10 Unique Boho Teacher Gift Ideas for Christmas

Are you on the hunt for some unique teacher gift ideas for Christmas or the holiday season? Well, my friend, you’ve come to the right place! I love finding fun and beautiful gifts to make your gifting and wishlisting even easier! I would say that I have a bohemian style, which has become more popular this year. Rainbows, macrame, and effortless greenery and florals make this style, and my heart soar! If you have a boho teacher in your life or you love this style as much as I do, let’s find you some beautiful boho teacher Christmas gift ideas!

Boho Teacher Gift Guide: Unique Christmas Gifts for Teachers 

Beautiful Gift Ideas for Teacher on Christmas to Make Her Swoon

These foolproof Christmas gift ideas for a teacher will give her all the heart eyes! We are always on the hunt for a bag that we can use to carry our teacher things to and from school that is both stylish and functional. I love this canvas backpack because it will hold up to the daily teacher life, and it has beautiful boho features like the detail down the middle and straps!

I am forever looking for hair ties during recess or those days where I need to pull my hair into a messy bun. Especially on the days when I want to look cute and do my hair, but then end up sweating because of all the things on my to-do list as a teacher. You feel me? These scrunchies have a romantic velvet feel with the blush and mauve color, so they’re not only helpful for holding your hair out of your face, but they also look so cute on your wrist and in your hair! These are great Christmas gift ideas for teacher friends.

I don’t think that it is possible to have too many cute travel mugs, do you?! Somehow, I always end up with a desk FULL of beverages by the end of the day/week. Coffee, water, my breakfast smoothie, and usually something else during the day! Travel mugs are useful, which makes them one o the best teacher gift ideas for Christmas. This Steel Mill & Co Insulated Thermal Mug is gorgeous with the woodland florals and greenery design. It’ll keep your teacher fuel cold or hot (depending on what you prefer), and it’ll match your boho teacher vibe!

Snag one of these Christmas gift ideas for a teacher and make her day!

Home and Classroom Decor Christmas Gift Ideas for a Teacher

I recently moved into a new apartment and have loved finding cute bohemian elements to add to my decor! These decor pieces are good teacher gift ideas for Christmas because your teacher friend can use them in her home or classroom! The first one is this Moroccan leather floor pouf. Isn’t it just stunning?! I love the warm tones in the leather and white details. This would be a fun flexible seating spot in your classroom or make a cute floor pillow for your living room.

I got this pack of battery-operated remote-controlled fairy lights, and I am in LOVE! You can bend the wire however you’d like and wrap it around things in your home or classroom. There are several settings, and I love being able to turn them on with the touch of a button! This four-pack will give the teacher in your life easy ways to make her classroom or home feel cozy and magical any time of year.

This next teacher Christmas gift idea is something unique and beautiful! I absolutely love this stunning macrame wall hanging! It looks like it was handmade, and it will bring such a cozy touch to any space with the texture and cream color. I love when our classrooms look like home, and this macrame tapestry will do the trick! I’ve been macrame-obsessed this year, and if you’re a boho teacher, you probably have been too.

Candles are always good Christmas gift ideas for your child’s teacher! I love this Fir Firewood candle from Anthropologie because it sets the mood and lifts my spirits even in the cold, long winter months. Not to mention, the design is stunning and will look beautiful set out on your coffee table or in your home!

Best teacher gift ideas for Christmas - Cozy Boho Decor!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Teacher Coworkers: Casual Friday Style!

Does your school let you wear teacher tees on Friday? It’s such a fun way to end the week, and it feels like we’re able to let loose a bit! I found some fun boho teacher Christmas gift ideas, easy enough to purchase and send to your favorite teacher or teacher coworker! It all started with this Boho Rainbow Teacher Tee. If you can’t tell, I’m feeling the olive green vibes right now and loving it! These tees are so cute, and a teacher creates them. This is a great way to look cute and shop small!

And, let’s pair it with this beautiful kimono for a boho flair! Kimonos are my jam - I love that they are flouncy and feminine but comfortable to wear and keep me covered. This boho duster kimono will go great with that tee shirt but can also be worn with so many other outfits! I love the mix of patterns and beautiful golden color. This is one of my favorite Christmas gift ideas for teacher wife!

And look how cute these boho rainbow keychains are! Hello, inexpensive teacher gift ideas for Christmas that will make your teacher smile! Wear them on your lanyard as part of your casual Friday teacher style, or add them to your keychain, backpack, or teacher pen pouch. They would also make great Christmas gift ideas for teacher friends!


I hope these teacher Christmas gift ideas help you purchase something special for the amazing teachers in your life! If you are a teacher who loves the boho style, make sure to share this blog post, so your loved ones have some gift ideas for you and pin it for years to come! Some of the links included are affiliate links, which means that I make a small commission for your purchase without charging you more money. It’s a little way to spread Christmas cheer this holiday season! Here’s a look at all of the Christmas gift ideas for teachers again with links below!













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12 Digital Classroom Management Rewards Your Students Want!

Whether you’re teaching virtually, in the classroom, or a hybrid of the two, you’re probably working on a digital classroom management plan! It’s such a KEY part of building a foundation for your class (especially when you mesh it with classroom community), and I want to make sure you have everything you need in place to be successful. 

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The ultimate goal is for our students to be intrinsically motivated, but let’s be honest. That doesn’t always happen. ESPECIALLY at the start of the year (not to mention where quarantine, social-distancing, and technology are involved). What can we give as digital classroom management rewards that won’t cost us much and pique our students’ interests?


I’ve formulated a list of twelve rewards to work with any of the digital classroom management tools you choose to incorporate into your system. You can choose which of these free digital classroom management rewards would interest your students! I like to use classroom cash as my classroom management system, so I’ll be assigning these rewards dollar amounts for students to cash in on!

1. Pajama Pass

My students LOVE pajama day, so I thought this would be a fantastic digital classroom management reward for individual students or the whole class! You could also call it “Class in your Comfies,” if you don’t want to limit to pajamas. 

2. Teacher Helper or Tech Assistant for Digital Classroom Management

Kids LOVE being the assistant or helper, and I don’t know about you, but I can use all of the help I can get! You can give them the “Tech Assistant” badge, and whenever is having technology trouble, they can contact the tech assistant before you! That’s a win-win classroom management incentive if I ever saw one!

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3. Video Call Lunch Bunch

If you have your lunchtime open, this would be SUCH a great way to build relationships with your students while rewarding them for remarkable classroom behavior! You can have them choose two friends, and the four of you can get on Google Meet or Zoom together. You can eat lunch and chat together!


P.S. - I 100% recommend putting your students in small groups of 4-5 and inviting each group to a first-week-of-school lunch bunch with you to get to know each other! Relationships, first and always!

4. Personalized Screen Wallpaper

If you’re crafty on PowerPoint, Google Slides, or the Procreate app, you could create a personalized laptop or iPad screen wallpaper for students! You could ask them for a list of their favorites and make them super special! I love anything we can do to show our love for our students in creative ways. The wallpaper would also keep them reminded of staying on task while online, which will help your digital classroom management.

5. Virtual Field Trip Chooser

I love virtual field trips, and so does my class! How fun would it be for our students to choose which virtual field trips we go on? Choosing the trips would increase their buy-in and let them learn about what interests them. I’m all about incorporating my students’ interests into my classroom management!

6. Morning Meeting Leader to Combine Digital Classroom Management and Classroom Community

Morning Meeting is my class’s favorite part of the day, and once we get to know each other and get into the routine, I gradually release responsibility to my students to lead. They LOVE being in charge and leading our class meetings, so this is a MUST as a reward starting in November. 


These Morning Meeting slides make having student leaders a piece of cake because everything is planned and ready for them! They just need to read the directions and lead the class in the greeting, share, activity, and message of the day! The growing bundle has been a lifesaver for virtual learning too.

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7. Digital Puzzle Pack

You can make some digital puzzles in Seesaw or Google Slides and send them to the students! I’m thinking of word searches, crossword puzzles, sudoku, word scrambles, mazes, etc. These digital classroom management rewards are great because they work the students’ brains, and once you have some made, you can send them to students as needed. 


8. Show and Tell

Show and Tell is not just for the primary students! Even your upper elementary students love sharing about what they love! My students love showing and telling about their pets, toys, siblings, books, bedrooms, and more. Show and Tell is a tremendous digital classroom management reward, and it builds classroom community as students get to learn more about each other!

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9. Personalized Sign in their Yard

I don’t know a kid who wouldn’t like to wake up one morning and see a bright, personalized sign in their yard! Here are some sayings you could use:

“An Awesome Fourth Grader Lives Here!”

“Honk to tell (Student Name) that s/he is amazing!”

“(Student Name) is part of the (Class Name) Family, and we think s/he is pretty great!”



10. Read-Alouds are Always a Good Choice!

The student who gets this reward can either read a picture book aloud to the class on Zoom or Google Meet, or s/he can pick the next book that you read to the class! The book that you read to the class can be a picture book or a novel, whichever you choose. My students LOVE our novel read aloud time after lunch every day, so that’s what I would have the student choose!


11. Rainbow Pass

I was thinking about how much my students love to write and do their work with different colored pens and markers - I have a coupon called Rainbow Writing, where they get a special container of colored pens to write with for a day! You could do this digitally by allowing them to choose the color the words they’re typing are! I usually don’t allow them to change the font color from black because... #timesuck. But, it would be a fun reward for your digital classroom management system!

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12. Chalk Obstacle Course

This one will take a bit more work on your end, but it could be harder to receive as a reward, so you don’t have to do it as often! I loved seeing all of the creative chalk obstacle courses people created during the quarantine. So how fun would it be to make them for your students and their families on their driveways?! As a student, that alone would make me want to exceed your expectations so I could earn that incentive!



Yay for rewards that hardly cost you anything but make your digital classroom management system a success! Let’s make this year the best year yet and encourage our students to make wise choices, exceed expectations, and enjoy the little things! Planning your classroom management incentives and rewards is so worth it!

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If you’re looking for more help when it comes to classroom community, check out my free Classroom Community Planner! It’ll help you plan for every part of building a tight-knit culture and community in your classroom. It’s transformed my class, and I’m here to help you make yours better too!




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7 Morning Meeting Activities 4th Grade Students LOVE!

Morning Meeting is the best part of the day in my 4th-grade classroom, and I want to share some of my fourth graders’ favorite morning meeting activities. These morning meeting activities are ones that we use all year to work on teamwork, classroom community, and just having fun building relationships together! BONUS: All of these morning meeting activities work for social distancing too!

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Use these Morning Meeting Activities 4th Grade in your classroom!


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One of the Most Popular Morning Meeting Group Activities: Inspector Bullfrog

Inspector Bullfrog is one of our favorite morning meeting activities because it’s silly and fun! It also requires observation skills! Here’s how to play:

  • Everyone should start sitting in a circle. Choose one student to be the inspector and send him/her outside of the classroom for a second.

  • All students should close their eyes, and you tap one of them on the head or shoulder. That student is the bullfrog.

  • The inspector returns to the classroom and stands in the middle of the circle. S/he tries to figure out who the bullfrog is by looking at the students.

  • The bullfrog attempts to put the rest of the class to sleep by sticking out his/her tongue at them. But s/he has to make eye contact with the student, so the student knows it’s him/her who s/he put to sleep.

  • The student who is put to sleep by the bullfrog dramatically lays down on the floor to tell the inspector that s/he fell asleep.

  • The inspector has three guesses to try to figure out who the bullfrog is. S/he wins if s/he guesses correctly. The bullfrog wins if s/he puts the whole class to sleep before being caught or not being guessed by the inspector!

How to make this social-distancing safe: make the circle as spread out as you can!


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One of Our Favorite Morning Meeting Team Building Activities: Group Juggling

Okay, I have to warn you, this morning meeting activity is tricky! I definitely would not recommend this for students below Third Grade, because it takes a lot of attention and focus! But I love the challenge that this morning meeting activity required of my 4th-grade students. Here’s how it works:

  • Get a few dodgeballs or soft balls for this activity. You probably won’t need more than four at first, but may need more once students get better at it. Depending on your class size, you may choose to split your students into two groups,

  • Students stand in a circle, and each has a number (we use our class numbers, but you can choose whatever numbers you’d like). Mix up the numbers, so they aren’t all standing next to each other. Let them know which students have numbers before and after them. (Ex: You are 1, you are 2, you are 3, etc.)

  • Pass Student 1 the first ball, and s/he tosses the ball to Student 2. This continues through all of the numbers, and the last student passes the ball back to Student One. This repeats, and as the first ball gets about halfway around the circle, pass another ball to student one for him/her to start tossing too. Now students have to keep track of two balls in the circle. If they get the two balls juggling well, try to add a third one!

  • If a ball drops at any time, they have to start over with one ball at student 1. At the end of the time you have, note how many balls was the record so that next time you play, you can try to beat your record!


Group Juggling is a fantastic morning meeting activity to build teamwork, coordination, and focus! It’s not as easy as it seems! But my fourth graders love trying to work together to juggle more balls each time! If you’re worried about the spread of germs, have all students wash their hands before and after playing!

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Freeze Dance - One of those Morning Meeting Activities that is just plain fun!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes we just need a dance party! My fourth graders LOVE freeze dance just as much as my Kindergarteners did! (Did you know that I taught primary for three years before finding my true love of upper elementary!?) Freeze dance is perfect for those days when you don’t have a lot of time for your morning meeting. Here’s how to play:

  • When the music is playing, everyone should be dancing where you can see them. I encourage my students to dance around the room and have fun with it!

  • When you stop the music, everyone should freeze. If you catch people who are still moving, they are out and sit down until the next round starts.

  • Start the music again and keep playing until one student is left standing! He/she is the winner!

  • You can have the winner pick the next song to dance to, be the DJ and you play the game, or just celebrate them and play again.


For a challenge, once you’ve played a few times with your students, play opposite freeze dance and freeze when the music plays and dance when it stops. THAT is pretty hilarious! If you’re trying to keep social-distance, just make sure your students keep a distance.

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STEM Challenges - Get Your Fourth Graders Thinking Outside the Box

I don’t do them often, but I will include a STEM or STEAM challenge in our Morning Meeting plans now and then! These Morning Meeting Activities encourage creativity and problem-solving. You can use any materials you have on hand or choose to do a specific challenge and make sure you have specific materials ready to go. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Tallest Tower Challenge: This one is so easy because you can prep it in 3 minutes or less! Grab some random supplies, divide them between groups of students evenly, and let them work together to build the tallest tower in 5 minutes! We’ve done this with index cards, tape and paper, manipulatives, and so much more!

  • Aluminum Foil Boats: Students create a boat out of foil that will float and carry as much weight (pennies) as possible! Then, test your creations and award a winner!

  • Book vs. Paper Challenge: Can a single piece of paper hold a book off the table/floor? The short answer: yes, it can! Challenge your students to see if they can figure it out!

  • Paper Plane Challenge: Set a specific and measurable goal/challenge for your paper airplanes to meet (goes furthest, stays in air longest, etc.) and see who can create a plane that meets the challenge!

This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to STEM Morning Meeting Activities for fourth Grade! Let me know your favorites in a comment below!

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Math Baseball - Morning Meeting Activities with an Academic Focus

I usually keep my morning meetings focused on community-building, social-emotional learning, and warming up for the day, but I will occasionally incorporate some content review. Math Baseball is one of my students’ favorite games to play, and it’s easy to use for whatever standards you need to review! All you need is some flashcards and three chairs. Here’s how to play:

  • Line students up in two lines facing you. Put the three chairs around the classroom to look like a baseball diamond. Where the students are is home plate, then you’ll have a first, second, and third base.

  • Show the first two students (the first in each line) a flashcard and have them solve the problem and say the answer. Whoever answers correctly first advances to first base. The other student goes to the back of his/her line.

  • Keep playing and advancing students - the student on first base will move to second, etc. When students move to home base, they get a point (they keep track individually) and go to the back of a line. Play as long as you’d like!


If you want to play this while keeping your distance, have students stand further apart and just stand by the “bases.” You could play this with other content too - I think vocabulary baseball could be a great idea!


Active Tic-Tac-Toe - An Activity to Build Critical Thinking and Teamwork Skills

I picked up a tic-tac-toe board in the Target dollar spot, and it has been awesome to use in the classroom! This activity is a classic game with a twist that pushes students to think quickly and work as a team! I would say that this is best for 3rd Grade and up.

  • Before starting, make sure your students understand how to play tic tac toe. Split the class into two teams and have them line up in two lines on one side of the classroom. Give one team the X pieces and the other team the Os. Place the tic tac toe board on the other side of the classroom.

  • On your go, have the first student in each line run over to the board and place their piece in a square and run back to tag the next student. As they put pieces on the board, they are trying to get 3 in a row. If each team puts down all of their pieces without getting a tic tac toe, the next students in the lines go and move one piece into a different square. This continues until one team gets three in a row!

This one is a little harder to do while social distancing, so I recommend playing it on the board and giving each student an expo marker instead! It’s fun to see how their brains work and if they play offensively or defensively!

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Alibi - One of My Top Pics for Morning Meeting Activities in Fourth Grade

I love Alibi because it requires students to be creative and listen to each other! It doesn’t require any materials and is such a fun Morning Meeting game to have in your arsenal. Perfect for fourth graders who are working on justifying their answers too! Here’s how to play:

  • Choose one student to be the detective. S/he has to go outside for a second while you choose one other student guilty of committing the “crime.” The detective will have to determine who the guilty person is through questioning.

  • The detective reenters the room (everyone is sitting in a circle), and you make up an elaborate silly crime committed. (Example: I walked into my classroom this morning just like every other morning, and it was BOOBY-TRAPPED! Someone set traps up so I would be splashed with orange juice and fall into a pool of marshmallows before getting covered with chocolate sauce! Detective, can you figure out who did this?) 

  • Then, the detective goes around the circle, and everyone comes up with an alibi that tells why they couldn’t have committed the crime and were innocent. S/he asks everyone again, and all the students say the same answers except for the guilty student who changes his/her alibi.

  • If the detective guesses correctly, s/he wins!


I know that you have A LOT on your plate, and I want to help you spend less time planning outside of school. That’s why I created Morning Meeting Slides for the school year! Grab the bundle here, so you have all the Morning Meeting plans you need for the whole school year! 

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