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Perfect End-of-the-Year Gifts for Teachers

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The school year is winding to an end, so while you’re busy making plans for the kids this summer, make sure you take a moment to reflect on all the hard work their teachers contributed this year. In addition to exhibiting endless patience while instructing many young ones, your child’s teachers have acted as surrogate caregivers while your children were at school, working long hours and planning and supervising fun, educational activities. They dedicated a lot of their own time and resources off the clock to make their classroom a fun, yet educational, environment throughout the year, and it’s important to recognize all their hard work and sacrifices.

Looking for a way to thank your child’s teachers for all they do throughout the year? Here are some ideas for end-of-the-year gifts for teachers.


Tote bags
Teachers often have a lot to carry to and from work each day, depending on the day’s lessons and what activities are going on. Give them a sturdy, reliable tote bag to make their lives a little easier. If you’re looking for a tote bag you can personalize with a monogram, Marley Lilly sells a variety of colorful totes that can be monogrammed with your favorite teacher’s initials.

Gift baskets
A large gift basket could be a splurge for just one parent to purchase, but if all or several of the parents pool their resources, they can purchase a basket that will truly wow their teacher. Your child’s teacher gives out plenty of hugs during the year, so why not return the favor and send a hug to them? The Serious Teddy Bear Company, the teddy bear created just for adults, offers a teddy bear gift basket created just for teachers. This gift basket features a plush teddy bear, as well as the mini-book Great Teachers Give Us Lifelong Gifts.

If you think your teacher might need more of a pick-me-up than a hug, consider a coffee or tea gift basket. If you know they enjoy a particular brand of coffee, pick up some ground coffee or a gift card to their favorite coffee shop. You can also stock the gift basket with a French press to help them start their morning off right, some of their favorite tea bags (if they prefer tea to coffee), and a coffee mug with all their students’ name on it. If you can feature a class photo on a coffee tumbler or mug, that’s an even better way for them to remember the year with your class.

Personalized thank-you cards and note pads
Notes from the teacher don’t have to be drab. Give them personalized thank-you cards or notepads that feature their name or monogram. Paper Source has an array of designs and font sizes for their personalized stationary, so you’ll be sure to find something that fits your teacher’s style.

Gift cards
Teachers spend a lot of their time and money purchasing supplies for their classroom throughout the year. Thank them by purchasing gift cards to some of the retailers that they frequent throughout the year. Target, Walmart, Staples, and any other big box stores are likely huge hits for teaching supplies, and they’ll love knowing they won’t have to dip into their own finances as much for the upcoming year. (This is also a great gift for several parents to chip in on.)

Spa day
Finally, what better way to say “Thank you for all your hard work” than with a day of pampering? A gift card to a local spa is likely to be a big hit with any teacher, helping them start the summer off feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after a long massage or facial.

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  • Rosa Silva

    Nice ideas. But I would suggest some bookish gifts. There are amazing bookish gift designs that I feature on my blog Bookish Findings (http://bookishfindings.blogspot.com/).