If anyone’s ever popped in unexpectedly at school to see one teacher handling a room of 16+, you know how hard they work! May 7-11, 2018 is Teacher Appreciation Week and it’s our turn to tell those special people who care, teach, love and nurture our children every day how much we value their super-human efforts. Check out a few of our ideas for getting the message across.
Handmade gifts from the kids are always a winner because they’re personal and meaningful. Here are a few ideas that get the creative juices flowing AND show the teachers how much they’re appreciated.
Bake something. Cookies, sweet breads, chocolate dipped strawberries. Whatever you make, let the kids add some colorful sprinkles. It’s definitely a sign that the kids had a hand in the preparation!
Collage Notebooks. Buy a small notebook and have your kids cut out pictures and images from magazines to glue on the cover and “laminate” it with clear packing tape (the homemade look is perfectly acceptable in the situation!). Don’t forget to include a note on the inside cover from your kids.
Canvas Carry-All. Teachers are always toting stuff to-and-from school. Pick up a plain recyclable canvas bag at your local craft store (or grocery store, usually around $1) and have your kids decorate it with fabric paint, buttons, patches, etc.
Flower Pots. Decorate a small flower pot and plant seeds for some colorful flowers. The teachers can keep in the classroom and everyone will get a kick out of watching the growing process!
Short on time or lacking in creative crafting ability? Here are some ideas for gifts your teachers will love. No gluing required.
Note Cards. Buy a package of 50 cute note cards and envelopes from craft stores like Michael’s for around $15. Divvy them up between teachers and make small packs tied together with some pretty ribbon. Adorable.
Coffee Gift Certificates. This one’s a layup. Even a $5 gift certificate for Starbucks or Dunkin’ makes anyone’s day. Throw in a travel mug with a sweet note inside. Done!
Tis’ the Season. Summer’s coming! Get them something they can use during vacation like an inexpensive beach towel and pair it with some suntan lotion. Practical and fun!
iTunes Certificate. One can only listen to so much Kidz Bop. Get them a certificate for iTunes and let them download some of their favorite music for home.
You don’t have to get the *perfect* gift, just get creative. Whatever you decide, don’t forget to include a personal note of thanks. Sometimes hearing that is all they need!