Teacher Appreciation Week falls on the first full week in May. Teacher appreciation gifts are the perfect way to show your teacher, child’s teacher, or fellow teacher how much they mean to you. Shine a spotlight on some hardworking teachers by giving them a thoughtful gift or kind note during this special week.
5 Starter Ideas for a Teacher Appreciation Gift
A gift to the teacher doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Teachers are happy simply knowing they are appreciated and their contributions are recognized. If you are drawing a blank about what to get them, here are a few ideas.
Teacher Appreciation Card
Many stores have cards for teachers telling them how much they are appreciated. However, to make it more personal, have your child handmake a card. Some construction paper, glue, stickers, markers or crayons, and maybe some glitter, and you are set to make a card that the teacher will treasure for years to come.
Don’t worry about saying the wrong thing or coming up with fancy words. Tell them they are appreciated, and they’ll know how much by seeing the effort put into the card.
If you can bake, teachers are always happy to get cookies, candies, or cupcakes. Let your child help you prepare the goodies, and then put them in a box or on a plate with a cover. Many different recipes for cookies take little to no time to make. So even if you aren’t Betty Crocker, you can still successfully make them in a snap!
If you know a restaurant or store the teacher likes, you can get them a gift card to that store to make it more personal. If you’re not certain, you can play it safe with a Visa or American Express gift card, Amazon gift card, or one that covers a variety of restaurant or store chains. A night out or some new threads is a great way to remind teachers they deserve time to treat themselves.
Parents and students don’t always realize how often teachers buy their own supplies for the classroom. Help the teacher out and send them a bouquet of pencils in a homemade desk organizer, a few bottles of hand sanitizer, a couple boxes of facial tissue, or even just a gift card to a local or online store. The teacher will be thrilled to have extra assets for their classroom without digging into their classroom or personal budget.
Coffee Mug or Tumbler
Teachers have early mornings and late nights. Many mornings, teachers have duties that leave them outside on cold weather days. Even though Teacher Appreciation Week is in May, it’s never a bad time to gift a coffee mug or tumbler. Fill it with instant coffees and teas or gift cards to a local coffee shop.
More Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas & Tips
Looking for more inspiration and ideas to make the teacher in your life feel appreciated? Check out the other articles on our site! You’ll find more teacher appreciation gift ideas, plus a little info about the history of National Teacher Appreciation Day.