Once upon a time, I gave a potted flower to a favorite professor. I felt the need to give her something special, but I wasn’t aware of customized mugs at the time, or I would have given her both the flower and the mug. Now I’m making such mugs (with “Best teacher ever”) myself, and while they’re not very sophisticated, they do include a photo of several students, which will mean lots to many teachers, given how so very often they get to see students graduate their teaching cycle with only a series of photos taken at the end of that cycle. True, there are all sorts of creative productions students put on, and professors get copies of photos and videos these days, but still, a personalized mug with their name and a photo of yourself and your friends is likely to make their day (for many years to come).
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Ralph Waldo Emerson famously remarked that “A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature.” I believe that a good teacher/professor is just as precious and rare, in a different but related way. A good teacher is a combination of friend and guiding spirit. It can never be just one. A good teacher is kind and attentive to the student while also caring for the student like an older friend. You’ve seen this in movies such as Good Will Hunting, where the character played so movingly by Robin Williams shows us what a young soul needs and responds to in terms of guidance. This is an awesome task, being a good professor. You have not only the minds of students but also their hearts in your palm. Talk about a burden—as well as grace. I do believe that true guiding spirits in this world are gracefully lead down the path of instructing others for the latter’s well-being in their personal and professional lives. What kind of grace is that which leads them? The answers may vary according to our beliefs, but dedicated, vibrating, kind, and wise teachers are certainly one of the most beautiful things in this world—and they bring about so much good in the world.
All that said, here’s the mug I created for such teachers, reading that a teacher, as well as a friend, “may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.”
The above photo has two photos for you to personalize: one with you and some of your friends, and one with an image of your teacher.
If you’re looking for a gift of similar monetary value but a little bit more flashy and cute, something suited well for teachers of little kids, you can choose the bracelet below, with colorful beads and a disc engraved with the words “Teachers plant seeds that grow forever.”
If you enjoy these teacher quotes on various products, here’s a decorative pillow case with the words “To teach is to touch a life forever.” It would make a nice gift for teacher’s birthday, or for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, etc. Here it is.
I think the above design would work well for a variety of teachers, including art instructors.
If you can afford something a bit more expensive, I found this wonderful necklace on Amazon suitable for many people in our lives whose destiny have commingled with our own. This necklace is made of silver and gold vermeil, which is to say gold-plated silver, but created so with a thicker layer of gold. Gold vermeil is the best gold-plated jewelry that is.
To a happier, healthier life,
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