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End-of-Year Teacher Gifts

End-of-Year Teacher Gifts

A little appreciation for a job well done!

By Tracy Leigh Ritts

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The end of the school year is rapidly approaching and with it, many kids want to give their teacher a gift.  Teachers love presents from their students! It shows them they are appreciated and liked, so giving a gift is definitely appropriate. That doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on a gift – teachers do not expect pricey, expensive presents at all.


In fact, gifts that are handmade are often the most loved. Whether you and your child spend some time in the kitchen to whip up a batch of cookies, some fudge, or a special mini-cake, anything edible always goes over well. Or, sit down with your child and some markers, glue, glitter, and construction paper to make a one-of-a-kind card, bookmark, or picture.


If you would rather purchase a gift, there are tons of thrifty ideas that your child’s teacher will love. What about a gift certificate from Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or another coffee shop? A $5 dollar card will buy the teacher his or her favorite beverage one morning on the way into school. Other ideas include small tubes of hand lotion for the teacher to keep on her desk. Working with paper and chalk dries out hands, so this is a gift that will definitely be appreciated and used!


Small plants that the teacher can keep in her classroom are also make great gifts. Or, if you have a flower garden, help your child pick a bouquet of flowers, add a handmade card, and your child’s teacher will be thrilled! If you know the teacher’s favorite authors, pick up a book and include a homemade bookmark along with it. You could even go one step further and pick out a small basket to put the book and the bookmark in, add a pair of inexpensive sunglasses, and a bottle of sunscreen, and the teacher has a readymade day in the sun!


Another option is to have your child pick out a special coffee mug for their teacher to keep at school. Teachers love this and they’ll likely use it on a regular basis, bringing fond memories of the child who gave it to them.


Thanking your child’s teacher with a gift at the end of the school year doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money, if any at all.  Be creative with your child and you are sure to come up with the perfect gift!




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