First and foremost, I want to give a big shoutout to the teachers especially the ones who have had to navigate and educate during COVID. It’s been a year of transition, sacrifice, and commitment and I applaud each and everyone one of them.
My son is in Kindergarten and he started the year doing 100% virtual, followed by hybrid, and will be going full time for the last month. I know that his teacher has had to teach a bunch of five-year-olds on a computer screen, then alter her classroom to meet social distancing measures (6 feet), and will now have to pivot again and adjust her classroom to house 30 kids with three feet of distance. She also lost her dad to COVID during the holidays so I know she is still grieving and mourning her loss. My heart goes out to her and I’m thankful for her sacrifice this last year. She is just one of many teachers that have been through a lot.
With Teacher Appreciation Week coming (May 3-7), I wanted to throw out some fun ideas to show your child’s teachers some appreciation:
Flowers bring smiles to faces whether it’s a handpicked stem to a simple bouquet at Trader Joe’s. You can’t go wrong with flowers. Don’t limit yourself to the traditional flower either. Teachers love succulents, air plants, potted plants, etc.
This was rated the #1 favorite gift item for teachers. Who doesn’t love the freedom of choice? You can get a gift card to their favorite store, restaurant, or even something generic like Target or Amazon.
New Books for the Class
While many teachers have established libraries, there are so many new books out that teachers would love. You should check out the children’s bestseller’s list for some ideas.
This one is a little tricky b/c you can’t really surprise them. So you can ask if they would like lunch one day or give them a gift card so they can choose. A free lunch for Teacher Appreciation Week is sure to make their day.
Pedicure or Manicure
Who doesn’t love a pedicure or a manicure? Teachers love this and would totally appreciate it – if a manicure or pedicure gift certificate is out of your budget, teachers love fun nail polishes, nail files, etc.
Or pamper them with a home spa gift like handmade lotions or artisanal soaps, such as these ones from Tangerine Jalene. As an added bonus, she is a local teacher as well, so by supporting her side hustle you’re helping two teachers for the price of one!
Class Wish List
Most teachers have a wish list. I know from personal experience, I know I’ve checked it earlier in the school year but haven’t really looked at it recently. I just saw it today and saw some new items like a Bluetooth speaker for the class which is something I’d love to buy for her. So if you’re like me, check out the wish list because you might find some good gift ideas.
Thank You Card
Sounds simple but there is something so genuine and thoughtful with a simple thank you card. If your budget or time is tight but want to show some appreciation – this may be the way to go.
Find out their favorite morning beverage and bring it to class in the morning or grab a box of their favorite teas for them to restock their collection.
Most people enjoy a sweet treat and it doesn’t have to be limited to a box of chocolates. Custom cookies, edible arrangements, gourmet popcorn, charcuterie boxes…there are so many options for all different taste buds.
Something for the Summer
With summer on the horizon, teachers would love a new beach towel or beach tote. Be sure to check out your local stores this is the time, they are starting to put out all their cute summer gear.
Hope these ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week helped inspire you to show some appreciation to your local teachers!