How do you thank the person who taught your child to read? The person who somehow managed to put up with not just your child’s “quirks” but also, 24 other students. The teacher who, at the end of the school year, still looks relatively normal? With gifts. Really good gifts.
We asked our followers on social media, teachers we know, and tapped into our own experience to gather all the best ideas for you to be inspired.
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Teachers don’t need another mug. Seriously. Put down the mug. Styling water bottles from Swell water bottle are good for the environment and are way better looking.
Sometimes these gifts need a little more time to prep, but your teacher is worth it, right? Some ideas include:
I love to give consumable gifts, especially to someone who gets a ton of smaller gifts – like a teacher! We all want our gifts to be enjoyed, and sometimes, as well meaning as that plant in an adorable planter is, it just adds clutter to the teacher’s home or classroom (and don’t be surprised if it’s dead by the end of the summer!).
If you know your teacher likes to indulge in a glass of the good stuff, a nice bottle of wine with a little note, or a small token with it is a great touch.
If you don’t want to send booze to school you can always grab a gift card to a local liquor store!
Chocolate from your favourite local chocolatier along with a nice bottle of wine or fancy bottled mocktail would be lovely. Perhaps chocolate and bath bombs? Check out Albertan chocolatiers, Jacek, Violet Chocolate Company, or Chokolat. Actually, while you’re there, get yourself that gift too for making through another school year.
If you know the teacher’s favourite snacks, grab them some! Or make some fun tags to show your appreciation. Some great phrases include:
- You’re all that and a bag of chips (on a bag of chips)
- We appreciate all you DEW (on a can of Mountain Dew)
- Have I told you REESE-ntly you’re awesome? (on Reeses Peanut Butter Cups or Pieces)
- You are CRUSHing this teacher thing (on a bottle of Orange Crush)
- This place would be a zoo without you (on a box of animal crackers)
- Thanks for going the EXTRA mile (on a package of EXTRA gum)
- You’re SIMPLY the best (on a bottle of Simply Lemonade)
- Bath salts, bombs, or fizzes
- Fancy soaps
- Moisturizer or body butter
- Bath poof or loofa
These are the a) easiest on the parents b) the best gifts! Ask the parents in the class to donate some cashola (we recommend $20 per person if it’s feasible) for a combined gift. One (organized) parent collects the money and picks up a gift card for the teacher. In the past, I’ve been a part of gifts that included hotel stays for a teacher that goes to Seattle every year (it covered the cost of one-night stay), or a spa day! Easy for the parents and the best gifts ever for the teacher.
It’s important that your child is involved (even slightly) during this process, it was their teacher after all.
Homemade Thank You Card
I’ve been told by several teacher friends that these are some of their favourite things to receive, and what they are most likely to keep. Handmade cards reflect all the child has learnt throughout the year as well as put a personal touch for the gift.
Succulent Flower Pot/Pencil Jar
If you’re feeling crafty, The DIY Mommy has a great craft for you to do with your child and… free printables too!
Do you have some beautiful flowers growing in your garden? Why not make a cut flower bouquet for teacher? Try to get the bugs out before sending it to school, please!
Home Made Greeting Cards
If you love paper crafts, consider making some cards for the teacher to give out. Cover a range of occasions, or stick to birthday cards (because who doesn’t need some of those sitting around?!).
There’s nothing like a little cold hard cash (on a gift card) to help a teacher out. Some popular options include
- Local shops or restaurants
- Their favourite coffee shop (Starbucks, Second Cup, Tim Hortons, or a local treat)
- Chapters or a local bookstore (though Chapters carries much more than just books)
- Teacher supply stores (Staples, Education Station, or a local store)
Inspired? Got a better idea? What are you getting your teacher this year?