Teacher Gifts: Creative Ideas for Showing Your Appreciation

Teacher Gifts: Creative Ideas for Showing Your Appreciation

Towards the end of the school year or during teacher appreciation week in May, parents may find themselves struggling to decide on a suitable gift for their child's teacher.

Although teachers are grateful for all presents, many of them spend a considerable amount of their own money to purchase classroom supplies and other necessities. Hence, teachers often prefer to receive gift cards or even cash, which can be used to pamper themselves or enjoy a lovely meal.

However, many parents look for additional ways to show their appreciation for their child’s teacher’s hard work and dedication. Here are some teacher-approved ideas:


Staff favorites

Check with your school to see if they have a list of preferred staff favorites that can offer ideas on favorite restaurants, shops, beverages, snacks, and more.

💡 Tip: Encourage your child to ask their teachers to sign their My Friends and I book during the school year. The responses given by the teachers in the book can offer valuable glimpses into their personal interests, including preferred food, beverages, books, movies, and more.


Personalized stationery

Get a set of personalized stationery with the teacher's name or initials, or a set of thank-you notes that they can use to write notes to parents, students, or colleagues.


Potted plant

A potted plant or succulent is a great way to brighten up a teacher's classroom or home and can serve as a lasting reminder of your appreciation.


Student-made gifts

Teachers often cherish heartfelt drawings, notes, and cards with their students' handwriting as they are incredibly meaningful and thoughtful.

💡 Tip: Gift your child’s teacher a My Friends and I book signed by every student in their class. This book will serve as a wonderful keepsake that reminds the teacher of the special memories and experiences shared during the school year with the students who made it truly remarkable.


Personalized tote bag

A personalized tote bag is a practical gift that the teacher can use to carry books, papers, or other supplies.


Donation to a charity

A donation to a charity in your child’s teacher’s name is a thoughtful way of showing your appreciation, that doesn’t end up in a “box of unused gifts”.

💡 Tip: If your child’s teacher has signed your child’s My Friends and I book, look up their favorite animal or activity to assist you in selecting a suitable charity.


Plant a tree

Consider planting a tree in honor of your child's teacher, which can be a touching gesture, especially for a nature lover.


My Friends and I book

A My Friends and I book is a great tool for teachers to use at the start of the upcoming, new school year. In the book, students will answer questions like "What is your favorite food? What do you like to do in your free time? What songs do you like to listen to? What books do you like to read? What do you want to be when you grow up?". 

Once filled out by the entire class, the book enables teachers and students to get to know each other, to engage with one another, and allows students to find classmates who share similar interests and to establish friendships. Our free teacher resources provide teachers with additional ideas and tools to incorporate the book into their teaching practice.

The book is available here and on Amazon.


Ultimately, every teacher is unique and has different preferences, so it's important to consider their individual interests and needs when choosing a gift.

The most important thing is to show your appreciation in a way that is meaningful and personal to the teacher. A heartfelt note or letter can be just as meaningful as any gift.

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