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Give your teacher Heifer seedlings and pretty posies this holiday season.
Give your teacher Heifer seedlings and pretty posies this holiday season.

With the option of a beautiful honor card, a Heifer gift stands perfectly fine on its own. Although simple, an honor card represents a life-changing gift for someone else. Sometimes it’s fun to pair that Heifer honor card with a keepsake for the honoree.

Take teachers, for instance. Day in and day out, they spend countless hours developing and delivering curriculum to their students–curriculum that prepares them for life, both in the classroom and in the world. At a time when educators are opening colorful packages of knickknacks and tchotchkes, consider giving that special person in your life a gift from Heifer and a little something extra. Check out these fun present-pairing ideas that might earn an A+ from your favorite teacher.

Goat milk lotion will keep your teacher's skin soft this winter.
Goat milk lotion will keep your teacher's skin soft this winter.

When my daughter Sofia was in elementary school, we gave her teacher Heifer honeybees one holiday season. At $30, it didn’t break the bank, and we even threw in a jar of local honey complete with wooden honey dripper for some festive flair. This present simultaneously gave my daughter’s teacher something she could actually use and the gift of being honored by a donation that would help change some family’s life for the better. Our honey-themed present was a small–yet sweet–way to thank her for the invaluable gift of time, energy and knowledge she gives her students every single day.

Another year, before Heifer came into our life, we gave a potted plant with a photo of Sofia and a message that read, “Thanks for helping me grow.” This gift could easily be paired with Heifer’s gift of trees–super-affordable with options starting at $10–or a Gardener’s Gift Basket share for $20. A perfect fit for anyone, these gifts are particularly great for the green thumbs and vegetarians in your life!

These ornaments are available in the Shop@Heifer.
These ornaments are available in the Shop@Heifer.

It’s easy to find lotions, soaps and lip balm made from nourishing goat’s milk. Give this skin-soothing gift with a Heifer goat share. At $10 each, more than one teacher could delight in your generosity!

Always a crowd-pleaser, ornaments are not hard to find this time of year. Help your teacher trim their tree with a sheep, llama, rabbit or other Heifer-inspired animal and its complementary Heifer gift.

Finally, a lovely egg-shaped paperweight, available in a variety of colors and materials, can be given with your favorite Heifer flock. Ducks, chicks and geese are $20 in Heifer’s catalog and worth their weight in gold to Heifer families around the world.  

Author

Erin Snow

Erin Snow joined Heifer International in 2007 after earning a degree in Mass Communication from UALR. She lives in Little Rock with her husband and daughter. Passionate about cultivating positive and healthy relationships with her family, friends and the planet, Erin enjoys yoga, meditation, music, creative writing and travel.