7 Easy Gifts For Teacher Appreciation Week

That’s right, it’s that week again, Teacher Appreciation Week. The week of the school year when we go out of our way to show our child’s teacher how much we appreciate all that they do.

This year poses a challenge, as teachers face higher stress levels when it comes to keeping their jobs yet salaries that remain lower than they should be and funding for the programs and tools they need to teach our kids. They need to know now, more than ever, how much we appreciate them.

But, at the same time, many families struggle week to week just to get by and forking over the money to buy gift cards and gifts for our child’s teacher (knowing we’ll be doing it again next month at the end of the year) can be a bit daunting. So here are some great ideas for thoughtful ways you and your child can show the teacher in your life how much they mean to you.

1. Memory Books – Something the whole class can do. Have each child draw a picture and write (or dictate to a parent) their favorite thing about their teacher. Put all the pages together into a nice binder and give it to the teacher. He or she will appreciate this long after the Starbucks gift cards have been spent.

2. A Flower A Day – The old standby. Have someone volunteer to bring in a vase for the teacher and each day encourage a few kids to bring in a flower from their garden (if you have flowers in your yard offer to bring a few for kids who don’t) to add to the vase. As the week progresses her bouquet will grow.

3. Make a Card – It’s amazing how much love will go into a gift made from construction paper, a little glue, some magic markers and a little imagination. Store bought cards don’t even compare to the cards kids sit and make themselves.

4. A Music Compilation CD – Spread the word around the classroom and have the kids suggest songs that the teacher likes, or makes them think of the teacher and put it on a CD. You can then add a few inspiring songs as well. Nothing expresses gratitude and appreciation like a collection of well-chosen songs.

5. A Picture Slideshow – Have the parents in class forward you some of their favorite photos from over the past school year (field trips, class parties, holiday events, etc) and put together a slideshow for the teacher on a DVD or CD.

6. Homemade Baked Goods – Who doesn’t love a batch of homemade cookies, banana bread, brownies, trail mix, cupcakes, rice crispy treats, muffins, etc.

7. A Jar of Candy – Nothing says Thank You like a jar of Hershey Kisses or M&M’s.

Hold onto to this list! Next month you’ll be using it to come up with an end of the year gift idea!

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