Did you all know I use to be a teacher? I was. As a teacher, especially at a low income school, I never expected much. What extra money parents did have, I much rather be spent on the kids. But I would be lying if I told you it didn’t feel good to be appreciated. It always feels good to be noticed.
My favorite were always cards that included lovely messages from students. I still have them saved in a box. Chocolate was always appreciated, as well (duh!). I didn’t do so well with lotions and candles, because I am very sensitive to scents. My point is, a gift to a teacher is suppose to say, “Hey! I notice you. Thank you for all your hard work.” If your child has lots of teachers it can get real pricey, real quick. Keep it simple.
If you take one thing away from this, have your child write a card to their teacher. That kind of gift is priceless. No matter what your financial situation, your child can fold a piece of paper in half and make a beautiful, heart-felt card. In light of the very recent tragic events, I believe it is more important than ever to recognize all that teachers do in caring for, teaching and nurturing our children.
I am officially on the teacher gift buying list this year. Quinn is in preschool two days a week. He has a teacher, aid and the director of the preschool that I feel all need to be acknowledged. When I spied these awesome mason jar cups with handles, lid and plastic candy cane striped straws, I had to get them!
I filled them with an assortment of chocolates-Andes mints, Lindor Truffles, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Then I used bakers twine to tie on these cute little gift tags that say, “cheers to a great teacher”. The gift tags are available on the printables page.
There are so many ways you could rock this gift tag. I saw these cute little six packs at Target of the good old vintage glass Coke bottles. They had Sprite too. Throw this gift tag on it with a ribbon and you are set. A coffee cup with a $5 gift card to Starbucks and the gift tag. A mug with tea or hot chocolate mix. I think y’all get the picture. Lots of simple affordable ways to say thanks. Presentation is 90% anyways ;).
Are you stuck on what to do for the teachers in your life? What kind of gifts do you give?
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