edible outcome. Choose from an array of options -- churros, mochi donuts, ravioli? -- and surprise your favorite educator with a treat they can construct and share. -Becky Green, Director of Professional Learning

Dry Goods Beverage Company - Negroni Mocktail Kit - If three years of pandemic has your favorite educator in search of something a little less strong, give them a chance to tipple without the topple with this delicious mocktail kit. -Lucas Ames, Director of Operations

For The Photographer

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Fuji Instax Camera and Printer - Getting back together with friends and family deserves to be remembered. Capture those memories with an instant camera. Or, just use the tiny portable printer and use your phone’s photos! -Michael Nachbar, Executive Director

Monthbooks Photo Book Subscription - For anyone who feels overwhelmed by their phone’s photo library and loves having beautiful photo albums without the effort of making one, Chatbooks makes it very easy and affordable to print monthly photo albums to enjoy for years. Either gift the subscription or get one and share the photo books with family and friends. -Deep Sidhu, Director of Organizational Culture

For The Traveler

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Cotopaxi Accessory Bag - A bright, handy bag that keeps smaller items in check when at work or on the move. Function + design = a win! -Anh Nguyen, Director of Public Partnerships

Ember Travel Mug - A smart heated travel mug that allows you to set your temperature. Also, sales trigger a 3% donation to support global health programs! -Heather Hyslop, Associate Director of Member School Engagement

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass (or a local state parks annual pass) - Encourage the educator in your life to disconnect and recharge in the great outdoors with the America the Beautiful annual pass, covering entry to thousands of federal recreation sites across the United States. -Amanda Burch, Director of Learning and Design

Stanley Thermos - We have a couple of these Stanleys at home, and I’m surprised with how often we use them for either keeping drinks cold or keeping them warm. These make a great gift for anyone who takes their drinks to the great outdoors. -Bonnie Lathram, Director of Communications

For The Wellness Expert

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Heated Luxury Spa Neck Pillow - A warm (or cool) way for simple self-care! And the smell of lavender will wrap you in memories of a simpler time of life. -Natalie Broderick, Senior Learning Design Coach

Neck and Back Massager - Massages are a great form of stress relief. For the educators who are staring at screens all day, gift an at-home massager to help work out any tension. -John Sember, Content Marketing Manager

Silk Pillow Cases - A gift of health and beauty with several health/beauty benefits for hair and skin, but with the ultimate perk: better sleep. -Lynn Villarta, Technical Project Manager

Silk + Sonder Journal Subscription - For the person who wants to journal but needs a little inspiration. A subscription provides you with a new journal every month filled with activities, trackers, and prompts as well as an app that provides you with daily guided rituals, personalized journal prompts, and ways to connect with other Silk + Sonder members. -Lynae Sowinski, Communications Associate

For The Perfect Workspace

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AstroAI Mini Fridge - Save your educator a trip to the teachers’ lounge with this mini fridge. Big enough for a day’s worth of sustenance, it can fit neatly on their desk. The snacks that are at arm’s reach are the best snacks. -Kat Siat, Instructional Designer

Krisp Noise Cancellation Software - Give your educator the gift of sounding and hearing less noise during audio and video calls with a free (or paid) subscription to Krisp. -Glenda Baker, Associate Director of Faculty Experience

Lamy Fountain Pen - For the writing enthusiast. Lamy pens feel great in your hand and on paper but aren’t as expensive as other fountain pens. They come in all kinds of fun colors. -Douglas Beam, Associate Director of Member School Engagement

Lume Cube Light - “The right light changes everything.” Let your students see you better with a plug-in or battery-powered lighting kit for your at-home or on-the-go classroom. -John Sember, Content Marketing Manager

Ocushield Oculamp - A portable lamp that provides protection against visual eye strain. -Heather Hyslop, Associate Director of Member School Engagement

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