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Great Gifts For Teachers

By Melissa Summers

In just a few short weeks school will be over for the year. If you’ve been reading The Buzz Off for any length of time you understand why there is a black X on my calendar marking the last day of school. Still, even though I wish our school went year round, the end of the year is a nice time to say Thank You to the kid’s teachers.

Last year I shared some nice ideas for Teacher Appreciation week you could use as an End-Of-The-Year-Gift for your favorite teacher. I have a few more to add this year.

Gifts For TeachersMy brother is a staunch believer that Gift Cards are cop-out presents. But sometimes, like when you’re buying things for a teacher you don’t really know personally, it’s not a bad idea. It seems all teachers spend their own money on supplies and fun things for the classroom. A gift card to a teacher supply store is perfect.

Gifts For TeachersIt seems like classrooms can never have enough books or games, especially if your teacher is just starting out. If you can collect a set of books even better. Here’s a great Listmania List of Classroom Library Books.
Gifts For TeachersMy favorite ‘crafty’ teacher’s gift for this year is this cute book dart made from Shrinky Dinks.

I shared a shrink plastic craft for the holidays last year and this is along the same lines. You can find a PDF template here and can easily create a set of page markers for your teacher.

Whatever you decide to share with your teacher, remember a heartfelt note of thanks expressing how your child’s teacher has helped shape him is a truly appreciated gift. However, resist the urge to beg her to create a summer school program. I learned that the hard way.

Melissa Summers
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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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  • Erin

    May 21, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    My mother, sister-in-law, and mother-in-law are all teachers, so I consider myself somewhat an expert on teacher gifts. Teachers LOVE gift cards . . . particularly for non-teaching related stores as it lets them treat themselves to something that doesn’t remind them of the classroom.
    And please, don’t give ANYTHING with an apple on it . . . you would not believe how fast that gets old.

  • ohkwarimama

    May 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    My husband is a teacher, and so after seeing the assortment of gifts at the end of the year, and hearing his comments on said gifts….
    If you are going to give a gift card, it should be for a NON-teaching related store, and somewhere nice and neutral… a bookstore is the best, and it should be for at least $10. If you want to spend no more than 5, don’t get a gift card.
    Honestly my husband appreciates the cards the most, and if there are some cookies with it even better. Teachers do not expect parents to spend lots of money on them- but they end up throwing out much of the weird junky things they get, so keep it simple and ask yourself- is it really something you’d want to hold onto? Remember, teachers often have as many as 80 student or more per year, that’s a lot of little bits of stuff over the years.
    Did i mention an inexpensive bottle of wine might be the most appreciated at year’s end? Also, many parents only give a gift to their child’s homeroom teacher or favorite teacher.

  • Kate

    May 22, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I’m a teacher! I second all of the things the first two commenters said (wow, bottle of wine would be great 🙂 ) with the exception that a $5 Starbucks card is always a much appreciated gift.

  • Inventing Matilda

    May 23, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Everyone remembers a time when they were a child and saw their teacher outside of school. *gasp* My teacher has a life? My teacher has children? My teacher shops at the grocery store??
    I totally agree with the gift card idea or nice, homemade treats and for the same reason you wouldn’t give your doctor scrubs as a thank you, be sure you find something non-teacher related because, after all, your child’s teacher doesn’t really live in the school and only think about teaching 24/7/365.
    -Inventing Matilda