Six Ways to Show Teacher Appreciation That Work For Any Budget
May 11, 2018
By Cathie Ericson
They work an average of 50 hours a week. They spend an average of $500 of their own money on supplies. And they make a difference: Nearly 90 percent of people say they have had a “significant, positive impact” on their lives.
We are talking, of course, about teachers. Since it's always a good time to let your teacher know how much you appreciate them, consider some of the following ways to let your favorite educators know that, indeed, they are appreciated.
Here are six ways to thank them, from small, heartfelt gestures to all-out luxury. (Pro tip: Keep this list handy for the end-of-the-year, too!)
Teacher Gift Idea 1: Desk accessories
Forget the “World’s Greatest Teacher” mug. You can glam up your teacher’s classroom with chic desk accessories, such as those from the “See Jane Work” collection which include paper trays, pencil cups, bins and much more in upscale woven or black-and-white graphic and floral prints.
Teacher Gift Idea 2: Organizational tools
Teachers must be on top of everything, from testing dates to class projects. The TUL custom note-taking system can ensure they create a process that works for them. There’s even one specifically designed for “educators,” but all of them are ideal options for multi-taskers.
Teacher Gift Idea 3: Gift card “bouquet”
Flowers are nice, but a lovely gift card bouquet can be even better. This is a clever way to solicit participation from the entire class, without making it mandatory or conforming to a certain budget. You can just ask parents to send in a gift card to a place they love, from coffee shops to the movie theater to a favorite store in whatever denomination they like. Consider sticking the cards in floral picks and you can arrange them in a flower pot. (Have the kids decorate the pot if you have extra time!)
Teacher Gift Idea 4: Themed gift basket
Another way to invite class participation while taking into account different budgets is to choose a theme and have parents contribute items to fill the basket. If you know your teacher is a cook, you can choose an Italian theme, filled with everything from dried pasta to fancy olive oil to festive kitchen towels. A movie buff would appreciate DVDs of classics, movie theater-style popcorn and candy and even a movie gift card so they can chill out at the latest blockbuster. Consider creating a class sign-up sheet to avoid duplication or have parents send in what they prefer that fits the theme.
Time and again, teachers say that a little appreciation is all they want, which is why a sincere, handwritten note, from both parent and child, can be the ideal gift. In an era of over-filled classes and threatening budget cuts, knowing they are making a difference can make all the difference.
About the Author
Cathie Ericson is a freelance writer covering business and consumer topics. She creates branded content for Fortune 500 companies, and her work has appeared in LearnVest, Costco Magazine, Forbes, TheGlassHammer.com and IDEA Fitness. Follow her @cathieericson.
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