Teachers play a vital role in our children’s lives. Many of them put their students’ needs before their own without a second thought. It is important to find ways to thank them whenever we can.
We asked a few of our favorite teachers in town for suggestions in case you want to show your child’s teacher a small token of appreciation.
We know some classrooms come together to do a classroom group gift, just know that teachers are not expecting something additional as an individual gift from your child. That being said, if you would like to add a personal touch, you can always have your child make a card.
If your class is not doing a group gift or you need some gift suggestions, then the fact is they really do love gift cards and cash. Please don’t feel like you are being tacky by giving money; it is appreciated. If purchasing a gift card, try to make it generic so they can use it easily. Although fabulous, giving them a gift card to your favorite boutique just might mean them having to run around town to several places to use all their gift cards. Think Target, Publix, and department stores that might have several locations, such as Macy’s. Target is a favorite among teachers, as they can use it for clothing, school supplies, and even groceries. If you want to add a personal touch, try tying the gift card to a sweet treat or lovely soap, or stick it in a small potted plant. If your child is in middle or high school, you might think, “but I have two kids, and they have eight teachers each! How much could I possibly give them?” We have it on good authority that they would prefer a gift card over a tchotchke, even if it is just a $10 gift card. They all add up!
If you don’t like giving gift cards, consider a pretty orchid, but please, no more mugs or apples; your teachers get so many of those. Many teachers told us their favorite gift was as simple as positive or grateful words; don’t underestimate the value of praise.
No matter what you get, the teacher in your life will be happy that you went out of your way to show them your appreciation.