Teacher Appreciation Week starts on Monday of the first full week in May, and this celebration has an interesting history (thanks, Eleanor Roosevelt!). Whether you’re a teacher looking for ways to show appreciation for your co-workers or you’ve landed here looking for fresh ideas for your child’s teachers, we’ve got just what you need. While it’s hard to go wrong with a classic, some teachers have already amassed quite a collection of coffee mugs and apple-themed office supplies. Read on for gift ideas that won’t contribute to desktop clutter and will actually get some use.
Gift cards allow teachers to treat themselves outside of the classroom. They’re flexible enough to fit any budget, from a five-dollar card to the local coffee and donut shop to a sky’s-the-limit spree at the bookstore. According to a Facebook survey conducted by the specialty website GiftCards.com, other top gift card choices for teachers include discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target, pampering service locations like the salon, and dinner-and-a-movie combos featuring cards to the movie theater and a restaurant.
Tickets to locations like a museum or aquarium, or events like an upcoming concert or play, are a great way to show how much you appreciate the teachers in your life. For a truly heartfelt touch, present tickets inside a customized card. You can let your child design and decorate their own cards or use these cool photo-mount cards to affix a special shot of your kiddo.
Certificates let you and your child say thank you – without busting the budget. You can offer up your own handy services like a car wash, a pet-sitting session, or a promise to help clean the classroom on the last day of school. To really amp up the presentation, use blank certificates you can customize with a printer or by hand.
Teachers, what are your favorite non-tangible treats to give or receive?