While it’s true that teachers deserve appreciation every day of the year, Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10) 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. Or go all in and make your own school supply cake! 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 emergency candy stash, cute donut-themed gift, or cookie gift basket. 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? Check out these printable worksheets, thank you printables, and fun fact sheets! They’re great ways to get kids thinking 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! Just remember those last-minute magic words: gift card. It’s easy to tailor a gift card to a teacher’s hobbies or favorite treats (think movie-loving teachers or taco enthusiasts) or you can always add a funny card or a punny card! No time for a gift card? Grab a bottle of wine and add this free, funny tag!