5 Awesome Teacher Appreciation Gifts

5 Awesome Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Check out these fun and inspired gifts for your child’s teacher!


By: Shayne T.

Our kids’ teachers are responsible for our children for 6 or more hours a day, five days a week. And then they go home to spend even more time lesson planning and grading. Most of them also have their own families and responsibilities to take care of. So often we take them for granted, but there’s no better time than the end of the school year to let them know that their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Here are some fantastic ideas for teacher appreciation gifts:

Gift Cards. It may sound cliché and a little boring, but any teacher will tell you how much they love receiving gift cards to book stores and teacher supply stores. After all, teachers often have to spend hundreds of dollars out of pocket every year to stock their classrooms. A long-distance calling card might be just what she needs, especially if she has family outside of the States. And since teachers have to wake up so early in the morning, coffee shop gift cards are great as well!

Handwritten Notes. Sometimes the simple things are the most meaningful. Whether you write it or your child does, a heartfelt note can make all of the hard work completely worthwhile for a teacher. I have a friend who has collected notes from her students since the beginning of her career, and often reads through them when she needs encouragement.

End-of-the-year basket. It takes several days for teachers to pack up and clear out their classrooms at the end of the year. Give them a helping hand by putting together a basket of cleaning supplies. Swiffer pads, Magic Erasers, paper towels, and other cleaning essentials are awesome and practical items to include getting their classroom shining for the following school year.

Homemade trinkets. Teachers love homemade gifts just as much as mamis do. Help your niños personalize pen cups, coffee mugs, and picture frames for their teachers. Let them be creative and make something that truly reminds them of their teacher. If your kids are old enough, you can even just set out lots of supplies and let them complete the project all on their own. Don’t forget to have them sign it!

Summer goodies. Though most teachers “have the summer off,” they usually only get about a month of downtime, between having to work part-time jobs and planning for the first few months of the school year. Help them make the most of the free time they do have, with a few summer goodies. A basket filled with magazines, flip-flops, sunscreen, a pretty water bottle, and a snack would be lovely.

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