Teacher Appreciation Week is coming this May (usually the first FULL week of May, so it moves around a little in the annual calendar). It is a great way to celebrate teachers before the end of the school year. I think it is great to make some lovely personalised and meaningful gifts for teachers. So if you are looking for some ideas, take a look at these!
I have to say, since my son started school 2 years ago (yikes, is it that long), I am in awe and appreciation of his teachers.So many teachers work well beyond the call of duty to look after our little ones. So far we have been lucky and he has had amazing teachers and teacher assistants. And I think it is important to show our appreciation and gratitude for all the hard work they do with our kids.
Though of course our teachers usually get a “gift card” or similar from the parents, I think it is also important to involve the children in their teacher’s gift.
Either as a collaborative class effort or something that they can make. I am conscious of the fact that they may receive up to 30 gifts, and that the gift should therefor be either practical or something that they can “use” or store easily.. afterall, years of teaching will result in a LOT of gifts. SO whether you are celebration Teacher Appreciation Week in May or National Teacher Day in October (October 5th) or you simple have a favorite teacher.. here are some Gift Ideas for you!
So here are some of the things I thought our teachers might enjoy:
Gift Ideas for Teachers kids can make!
Printable Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas:
Here are some small gift ideas that you can craft with your kids for their favorite teachers! Don’t forget to think of the classrom assistance and volunteer staff too! All the nation’s educators deserve to be recognised.
Flower Basket Weaving CARDS for Mother’s Day and Teacher’s! (Includes FREE Printable)
These easy and FREE Pop Up Heart Cards, include a cover with a simple “Thank You” as well. Perfect for National Teacher Appreciation week!
Printable Heart Bookmarks to Colour Yourself – and these printable hearts are just GORGEOUS!
Double Sided Flower Bookmarks, to print, colour and add a lovely tassle too
Double Sided CUPCAKE Bookmarks, to print colour and a lovely tassle too!
More Teacher Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week
Bath Bombs are always a fun gift to give too. You can personalise them with different scents and dried ingredients such as lavendar or rose petals and you can use different shapes to make them too!
Older kids or MUM can make some duct tape rose pens (I made some and they went down a TREAT the kids report back, that their teachers use these all the time!!)
You may also like these darling Unicorn DIY Planters
Make your teacher a “You Rock!” paper weight gift. The kids will have great fun making these and they are beautiful to decorate the classroom, home or even the garden.
Simple Notepads – love the simplicity and practicality of this idea! Be sure to add some quality pens (who can resist some colourful sharpies or some gold/ silver pens?!) to make it special. Get the kids to decorate the notepad.
These are not just pretty flowers, but GIFT CARDS too. What a creative “Gift Card” bouquet to give! Make this a classroom gift – by having each child make one flower – creating a colourful and unique bouquet.
I adore this flower with messages from all the children. Lots more ideas on this site.
Personalised Kid Art notepads – too cute. Love anything that involves a child’s drawing or writing!
Pretty Bookmarks – make sure the kids don’t only make, but write a message of thank you on the back!
I love these totes – they look fab, are practical AND use the kids artwork. Too cute.
As mentioned before, I do think that chocolates and treats probably do go down well with teachers.. but I would definitely go with quality over quantity… imagine if 30 kids gave chocolate! So, some homemade treats would go down, uhm a treat? Be sure to add a label to say that kids were supervised and “mum helped” – noone wants to find kids’ hairs or dirt from the garden in their food!
I love gifts to the teacher that involve the whole class. This photo thank you is simply adorable! We have more kids than this in our class, but I am sure we could come up with an adaptation.
Red Ted took great pleasure in decorating a Christmas candle for his teacher this Christmas gone by. But of course you can do one with a Summer theme or general thank you. I love gifts that you can “use up”.
Classroom Memory Jar – get each child to write 1-2 notes about their happy memories of the year gone by. I love the thoughtfulness and colourfulness of this simple idea.
Similarly make a little appreciation notes box – get the kids to decorate a flower (or similar theme) and write notes. Check out more info at Curly Birds.
Finally – a super practical gift – personalised umbrella!
Other Year End Teacher Gift Ideas
These are all the “things you can make” for you favorite teacher. But how about going a little different, you could:
- get the kids to write and illustrate poems
- get the class together and make a video messages for the teacher – these could include the children talking about special moments from the year gone by
- you could club together with other parents and donate a much deserved spa day, to allow the teachers to recover and be their best selves for the new year
- book vouchers from somewhere like barnes & noble are always appreciated too
- a hamper of snacks for all staff members to share, including office staff
Great teachers deserve to be appreciated!
Teacher’s Hamper Gifts
Looking for more gift ideas? How about a Hamper? Making a hamper of classroom supplies would be really appreciated -especially since many teachers supplement school supplies from their own pockets. However, we have a set of different hamper ideas to suit the personality of your teacher – be it a special movie hamper, a garden hamper or a relaxation hamper:
And if you are doing GIFT CARDS for your teachers (as we often do), check out these cute Gift Card Holder ideas!