The Most Thoughtful Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11, 2018) is less than three weeks away! How will you thank the special teachers in your community? The gift or gesture doesn’t have to be big – it just needs to come from the heart! Here are some thoughtful ideas:

“Favorite” Gift Card – Does your teacher have a favorite restaurant, retail store or local activity? Show them you know them with a gift card they’ll truly be eager to use and include a note about how much you appreciate him or her. 

 Does your teacher enjoy coffee? How about a coffee shop gift card? Bonus points if you deliver the card in  your school's custom tumblers .

Does your teacher enjoy coffee? How about a coffee shop gift card? Bonus points if you deliver the card in your school's custom tumblers.

Written Keepsake from a Student – Teachers make a difference every day, but for some students that impact is especially profound. In those cases, a written memento, like an inscribed copy of Because I Had a Teacher, honoring the teacher-student bond can be the most rewarding gift of all!

 A teacher appreciation gift straight from the heart.

A teacher appreciation gift straight from the heart.

Lighten the Load – Teachers work nights and weekends throughout the year making juggling their home responsibilities a little (or a lot) difficult. So, one idea is for parents to pool their resources to purchase a gift card for a home cleaning service or a subscription for weekly meal delivery.

 House clean, papers graded, lesson plans done. #thisneverhappens :oP

House clean, papers graded, lesson plans done. #thisneverhappens :oP

Classroom Helping Hands – Something parents and students can do is offer to help teachers in the afternoon/evenings with things like organizing the classroom, making copies and assignment/craft preparations. A great way to get students involved in the “gift” and it’s free!

 Offering to help a teacher with project materials or even distributing materials while the teacher goes over the lesson can be a big help.

Offering to help a teacher with project materials or even distributing materials while the teacher goes over the lesson can be a big help.

Ryan Dailey