Gifts for My Teacher Squad

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Gifts Every Superhero Teacher Should Have

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! To celebrate this momentous occasion (which should come standard with a school holiday, don’t you think?), I’m collaborating with a few of my sweet teacher-blogger friends to shower well-deserving teachers with some appreciation.

When I was trying to think of a teacher who inspired me, I really couldn’t narrow it down. Every time I thought I had “the one,” this little voice in my head would pipe up with, “But what about Mrs. Ihrig?” or “Don’t forget Dr. Clift!” or “There’s also _____ (insert 50+ names here)!”

English Teacher Janine dressed as a superhero, Teacher Appreciation
Super Janine, from across the hallway

The truth is, I have many fond memories of the teachers I had all through K-12. They’re some of the reasons I wanted to be a teacher myself. I’ve also had some crazy-good college professors. Every single day I’m surrounded by the innovators down the hall, the positive forces across the building, and the folks down the stairs who pull out all the stops to make learning exciting and effective. FYI: the teachers featured in these photos are my real-life #teachersquad. I am not even remotely worthy to teach with these amazing people, y’all, but every day I thank my lucky stars for their friendship, wisdom, and support.

English Teacher Tabitha dressed as Edgar Allan Poe, Teacher Appreciation
The brilliant and caring Tabitha from down the hall getting her E-Poe on.

Then there are the legions of gifted teachers I follow on Instagram (#teachersofinstagram) and Pinterest who continually motivate me with their creative ideas, amazing classrooms, and limitless optimism. So, teachers, I’m dedicating my Teacher Appreciation post to ALL of you!

English Department Calendar Photo by Lily Dale, Teacher Appreciation
My English Department besties and I posing for our school calendar photo (taken by the talented @scribblesanddrivel ) We were spoofing our students who camp out to be first in line to get their preferred research paper topics.

My Gifts for You

I wish I could get every single one of you a little something to express my admiration and gratitude for you, but you know, #teachersalary. However, I’ve got a list of 10 gifts that I’m willing you. May these gifts pick you up when you’re down, carry you when you’re tired, and give you a virtual high five after a good day.

Super Gifts for Teacher Heroes - 10 Gifts Every Teacher Should Have, for Teacher Appreciation Week

Free + Low-Cost Teacher Gifts

Want to show your appreciation for the rockstar teachers in your life? Here are some ideas for every budget. Looking for even more ideas? Here’s another post I’ve done on teacher gift ideas.

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FREE Teacher Appreciation Gifts

  • Pick some flowers from your yard to make a bouquet. (Note: make sure they’re from YOUR yard.)
  • Write a note or send an email letting the teacher know you appreciate their efforts.
  • Offer to volunteer your time to help clean up and organize the classroom at the end of the school year.
  • Offer to come in and sub for the teacher to give her a day off. (Just kidding, unless you’d be willing to do that.)

LOW-COST Teacher Appreciation Gifts

  • Send in some pencils. By spring, the teacher has probably already bought 9,032 pencils with her own money. And they’re probably all gone.
  • Send in some candy, cookies, fruit, or other snack.
  • Offer to donate new or gently used books to the teacher’s classroom library.
  • Give a gift card (Target, Amazon, Walmart, and Starbucks are perennial favorites)

Other Gift Ideas

  • Gift a personal styling service like Stitch Fix or Millie & Main.
  • Gift a meal planning service like eMeals.
  • Give a gift certificate for a home service like cleaning or yardwork (Amazon provides these services in some areas)
  • Buy the teacher a new car. (Again, kidding. But if you really want to, you know where to find me.)

Time to Get Hopping

Now comes the fun part: hop around to these fabulous teacher-bloggers’ Teacher Appreciation posts. You’re in luck, because the talented ladies you’re about to visit are some pretty inspiring, amazing teachers. Click below to meet my friends Katie (@ThriftyWifeHappyLife), Jules (@TeacherFashionista), Jen (@Teacherista_), and Aisha (@Classroom.Couture). Enjoy!

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Warby Parker Try-On and Review 2

Warby Try-On Session with 10 Frames

Warby Parker has so many stylish frame options! I’m in the process of narrowing down what I like and don’t like in terms of frame styles. A while back I tried on 10 pairs of Warby Parker frame styles (see those frames here) and really liked a lot of them. I’m still on the fence about which frames to get, so I wanted to try a few more styles using their home try-on program.

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How It Works

Warby Parker’s home try-on is so simple, and it’s free. You just go to the Warby Parker website and pick out 5 frames you want to try. They ship them to you, you have 5 days to try them on, and you send them back in their postage-paid box. There’s even a Frames Quiz if you’re not sure what types of frames you want to try.

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My Frame Try-Ons

Note that you get 5 pairs of frames to try at once. I’m sharing 10 pairs here because I did this twice in the last few weeks — there were just so many styles I wanted to try! I hope you find this helpful if you’re trying to nail down some frames for yourself.

Some background about my, well, face. I have a square face shape, and a very high forehead and fairly defined cheekbones. The styles I tried were mostly ones Warby suggested as ones that would work for these characteristics.

The First Five

For these first five, I tried two styles in two different colors, and then a third style.

1. Finch in Rose Crystal

I like these! They’ve got a bit of a cat eye, but not too much. The rose crystal color is subtle and the height doesn’t block out my eye brows.

Warby Parker Finch in Rose Crystal

2. Finch in Violet Magnolia

I like these too, but the color might be a little too bold for me. I do like how the glasses are more noticeable, though.

Warby Parker Finch in Violet Magnolia

3. Renwick in Grapefruit Soda

Well darn it, I liked these, but they are no longer on the Warby Parker website. I wanted to see how a smaller pair would go with my more square face. I love the grapefruit soda color with my skin tone, too. Oh well, guess I can check these off of my list unless they bring them back.

Warby Parker Renwick in Grapefruit Soda

4. Welty in Rose Crystal

These are very similar to the Finch, but straighter across the top instead of the cat eye shape. I learned from the Warby Parker website that I may have a low nose bridge, meaning the bridge of my nose sits level with the pupils of my eyes. Warby has some “low bridge fit” frame options that work well for people with nose bridges, wide faces, and/or high cheekbones (all of which apply to me!). These Weltys are a “low bridge” fit frame, which I think is better for me since my eye brows sometimes don’t come above the tops of some frames.

Warby Parker Welty in Rose Crystal

5. Welty in Whiskey Tortoise

These have a simple, classic tortoise that’s got a lot of black in it. Again the shape is good for my face and the bridge is low enough. Another good option!

Warby Parker Welty in Whiskey Tortoise

The Second Five

This time I went with all tortoise-type frames, not clear. I think my favorite frames are ones that are a very light tan — not clear, but not darker tortoise either. The Percey frames below are my ideal shade. It’s hard to find that color in very many styles.

1. Eugene Narrow in Rosewood Tortoise

I had tried the Eugene Narrow in Rose Crystal in one of my previous try-on sessions and liked them. They’re a larger frame, and I think the rose crystal I tried before looks better on me than these darker ones do. The Rosewood Tortoise color looks darker in person than it did online. I do like the shape, though.

Warby Parker Eugene Narrow in Rosewood Tortoise

2. Haskell in Whiskey Tortoise

These are similar to the Eugene Narrow, but they have a slight cat eye. I like the shape, but I think the Whiskey Tortoise color is just too dark for me. These do also come in the clear “crystal” color.

Warby Parker Haskell in Whiskey Tortoise

3. Percey in Chestnut Crystal

These are another rounded style, similar to Percey, but they have a little less cat eye. The Chestnut Crystal is my absolute favorite color of frames, with Grapefruit Soda coming in a close second. Wish I could get any style in those colors. This frame comes in 6 different colors!

Warby Parker Percey in Chestnut Crystal

4. Sims in Striped Sassafras

This is a more classic wide rectangle-type frame. I don’t think you could go wrong with this one. It also comes in this AMAZING red color called Cardinal Crystal, but the red wasn’t available for home try-on or I definitely would have tried it.

Warby Parker Sims in Striped Sassafras

5. Wilkie in Chestnut Crystal

Well you already know how I feel about Chestnut Crystal, and these cuties are another classic rectangle shape. They’re a little straighter across the top than the Sims above, and I think they look better on me that way. These also come in 6 colors, and one is this cool bold magenta called Berry Crystal Fade.

Warby Parker Wilkie in Chestnut Crystal

How to Choose

I’m still on the fence about which glasses to get, but that’s okay because I won’t be ordering any until summer when I get my eyes checked again and update my prescription. Who knows, maybe I’ll try a few more pairs.

In the meantime, Warby Parker suggests these fit guidelines for how to find the right frames for you:

Are they comfortable? That’s a great start.

Otherwise, a few rules of thumb:

  • Pupils should be near the center of the lens
  • Lenses shouldn’t extend past the side of your face
  • Eyebrows should not be inside the glasses
  • When you smile, your cheeks don’t push the frames up
  • Frames shouldn’t slide down your nose

I’ve found it helpful to take photos of yourself wearing each pair and then you can look at them side by side. Share the photos with others and get their opinions as well.

I’m still leaning toward #1, 2, 3, and 5 from the second set of my first try-on and then #4 from my first set above (the Welty, in either Rose Crystal or Whiskey Tortoise) or #5 from my second set above (the Wilkie in Chestnut Crystal). I’ll probably buy 2 pairs when it’s all said and done: Which ones would you recommend?

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