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teacher in front of classTeacher appreciation week is here, and our home tutors have put together a list of gift ideas that are certain to make your child’s teacher feel your gratitude for all of their hard work. We know that budget can be a concern, so we’ve made sure to include some inexpensive options, as well as some nifty ideas for do-it-yourself projects.

Go Floral — With A Twist

Our favorite gift idea will require some collaboration with other parents and students, but it is certainly guaranteed to make an impact on your child’s teacher! For this gift, you’ll need to acquire a vase, and one individually cut flower for each child in the class. Once your child’s teacher has been gifted with the empty vase, each student then walks up to the teacher’s desk and puts their flower into the vase to create a full bouquet.

Supplies

Did you know that on average, teachers annually spend nearly $500 of their own money on supplies for the classroom? With all of the budget cuts in California schools, teachers often find themselves having to shell out their own cash for very basic supplies like dry erase markers, crayons and markers, kleenex, and cleaning items. Ask your student’s teacher what the classroom needs and then put together a gift basket full of supplies. While teachers certainly appreciate flowers, candy, and knick knacks, a gift basket full of classroom supplies will save them a few bucks, and directly contribute to your child’s education.

Caffeine Courage

It’s no secret that teachers spend a lot of late nights grading papers, preparing lesson plans and assignment schedules. Those late nights then turn into early mornings, where teachers need to be on their “A game” in order to keep control of a room full of energetic youths! We suggest giving the gift of a pick-me-up by giving your child’s teacher an insulated coffee mug, and/or a Starbucks gift card.

Custom Rubber Stamps

One thing is for sure — teachers love their stamps. With all of the papers that need grading, and notes that need to be sent, rubber stamps are huge time savers. This custom rubber stamp from Etsy is a thoughtful and inexpensive gift that will definitely get some use from your child’s teacher.

Crayon Monogram

This do-it-yourself teacher appreciation gift is a beautiful piece of artwork that is inexpensive, and relatively easy to make yourself! All you’ll need is an 8×10 picture frame, Crayola Crayons, a hot glue gun, a sharp knife, and a standard printer. An elegant piece like this is the type of thing that a teacher will truly cherish, because of the time and thought that went into making the gift.

 

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