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Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Some years, my son’s team is as large as 15 or 16 people. Sure, they’re not all teachers, but I thank them all at the same time. I’m good at knowing when Teacher Appreciation Day is (usually the first week of May) but there’s no way I could keep track of OT week, PT week, school nurse week, and so on.

Having a team that large means a lot of money to thank them all. (though I am terribly grateful that he has so many people who care about him!) But, even a $5 or $10 gift, times 15, adds up. Here is a list of fun but cheap Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas. Some don’t cost anything but your time.

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If your budget is tight and/or your child has a large team, these Cheap Teacher Appreciation Gifts are a great way to give something nice and keep from breaking the bank. Each can be personalized to your child’s ability and the teacher’s individual preferences. 

The greatest thanks you can give any teacher is to continue to encourage your child to grow and learn. These cheap teacher appreciation gifts are just a sampling of the many things you can put together and give to the person who has been there daily working with your child to encourage their emotional and intellectual growth this year.

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These ideas are great for National Teacher Day which is usually the first week in May. Or, many parents like to give an end-of-school-year or December holiday gift.

  1. Gift Cards or Cash: When in doubt, I get a whole bunch of $5 or $10 gift cards to places that most people enjoy-McDonald’s, Starbucks, Rita’s, or Dunkin Donuts. Even if they do not use the card, they can regift it to one of their kid’s teachers if they want. Lately, some of my parent groups have just been donating Venmo. Start a class collection via email or social media, and give together!
  2. Supply Basket: Teachers are always spending their own money on supplies. Help a teacher restock their room with a simple supply basket containing red marking pens, post-it notes, tissues, hand sanitizer, a few chocolate bars and a nice smelling lotion and/or candle. Think Dollar Tree!
  3. Volunteer to clean up at End of Year: Teachers often have to work after kids get out of school for the year to clean up and pack away their supplies for next year. Offer to come by and help them clean, pack, and ready things so they can begin their vacation earlier.
  4. Fun Magnets or Bulletin Board Pins: Teachers are always pinning things up on their walls, filing cabinets, desks, and chalkboards. Grab a few fun, themed magnets at your local craft store or make your own with glass rocks, pictures, glue, and simple magnets.
  5. Summer Fun Basket: Grab a beach towel, sunscreen, aloe vera gel, a reusable fun water bottle, and a pair of inexpensive flip-flops and throw them together to create a “fun in the sun” themed summer fun basket for them to use while on vacation. (again, go to Dollar Tree!)
  6. Cookie in a Jar: Whip up a simple batch of your favorite cookie mix in a jar and label it with a thank you note letting them know you are thankful for what they have done for your child. Include a small gift card for a local grocery store to cover the cost of other supplies to make the cookies ($5 is usually enough). If budget allows put in a gift bag or basket alongside a colorful oven mitt, whisk or spatula and a mug for cocoa or tea to go alongside the cookie. (much of this can be found at a Dollar Store!)
  7. A Thank You Note-It doesn’t cost anything to be kind. So just sending a quick note to school with a “thanks for all you do” or pulling the teacher aside and just saying thank you. You don’t even have to wait until Teacher Appreciation Day to do this–it’s free and you can do it anytime!

Hey, times are tough for some families right now. Showing appreciation doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to come from the heart.

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