The end of the year is upon us! Trying to come up with affordable, unique and meaningful gifts for teacher appreciation in the midst of the madness of the end of the year can be difficult. Here are 5 awesome end of the year teacher gifts that would be great to show any elementary, middle or high school teacher – how much you appreciate all that they’ve done for your child this year.
1. Group Gift. Gifts get expensive, especially when your child is in higher grades and has multiple teachers (or you have multiple kids). Reach out to the room mom or call in contacts with the kids in your child’s class and have everyone put in a few dollars. If everyone committed $5 you could afford a larger gift from the group that could be special – like a gift card for a massage or local spa. Have the students make one big card and sign it. One large group gift allows the group to be generous but saves the individual money. Plus, it eliminates another coffee cup or crayon holder.
2. Kids Art. Have your kid draw his teacher a picture. For high school students, teachers LOVE art that the kids make especially for them, too. One of my most treasured gifts is a piece of art a student created for their most favorite book we studied that year. I always think of that student each year when I hang it back up in my room. Student created ‘thank you’ gifts are often the most treasured and most appreciated – because it is a reminder for why we chose this profession … and that we’re making a difference.
3. Family Night Out. Many know that teachers give up time in the evenings and on the weekends with their family to grade papers, lesson plan, and prepare to teach your little ones. A gift card to dinner or to a local arcade or bowling alley would be an awesome way to thank your child’s teacher for the sacrifices their family made during the school year for your family. Perhaps this would be another great ‘group gift’ idea (see #1).
4. Nice Teacher Note. Honest, authentic notes from parents and students are treasured. Most teachers I know keep a file or box of “Happies” to take out and read when things get tough to remind them of why they chose to be teachers. Notes validate the sacrifices, tears and frustration. And sending one to the teacher’s boss isn’t a bad idea, either. Principals often hear *the bad* and love when they can celebrate with their staff all the things that they do right.
5. Supplies for next year. Very often, teachers spend their own money to supplement supplies in their classroom. Leaving a parting gift of a “Starter Kit” for the following year would be awesome – new markers, pencils, scissors, glue, tissues. Even high school teachers appreciate new supplies as they are consumed quickly once school starts in the fall. A few extra boxes hidden away will make August feel like Christmas.
Whatever you choose, showing your child’s teacher how much you appreciate all they’ve done for you family isn’t a necessity. But it is appreciated.