5 Teacher Gifts Guaranteed to Get Your Kid Much-Needed Brownie Points

When it comes to gifting teachers, think twice about giving the dreaded fruity-scented gift baskets full of offensive smelling bath and body products, framed photos of your child (not kidding), crocheted anything, or socks (yes, these are all gifts that teacher friends have revealed to have received). Instead of annoying the person who has to deal with your snarling, sniffling kid every day, give them something that might actually make them look at your kid with delight rather than disappointment and disgust. (Kidding! Kind of.)

Mullein & Sparrow Petite Himalayan Bath Salts

If your teacher is teetering towards the hippie side – wears long flowing peasant skirts, spiritual amulets and jingles as she walks -- consider these bath salts from Mullein and Sparrow. Scented with notes of vanilla, patchouli, and vetiver to help with relaxation, the salt crystals replenish vital elements and nutrients (that were stripped by dealing with your child and his peers all day), remove toxins (because obviously she needs to drink after her long day), and aid in the relief of muscles, nerves, and joints (because, um, she’s a teacher). $16. Available at Aillea.com.

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve Trio

If there is one thing every teacher does is wash her hands constantly to keep the kids’ cooties at bay. Give this trio of super-strength hand salve that comes in festive gold packaging designed by Brooklyn-based artist duo Faile. The best part? 100% of net profits from the sale of this Hand Salve Trio helps benefits Feeding America®, up to $100,000. $1 helps provide 11 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks. $34. Available at Kiehls.com.

Credo Clean Beauty Discovery Kit

Your teacher is going to love going through these curated deluxe samples from clean beauty leaders Credo Beauty. While she will probably bring home the Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner and Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask to enjoy at home, the rest of the items -- De Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm, Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream, Skin Owl Eye+, Lovefresh Grapefruit Deodorant -- are perfect to keep in her desk as a beauty survival kit. $59. Available at Credobeauty.com.

Organic Bath Co. Stress Less Organic Body Butter

If there is one thing a teacher needs at the end of a long day is a little relaxation. Help her get her Zen on with this blend of Moroccan Argan, Jojoba and Sunflower Oils to hydrate winter skin and lavender essential oil to make her forget all about it being a school night. $29. Available at Aillea.com.

Deborah Lippmann Her Majesty 9-Piece Gel Lab Pro Color Set

If at every parent-teacher conference you are distracted by teacher’s beautifully painted nails, get her this on-trend collection of 9 mini nail lacquers from celebrity and runway-nail guru Deborah Lippmann. Ranging from wild metallic green and vibrant purple to a creamy nude and grey, this gift set will keep your teacher in distracting shades until the end of the school year. $45. Available at DeborahLippmann.com.

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