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Thoughtful and Fun Gifts for Teachers
Teacher Appreciation Day is celebrated in May every year. It's a great occasion to consider a thoughtful gift for the person your child spends so much time with five days a week. A carefully selected gift is a nice way to express your thanks to your child's educator for his or her hard work and dedication. If your child's teacher made this school year or semester productive, successful or perhaps even life-changing, consider some of the unique ideas for teacher gifts found throughout this lens.
Clever and practical gift ideas for teachers will make any eductor smile and won't end up as unused clutter in a junk drawer - your child (and you) will be remembered long after the school year comes to a close. Read on to get some creative ideas for cool teacher gifts.
Whether your children attend public school, private school or are home schooled, show your appreciation for educators with a gift inspired by these teacher appreciation ideas.
Creative Teacher Gift Ideas Show Appreciation - It's the thought that counts - not how much you spend - on a teacher gift
Creative Ways to Express Educator Appreciation
Truly gifted educators inspire our kids to bloom and develop skills to the best of their ability, and they make learning fun. Great teachers influence our children in positive ways that go beyond simply learning the mechanics of reading, writing and mathematics.
Teachers spend many hours a day five days each week for most of the year planning lessons and activities that engage and educate our kids. They spend countless hours before and after classes preparing and grading papers and projects.
Why spend money on a trite trinket teacher gift? Why not get creative and become a partner to learning? Instead of a tee shirt or pencil holder, consider these ideas for teacher appreciation gifts that will truly please:
- The classic apple for the teacher is a welcome gift, but why not make it special by giving a whole bushel of apples, or a gift certificate to a farm stand?
- Pencils and pens are supplies every teacher needs and appreciates, so give a whole box or a case, and have them personalized.
- We all want our children to develop a love for learning, and reading is a key to lifelong education success. Many teachers create a classroom library for their students, with books they've purchased with their own funds. Buy or make customized book labels with the teacher's name on them so classroom books don't end up in the lost and found bin if they leave the room or travel home with young readers.
- Write a personal thank you note, or send email to the educator expressing your thanks, and don't forget to send a copy to his/her school principal.
If you have a limited budget or feel crafty, you can try your hand at a home made teacher gift.
Print a gift card to give as a teacher appreciation gift
Teacher Appreciation Gift Cards - Educators will appreciate YOU for helping with classroom supply expenses
Years ago school budgets provided allowances for basic supplies including pencils, rulers, paper, crayons, paints and other classroom necessities. Today the burden for providing tools for school falls on parents and professional educators. Teachers purchase supplies with their own funds to supply children who cannot afford them, or who forget to bring them to class.
Teacher Gifts, Good or Not Good?
Do you think teacher gifts are a good idea, or do you think teachers get enough recognition for the work they do?
Should parents and students give teachers gifts?
Great Teacher Gift Idea
Make a Donation to the School Library in a Teacher's Name - A Great Teacher Gift - Honor Your Special Teacher with a Lasting Educational Contribution
One unique way to show appreciation for a favorite teacher or school staff member is to make a contribution to the school library in that person's name. You can give the teacher a small token gift or a card explaining the gift.
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Perfect Teacher Gift: Classroom Supplies or Gift Certificate
Let the Teacher Choose! - Give an Amazon Gift Certificate to Your Favorite Teacher
Any teacher will be most delighted to receive an Amazon Gift Certificate to purchase books, classroom materials or basic supplies for their students.
Many teachers spend personal funds to equip and decorate their classrooms. Give a gift certificate to for supplies to your child's teacher - office supply stores and larger department stores carry many basic classroom supplies.
Give the Gift of Time - Volunteer!
Parents In The Classroom - Grandparents and others can volunteer, too.
The best free resource for schools is parents and grandparents in the classroom. If you can spare a few hours time, give the teacher a helping hand
Your school probably has an organized school volunteer program. If not, contact the office to find out how you can become a classroom volunteer to assist your child's teacher. You can offer your time during regular classroom hours or for special activities - leave it to the teacher to tell you what he/she needs and when.
Volunteering in the school helps kids, teachers and parents or grandparents who help out and enjoy working with children.
School Volunteer Program Information and Resources
- Parenting: School Volunteer Activities
Parenting opportunities in the school include being a school volunteer at your local public school, private school or pre school or helping out as a paraprofessional.
- FAQ: Volunteers in Schools
Parent and Home Involvement in Schooling, Resource Aid Packet, A Set of Surveys to Map What a School Has and What it Needs, How to Build Your Community Partnerships for Learning, Involving, Parents in the Education Process
- How to Volunteer at a Public School
Do you want to do something good for yourself and for your community? Are you looking for a great volunteer opportunity? Do you enjoy working with school age children? You may want to volunteer ...
- How To Volunteer At Your Kid's School or Daycare
Student achievement and confidence are closely tied to positive parental involvement in a student's education. So, how do you get involved? Easily. Here's how.
Creative Gift Ideas Teachers Love
Unique Teacher Gift Ideas You Can Make - Crafty, Not Crappy - Hand Made Teacher Gifts
These hand made gifts for teachers won't break the bank and you can have the kids help make them. These are presents you can afford and make that will please any educator.
National Teacher Day - Sponsored by National Education Association
Visit the Thank You Card web site to create and post a teacher appreciation card (free) and view the virtual thank you card mural.
Teacher Day occurs in May each year - thank an educator today!
- Handmade Gifts - One Gift that All the Students Help Create
Great Gifts for Teachers from the FamilyFun Message Boards include personalized chairs, video cards, classroom cookbooks and handprint gifts.
- Top 10 Gifts for Teachers | BlogHer
Truly thoughtful gift ideas for teachers can range from gift certificates to a basket of fresh fruit ...
- Show Teacher Appreciation 7 days a Week
A crafty gift made from a pill minder box - fill with special "fortune cookie" style sayings and tiny treats.
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Your teacher appreciation ideas: Ideas for home-made gifts
- Better Ways To Say Thanks - PTOToday.com
Try these creative approaches to teacher appreciation to boost morale-without giving out any more apples!
- Teacher Gift Ideas: What a Teacher Really Wants | The Shopping Mama
Gifts a teacher really wants for the holidays. Thoughtful, practical and affordable gifts for every budget.
Teachers can choose the supplies they need from a wide assortment of office and classroom items at Amazon.
Gift Cards for Teachers are Always a Great Idea
Teachers get plenty of cute but unneeded gifts from students each year. While I'm sure any teacher appreciates the thought and effort a parent takes to find a personalized tee shirt or pencil holder, more than a couple are enough to last for an entire teaching career.
I like the idea of Teacher Gift Cards or practical gifts. Here are some suggestions for unique gifts for teachers. You can add to this list if you have a great resource or suggestion.
What ideas do you have for giving a unique and truly meaningful teacher gift?