Whether celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week or just planning to thank a teacher at the end of the school-year, it’s always best to get them something they will truly appreciate. That said coming up with great gifts for your teacher can still be a challenge.
Ask your child what things they instantly think of when they think of their teacher. You might get words like “mean” and “hard” but then they usually start to think of what they always drink, their favorite teams to cheer for, or their hobbies. That’s a great place to start!
That being said, not everyone wants to give a gift card or can afford a substantial one! Looking for other ideas? I have a few for you.
Make your money go further.
Be the person that collects money from all the parents and do a group gift. Group gifts allow for you to get a day at the spa or a night at a local hotel or casino for the teacher and his/her family. No teacher will turn down a spa day or a night away!
Give a gift that lasts.
Think a perennial flower or plant. The expense can be minimal but can be long-lasting. I also like the easy gardening kits you can get for balcony use! Any good teacher will look at that and think of your child every time they see it.
Teachers are loyal to their school. Get them something with the school mascot on it. Socks, scarf, t-shirt, or even a visor. You can support your local booster club with a purchase or find something original for them on Amazon. I like to look up the mascot and see what pops up on Amazon like a Panther decal or a Trojan t-shirt or Tiger socks.
Useful is always good.
Most wear a lanyard or keep keys with them every day. Find one that’s perfect for them – by color, by team, or by bling. I happen to really like this teacher-inspired lanyard. Guessing the teacher will, too.
Handmade is sentimental.
Handmade is not a bad thing. If you are willing to help your child make something nice, the teacher will appreciate the sentiment. Think pencil holders, kindness rocks with words that describe the teacher, knitted oven mitts, or a tie blanket or pillow, maybe even one for their beloved pet.
Pick your ticket.
Another good choice is getting tickets to a summer event for the teacher to enjoy. General admission tickets at your local baseball field are usually under $10. Get 2 and give your teacher a well-deserved night out.
Time tested gifts.
If you still aren’t sure about what to get your teacher. These ones have always been favorites among the teaching community.
Just remember that whatever gift you give, big or small, be sure to write a genuine thank-you note with it. Guaranteed that no teacher forgets a heart-felt letter of appreciation. Teachers don’t go into teaching for the money. They go into teaching to make a difference. A few words can keep a teacher teaching and leave life-long good thoughts of you and your child.
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