4 Ways to Show Teachers You Appreciate Them

Elementary school teacher goes over the day's spelling lesson on the chalkboard.

While you should really appreciate teachers every day, May 5th gives us the perfect excuse to do something special for these incredible individuals. Here are some teacher gift ideas that go beyond apple-giving.

1.  Just tell them

Tell a teacher in person (or email, if you’re no longer nearby) how amazing they are and how grateful you are for everything that they do.  They’ll never forget it. So simple, yet so meaningful.

 2. Have your child write a letter

Assuming your kid has reached the age of literacy, a note will both showcase their learned writing skills and provide their teacher with a darling memento.  Consider prompting your child with topics like ‘What are your favorite things about Mr./Ms. _____?’ or ‘What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned in class?’  If little Liam or Ava isn’t quite at the writing stage yet, take dictation and allow your child to decorate the note with appropriate artwork.

 3.  Go thematic

Teacher Appreciation Day just happens to fall on the same day this year as Cinco de Mayo. Perhaps your teacher would appreciate a nice bottle of tequila or a gift certificate to a local Mexican spot?

4. Knock it out of the park with a great gift

Give your teachers an excuse to relax and really pamper themselves.  Pool money with other parents for something pricier that your teacher might not normally buy. This could be anything from a gift certificate to a great restaurant, to a new briefcase or supply-toting bag, to massage, whether that’s a gift card for a 60-minute massage or chair massage for the entire staff.

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