How to say “Thank YOU!” to your child’s teacher after a year with all the plot twists.

Plot Twist! Isn’t that the understatement of 2020. You’ve done it all as these last few months give way to the last few weeks of the school year. You likely have found yourself in a new role while navigating new normals in your own home. I applaud you. This is not easy. Among all of this, you’ve linked arms with your child’s teacher and their school.

Whenever we check in with our kids’ teachers, they are so grateful for what parents are doing from home. They miss your child terribly and feel like they never got to have any closure. They are right, everything changed overnight and they didn’t. If you’re looking for a way to say thank you to the wonderful humans in your child’s life, here are a few ideas that get the creative juices flowing AND show the teachers how much they’re appreciated.

1. Group Gifts

Teacher gifts can get expensive, particularly if you have more than one child. Get a group of classroom parents together and throw in together for a nice gift certificate to a local store or restaurant. Fun!

2. A Heartfelt, Handwritten Note

From either you or your child (and preferably both), every teacher appreciates kind words after the end of a long school year. Tell them about a funny story, or a nice memory of them during the year. A smile is sure to follow!

3. Canvas Carry-All

Teachers are always toting stuff to-and-from school so pick up a cute canvas tote or recyclable bag– they make some really cute ones these days!

4. Note Cards

Spoiler Alert for my kids’ teachers– this is my personal go-to gift! Buy a package of 50 cute note cards and envelopes from craft stores online or curbside pick up. Divvy them up between teachers and make small packs tied together with some pretty ribbon. Adorable.


5. Coffee Certificates

This one’s a layup (if you know they like coffee!). Even a $5 gift certificate for Starbucks or Dunkin’ makes anyone’s day. Throw in a travel mug with a sweet note inside. Done!

6. Tis’ the Season

Summer’s here! Get them something they can use during the warm weather season like a beach bag, towels, sun tan lotion or fun beach to-go cups. Practical and fun.

7. Give to the Classroom

Many teachers pay for school supplies out of their own pockets, so a gift basket filled with colorful pens, paper clips, post-its, stickers, stamps, and other office goodies is always a favorite gift. Calendars and any items that help the teacher stay organized are also great.

These are all appropriate for sending via email or possibly drop off in your teacher’s classroom when you go to school to pick up their end of year supplies that were left behind. Whatever you decide, don’t forget to include a personal note of thanks. Sometimes hearing that is all they need!

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What’s your favorite go-to gifts for the teachers in your life?


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