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Finding a Perfect Teacher's Gift

A few ideas of what to get your child's teacher to say 'Thank You'

The end of the school year is almost here, and it is time to start thinking about end of the year gifts for teachers. Although it is certainly not required, who could be more deserving of a token of our gratitude? For the past nine months our children’s teachers have been teaching, enriching, and caring for our children during the day. After asking some other Mom friends and teachers, I was able to compile a selection of gift ideas for any teacher.

Since money is obviously the biggest part of deciding what to get, give them something free. Write your child’s teacher a note about how they helped, influenced, and positively affected your child this year. Give the teacher the note, but also send a note to the school principal, letting them know how the teacher helped your child. This is ideal for high school students also. When they have six or seven teachers, buying a gift for everyone is not always feasible. Letting these teachers know how much you appreciate what they have done for your child and praising them to their supervisors is a great way to show them.

My children are all younger and in lower grades. They have one teacher each, and my son has a teacher’s assistant.  Giving these teachers something for their classrooms is appreciated and helpful. All teachers spend a lot of money out of pocket on supplies and items for their classrooms. If you do not have a lot of time, a gift card to a bookstore or school supply store is perfect. The teacher can then pick out exactly what they would like. If you want to give an actual gift, I love the idea of letting your child pick out some of their favorite books that the teacher does not have, and giving those to the teacher. I think it is a great way for the teacher to remember your child, and you know the books are already kid-approved.  

If you know your child teacher well, and are familiar with their interest, consider giving them a more personal gift. Who doesn’t love a manicure or a massage?  With gift cards available just about everywhere, you can give your child’s teacher a dinner out, a clothing store coupon, or a grocery store coupon. Since teachers live on tight budgets, this is perfect for a little extra something.  

If you know many of the other parents in your child’s class, a group gift can be a great idea. When my oldest was in Kindergarten, his teacher was pregnant, so we threw her a baby shower as an end of year gift. If you can get five to ten parents to go in together, you can get the teacher something much larger and more personal.

I feel the most important thing to do for your child’s teachers, is to tell them how much they have meant to you. Let them know what they did specifically to make your child’s year great. Teachers have one of the hardest jobs, and it is important that we as parents recognize this and show our appreciation.

Ryan June 07, 2011 at 02:01 PM
We started using Let's Gift It for all of our group gifting. http://letsgiftit.com Enjoy!
George June 08, 2011 at 12:09 AM
My wife has taught elementary school for over 20 years and the personal notes are the best. And, a note to the school administraters is nice. Though, all the teacher wants is appreciation and the best gift is a thanks and a child returning to say hello several years after the class. This article is so acurate.

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