Top Ten Teacher Appreciation Week Gifts

Through personal experience I’ve come up with the top ten Teacher Appreciation Week gifts, which falls on May 6–10, 2013. Beyond educating our children, teachers assist students to become responsible, motivated, and independent and to reach their full potential. They deserve gifts of gratitude.

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My Top Ten Teacher Appreciation Gifts

  1. Gift Cards – Store cards or Visa cards work well. Donors Choose provides educators an account specifying your classroom needs.
  2. Gift Baskets – Make one with, inspirational books, tea or coffee, note pads, candles, etc. Use a storage box or plastic container that can be reused.
  3. Aprons – Did you know that a teacher’s job is often messy? Crafts and science projects can cause stains.
  4. Copy Paper and Printer Ink – Many school districts limit the amount of printing that teachers can do. They may be forced to use their home printer. Help them save money.
  5. Tissues, Hand Sanitizer, etc. – Remember the list that you get at the start of the school year? Some parents can’t afford to buy these needed classroom items.
  6. Books for the Class Library – Libraries need to be kept up to date. When you buy books, add a sticker with your child’s name.
  7. Snack Items – Teachers often work through lunch hour, get hungry and may resort to the vending machine. Give a gift of healthy, nonperishable snacks, such as granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, etc.
  8. Thank You Cards – Either you or your child can write a note that comes from the heart. Though inexpensive, these are cherished.
  9. Movie Night – Give the gift of relaxation and entertainment with a movie rental card, boxes of popcorn and movie candy.
  10. Volunteering – The gift of time in your child’s teacher’s classroom is one of the best things you can give.

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What Teacher Appreciation gift do you suggest or have bought?

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  1. These are great ideas! I might do the snack items – they still do snack time in my daughter’s class and sometimes she tells me she ate something her teacher gave her instead of what I packed. :\
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  2. I did not know that there was a teacher appreciation week! Now that I know we’ll have to do something to let all the kids favorites know how much we appreciate all that they do for them throughout the year.

  3. we spent the weekend making cards and drawings (and then I supplemented with gift cards ;-))
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  4. Great ideas! My son is starting Kindergarten this Fall and I will have to pin these ideas to use for later. Thanks.
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  5. I think these are great ideas and much nicer than the traditional “teacher” gifts.
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  6. I’m so glad you just reminded me that it’s teacher appreciation week this coming week. With Mother’s Day, I’d have forgotten all about it.
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  7. This is a wonderful list. I know my childrens’ teachers are always thankful for book donations/gifts. Gift cards and volunteering would be much appreciated too.
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  8. we always do gift cards so the teacher can get what they want. Great list!!!
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  9. I am a teacher and would love any of those items! Anibac soap from Bath and Body works is handy too!
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  10. I love that you chose a quote from Temple for this post. She has done so much for Autism (and cattle). Also, I think this is a great list of gifts for teachers. I know a school where teachers have to go home to print anything in color (the school doesn’t have a color printer right now). So, colored ink would be fabulous. Also, they need lots of pencils, glue sticks (depending on grade level), and of course soap/hand sanitizer. Great ideas! 🙂
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  11. I was just talking about this with a friend of mine! Great ideas!
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  12. these are excellent gift ideas.

  13. Teaching is a noble profession. In my opinion that’s the best way to describe teaching..
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  14. Oh wow this is great!
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  15. Great ideas Connie! I like to give teachers something special for them to enjoy, not something for the classroom.
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