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Shop Local: Gift Guide for Teachers

Business by: Joanne Kountourakis and Chrissy Ruggeri, December 11, 2021

Surveys say nearly 98% of teachers prefer gift cards for the holidays*, and we have suggestions for local spots to purchase them from (scroll to the bottom of this article for our top picks or get one from a store you know your teacher will love). Would you rather share a tangible gift with the teachers in your life? Check out these unique finds and make sure they’re accompanied by a homemade card – it goes a long way and teachers, well, they deserve all the love.
*Not an actual, official survey but firsthand accounts from our teacher friends

Brú na Bó: Inspirational Canvas Zip Bag

“Always believe something wonderful is about to happen.” Sounds like the mantra of a loving teacher that is, indeed, creating wonderful moments in the classroom. These canvas bags at Brú na Bó are a great way to show that you notice the daily efforts and dedication of your child’s teacher.
Canvas bag: $18
33 Scudder Avenue, Northport Village

The Nest: Hanging Car Diffuser

The ride to school is better when the car smells good. These unique (and super good looking!) car diffusers from Backstory Home are handmade, refillable and come in scents from Backwoods to Birch and Lavender.
Car diffuser: $14
135 Main Street, Northport Village

Penny & Cooper: Christmas Mug Candle

The Christmas mug soy candle from Penny & Cooper smells just like a cup of freshly brewed coffee, so when your kid’s teacher is up late grading papers and making lesson plans, he/she can enjoy the aroma of energy without dooming a night of restful sleep. And best part, the mug can be used for real, actual coffee when the candle is gone.
Christmas mug candle: $24
154 Main Street, Northport Village

The Soothery: Pretty Felt Flower

Give the gift that keeps on living. These felt flowers at The Soothery are soft, vibrant and will stand the test of time in a glass bottle on your number one teacher’s desk. Add a homemade tag and bham!... student of the season.Felt flowers: $22-$32
106 Main Street, Northport Village

Hydrangea Home: Metal Star Ornament

If you’re looking for a small gift, perhaps to pair with a gift card, these metal star ornaments are fun and timeless. Hydrangea Home has several unique ornaments in addition to the stars, including small antique-looking ornaments that go for only .75 cents each.
Star ornament: $5
67 Main Street, Northport Village

DL Barn: Little Snowman Ornament

These cute little snowmen will bring a smile to any teacher’s face. They can be left on a desk or hung from a tree, and are the perfect accompaniment to… you got it, a homemade card.
526 Larkfield Road, East Northport
Snowman: $5.99

Martoni Gourmet: Gift Basket

One of Martoni’s most popular grab-and-go items are these cute gift baskets with just the right amount of sweet. Ghirardelli, Godiva, Cello chocolate-covered cherries make the perfect stash for a teacher’s desk drawer.
Miniature gift basket: $10
245 Main Street, Northport Village

Local Gift Cards

Who doesn’t like a lunchtime escape or post-school-day snack? So many of our kids’ teachers work right around the corner from a fresh cup of coffee and midday treat. Satiate their souls with a gift card to one of these eateries; you’ll give them something to savor in their (oh, so quiet) car, or take home to their families.

Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe: Gift Card
A piece of crumb plum cake and a coffee is a dream.
75 Woodbine Avenue, Northport

Emilia’s Bakehouse: Gift Card
Croissant. Any croissant will do.
396 Larkfield Road, East Northport

Batata Cafe: Gift Card
Sandwiches, wraps, paninis and a complimentary little bag of chips. Done.
847 Fort Salonga Road, Northport