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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Teacher in Your Life

For the teacher in your life who already has enough mugs and apple-themed knick-knacks to last a lifetime, here are 11 creative gifts they’ll really appreciate. All of these pair perfectly with a handwritten note, showing you’re thankful for all they do.

1. MATH FORMULAS TIE; $45

This delightfully nerdy mathematical silk tie mimics the look of a chalkboard and is possibly the classiest way to show off one’s love of learning.

Find it: Uncommmon Goods

2. "OUR CHILD MIGHT BE THE REASON YOU DRINK" WINE LABEL; $10 FOR 6

After a long day of educating other people’s kids (and making sure they don’t eat glue or stick crayons up their noses), the teacher in your life deserves to unwind with a bottle of wine. Attaching the “Our Child Might Be The Reason You Drink” label to the bottle is a funny way to show you know what they're going through—and appreciate their hard work.

Find it: Evermine

3. ALOHA HOLIDAY GIFT SET; $29

These guilt-free chocolates are plant-based, organic, vegan, kosher, gluten-free—and most importantly, delicious. So even if you’re unsure of a teacher’s dietary restrictions, you can be sure they’ll be able to enjoy these chocolate treats.

Find it: Aloha

4. COOKIE FRIES GIFT TRAY; $36 FOR 6 CARTONS

These whimsical French fry-shaped cookies are a fun and delicious way to show appreciation. The cookies are available in original, chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, cinnamon spice, chocolate toffee crunch, and confetti. Each carton arrives with your choice of dipping sauce from peanut butter, chocolate, tangy raspberry, salted caramel, lemon, and marshmallow. Plus, the trays hold six cartons which are easy to split up among multiple teachers.

Find it: The Cookie Joint

5. SCRATCH MAP; $29

Geography-lovers and aspiring globetrotters can keep track of their travels with this Scratch Map. They'll enjoy turning the monotone map into a patchwork of vibrant colors with just the scratch of a coin.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

6. MOLESKINE LIVESCRIBE NOTEBOOK; $22 FOR 2

Acknowledge the struggle to stay organized by giving the teacher in your life a pack of Moleskine Livescribe notebooks. The notebooks work with the Livescribe smart pen to keep a digital record of everything that’s written—so the teacher in your life will never have to worry about losing their notebook under their desk or beneath a stack of homework.

Find it: Amazon

7. AMAZON GIFTCARD; $10 AND UP

The average teacher spends hundreds of dollars of their own money on classroom supplies each year. Show your gratitude in an easy and thoughtful way with an Amazon Gift Card, available in increments from $10 to $2000.

Find it: Amazon

8. ROALD DAHL COLLECTION; $42

With 15 paperbacks from one of the most beloved creators of children’s stories, the Roald Dahl Collection is a perfect addition to the classroom or a teacher’s private collection. The boxed set includes all of Dahl’s most scrumdiddlyumptious stories—from favorites like The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Matilda to lesser known classics like The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me and Esio Trot. And if the teacher in your life is a real bookworm, check out this year’s book gift guide for more great ideas.

Find it: Amazon

9. QUARTET ENDURAGLIDE DRY-ERASE MARKERS; $7 FOR 4

Dry erase markers are some of the most important classroom supplies—and some of the first to be depleted. A set of long-lasting EnduraGlide markers is sure to be appreciated on their own, or combined with crayons, permanent markers, and chalk for a thoughtful gift basket of much-needed classroom supplies.

Find it: Amazon

10. MINI BOOK NECKLACE; $20

These tiny necklaces are a stylish tribute to some of the greatest literary classics. The Etsy shop offers a range of pre-made options, but the creative cardboard jewelry can also be customized with any book cover you like. (Hint: If you’re unsure what book to choose, keep in mind that The Great Gatsby and Where The Wild Things Are are two of the most beloved pieces of required reading in many school curriculums.)

Find it: Etsy

11. CLIP-ON CUP HOLDER; $5

What teacher hasn’t started at least one morning on the wrong foot by knocking over their cup of water or coffee? In a busy classroom environment, a cup filled with liquid is an accident waiting to happen. Save them a spill—and a frazzled clean-up—with a cup holder that will clip right onto their desk and keep liquids out of harm’s way.

Find it: Amazon

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Tulane University Offers Free Semester to Students Affected by Hurricane Maria
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As Puerto Rico continues to assess the damage left by Hurricane Maria last month, one American institution is offering displaced residents some long-term hope. Tulane University in New Orleans is waiving next semester’s tuition fees for students enrolled at Puerto Rican colleges prior to the storm, Forbes reports.

From now until November 1, students whose studies were disrupted by Maria can apply for one of the limited spots still open for Tulane’s spring semester. And while guests won’t be required to pay Tulane's fees, they will still be asked to pay tuition to their home universities as Puerto Rico rebuilds. Students from other islands recovering from this year’s hurricane season, like St. Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are also welcome to submit applications.

Tulane knows all too well the importance of community support in the wake of disaster. The campus was closed for all of the 2005 fall semester as New Orleans dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. During that time, schools around the world opened their doors to Tulane students who were displaced. The university wrote in a blog post, “It’s now our turn to pay it forward and assist students in need.”

Students looking to study as guests at Tulane this spring can fill out this form to apply.

[h/t Forbes]

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Pablo, a Groundbreaking New BBC Series, Teaches Kids About Autism
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Autism spectrum disorder affects one in 68 kids in the U.S., but there’s still a lot of confusion surrounding the nature of the condition and what it feels like to have it. As BuzzFeed reports, a new British children’s program aims to teach viewers about autism while showing kids on the spectrum characters and stories to which they can relate.

Pablo, which premiered on the BBC’s kids’ network CBeebies earlier this month, follows a 5-year-old boy as he navigates life with autism. The show uses two mediums: At the start of an episode, Pablo is played by a live actor and faces everyday scenarios, like feeling overstimulated by a noisy birthday party. When he’s working out the conflict in his head, Pablo is depicted as an animated doodle accompanied by animal friends like Noa the dinosaur and Llama the llama.

Each character illustrates a different facet of autism spectrum disorder: Noa loves problem-solving but has trouble reading facial expression, while Llama notices small details and likes repeating words she hears. On top of demonstrating the diversity of autism onscreen, the show depends on individuals with autism behind the scenes as well. Writers with autism contribute to the scripts and all of the characters are voiced by people with autism.

“It’s more than television,” the show’s creator Gráinne McGuinness said in a short documentary about the series. “It’s a movement that seeks to build awareness internationally about what it might be like to see the world from the perspective of someone with autism.”

Pablo can be watched in the UK on CBeebies or globally on the network's website.

[h/t BuzzFeed]

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