We all know educators in our circle of influence. Whether at public or private school, homeschool co-ops, home educators, church, or someplace else. Teachers are amazing, simply put! Some teachers do it for a job, but most, teach out of an abundant heart of love. It’s their calling. We can all think back to our childhood and remember that one teacher that stood out to us. So how do we thank them properly? Abraham Lincoln said,
Teach the children, so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.
I’ve asked some of my teacher friends to let me know what kind of gifts they like best. Here are some ideas from their heart. I hope it gives you some inspiration for those special educators in your life!
When children listen close.
“I especially love getting little things that the children know I like. I love knowing they listened throughout the year and paid attention to my preferences. For example, they might get me a pack of dry erase markers because they remembered me say earlier in the year that I love fun colors of markers.”
“Heartfelt, handwritten notes are the best- especially from young children because they always add a lot of humor! These are cherished gifts and provide a tearful (happy tears) reminder of why I do what I do!”
When the gift has meaning about our class.
“I love when students get a gift that symbolizes something special about our class. For example, this year our class Skyped with a penguin rehab facility in South Africa. My kids LOVED it and it was an experience unique to this class. One student got me a bracelet with a penguin charm on it. I will always remember that class for years to come when I see penguins.”
“The best one I think I have gotten is when my room parent put together a Shutterfly book with pictures from throughout the year. It was called the ABC book and it went through each letter of the alphabet saying why they loved me and each kid wrote me a short note with their picture in it.”
Another teacher friend received a painted rocking chair from the whole class with all the kids names on it and finger print animals and they keep it in their classroom. Sentimental group gifts are always fun to receive!
“Notes from kids telling the teacher what they love or like about me or my class. A fun memory, or a picture of a fun memory or even a drawing from their imagination.”
“Thoughtful, encouraging words from parents help me gauge whether they’re satisfied with the experience their kids have had.”
Gifts that are overdone – don’t buy these!
- Mugs, mugs, mugs
- The world’s best teacher trinkets
- Tervis tumblers
- Jewelry (unless you know what they like)
- Gift card (favorite restaurants, hobbies, Amazon, Wegmans, Teachers pay Teachers, Staples, Target, Walmart, etc)
- Heartfelt cards with children’s handwriting
- Restaurant gift cards
- Trader Joe gift basket of family favorites
- Oversized beach towel with sunscreen, beach tote with beach goodies
- Practical gifts
- Beach bag with towel, water bottle and nail polish
- Coffee related gifts – Tim Hortons, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, etc.
- A lot of teachers are also into essential oils now and diffuse them in their classroom too so that may be something new to give!
- A “thankful bag” with extra class supplies (pens, pencils, markers, crayons, tape etc.)
- Spa basket- Things to help the teacher relax and pamper themselves – a gift card to a spa inside
- An entire day of meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Teachers are so exhausted after wrapping up the year so not having to worry about meals the next day is a great gift!
- A letter to the administrator commending specific qualities and skills displayed by that teacher (copy goes teacher, one will be placed in their HR file).
Favorite Teacher Quotes
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William A. Ward
A mind when stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions. – Anonymous
There is no friends as loyal as a book. – Ernest Hemingway
I am not a teacher, but an awakener. – Robert Frost
The hardest thing to teach is how to care. – Anonymous
What are some of your favorite gifts you’ve received, or given to a teacher? We’d love to hear in the comments below!