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.
So 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!
Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 8th is Teacher Appreciation Week, with Tuesday, May 5th designated as “Teacher Appreciation Day.” It’s the perfect time to celebrate teachers!
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.
10 (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. Check out National Education Association’s (NEA) online thank you cards which you can customize and then share on social media.
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 (when and if schools re-open or sent to the teacher directly). (Shutterfly, Walgreens, and Target are just a few suggestions to get you started.)
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. The scan it (or take a photo of it) and email it to them.
11. Send them an actual gift.
Do you happen to know your child’s teacher’s mailing address? If so, you can send them one of these 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. 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 to download.
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.
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.
4. Paper Source
5. Hallmark Stores
7. Whole Foods
8. Ulta Beauty
10. Best Buy
11. Google Play
19. Uber Eats
21. VISA Gift card
23. Lakeshore Learning
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!