We are quickly approaching the end of the school year, can you believe it? (Although, those of us who were caught in this year’s “Polar Vortex” have a few more days than expected.) And that means it’s time to think about teacher gifts!
As the child of a public school teacher, I know better than most how much time, energy, and devotion teachers pour into their classes. While there are, of course, exceptions, for the majority of teachers I know, teaching is more than just a career — it’s a calling. One that is very near and dear to their heart.
And hopefully, your child had some great ones this year! I know mine did!
That’s why I have tried to put together gifts for his teachers that will bless their hearts and lives.
Every teacher is different, I’m sure, but I know my mom always loved anything that showed thoughtfulness and care. Something that said, “I see and recognize your work, and I appreciate you.” They didn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. The best ones — the ones she still has years later — were the ones that came from the heart.
Drawing from my own observations growing up and inspiration as an adult parent, I’ve assembled 10 ideas of meaningful teacher gifts your child’s teacher will love. There’s something for every teacher and every budget!
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10 MEANINGFUL TEACHER GIFTS TO BLESS YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER
Personalized journal for memories
I gave Aidan’s teachers personalized Plum Paper journals this year for Christmas. I attached a note encouraging them to use it to record precious moments, funny quotes, or anything else they wanted to remember throughout the year. And they loved them!
Our Platter personalized plate
I discovered these personalized plates around the holidays, and I think they make wonderful gifts for anyone!
Gift card to a restaurant
If they’re married, they will love being able to enjoy a date night with their spouse. And if they’re not, well… everyone’s gotta eat!
Psst… Did you know you can get gift cards right from Amazon??
Gift card for a family summertime activity
If your child’s teacher has kids of his/her own, I guarantee he or she tries to make as many memories as possible with them during the summer break. Many teachers put in crazy hours during the school year pouring into our kids, so why not find a way to help them pour into theirs while they’re off during the summer?
Ex: Theme park, water park, zoo, museum, movie theater, local event or tourist attraction, etc.
Photo of your child with the teacher in a frame
If you think your child’s teacher might be the sentimental type, snap a picture of the two of them together and put it in a frame.
Handwritten letter from your child
Have your child handwrite a letter to the teacher describing a few of the things he/she has learned, a few of the ways he/she has grown, or a few of his/her favorite memories from the year. Make sure the letter includes a hearty “Thank you!” for all the ways the teacher has contributed to that growth.
Sign for his/her classroom
Buy or make a sign for the classroom about learning, the valuable impact of teachers, or a special hobby or interest the teacher is known for.
Book to enjoy over the summer vacation
The vast majority of a teacher’s free time is enjoyed during the summer (or winter) vacation. So a book or some other form of entertainment to enjoy during the break would be greatly appreciated!
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Summer relaxation kit
Along those same lines, you could put together a fun “summer relaxation” kit. Fill a tote bag with summer items, such as a towel, sunscreen, water tumbler, magazine, flip flops, and/or snacks.
Food & Drink
Of course, there’s always the good ol’ standby of food and drink. It’s a classic gift for a reason — everyone loves it! Put together a cute gift basket (Dollar Tree is perfect for inexpensive gift supplies) with snacks, candies, treats, or coffee/tea.
Our children’s teachers do so much for our kids, and end-of-the-year teacher gifts are a special way to let them know how much we appreciate them. They don’t have to be big, and they don’t have to be fancy. As long as they come from the heart, your child’s teacher will be sure to love whatever you give.
SHARE WITH US: What are some meaningful gifts you’ve given to your child(ren)’s teachers over the years? I’d love to hear them! Please share them in the comments below!
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