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We’ve all been there, a holiday or the end of the school year crept up on you and you suddenly realize you forgot something very important. You forgot to grab a gift for the PTA moms of your child’s classroom. They work hard all year long to plan and organize and you want to show your appreciation. The problem is— you are out of time. In all the hustle and bustle you forgot to take the time to plan that perfect gift.
Thankfully, you can relax. We know how hard it is to even remember to grab a gift, let alone try and decide on the perfect one! We did the legwork and came up with 16 easy to put together gifts for the PTA moms in your life. If you are ready to choose the perfect gift and wow all the PTA moms in the school, continue reading below.
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Whether she is a coffee or tea drinker, any PTA mom is sure to love this gift! You can customize it to say almost anything you wish. She would surely love a cup monogrammed with her initials or adorned with her name. If that isn’t her “cup of tea” (see what we did there?) then perhaps a have the cup decked out in school spirit for the PTA mom who never misses a game. You could also choose to put a fancy or inspirational quote in a pretty manuscript. However, our absolute favorite idea is to brand the cup with the title “chaos coordinator” which describes any PTA mom perfectly. No matter what you decide when it comes to a personalized cup— you can’t go wrong!
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Have you ever met a PTA mom who didn’t love planning and organizing? Bullet Journals and PTA moms go hand in hand. They can customize the journal to organize any part of their life. The journal can also combine their home to do lists with those tasks required for the classroom. Which makes this the ultimate planner for their every need. Bullet journals can also be soothing and relaxing, giving her time to relax and wind down after a long day at the school. If you really want to impress her, make a bullet journal gift basket with plenty of Washi tape and pretty pens, making customizing the journal a breeze.
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PTA moms love sticky notes. They use them to jot down notes and plans they don’t want to forget. Sticky notes are perfect for sending home reminders to other parents, as they can stick them right on backpacks, folders or even your kid's shirt. Although you could absolutely run to the store and grab a pack of plain and simple sticky notes, we suggest doing a little more thorough shopping and finding a nice set. Choose something bright and colorful that has several sizes to choose from. You may even get lucky and find a set with a cute and quirky title, making it even more personal and perfect.
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If there is one thing PTA moms love more than planning. It’s baking cookies. Chances are the PTA mom in your life has baked dozens upon dozens of chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. She has whipped up countless batches of sugar cookies and iced to perfection. Give her something to look forward to when baking all those cookies and surprise her with a new beautiful cookie baking set. A baking pan, with matching oven mitt, spoon, bowel, and mixer tied together with a beautiful ribbon will warm her heart. If you want to go the extra step, include a nice cookie cookbook for inspiration as well!
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Pocket planners are the perfect size for her to pop quickly into her pocket or purse. She can easily grab her handy pocket planner and jot down any upcoming appointments, parties or fundraiser deadlines. PTA moms love to be organized and on time and are not keen on forgetting things. This pocket planner will ensure that she always had access to her schedule which will give her the confidence she needs to make plans at any time. It will also significantly lower her stress level as she will be less likely to accidentally overschedule herself. Try and pick a planner with bright and beautiful colors to brighten her day anytime she looks at it.
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If you have ever used a nice ballpoint pen, you know the intense joy felt when the ink moves effortlessly across the paper. There is not much that compares to the perfection of a nice pen set. PTA consists of constantly writing down notes and making schedules. Your PTA mom needs a nice pen set more than anyone! Take the time to choose a really great set and she will thank you for years to come. You can also find beautifully inscribed pens and pen cases to make the gift even more amazing. If you are having trouble deciding on a gift, a pen set is a perfect choice.
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Being a PTA mom is super busy, so busy in fact that she may forget to remember to drink the amount of water she should to keep her body running smooth. Gift her with a beautiful water bottle to help remind her to drink water daily. There are many kinds to choose from, but we suggest grabbing a bottle that you can infuse with fruits to enhance the flavor and give her a little something different. Glass water bottles are also an ideal choice with their attractive and sleek design they will help any PTA mom drink more water and feel classy doing it.
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If you want to touch her heart a photo album is a perfect choice. Get in touch with other parents in the classroom and collect pictures of activities throughout the school year. If you can, try to find several pictures with the PTA mom participating in the activities. Gather all the photos and pick the perfect album to place them all in. If you want it to be really special, consider buying an album you can caption on the side. Place reminders of the day, or have the kids to write their favorite things about the activities. This will help her to remember all the fun things she has put together and to see how she has touched others as well.
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Caffeine is caffeine and chances are as a PTA mom she will drink whatever is available. PTA moms need caffeine to get through their busy and overloaded schedules. However, everyone loves to enjoy something special from time to time. A specialty tea or coffee is probably not something she gets to enjoy very often on her busy schedule. Gift her a bag of this specialty drink with explicit instructions to enjoy the beverage while taking some time to relax. You can also combine this gift with a brand new mug and a fancy wrap for an extra touch.
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Mindfulness is something we could all stand to practice a bit more of. Help the PTA mom in your child’s classroom learn some great techniques for quieting her mind and learning to relax by gifting her a mindfulness journal. If she has been in PTA for any amount of time she is sure to have a brain overloaded with ideas, to do lists, fundraiser deadlines and party planning. Practicing mindfulness could be just what she needs to finally be able to take a break from the chaos in her mind and focus on things important to her.
After a long day planning and orchestrating everything from fundraisers to next years Christmas pageant, what a PTA mom really needs is a chance to relax and unwind. Gifting a bath bomb set gives her the excuse she needs to finally relax in the tub instead of always taking that quick 2-minute shower. Try to find relaxing and calming scents to really give her the chance to leave her troubles behind. Find a cute basket, adorn with a bow and add a nice spa pillow and a few additional bath essentials to really impress and give her what she wants.
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You’ll be hard pressed to find a mom who doesn’t enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day, and PTA moms are no different. If you can’t decide what type of wine to purchase try grabbing both a nice white and a nice red wine. You can’t go wrong! Bundle them up in a nice basket with a set of exquisite wine glasses for the absolute perfect gift. If you are still unsure if wine is the best gift and are afraid of purchasing something she wouldn’t like—try grabbing a gift card to a local store or even a membership to a wine of the month club. We would suggest this gift only for moms you know would enjoy it. If you are unsure if she drinks wine, you may want to choose another gift from this list.
Coloring is a stress-reducing activity. Taking the time to create something beautiful and unique will give her time to forget about the million and one things on her to do list. There are several books and sets to choose from. Try grabbing a book that will not only be fun to color but that also has a personal touch. If she loves cats, dogs, horses, flowers, inspirational quotes or bible verses— find a book that portrays these things! In addition to the book, grab a nice set of markers, colored pencils, and gel pens. This will give her plenty of options to color, destress and unwind.
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Who doesn’t love chocolate? If you are looking for an easy, simple, and sure to impress gift— chocolate is what you need. We don’t mean to go grab a chocolate bar from the local convenience store. Instead, put some thought into the gift and choose special, unique, and flavorful chocolate choices. You may also consider chocolates filled with a variety of creams, and flavors. As well as chocolates with nuts and without. For a gift that surpasses them all, gather several chocolates together for a sensational chocolate bouquet. If you are ever in doubt about the perfect gift for the PTA mom in your life, chocolate is the best choice.
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Chances are if she is a PTA mom (or really a mom at all) she has several items she needs to keep together. A good sturdy bag with a well-enforced bottom and strong handles can make a world of difference. It also needs to have an enormous amount of space and plenty of pockets, zippers, and storage. If you would like to make this a gift she won’t forget, consider filling the bag with one or more of the choices we have already covered. If you are looking to make a huge impression, this gift has it all.
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This is a gift unlike any other! Give her the gift of relaxation and rest by choosing a certificate for a spa day. You may even consider purchasing a second certificate that she can use for a friend so she doesn’t have to go alone (unless that is her preference!). This gift is the best way to show how much you appreciate her hard work. A nice day at the spa is just what any PTA mother needs to really take the time for herself and de-stress from the day to day obligations. If you want to give a gift she won’t soon forget, this is the absolute best choice!