Holiday gifts for teachers

K.P. Keyser, an employee at Kimberly’s in Winchester, knows from experience teachers adore more personal gifts. “Mud Pie makes this really great Initial Canvas Tote, $21, that is not only chic but large enough to be versatile for all their needs,” Keyser said. Ashley Miller/Daily

Most teachers probably have plenty of mugs that say “best teacher ever” or “thanks a million.” K.P. Keyser, employee at Kimberly’s in Winchester, knows from experience teachers adore more personal gifts.

“Mud Pie makes this really great Initial Canvas Tote, $21, that is not only chic but large enough to be versatile for all their needs,” Keyser said.

She also suggests when picking out a gift for the kids’ teacher to think of items they’ll use daily.

“Lilly Pulitzer tumblers are cute and colorful, while being practical,” Keyser said. “Everyone needs to keep their coffee warm.”

Other suggestions include hand lotions, chapsticks or pencils.

Want extra credit? Put all these extra goodies inside the tote bag for a gift basket every teacher will adore.

Treat a favorite teacher to a gift certificate at a local book store. Winchester Book Gallery, 185 N. Loudoun St. offers new books, local art, cards and even puzzles. Pahe Master Used Books, 904 John Marshall Highway, Front Royal offers a wide selection of used books and comic books.

Lauren Lykens, sales associate at Simply Charming Boutique in Winchester,  wears her collection of Alex and Ani bangles with pride.

“So many of the bangles spread positivity,” Lykens said. “Forty-eight nonprofit partners are supported through design.”

The Apple Charm Bangle, from Alex and Ani, is $38 at Simply Charming Boutique in Winchester. Alex and Ani donates 20 percent of the purchase price to Blessings in a Backpack, a program designed to feed underprivileged children

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