Ideas for Teacher Gifts


They've taught your kids all year, made sure their coats were on when going out on the playground, comforted them when they threw up at school and got them through the EOGs. Now that the school year is over, how do you show your child's teachers how much you appreciate all they did for your child during the school year? When you consider everything they do, no present would be good enough. Luckily they don't do it for the teacher gift, but there are ways to express your appreciation without breaking the bank.

A Gift from the Heart.
Why not let your child make something for this year's teacher gift? Sure, they might not put it in the prized spot on the mantle like you do, but teachers do love their students. A nice hand-drawn card, or a special story with some illustrations, will not only show the teacher that the child cares for them, but will also be proof of just how much they've learned in the past year.

An Herb Garden.
Forego the lotion from Bath & Body this year. How many different bath splashes can one person really use, and how do you know their favorite scent anyway? Give your child's teacher a present she can use all summer, a small herb garden. Just find a colorful pot, and plant some basil, chives and parsley, or your own favorite herbs. You can fit three plants comfortably in a 6 to 10 inch pot. This is a great idea if you have more than once child in school, especially if they're in the younger grades and have assistant teachers, because you can find herbs in packs of four, so buying three 4-packs makes four pots.

Work Together.
This one takes a little advance planning but will reap great rewards. Talk to some other parents in your child's class, and organize one big teacher gift for the end of the year. This is a good way to get the teacher something nice for the classroom, maybe something you've noticed they need while volunteering in the room over the year. If every parent chips in $5, you end up with enough to buy the teacher a pretty nice camera (which will be fun over the summer vacation, but you could also suggest she use it during the school year for memories of her students). You can even make it easy and use the money raised to buy a gift certificate to a local mall.

Me Time.
For an entire school year your child's teacher has dedicated him or herself to caring for 15-25 children. They're there before your kids arrive and stay hours after, attending sports events to watch their students play, sitting through interminably long talent shows and even going to a recital or two. Now that they get a few weeks off without a room full of students, why not give them a way to really enjoy themselves? A gift certificate for a manicure, a gift card to Barnes & Noble or even just a few movie tickets is an easy way to give them some "me time."

There are plenty of other ways to show your child's teacher how much you appreciate them. No matter what you give, make sure to send a handwritten note. A few words of thanks from the parent will mean more than any gift you can give. 

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