Thursday, April 16, 2009

teacher appreciation gift ideas

May 3-9, 2009 is National Teacher Appreciation Week in the U.S. May 5th is the day when children and their parents are encouraged to show their appreciation in their own way, whether it is a gift, a card signed by the class, or special award given to a favorite teacher. It's so easy to take for granted how many hours before, during, and after work that teachers put in to teach our children. Since we know our readers are crafty, we thought we'd give you some links to ideas for fun gifts you can make for your child's teacher this year.

Skip To My Lou, one of our favorite-est blogs ever, offered a whole week of great ideas for Teacher Appreciation last year. From these cute pill boxes filled with treats and cute notes, to oilcloth lunch sacks, she's gathered some creative ways to say "thank you" to that special teacher. This year she's got some fun ideas for door decorations for teachers' classrooms.

Another blog fave is Tip Junkie, and she's done a nice teacher appreciation round up, too. Check it out!

Family Fun has a list of great service ideas for your teachers, like ordering pastries and coffee the night before and having them delivered to the school in the morning.

Here's a round up of a few of our own past posts that would make great teacher appreciation gifts.

Notebook makeovers

Sticky note covers

Fabric-covered thumb tacks

Lanyards for badges or whistles

Embellished hand sanitizer

Cupcake bath bombs

Chocolate-dipped marshmallow treats

Easy make-up pouches


Cup cozy

Make your own notebook

Shortbread cookies in an altered tin

But remember, teachers don't necessarily need (or want) you to spend money on them. Sometimes the simplest gift from the heart is the best! Why not have your child write their teacher a sweet note? Of course, if you're like us, you'll want to make sure the note is somewhat crafty, so feel free to make a cute card!

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19 Responses to “teacher appreciation gift ideas”

PaisleyJade said...

Wow - thanks for the great ideas and links!

JHalmes said...

Love these ideas! I am always trying to do something cute for my son's preschool teachers and this post helps a lot!

Anonymous said...

Cute ideas, but what if your child's teacher is a man?!

Rachel said...

These are great! Thank you for the ideas.

Gina said...

As an 8th grade teacher I can tell you that the LAST suggestion, a simple thank you, will stick with us the longest (tho maybe not as immediately yummy - ha). I can count on one hand the number of times a parent/child has made an extra effort just to say thank you; unfortunately I would need millions of hands to count the number of times they complain...... I have kept every card, note ect over the past 16 years, and there are days when I NEED and ENJOY revisiting them! Gina

Marci said...

I'm a teacher, so thanks for the recognition/awareness of the special appreciation week! Love your blog~

MommyBrain said...

As a teacher, I just have to say THANK YOU :)

Jen @ Sunshine4Teachers said...

I love your post and all the love that went into it :) The notebook makeovers are so cute and I'd love to share them on my blog.

Man teacher="Masculine" thank you note...he will appreciate it much more than any apple tie you could find :) I did a post on my blog about how the thank you notes live on in teacher's memory boxes longer than anything else you could give them.

Pamela said...

Love, love, love your ideas and links!! Most of these little gifts can be modified for the holidays too with the substitution of red and green for the ribbons and other trimmings.

Thanks for sharing!

Jedda said...

fun fun fun! I'm excited to go make something fun to give!


Too cute, great advice.
OMG! This is awesome.
Gifts are source of happiness to both - provider and recipient. Thanks for ideas

Christmas Gifts said...

While people may have different views still good things should always be appreciated. Yours is a nice blog. Liked it!!!

Darren said...

The pill box is a great idea! That works for every appreciation event that lasts all week.

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Cindy said...

Fantastic gift ideas, I can't make up my mind which is the best because they're all great. Thanks for sharing your very creative ideas.

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chandra said...

Thanks for the advice, very helpful and appreciated!
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