It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is upon us. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I dropped my kindergartner off for his first day of school? Even harder for me to believe that after 6 years home with my boys, I’ve got one year left before my husband is going to make me get a real job again. Our youngest will start school in just a little over a year now…yikes!
This week is teacher appreciation week at schools. So I’ve been checking out sites like Pinterest and doing some brainstorming for creative gifts for my sons’ teachers. They’ve both taught for many years, so I know they’ve gotten a lot of stuff over the years. I want to do something unique; something creative; something they will remember my sons by.
Here’s my list of top, easy and creative teacher gifts for this year.
- Gift cards. Who doesn’t love a gift card to some place? I’ve done gift cards to our local coffee shops, McDonald’s, or even Menards for teachers in the past. I try to come up with a place they will buy something for themselves, not for their family. The gift is about them after all.
- Flower pot. Simply fill a flower pot and then attach a note to the side of it that says “Thanks for making _____ (insert name) bloom.” Cute and not going to cost you a lot of money. (Thank you Pinterest!)
- Tumbler. Fill it with your teacher’s favorite drink packets, candy, or pencils. (Thank you Pinterest!)
- Summer vacation bundle. Include things like sunscreen, beach towels, magazine, and maybe some flip flops. My friend did this for her son’s preschool teacher last year, and it turned out really cute!
- Draw a picture and attach a handwritten note. My son’s preschool teacher has requested no gifts at Christmas time, and I know she’s the same way at the end of the school year, but she loves to have pictures her students have drawn.
- School supplies. Then of course, teachers can always use extra pencils, pens, notecards to use in their classrooms
Thank them throughout the Week
At my son’s preschool, they are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with small gifts (and clever sayings) throughout the week. Each day is a small gift with a theme to it.
Here are some of the great ideas:
- Bring your teacher’s favorite candy bar (Best Teacher “Bar” None!)
- Bring your teacher pens and pencils (You are the “Write” Teacher for Me!)
- Bring your teacher’s favorite drink (Thank you for “Quenching” my “Thirst” for Knowledge)
- Bring your teacher mints (You were “Mint” to be My Teacher)
- Bring your teacher crayons, markers, highlighters (Thank You for “Coloring” Our Lives)
(Thank you to my son’s preschool for these great ideas!)
Gifts to Avoid
- Anything that says #1 Teacher or has apples on it. They’ve probably already received plenty of those types of gifts already in their years of teaching.
- Any books about teaching. They’ve got plenty of those too.
- Homemade treats unless you know the teacher has a favorite
- Candles, lotions or anything else that smells unless you know the teacher likes a certain scent. You don’t want to buy something not knowing if they have allergies to certain things or not.
Teacher gifts don’t have to cost you a lot of money either; most of the time the teacher probably isn’t really expecting gifts. In the past I’ve spent around $10-15 on teacher gifts. If you’re giving a DIY gift, you may spend a lot less. After all, it’s the thought that counts.
Something else to consider when it comes to cost is thinking about doing a classroom gift from all students in the class. Maybe you could send a note home with the students requesting donations to buy a certain gift or a gift card. Or perhaps if you are friends with parents in the class, a group of you could go in on a gift together.
At my house, we’re doing a smaller gift this week for Teacher Appreciation Week, and then I’ll spend a little more on an end of the school year gift.
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