Show appreciation with a teacher thank you gift
Teachers often don't get enough credit for the hard work they do, but a teacher gift is an easy way to show them how much they are appreciated. Choosing a gift for a teacher doesn't have to be hard -- it's just about finding something that will bring a smile to their face and show them that they've done something good.
Often, a teacher gift that's too expensive can create awkwardness, so it's best to keep the budget reasonable. You may also need to buy for multiple teachers, so a small but thoughtful gift is usually best.
Choosing a Teacher Gift
A polished apple has been done to death, so when it comes to choosing a teacher gift idea, try one of these options:
- Homemade gifts. Homemade gifts are an affordable yet thoughtful choice, especially if your child can help in the creative process (making a gift for teacher is a fun thing you can do together!). The gift could be baking or food, a homemade card or something more challenging like a knit scarf or a homemade candle.
- Gifts for their hobbies. If you've gotten to know your child's teaer over the year, a gift that plays into their hobbies is a great choice. It could be a book for a teacher who loves to read, movie passes for the movie-lover, gardening tools or anything that reflects their interests is a thoughtful gesture.
- Gift cards. If you're in a pinch for ideas, everyone can use gift cards. Whether it's gas, groceries or something more indulgent like a gift card to a store, gift cards are sure to get used.
When to Give a Teacher Gift
You can give a teacher thank you gift anytime, but there are a couple of occasions when it's most appropriate. The obvious occasion is the end of the school year when a student will have to say goodbye to their teacher (and so will their parents). It's also a nice gesture to give a small gift on the first day, to welcome the experience of a new year.
Finally, you may want to give a gift around the holiday season. Whether the teacher has the same beliefs as you or not, it will likely be appreciated.