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Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 3 and goes through May 7, 2010.  If you’re looking some ideas, read on…

Use Your Imagination!
Over the years of helping out in my kids’ classrooms, I have seen first hand what teachers need and cherish the most. Teachers receive a lot of “teacher” type gifts. Think outside of the box and get them something that they can use and might not normally buy themselves.  An umbrella,  address labels you’ve made on your computer, a new address book, a pair of gloves, or maybe go for something I have listed below. You know your teacher best, talk to her to find out her likes, her hobbies.  Build on something that is personal to him or her. 

Create a “Movie Night” Package
Buy a big bowl that can be used for popcorn and put microwave popcorn or the kind you shake over a flame and fill the bowl with drinks, snack items, old fashion soda bottles, flavored salts, and a certificate for a movie rental. This is a great gift idea for male teachers…they can sometimes be hard to buy for!

Supplies for the Classroom
Teachers appreciate getting things that they can use in the classroom. Many times they need supplies for their room because they have to pay for them out of their own pocket. You may want to ask your child’s teacher if he/she has any specific needs. Some ideas are: Art supplies, construction paper, crayons, organizational supplies, stamps and ink pads, high-quality chalkboard chalk, washable markers, “Good Job” stickers for papers, posters, tape, paperclips, glue sticks, red pens, pencils, post-it notes, Kleenex and anything else you can think of that they may use. Put them all together in a big plastic bin with a lid, and tie a big bow around it, because they can more than likely also use a bin !

Add to the Class Library
Teachers love to get books for their classroom. Gather books, see our “Book Nook Recommendations” for some good ones, and then bundle a bunch of them up with a ribbon and a personal note, and maybe even a bag of freshly made cookies tucked under that bow.

Look around your house and I’m sure you’ll find a reusable clear plastic box that can be filled with goodies and made into these cute “Sweet Treats” gift boxes from “Do It Yourself Gifts”!

Fill a container with mixed nuts or candy and decorate the top with circles cut from scrapbook paper. Tie white satin ribbon around the container and tie a floral scrapbook embellishment on the top with embroidery floss.

Plastic Gift Box


For a pre-school or a kindergarten teacher, a small plastic take-out box makes a perfect gift container! Fill it with small cookies or animal cookies and top with circles cut from animal scrapbook paper. A scrapbook button with an embroidery floss bow gives this a crafty feel. What a great way to say “job well done!”

Plastic Gift Box

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5 Responses to “{Kids/Parents} Teacher Appreciation Week Gift Ideas”

  1. Shauna, these are all wonderful ideas. I’m enjoying looking through all of your posts, and the incredible wealth of inspirations, ideas and resources you share with your readers!

  2. Excellent gift ideas for the hard working teachers. I really appreciated one of the teachers that my son with special needs had, so instead of one gift, each month during the school year I would donate what the class needed. I had the teacher tell me what they needed or were running low of. I didn’t go broke donating, matter of fact I thought it was fun.

  3. I love the movie night package. I think female teachers will appreciate it too. Maybe they’ll enjoy a marathon of chick flicks. So cool! 🙂

  4. Friends give graduation cards and gifts to each other to say “goodbye” or as mementos of times shared in school. Crafts Hobbies

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