There are several times throughout the year when students typically give their teachers a gift: Christmas, Teacher Appreciation Week, their birthday (if they tell their students when it is). But another great time to shower teachers with love and appreciation is the end of the year when they are running on the fumes of coffee and the promise of summer break. We’ve pulled together a short list of our favorite gifts for teachers.
Remind teachers to take time to relax:
- Manicure/pedicure set or gift card
- Bath bombs or salts
- Aromatherapy oils or candles
- A bag of their favorite coffee in a nice teacher mug
- A day pass at a golf course, driving range, or pool
- A magnetic poetry set
- A beach bag with towel, tumbler, and a pair of sunglasses (or any combination of these)
Let them know that, while you’ve enjoyed the time that they’ve poured themselves into you, it’s their turn to take time for themselves with gift cards from these places:
Teachers are not only planting seeds but also cultivating the gardens of their students’ minds to grow. Give them these reminders that their efforts are not in vain:
- Potted herb garden (here are some potted herbs to give you an idea)
- A bouquet of their favorite flowers
- Desk plant (bamboo, bonsai, cacti, etc.) - a Peace Lily is also a good one for teachers to leave on their desks as it’s known to clean the air of toxins (which we know is in great supply in a classroom!)
Baudville.com has a lot of really cute cube plants.
Personalized or monogrammed anything goes a long way for teachers. Having their names or initials on things they use every day, or almost every day, makes them feel special. It also decreases the chances of losing these items. A few useful items that every teacher uses almost daily include:
- Tote bag
- Tumbler or coffee mug
- Picture frame
Etsy.com is a great place to find these unique gifts and so many more ideas!
Those are all wonderful ways to thank a teacher at the end of the year, but some of the best gifts aren’t bought. Handmade, hand-decorated, and handwritten gifts are some that many teachers treasure much longer than a pedicure, gift card, or flowers. Consider making something for that special teacher who made this year so much better:
- A hand-drawn picture
- Notecards with all the things you love about your teacher (like these)
The best and simplest gift is to just let them know how much they are appreciated! This can come in words, a hug, a high five, or any other kind gesture. However you do it, whenever you do it, let your teachers know how grateful you are for them!
Happy summer, teachers!