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Thoughtful Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5, 2015

Teacher standing in front of classAll across the United States during the first full week in May, parents and students and school systems join forces to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a cumulative and happy way to thank teachers for the all-important work that they do, as the foundation for the world of tomorrow.

What are some ways for you and your child to honor a teacher during this time? We’ve compiled a few gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week that will surely be welcomed:

  • Store gift cards — They’re easy to find, easy to use, and can be ideal for a teacher who you haven’t met, since they allow the recipient to select a gift that they want and can use. If you wish to brighten up the gift-card packaging, put on your creative hat or check out ideas online, such as this one from “The Country Chic Cottage” on how to create a “flower” gift card.
  • School supplies — Contributing school supplies can always be a great way to salute Teacher Appreciation Week. The average teacher in the United States spent about $513 out of his or her own pocket on various classroom supplies in 2013-2014, according to a recent study by SheerID and Agile Education Marketing. In addition to helping your child’s teacher with the cost of school supplies, you may wish to add a personal touch. “Skip To My Lou” suggests placing classroom necessities inside a popcorn tub.
  • Baked goods — Just about everyone loves baked goods, so you may decide to bake something for Teacher Appreciation Week. If you are a skilled baker, great. If you’re not, no matter. If you’re not sure what to bake, consider these easy-to-make “apple” cupcakes by “Love From The Oven.”
  • Thank-you card — Whether bought in a store or — better yet — made by your child, a thank-you card from your child to a teacher says “I care.” Add a hand-written card from you as well, to multiply the sentiment.
  • Signs of respect — To make any card or gift more meaningful — or as a gift in itself — your child may want to include a handwritten message saying how he or she plans to show appreciation and respect to a given teacher in the coming months. For example, have your child decide what the promises should be, such as saying thank you after each class, never being late for class, being respectful in each class, or handing in homework on time. To multiply this gift, your child may want to enlist classmates to participate with similar “signs of respect cards,” to deliver to the teacher in a gift basket.

If you have additional ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week, please share them with us on Facebook!

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