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Meaningful and useful teacher appreciation ideas

Published May 22 2019 in Gift Ideas, Products, Projects

If you’re a parent to school-age kiddos, can you believe the end of the school year is almost here? My son is a 6th grader and this school year feels like it’s gone by the fastest of any year so far!

The transition to middle school has been fairly smooth for our family thanks to the wonderful teachers at my son’s school. To show them how much we appreciate the job they do and their dedication to the students, I’ve been thinking about ways to express our gratitude this year.

Now, there’s no end of ideas for teacher appreciation gifts online. Frankly it’s overwhelming to consider all the possibilities! To keep things simple, I wanted to focus on giving in ways that would be helpful to the teachers. And I wanted to avoid giving well-intentioned junk. You know what I mean? No apple-shaped items, please!

With these things in mind, here are three meaningful or useful—or both—teacher appreciation ideas to consider.

A heartfelt note

Oftentimes, the best gifts aren’t things or material objects. After reading an article by a teacher who shares his thoughts on receiving cards from students and parents, I’m convinced that sending a personal thank you note may mean the most of all.  In addition to writing directly to your child’s teacher, send a note of praise to the principal or superintendent. This simple act of recognition highlights the teacher to their superiors, which is memorable and impactful.

Gift cards

Whether it’s to a local coffee shop, restaurant or online retailer, gift cards are wonderfully flexible gifts.  The recipient picks out exactly what they’d like and you can give knowing they’ll love whatever they choose. Now, if you feel like getting crafty or want to add more of a personal touch, there are lots of ideas on Pinterest for DIY gift card holders and printable card holders

This DIY origami paper gift card holder tutorial from Skip To My Lou looks so easy and I love how you can inject personality into the envelope by selecting fun papers.

Practical items for the classroom

Perhaps less exciting than other options, nonetheless teachers are *always* in need of classroom supplies.  To present the necessities in a more thoughtful way, you can gather them into a container like a tote or basket.  The container can then be used for organizing within the classroom as well. No waste! Practical gifts are popular with teacher friends I know and they appreciate not having to spend more of their own money to help keep their classrooms stocked!

And lastly, if I know that any of the teachers enjoy home fragrance, I do like to gift candles and wax melts.  Check out the Harmony Farm Candles shop for a range of wax melts and several candle choices.  The travel tin candles are particularly popular as a gift because they’re under $10 and aren’t breakable.  Be sure to also check out the Sale section for last-chance items at great prices!

Are there particular gifts you enjoy giving to the teachers in your life? Please share ideas in the comments. And if you’re a teacher, let’s hear what gifts you’ve appreciated receiving as well!

Take care,


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