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Thoughtful and Fun Gifts for Teachers

Teacher Appreciation Day is celebrated in May every year. It's a great occasion to consider a thoughtful gift for the person your child spends so much time with five days a week. A carefully selected gift is a nice way to express your thanks to your child's educator for his or her hard work and dedication. If your child's teacher made this school year or semester productive, successful or perhaps even life-changing, consider some of the unique ideas for teacher gifts found throughout this lens.

Clever and practical gift ideas for teachers will make any eductor smile and won't end up as unused clutter in a junk drawer - your child (and you) will be remembered long after the school year comes to a close. Read on to get some creative ideas for cool teacher gifts.

Whether your children attend public school, private school or are home schooled, show your appreciation for educators with a gift inspired by these teacher appreciation ideas.

Creative Teacher Gift Ideas Show Appreciation - It's the thought that counts - not how much you spend - on a teacher gift

Book Lover Student Reader

Book Lover Student Reader

Creative Ways to Express Educator Appreciation

Truly gifted educators inspire our kids to bloom and develop skills to the best of their ability, and they make learning fun. Great teachers influence our children in positive ways that go beyond simply learning the mechanics of reading, writing and mathematics.

Teachers spend many hours a day five days each week for most of the year planning lessons and activities that engage and educate our kids. They spend countless hours before and after classes preparing and grading papers and projects.

Why spend money on a trite trinket teacher gift? Why not get creative and become a partner to learning? Instead of a tee shirt or pencil holder, consider these ideas for teacher appreciation gifts that will truly please:

  • The classic apple for the teacher is a welcome gift, but why not make it special by giving a whole bushel of apples, or a gift certificate to a farm stand?
  • Pencils and pens are supplies every teacher needs and appreciates, so give a whole box or a case, and have them personalized.
  • We all want our children to develop a love for learning, and reading is a key to lifelong education success. Many teachers create a classroom library for their students, with books they've purchased with their own funds. Buy or make customized book labels with the teacher's name on them so classroom books don't end up in the lost and found bin if they leave the room or travel home with young readers.
  • Write a personal thank you note, or send email to the educator expressing your thanks, and don't forget to send a copy to his/her school principal.

If you have a limited budget or feel crafty, you can try your hand at a home made teacher gift.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Cards - Educators will appreciate YOU for helping with classroom supply expenses

Years ago school budgets provided allowances for basic supplies including pencils, rulers, paper, crayons, paints and other classroom necessities. Today the burden for providing tools for school falls on parents and professional educators. Teachers purchase supplies with their own funds to supply children who cannot afford them, or who forget to bring them to class.

Teacher Gifts, Good or Not Good?

Great teacher award certificate, printable

Great teacher award certificate, printable

Do you think teacher gifts are a good idea, or do you think teachers get enough recognition for the work they do?

Make a Donation to the School Library in a Teacher's Name - A Great Teacher Gift - Honor Your Special Teacher with a Lasting Educational Contribution

Classic classroom: apple and books

Classic classroom: apple and books

One unique way to show appreciation for a favorite teacher or school staff member is to make a contribution to the school library in that person's name. You can give the teacher a small token gift or a card explaining the gift.

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Perfect Teacher Gift: Classroom Supplies or Gift Certificate

Funny school pencils for teacher gift

Funny school pencils for teacher gift

Let the Teacher Choose! - Give an Amazon Gift Certificate to Your Favorite Teacher

Any teacher will be most delighted to receive an Amazon Gift Certificate to purchase books, classroom materials or basic supplies for their students.

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Many teachers spend personal funds to equip and decorate their classrooms. Give a gift certificate to for supplies to your child's teacher - office supply stores and larger department stores carry many basic classroom supplies.

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Give the Gift of Time - Volunteer!

Parents In The Classroom - Grandparents and others can volunteer, too.

The best free resource for schools is parents and grandparents in the classroom. If you can spare a few hours time, give the teacher a helping hand

Your school probably has an organized school volunteer program. If not, contact the office to find out how you can become a classroom volunteer to assist your child's teacher. You can offer your time during regular classroom hours or for special activities - leave it to the teacher to tell you what he/she needs and when.

School Volunteer Program Information and Resources

  • Parenting: School Volunteer Activities
    Parenting opportunities in the school include being a school volunteer at your local public school, private school or pre school or helping out as a paraprofessional.
  • FAQ: Volunteers in Schools
    Parent and Home Involvement in Schooling, Resource Aid Packet, A Set of Surveys to Map What a School Has and What it Needs, How to Build Your Community Partnerships for Learning, Involving, Parents in the Education Process
  • How to Volunteer at a Public School
    Do you want to do something good for yourself and for your community? Are you looking for a great volunteer opportunity? Do you enjoy working with school age children? You may want to volunteer ...
  • How To Volunteer At Your Kid's School or Daycare
    Student achievement and confidence are closely tied to positive parental involvement in a student's education. So, how do you get involved? Easily. Here's how.
Child with pencil writing on paper, public domain photo by anitapatterson

Child with pencil writing on paper, public domain photo by anitapatterson

Creative Gift Ideas Teachers Love

Unique Teacher Gift Ideas You Can Make - Crafty, Not Crappy - Hand Made Teacher Gifts

These hand made gifts for teachers won't break the bank and you can have the kids help make them. These are presents you can afford and make that will please any educator.

Gift Cards for Teachers are Always a Great Idea

Teachers get plenty of cute but unneeded gifts from students each year. While I'm sure any teacher appreciates the thought and effort a parent takes to find a personalized tee shirt or pencil holder, more than a couple are enough to last for an entire teaching career.

I like the idea of Teacher Gift Cards or practical gifts. Here are some suggestions for unique gifts for teachers. You can add to this list if you have a great resource or suggestion.

What ideas do you have for giving a unique and truly meaningful teacher gift?

Notes Allowed Here - please sign the guest book - What are your ideas for unique Teacher Gifts?

amandascloset0 on May 01, 2014:

We have a wonderful group of teachers at our school. They do a great job and simple little gifts during teacher appreciation week is not significant but a great way to let them know how much we appreciate what they do for our children.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 10, 2013:

A teacher friend of mine told me the other day that one of her students gave her a gift certificate to one of the local stores that carries school supplies. She was thrilled and purchased some things for her classroom.

Hannah Writes on April 11, 2013:

As a teacher, I appreciate gifts that tell me that the parents really know who I am. Donations are also wonderful and bring on any gift that is chocolate!

anonymous on January 20, 2013:

great ideas. as a teacher I appreciate you taking the time to do this!

Takkhis on November 29, 2012:

Perfect gifts ideas for teachers!

Lee Hansen (author) from Vermont on July 31, 2012:

@TamarWrites: I think that's probably the most touching reward for anyone who educates or mentors others.

TamarWrites on July 27, 2012:

My favorite teacher gift to receive is a letter telling me what a difference I made in a child's life.

ToilKoly on April 11, 2012:


OUTFOXprevention1 on March 15, 2012:

Great ideas!

jordanmilesbask on March 02, 2012:

My son loves to draw, I usually make him to draw or paint something for his teacher and add some chocolates with it..

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parentsterling on July 18, 2011:

Thank you for this wonderful lens:)... My son had a wonderful teacher last year. I wish I found your lens last year:)

iMANDY from Melbourne, Australia on July 03, 2011:

Great lens!! Excellent ideas!! My daughter enjoys gift giving and I think it is a great quality to encourage in children. :)

lasertek lm on June 22, 2011:

It is pretty difficult to find gifts for teachers. Thanks for sharing these cool ideas.

anonymous on May 09, 2011:

I suggest the parent and/or child write a sincere letter to the teacher thanking him/her for their work and dedication....or mentioning specific examples of something done in the classroom that was unique or exceptional....or showing praise for a unit of study/project/teaching technique that was helpful to their child....or describing something personal that was meaningful to the writer. Personal notes or letters will be kept and appreciated for a long time and perhaps for an entire career.

hsschulte on April 08, 2011:

There are many wonderful ideas here. It's always hard for me to choose a gift for teachers. I will be returning often. :)

BeaGabrielle1 on February 12, 2011:

I love your lens! Lensrolled it to my Teacher Retirement Gifts lens. :-)

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on September 17, 2010:

As a teacher, I give you an A+ on cool teacher gifts. : )

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