If you're looking to get your child's teacher a gift, you may not know where to start. Whether it's for the holidays, teacher appreciation week, or as an end-of-the-year "thank you", here are some great gift ideas for you to consider- and the first one won't cost you a cent!
#1: A Heart-Felt "Thank You" Note.
Teachers can often feel under-appreciated for all the hard work they put in on a daily basis. Being a teacher is not easy, and being a great teacher is even harder. So let your child's teacher know how much you appreciate his or her investment in your child's future by writing a sincere letter of gratitude. If you need help getting started, try finishing these sentences:
- Before [insert child's name] started in your class (s)he __________, but now (s)he __________.
- My child loves how you __________.
- I appreciate how you __________.
- You are a great role model because __________.
#2: A Gift Card
There is a good chance that your child's teacher is not a millionaire. Even if it feels like you're paying millions of dollars in tuition, they're probably not making much. Easing money woes is a great gift idea for almost anyone and who doesn't love a little money off the tab at their favorite restaurant? You don't need to get them a $50 gift card to the nicest restaurant in town. Five dollars to McDonald's will buy a lunch and five dollars to Starbucks can buy some much-needed coffee.
#3: A Spa Certificate
Teachers are often under a lot of stress. You know how wonderful -and -how terrible your child can be at times. Now multiply that by the number of kids in the class and you have what teachers work with on a daily basis. That's not even including all the paperwork, staff meetings, grading, parent-teacher conferences, and keeping up with required continuing education. Teachers could definitely use some time to relax at a spa. While a free massage would be wonderful, a nice pedicure can be just as relaxing.
#4: Something For The Classroom (Ask first!)
New stuff is always great, and new stuff for the classroom can be just as wonderful as a new stuff for ourselves. You may want to ask the principal or management staff first before you buy anything. Some schools have strict policies on what goes into a classroom and where it comes from, but usually a donation of a children's book or a set of pencils will be warmly welcomed.
#5: Know Your Teacher/Be Creative
If you know your child's teacher well enough, you can get something that specifically fits that teacher. For instance, if you happen to know that the teacher is gluten-intolerant, you can give him or her a great tasting gluten-free cookie recipe. Another great give idea comes from you. Don't be afraid to get creative. One amazing gift I got from a mom was a poem using the letters of my name for adjectives that describe me. Another wonderfully unique gift I got from a parent was a donation made in my name to provide desks for a school in rural China. So don't be afraid to think outside the box and try getting to know your child's teacher. You'll get a plethora of great gift ideas!