Last Minute Teacher Gifts in Champaign Urbana

Once upon a time,  I was a classroom teacher.  In my years in the classroom I got some pretty amazing gifts from students.  Original artwork from a Jr. High student.  A gift basket to a local bakery filled with yummy treats that I then shared with my family. Gift Cards. Champagne.   The list goes on and on. Now I am a classroom parent.  My kids are counting down the days … [Read more...]

Holiday Home Business Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner. Have you started shopping? A diverse community, the Champaign-Urbana area has many places to shop locally. Not only do we have local businesses, we also have many people in business for themselves out of their homes. Our Holiday Home Business Gift Guide showcases some of Champaign-Urbana’s wonderful home businesses. We encourage you … [Read more...]

Readers Recommend: Teacher Gifts

We asked readers via Facebook for their best ideas regarding holiday teacher gifts, and boy did they respond in bunches! We have recapped the suggestions here for all of you to see in perpetuity. These are great ideas not just at Christmastime, but for the end of the year as well. "Fine chocolates" "Peppermint Ghirardelli chocolate bar and a $10 Starbucks … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers

by Kelly Youngblood When shopping for that perfect gift for your child’s teacher this year, just remember it’s the thought that counts. Unless you’re thinking of getting her a ceramic coffee mug- then just forget that idea. Seriously though, after perusing the internet, talking to other parents, and surveying dozens of teachers in a very formal and scientifically-based … [Read more...]

Top 5: Fair Trade Teacher Gifts

Last year, I wrote about how to choose teacher gifts. This year I have a slightly different perspective on the issue, as 1) I’m a teacher again, and 2) I work for a store with perhaps the best selection of teacher gifts in town. Let me tell you a little bit about that store: Ten Thousand Villages (105 N Walnut, Champaign) is a non-profit, fair trade retailer. This means that … [Read more...]