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15+ Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation

Now, maybe more than ever before, parents and guardians are getting a more hands-on perspective of what a teacher does every day, even though, in reality, it’s just a small sample of what teachers do each day.

And we bet you’ve never appreciated Teachers more than right now.

Are you looking for Virtual Gifts for Teachers? You can send these gifts anytime, like at the holidays, end of the school year, or whenever you feel like celebrating your child’s teachers.

The first week in May is Teacher Appreciation Week, with that Tuesday designated as “Teacher Appreciation Day.”  It’s the ultimate time to celebrate teachers! Let’s all give them the best Teacher Appreciation Week ever, with this great list of gift ideas teachers love.

And it’s not just Gift Cards!

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Don’t Forget Teacher Appreciation Day this year!

You’re working with your own children. Imagine teaching these lessons to a wide-range of children with different home languages, cultural backgrounds, and academic strengths.

It just proves what amazing professionals these women and men are. 

And your children no doubt miss seeing their teachers, being in their classrooms, getting academic help, and key social and emotional support in a way only a great teacher can do.

All the more reason to celebrate your teachers with these terrific gift ideas.

Related: MomsLA Education Guide for Los Angeles

15+ (Virtual) Gift Ideas to let Your Child’s Teachers Know How Much You Appreciate Them

1. Make It Public.

Share a thank you and/or favorite memory on social media. Now, more than ever, our teachers deserve to be celebrated and recognized for their dedication and professionalism.

2. Send Along an E-Card.

Or two. Or three. See if you can get the whole class to participate and send e-cards to the teacher throughout the week. And if it’s too hard to coordinate with other students’ families, there’s nothing stopping you and your child from sending the teacher an e-card each day of Teacher Appreciation Week. 123greetings.com has a cute selection available. 

3. Design It in Chalk.

Send the kids outside to draw and/or write their thanks to their teacher. Take pictures and email it to your child’s teacher. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

4. Make a Donation in Your Teacher’s and/or School’s Name.

Times are hard for so many right now. Instead of purchasing another #1 Teacher Mug, why not put that money to better use. Make a donation to a reputable organization in your child’s school and/or teacher’s name. Make sure to let your child’s teacher know. 

5. Create a Class Memory Book.

By this time in the school year, especially if your child is in elementary school, there have been many school-wide and class special events. Compile your photos from these special days into a special photo memory book. If your photo collection is lacking, contact other parents and ask everyone to send in what they have. Use those photos to create a custom photo memory book. Then arrange to have the book given to the teacher. (Shutterfly and Walgreens are just a few suggestions to get you started.)

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6. Write a Thank You Note

This is the perfect “assignment” for students of any age. You can have younger children dictate to you their favorite thing about their teacher, their favorite classroom activity, or a favorite memory. Parents can participate as well. As a parent, what have you noticed or observed but maybe just haven’t thanked a teacher for? I treasure one thank you note the mother of a fifth-grade student wrote me, because after being in my class, she told me her son now liked to read. 

7. Produce a Video Collage.

Get in touch with as many of your child’s classmates as you can, and ask each child to record themselves saying something they like about their teacher. Then, ask one tech-savvy parent to compile all the mini-videos into a larger video collage that can be emailed to your child’s teacher.

8. Offer Your Help.

Take the guesswork out of it. Email your child’s teacher. Tell the teacher how much they are appreciated and how you’d like to do something special. Don’t be shy; ask them what they need. Then do it.

9. Purchase a Subscription.

Do you know your child’s teacher well enough to know if they’d prefer a movie subscription (Netflix), a music subscription (Apple Music), or audiobooks (Audible)? And if not, reach out to the teacher, express your desire to purchase a subscription (also offer magazine and newspaper subscriptions) and ask which one the teacher would prefer.  

If you want to purchase an Amazon Prime subscription for your child’s teacher, you can do it via our affiliate link. 

10. Kids’ Artwork Never Goes out of Style.

Have your child draw a picture for their teacher. If your child is continuing with distance learning, take a photo of the masterpiece and email it to the teacher. Otherwise, present the framed artwork to the teacher.

11. Send them an actual gift.

Now that schools are open, you can drop off a physical gift to your child’s teacher (even if your child is continuing with distance learning at home). You can find a variety of Teacher Appreciation Gifts from our Amazon shop. (These are all affiliate links.) These great T-shirts, mugs, quotations, and monogrammed bags are just some ideas for your favorite teachers!

12. Host a before-school breakfast.

Try to organize a special breakfast for teachers (and all school staff) at least one morning during Teacher Appreciation Week. Because of on-going health and safety protocols, think individually wrapped food items (bananas, granola bars, individually wrapped pastries, small bottles of juice, etc.). This can be something your child’s class coordinates or depending on the size of your child’s school and the level of parent involvement, a different grade level can be responsible for “hosting” the breakfast each morning of Teacher Appreciation Week.

13. Surprise them with a sparkle. 

Pool resources with other parents and pay to have a mobile car wash come to school to clean teachers’ cars (exteriors only). What a treat to end the school day and head for home in a freshly-washed car. 

14. Decorate classroom doors.

With permission from the school principal, show up late in the afternoon (after your child’s teacher has left for the day) or early in the morning (before your child’s teacher arrives), and decorate the classroom door. Add photos, thank you notes (as simple as a collection of colorful Post-it notes), and balloons as a very colorful way for teachers to see their efforts are acknowledged and appreciated.

15. Upgrade the teachers’ lounge.

Find out what teachers would most like. A new microwave? Toaster oven? Coffee maker? Blender? Work with other parents to purchase these items as a way of expressing your appreciation.

16. Make it Personal.

Have your child fill out our free printable “The Best Things About My Teacher” sheet below and email it. She or He will love to see the effort your kids make. Or get crafty and creative with your kids and make your own list. We’ve got a couple of color choices, too.

(Click on each to download or drag and drop.)

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BONUS: 25 Gift Card Ideas for Teacher Appreciation 

Gift Cards are fool-proof. You most likely have your teacher’s email address. Use it to send them an e-gift card – or if you know their mailing address, you can obviously send them the real thing. These gift card ideas are for stores and restaurants we think every Teacher will love.

Related: Teacher Appreciation Ideas from Office Depot

1. Amazon – see the list above? If you can’t mail your teacher an actual gift, send them an Amazon card and let them pick something out for themselves.

2. Target

3. Starbucks

4. Paper Source

5. Hallmark Stores

6. GameSTOP

7. Whole Foods

8. Ulta Beauty

9. Lowe’s

10. Best Buy

11. Google Play

12. Fandango

13. Cheesecake Factory

14. Netflix

15. Uber

16. Doordash

17. iTunes

18. Sephora

19. Uber Eats

20. GrubHub

21. VISA Gift card

22. Chipotle

23. Lakeshore Learning

24. Nordstrom

25. Michael’s

Bonus points if you can help support a small, independent or local business by purchasing a gift card from them. 

However you choose to celebrate Teachers this year, we’re sure they will be grateful! We’re all sure grateful for them!

Related: First Day of School Apple for the Teacher

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