GOA's 2023 Holiday Gift Guide for the Educator in Your Life

As the holiday season arrives, it presents a special opportunity to show our appreciation to the educators in our lives. Our 2023 Holiday Gift Guide is thoughtfully assembled to help you express gratitude with the perfect gift, catering to a diverse array of interests and hobbies. We hope this guide inspires you to find a meaningful way to honor the educators in your life, acknowledging their year-round devotion and impact on our community.

Creative and Practical Picks

Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2 Printer - "Have fun Polaroids without the pressure of having to get the perfect shot. Print directly from your phone!" - Lynae Sowinski, Member Engagement Coordinator

Fujifilm Instax Mini Rainbow Film - "Add some extra flare to your photos with rainbow film!" - Lynae Sowinski, Member Engagement Coordinator

Paper Mate InkJoy Retractable Gel Pens - "My favorite pen! No smearing ink, and no cap to lose! Comes in several color options and quantities too. It pairs well as a gift with post-its or something to jot down a quick reminder or message. I love using these pens with my journal (my favorite is a Leuchtturm1917) to spend time reflecting upon the year!" - Sarah Prosory, Learning Designer

Scotch Thermal Laminator - "Because who doesn’t want a personal laminator?" - Jacqueline Chu, Chief Finance Officer and Director of Program Management

SketchBox Subscription - "Each month, SketchBox delivers a creative care package right to your doorstep. It's filled with premium art supplies and inspiring tutorials, offering educators a personal retreat and a way to recharge their creative spirit." - John Sember, Content Marketing Manager

Stamp in the likeness of your teacher - "From one of the product reviews: 'I'm a high school teacher and my students love when I stamp my face on their work :)'" - Jacqueline Chu, Chief Finance Officer and Director of Program Management

Wellness and Relaxation

Atlas Tea Club Gift Subscription - "Fuel your favorite educator’s early morning wakeup with a gift tea subscription. This tea of the month club curates amazing single-origin teas from around the world. Each month features 2 unique teas with flavor notes, a postcard, and steeping tips." - Amanda Burch, Director of Learning and Design

Bean Box World Coffee Tour - "Transform morning coffee into a global adventure. Each BeanBox delivery brings a selection of the finest coffees from around the world, offering educators a moment of worldly escape with each cup." - John Sember, Content Marketing Manager

Laos Khao Niao Ikat Scarf - "OckTokPok is an artisan social enterprise founded by women and is run by women for the women of Laos. Ordering directly an beautifully crafted and inspire piece of textiles and learn about the maker." - Glenda Baker, Associate Director of Faculty Experience

Uncorked Wine Candles - "No substitute for the real thing, but these up-cycled wine candles will help your teachers feel relaxed like they’re off the clock and resting at home. Bring new meaning to the phrase 'work by candlelight.'" - Amy Choi, Associate Director of Professional Learning

Active and Outdoor Fun

Bone Conduction Headphones - "Perfect for active people who want to tune in while still staying aware of what’s going on around you! Shokz are bud-free and fabulous to wear." - Glenda Baker, Associate Director of Faculty Experience

Giant Connect Four Yard Game - "This large-sized Connect Four was given to our family six years ago, and we actually have it inside in our main living room. It gets a ton of use. We've even had some family Connect Four tournaments." - Bonnie Lathram, Director of Communications

L.L. Bean Bocce Ball Set - "The L.L. Bean Bocce Ball Set is an ideal gift that anticipates the spirit of spring. This set brings a touch of timeless charm to any outdoor gathering. Perfect for people of all ages, it has the unique ability to bridge generations, creating moments of connection and friendly competition and, most importantly, is compatible with drinking a cold beverage, something all educators will earn by spring break." - Lucas Ames, Director of Operations

Quarto Board Game - "This tiny game leads to maximum fun. Simple in design but surprising in strategy, it offers challenge for both kids and adults. It’s perfect to have on a kitchen counter for quick rounds with family and friends or to put on your desktop at school for connection with students." - Becky Green, Senior Learning Designer

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