Wondering about end-of-the-year gifts for teachers? With a few mouse clicks, you can support local businesses and mark your kids’ teachers off your list. And, if you’re scrambling at the last moment, these are a perfect no-stress solution! All of the gifts below are offered by local businesses and can be purchased and delivered electronically. Also, don’t forget to check out out Dos and Don’t’s of Teacher Gifts!
During a regular school year, teachers go above and beyond the call of duty for our children. There’s not even a term to describe what teachers have overcome to get our kids and themselves through the past two school years. Whether teaching remotely or in person, teachers have learned new ways to teach and facilitate learning.
If a gift is in your budget, we suggest supporting local businesses when you can. We’ve gathered up a list of local Greenville and Spartanburg businesses that offer gift cards that can be emailed to your child’s teacher.
Restaurants That Offer Digital Gift Cards
The Anchorage and/or Taxi House Wines – Greenville
In 2018, The James Beard Foundation recognized The Anchorage as a Semi-Finalist for Best New Restaurant. It features a unique dining experience that hinges on stellar local ingredients. Taxi House Wines is a cute wine shop nestled in the same building as The Anchorage. It has a specially curated wine selection coupled with expert service to help you find the right wine for any occasion.
City Scape Winery – Greenville
If you know your child’s teacher’s taste in wine, this might be a much-deserved and appreciated gift after the last few weeks!
Fr8yard – Spartanburg
This family-friendly outdoor venue offers great food, live music, and more.
Monkey Wrench Smokehouse – Travelers Rest
Send your child’s teacher a gift card for this Travelers Rest restaurant, so that they can enjoy the delight that is their Sunday Brunch!
Naked Pasta – Greenville
While not technically a restaurant, Naked Pasta can help warm the hearts and fill the bellies of your favorite teachers. Their small-batch-produced take-home pasta includes linguine, ravioli, lasagna, and many other options – including some gluten-free choices!
Rocky Moo – Greenville & Spartanburg
If you haven’t tried some of Rocky Moo’s custom-made ice cream sandwiches, you haven’t lived. You get to choose the ice cream, the items it is sandwiched between (you can have 2 different), and then have it rolled in toppings!
Sidewall Pizza – Greenville, Simpsonville & Travelers Rest
This is a favorite with Kidding Around readers! You can share this delicious pizza by emailing them a gift card through their online menu order option. Be sure to check the email option.
Southern Growl – Greer
This popular spot has an exciting menu that changes regularly and plenty of adult beverages on tap–most of which they brew.
Stella’s Southern Bistro – Simpsonville
Stella’s offers family-style meal deals 7 days a week. Gift certificates are purchased through their online ordering system.
Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery – Greenville
This local favorite has something for everyone, including a cafe and grocery–both of which highlight local and regional foods. Their merchandise selection also features items from local makers.
Willy Taco – Greenville, Boiling Springs, & Spartanburg
Give the gift of tacos with a digital gift card to this popular Upstate restaurant, because tacos are never a bad idea.
Coffee Shops That Offer Digital Gift Cards
We often hear from teachers that coffee is the way to their hearts and the Upstate has several shops that offer e-gift cards.
Barista Alley – Greer
Cohesive Coffee – Greenville
Junto Coffee – Taylors
Methodical Coffee – Three Greenville locations
Unlocked Coffee Roasters – Greenville
Flying Fox Coffee– Greer
Experiences That Offer Digital Gift Cards
Drift Float & Spa – Greenville
This special spot offers floatation therapy. an infrared sauna, massage, and other services.
The Edge Barbershop – Greenville
The gift of a trip to a barbershop would also make a great gift for anyone who needs a sharp haircut or a close shave. (Fun fact: This barbershop is located on Mohawk Drive.)
The Peace Center – Greenville
If your child’s teacher is a fan of the arts, imagine helping them attend a show at The Peace Center.
Plate 108 – Greer
You can give the gift of virtual cooking lessons that include take-home kits. Lessons for everything from cupcakes to sushi can be found through Plate 108.
Spartanburg Art Museum – Spartanburg
Send your child’s teacher to art school with one of their gift certificates. SAM Art School includes an array of courses and workshops: ceramics, calligraphy, drawing, and painting–to name a few.
Woodhouse Day Spa – Greenville
You can partner up with other class parents to provide your child’s teacher with a spa treatment. We could all probably use a spa treatment after the past year!
Escape Artist Greenville – Greenville
Send an exciting gift for an escape room adventure!
Local Retailers That Offer Digital Gift Cards
613 Boutique – Greenville
This local boutique carries everything from clothes to customized tumblers.
You can see a lot of what they offer in this video tour of 613 Boutique.
A Dapper Sandlapper – Greenville
Male teachers can sometimes be hard to shop for. If your child’s teacher is into dressing like a true southern gentleman, then these locally made bow-ties are for him.
Blue Moon Specialty Foods – Spartanburg
Offers flavored seasonings, sauces, and marinades, as well as fresh food and gift baskets
Make Made Jewelry – Greenville
Market on Main – Spartanburg
This market has local jewelry, treats, arts, furniture, and everything in between and features more than 30 artisans. They also host DIY classes.
Pink Butterfly – Spartanburg
Teachers love monogrammed and personalized items. This Spartanburg boutique can allow your favorite teacher to choose an item and personalize it.
Urban Digs – Greenville
This funky shop can help your favorite teacher make their house a home with fun décor items and house plants.
The Urban Planter – Spartanburg
This unique plant shop in downtown Spartanburg offers house plants, art pieces, and more.
Xtreme Cheesecakez – Greenville
Send a cheesecake to your favorite teacher.
A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Option
Spartanbucks – If your child’s teacher enjoys spending time in Spartanburg, you might consider gifting some Spartanbucks. Offered by OneSpartanburg, Spartanbucks can be spent at any of the participating merchants. The current list includes 30 retailers, restaurants, and attractions in Spartanburg.
Shop Downtown Greenville, SC– This digital gift card can be used at dozens of shops in Downtown Greenville! The current list includes 25 locations, including the Greenville Drive, dining options, attractions, restaurants, Open Art Studios, and more.
Low-Cost Gift Ideas
Most of us can’t afford to show appreciation at the level we’d like. I feel like my son’s teacher deserves a trip to Fiji. Unfortunately, that’s not in my budget.
If all your budget allows for is a heartfelt letter and a drawing from your child, I promise it will be cherished long after other gifts are forgotten. If you need to send it digitally, don’t forget you can take a photo of your child’s drawing and email it! You could also help your child make a short video thanking his or her teacher.
What thank you gift are you sending your child’s teacher this year?