As the end of the school year nears, it's fun to reflect back on everything your child has learned. From letters and writing to sharing and using good manners, your child has truly blossomed! You know your kiddo has worked hard, but you also know all this wouldn't be possible without the love and dedication of his teachers.
The end of the year is the perfect time to say thank you for everything teachers provide to students. A thoughtful gift sends the perfect message; however, many parents struggle with what to get the teachers their children have grown so fond of over the last nine months.
While mugs and chocolates are nice, teachers probably have drawers at home overflowing with both these common gifts. To show you care, send a unique gift your teacher really wants. Here are five proven winners that convey gratitude for all teachers do throughout the year.
Rather than 20 small knickknacks, consider organizing a group gift. When all parents contribute to an end-of-the-year fund, you have more money to put toward something big you know she really wants. Want to ease the collection process? Try a free, online gift organization platform like Group Together to make it simple.
Throughout the year you've probably learned a lot about the teacher's interests. Use this information to create a fun summer basket. For example, if you know she'll be frequenting her cabin over summer break, pack a basket with fun outdoor games, bug spray, suntan lotion, etc. If she's a bookworm, include a book from a favorite author, a bookmark and maybe a few marvelous munchies.
Personalized grading stamps
You can see the pride in your child's eyes when he comes home with a stamp on his worksheet. That little mark means he did a good job! Teachers adore stamps because kids love them, they're easier than stickers and don't have as much waste. A great way to show you care is to replenish your teacher's stamp supply for next year. Order a collection or get a customized stamp with the teacher's name. A cool star stamp that says "Good job! Mrs. Nelson" is sure to be used constantly.
Sometimes it's not how much you can spend but the love behind the gift that counts. A homemade gift by your child can become a cherished treasure. Try to think of a project for something cute, small and useful. For example, get some air-dry clay, flatten and cut with an apple cookie cutter. Then help your child gently fold the edges up to create a dish. When dry, paint! This small container is perfect for holding paperclips, binders and more.
Stop feeling guilty about gift cards. Teachers agree that these are much appreciated, especially if they are to places the person enjoys or can use for classroom supplies. If she's a java lover, a gift card to a local coffee house is perfect. Does he enjoy painting in his free time? A gift card to a nearby art store will help replenish his supplies before break. Not sure? You can't go wrong with an Amazon or Target gift card.
End of the year is now here! Say thank you to your hard working teachers with these unique gift ideas.