As the school year comes to an end, I am once again trying to come up with way to recognize my son’s classroom teacher. This year, I feel like we won some sort of jackpot, with an educator that challenges my child to be his best self and to produce his very best work. While I feel like there is no way to truly repay her for all her hard work and dedication, presenting her with a thoughtful gift is a good start.
Since this topic is top of mind these days, I thought I would share some unique teacher gifts I have given or received in the past.
When it came to gifting something to my son’s kindergarten teacher last year, I went with something outside the box. Well, I take that back–I actually gave her a box…a light box. I figured it was something she could use year-round in the classroom or her home. I can tell you that this fun, trendy gift was in fact very well-received!
CELEBRATE SUMMER BUCKET
When my son was in preschool, I presented his wonderful teachers with what I called the “Celebrate Summer” bucket. After working hard all year long, I figured gifting them a magazine/book, towel, and drinking bottle would come in handy for those summer trips to the pool or beach.
While not all educators may agree, I loved receiving kids’ books that I could use with my future classes as gifts. It is almost like a legacy offering that you are leaving for the next round of students who are lucky to be taught by the teacher.
If anything, maybe even include one book with one of the other items listed on this list. Depending on the structure of the school funds, many teachers do not have a big enough budget to purchase books for their classroom, so it is always nice to have new books that inspire future projects or lessons.
As someone with a lot of teacher friends, I can tell you some of the most appreciated end-of-year presents are those that come in the form of a gift card or gift certificate. Perhaps a coffee card or restaurant credits to use over the summer break.
This year, I am leaning toward gifting my son’s teacher a gift certificate for a yoga studio. I know that not only does she teach mindfulness to her students, but also that she recently started practicing at a studio close to the school.
And of course, there is always an option for your child to create something special. One preschool year, I printed a sheet I found in an Internet search that my son and I filled in together. It was a thoughtful reminder of all the fun he had and reasons he appreciated his teacher. A link to the free printable we used can be found here.Hopefully this has come in handy and you can soon check “Get Teacher Gift” off of your list. Happy almost-Summer Break!
Lightbox – Heidi Swap Lightbox, Michaels Craft Store
Waterbottle – Swell
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