The big week has finally arrived! Teacher Appreciation Week is more like Christmas for me than actual Christmas. I looooooooove showing teachers how much they mean to me. After a fun, busy weekend shopping for Gavin’s teachers & school staff, I think I’m just about ready for all the little things I have planned for this week.
Happiness is contagious. I’ve found that the more you do to bring happiness to others, the more you happen to find for yourself without even trying.
What group is more deserving of our appreciation than those we entrust our children’s lives and minds with, day in & day out? I like to do something special every day of the week for our teachers, as well as a handmade gift for the entire staff…just a small token of thanks.
Below I’ve put together some ideas for Teacher Appreciation Gift inspiration. Click here for my FREE printable templates to go with.
Need I say more? Teachers never have enough supplies. What’s more, every teacher I talk to very humbly admits that they spend their own money to stock their classrooms. I had so much fun shopping for and putting together these Classroom Goodie Baskets. Below is a list of a Classroom Goodie Wish List my son’s school assembled:
- Stickers & Foam Stickers
- Clorox Wipes
- Cardboard die cuts
- Garden Boxes
- Plastic Flowers / Floral Foam
- Anything in the $1 Store Teacher Section
- Loofa’s (for painting)
- Ketchup & Mustard Bottles
- Playing Cards
- Divided Serving Trays / Muffin Trays (for sorting)
There are some great ones in there that I hadn’t thought about before! I especially loved that they put planter boxes. These are inexpensive, make great “baskets” to hold all the gift supplies, and I love the idea of the kids planting things at school.
$5 Gift Card
While it seems like a small thing, if every student in the class were to get their teacher a $5 gift card to their favorite place…they would be able to treat themselves out. I mean, really for themselves (not something for their students or their classroom). Find out where your teacher’s favorite store to shop or place to eat is and give them a little gift card.
Love Note / Handmade Card from your child
Teachers love their students…why else would they be doing what they do? Anything handmade from your child is a treat too. I made these little love notes for Gavin’s teachers. He drew the picture of them, but I helped him out with the written part as I interviewed him. I paired them with beautiful journals to enhance the gift.
Potted Flowers, Succulents, Orchids, House Plants
Everyone loves getting flowers. While I do love giving gorgeous bouquets now and then, my favorite thing to gift are succulent arrangements. I really enjoy arranging them myself (when time allots), but nowadays most local grocery stores, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and others have gorgeous little arrangements all ready to go. I prefer giving potted plants & flowers because they last longer than a bouquet…and are sure to bring smiles!
One thing our school does that I LOVE is throw a potluck at the end of the week for all the teachers and staff. The parents sign up to bring different items and they all get to enjoy a nice little treat.
The other super helpful thing they do is have every member of the staff fill out a “Favorites” sheet and hang them up on the wall for all the parents to see. That way, you can really customize your teacher’s gifts to things they love.
If your school doesn’t do either of these things, suggest it! They are very simple and easy things to implement and requires very small effort on the parents part. But together, all those small efforts added up can create something really nice for your school.
Now go do something beautiful for the teachers in your life! (And don’t forget the teaching assistants, cooks, and admin staff!)