Thanks, Teach! End-of-year Gifts for Educators
If you want to…opt for the oven. Sweet treats are a simple and inexpensive way to say “thank you,” and you can easily involve your child in the baking process. Place cookies or brownies in a tupperware container that Teacher can keep, and top off the tin with curled ribbon or a bow.
If you want to…give grub. Every professional appreciates a night off from cooking. Purchase a gift card to the hot new restaurant in town so that she can dine out with a friend or significant other. If she lives a few towns over, consider choosing a place in that area. Looking to spend a little less? A $10 gift card to the nearby ice cream or coffee shop is sure to please–she can sneak on over after school!
If you want to…get crafty. Younger kids looking to get creative may enjoy decorating a wooden box or picture frame incorporating their teacher’s name, school mascot, whatever! Head to a craft store to pick up the supplies for this easy, engaging gift. Check out these other artsy ideas!
If you want to…contribute to the classroom. Before heading to the mall to pick up a present you think your child’s teacher may like, try to get a sense of what he or she seems to need in the classroom. Maybe the pillow on Mrs. Smith’s rocking chair has seen better days or Mr. Jones’ class library is a bit depleted. Suggest some ideas to your little one and have him report back after school. That way, he’ll be involved in the planning process.
If you want to…require relaxation. You know how you live for those Mother’s Day spa gift cards? Odds are, your child’s teacher could use some pampering, too. Give her a certificate to your local nail salon so that she can get a manicure (or perhaps a pedicure right as sandal season is starting!).
No matter what you choose, be sure to include a thoughtful card, too!
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