While it’s true that teachers deserve appreciation every day of the year, Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12) provides the perfect opportunity to honor the educators in your life. Kick off your week of gratitude with this roundup of creative gifts—from the practical and the edible, to no-cost and last-minute ideas.
Sometimes the simplest way to a teacher’s heart is through essential classroom supplies. It’s easy to gather things like hand sanitizer, dry erase markers, and cleaning wipes and turn them into creative presents. Pro tip: Check with the office staff at your child’s school to see what supplies aren’t provided to teachers or check with your child’s teacher to see if they have a supplies “wish list.”
What do you give that sweet educator who works hard to shape your child’s future? Something sweet, of course! Try making your own bottle of “chill pills” (a.k.a. candies), cute apple-shaped cupcakes, or no-bake pencil cookies. Or, use this free printable to turn a teacher’s favorite candy bar into a personalized treat.
Looking for a teacher gift that’s particularly meaningful? These printable worksheets are a great launching-off point for kids to think about all the hard work their teachers do—and they can be bundled together or given individually! Even better, consider writing your own parent letter of appreciation and sharing it with the principal. (Not sure how to start? This blog post can help.)
If Teacher Appreciation Week snuck up on you this year, never fear! There are plenty of easy and inexpensive gift ideas you can pull off in a flash. Hand out appreciation bookmarks or frame a sweet (free!) teacher printable. Give some party balloons a festive apple makeover. Or, simply remember those last-minute magic words: gift card.
Are you celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week?