Can you believe it’s the end of the school year?? Unseemingly, May sneaks up on all of us and we’re left scrambling for those last minute teacher gifts. I’m guilty of that and I hate giving a half-rate gift. These teachers that work with our little “angels” all year are the true saints. They put in long hours, use hundreds of dollars for their own classrooms and deal with the occasional unruly parent, ha!!
Truth be told, I’m sure your teacher appreciates any gift they get. However, after the first couple years of teaching, those handmade trinkets or apple-adorned ornaments can start to accumulate to make quite the collection. After a while there are just too many of them.
Do not worry if you haven’t planned for your teacher’s gifts yet. I have 3 easy, teacher-pleasing gift ideas that will make your teacher feel loved and appreciated and wont clutter up their home or the classroom!
#1. Gift Cards!
This is a no-brainer folks! Gift cards are definitely the way to go if you’re not sure what your exactly what to get your teacher. Here are some of the most popular gift card suggestions:
- i Tunes
- Barnes and Noble
- Gas gift card
- Car Wash
#2. School Supplies
You might be saying, “Seriously?? They want school supplies???” Yes, this is what I’m told. Teacher’s love organization and an organized classroom equals a happy teacher! Things like a small bucket of multi-colored sharpies, pencils, rulers, tape (tons of tape), dry erase markers, post it notes, glue…the list can go on and on.
I like any school supplies that are personalized. I found these cute note pads from The Swoon Paper Company on Etsy that any teacher would love to get.
Check out this fun personalized note pad from WackyKracker on Etsy. They range from $12-$15.
Ohhh, look at this stamp!!! This is from Glitter Puff on Etsy and ranges from $15.95-$27.95 depending on stamp size. This might make grading papers a little easier, right??
#3. Group Gift
When I was the room parent for my daughter’s classroom, we took donations for one large teacher gift at the end of the year. I asked the teacher what she would like and she wanted a multi-colored shelving system from the local teacher supply store. Not super exciting if you ask me, but it’s what she wanted and it made her life easier inside the classroom.
Another year, I was a room parent for my son’s class we took donations, again, for the end-of-year gift. This teacher was in her 2nd year of teaching and had just gotten married and bought a house. We were able to give her a $250 gift card to Lowe’s and she loved it!
Any money that you’re able to pool together, even if it’s only with one other parent can buy a nice gift that the teacher will really appreciate.
Lastly, one teacher suggestion that kept popping up as I was talking to teachers and researching for this post was a personal gift or note from the child and/or parent. Those words/handmade gifts are so meaningful and can keep that teacher afloat when things can be tough or discouraging. Hearing from a parent or student on how they’ve made an impact on their lives of others can be the best gift!