#1 Edible Appreciation
Who doesn’t like food? Who doesn’t like food with some clever phrasing delivered by doe-eyed children? Sounds like every teacher's dream to us. So package up some goodies, tie a note to it saying something witty like “thanks a latte” and have your kid deliver it with strict instructions not to eat it at lunch by accident.
Example: Transformed Pringle Cans
With some colored construction paper, cutout letters, tape, and creativity, you can make your very own pencil surprise! Just take an old Pringles can and cover it in construction paper to mimic the look of a giant pencil.
Make a cone by twisting and taping a thick piece of construction paper and gluing/taping it to the top of the can. Then, you and your child can go shopping for small treats to put in the can!
Example: Soda-Lighted You Are My Teacher
We got this awesome idea from Tammy Mitchell Designs (get the free printables!).
Get a six-pack of your teacher's favorite soda drinks and attach a note that says, "I'm Soda-lighted that you were my teachers this year" and signed by your child. Or, take the pun a step further and get Mountain Dew with a note that says, "We appreciate everything you DEW." You could also go a step further and get custom labels on a six-pack of Jones Sodas. For PTO Groups, consider getting enough 12-packs of personalized Jones Sodas for all your teachers with labels that say "Thank You" (or another enjoyable pun!).
#2 Wall Prints & Classroom Decor
Teachers love to decorate their classrooms, so considering giving them something that will last all year! It can be a drawing that you and your kid did together, or maybe it goes a bit beyond the Crayola masterpiece and is something you have custom made.
#3 Mason Jar Goodies
Mason jars are the perfect packaging for any present, plus they double as reusable storage. Go to your local grocery store and grab a pack of mason jars, then let your little one pick out a bunch of small snacks, school supplies, flowers, soaps, etc. You can even decorate them by painting the jars, glueing glitter to the bottom (on the inside of course), tying ribbon around them or decorating the lid.
Example: Mason Jar M&Ms
The writers at Domestically Speaking say this is one of their favorite teacher appreciation gift ideas, and we have to agree! Fill up a mason jar with M&Ms and then have your child help make a list of the best aspects of his/her teacher. Then, assign each M&M color with one of those attributes, for example:
- Green is for your motivation with homework
- Blue is for your care and patience in the classroom
- Orange is for your creativity
- Yellow is for your humor and making me smile
- Red is for the impact you've had on me this year
Conclude the note by saying, "You are a Marvelous & Maginificent Teacher, thank you for being my M&M" and signed by your kid.