{Inspiration} Teacher Appreciation Gifts

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

I buy the kids teachers gifts at the end of the year.  This is a simple thankyou for the time and efforts they put into helping our children, learn and grow.  I am very thankful, over the past few years my children have had some of the most delightful teachers who have spent extra time with the kids in helping them understand areas of difficulty and the tolerance of moments they give me as parent knocking on their door at 3.05pm some afternoons with questions and queries.

I understand teachers put a lot of extra time out of hours preparing their lesson plans and other activities.  Below are some teacher appreciation gift ideas you might like to consider this year. 

Teacher Appreciation

A FREE Printable card 

 

Pencils in frame with teachers initial – mybabyfaves.blogspot.com

Framed crayons are effective too – chiccheapnursery.com

Voucher card for a Latte – Skiptomylou.org

 A clever pencil holder – eighteen25.blogspot.com 

 Thank you for helping me grow, potted plant – tipjunkie.com

Box filled with chocolate and the necessities like paperclips and cork board pins – eighteen25. blogspot.com

Cookie jar – tancamjenksfam.blogspot.com 

What do you give as teacher appreciation gifts? 

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40 comments

Carolyn November 12, 2011 - 10:32 AM

WOW, I was just thinking about this earlier today. Last year I was inspired by you and did a poem in a picture frame for one teacher. The other teacher received a Pom-Pom puppet bird. This came about as the teacher allowed my son to make pom poms in his free time. We have since made heaps more and sold them at the school fete. This year I was thinking of a calico shopping bag with a relevant comment printed on it ie ‘Teacher powered by chocolate’ or and apple with the word ‘inspiring’ there are many ideas to choose from. The bag idea is because plastic bags are now illegal in the ACT. I may added a few tasty goodies to the bag of course. We have fantastic teachers and I can’t thank them enough for teaching my beautiful boys.

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 11:58 AM

Its a perfect way to say thankyou.

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Bjb456 December 12, 2011 - 9:55 PM

I have used a couple of the ideas from here. Thanks everyone. I ordered some personalised stickers from Signature stickers for my sons teachers. For my daughters kindy, I have teamed up with 2 other mums and we have made a batch of cookies and using the “smart cookie” idea. We are also adding some home made bon bons to the cookie jars. I made the bon bons last year for my sons kindy teachers. I bought some xmas tea towels that came with a matching oven mit and pot holder. Roll the pot holder and glove inside the teatowel and tie ribbon on each end to hold it all together. Last year I used hand towels but rolled them around a cardboard tube. We put some lollies inside. We also attached a small trinket to one end of the bon bon with ribbon.

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Debbie November 12, 2011 - 10:35 AM

My kids are at daycare a couple of days a week and have around 6 teacher/helpers, so what I did was bake a massive basket full of different kinds of biscuits for the entire centers teachers to enjoy. I got many comments on how scrumptious they were.
This year I am going to make lemon butter and orange butter to give to teachers/helpers…something a bit different but yummy all the same!!

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V Blyth November 12, 2011 - 10:40 AM

As a teacher I so love these gift ideas. Sometimes it seems like parents have no appreciation for the extra mile we go for students but your gifts show this is not true for many of you.
Thankyou for the thoughts on behalf of teachers everywhere.

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 11:58 AM

Your welcome, I think it’s important to say thankyou.

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Leesa Watt November 12, 2011 - 10:41 AM

I’ve ran with our parent reps idea this year – we have made a donation anywhere from $5 – $20 and getting an accor holiday voucher. Our teacher has a young child so we are thinking a weekend with hubby or a family getaway would be good.

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 11:59 AM

I love this idea Leesa!

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Heidi November 12, 2011 - 5:10 PM

As a teacher I love receiving gifts with a bit of thought, but home made wins every time. As a non tea or coffee drinker I used to average 15-20 coffee cups each year. I would much prefer a homemade Christmas ornament or something simple that the child has helped to make.

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 11:59 AM

That’s sweet Heidi, I can imagine you receive plenty of coffee mugs!

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Nik November 13, 2011 - 6:58 AM

Last year was our first year at school and we gave my son’s school teacher a little nativity (we go to a Christian school), and I have seen it out in the classroom this year with all the other Christmas books and decos. We did the same for our Speech Therapist.
This year we have arranged little glass ornaments to be engraved with our child’s name and year – it was through Identity Direct and they were having a big sale on all the Christmas stuff way back in May/June.
For the class present for one of our teachers, we are collecting donations and organising with the travel agent for the money to be put towards her honeymoon.

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 12:04 PM

Similar to one mentioned below Nik, I think this is such a beautiful idea.

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Tegan November 13, 2011 - 7:28 AM

as a student teacher, i have come to realise that i go through lots of stickers, Here is a great site that i got some stickers form that i would love to get as a pressie at the end of the year. http://www.signaturestickers.com.au/

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 12:05 PM

Thankyou for sharing the link.

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Nik July 2, 2012 - 10:11 PM

 Thanks for this idea! My daughter is changing teachers this term and as a class thankyou we ordered these stickers – the parents thought it was a great idea and the teacher loved them! I ordered 20 sheets with 65 stickers each sheet and we got 2 free – that’s approx. 1400 stickers!!

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Tina Gray November 13, 2011 - 9:14 AM

I love these! If I was crafty, I’d totally make the monogrammed pencil frame. But instead, our teachers are getting chocolate, unless I can think of a creative way to present it.

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 12:05 PM

I’m sure they enjoy the Chocolates!!

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Skyelee November 13, 2011 - 10:56 AM

My eldest starts school next year, some great ideas here. I will be getting Miss 5’s kinder teacher a book voucher and bookmark, hopefully she gets to put her feet up and rest with a good book over the holidays.

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 12:06 PM

Beautiful idea, I have seen bundles of books and magazine with beach towels, hint for them to relax.

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Jane November 13, 2011 - 12:14 PM

I like to give gifts to the teachers at the end of each term. They usually consist of a handmade box filled with chocs, or other goodies. Last term they got one of my hand poured soy candles in a handmade box – I blogged about it on my very neglected blog here http://invitesbyjustjane.com/2011/09/28/super-little-gift-boxes-for-your-baby-bulb-candles. The box had one the candle sentiment you show above!

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 12:08 PM

Off to have a look, great idea Jane!

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Claire @ Claire K Creations November 13, 2011 - 1:41 PM

The cookie jars are my favourite. So cute! I don’t have kids yet but I will definitely be giving presents to their teachers one day.
I used to love giving my teachers presents when I was little.

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 12:09 PM

Cookie jars are so cute!

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Laney @ Crash Test Mummy November 13, 2011 - 1:54 PM

We don’t have teachers to appreciate just yet, but if I was a teacher I’d love the organising tray. Although my description would be more like:
Box filled with paperclips and cork board pins and the necessities like chocolate 😉

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 12:10 PM

LOL, it’s an absolute necessity!!!

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tutuames November 13, 2011 - 6:24 PM

They are all so awesome! I especially love the pencils and crayons. So effective!

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 12:11 PM

I think they would be easy enough to make, I hope I have time this year as I would like to make one up.

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Sara @ Tis The Life November 13, 2011 - 7:37 PM

I love that Crayons mural… I might get my craft on & prepare one for the babies room 🙂 Thansk for the inspiration.

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 12:11 PM

Thinking out of the box Sara, love it!

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Anonymous November 13, 2011 - 10:59 PM

Some fabulous ideas! My boy started high school this year so it’s not cool to give teachers a present, as we don’t see the high school teachers it’s a bit hard. When he was in primary I always gave his teachers a present, like you he’s been lucky enough to have amazing teachers all through primary.

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 12:12 PM

That’s understandable, have to be ‘cool’ these days

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Bec Sherman November 14, 2011 - 10:08 AM

My son only started school this term, so his teacher, whilst is wonderful, will only have had him for 1 term. Last year for the kindy and childcare, I got world vision school supplies for the kids in Africa and gave the cards to the teachers (1 for the kindy and 1 for my son’s room at childcare and 1 for my daughter’s room at childcare). We also gave the kindy teachers a christmas bauble with a tag with Hunter’s name on it. I’m thinking of doing the same again this year for his school teacher and my daughter’s childcare.

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Katrina November 16, 2011 - 12:13 PM

I like the idea of the bauble, something to always treasure

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Natasha November 18, 2011 - 6:53 AM

What a lovely parent you are! As a semi-retired teacher I can tell you that it is very rare to get gifts when you teach high school kids. Primary teachers tend to get lucky and we were always forgotten! That’s why I always give gifts to my eldest daughter’s teachers!

Thanks so very much for joining in with my Pinning and Singing Pinterest Party. I really love your pins and ideas so thanks for sharing them. I know there are a lot of linky parties out there in blogland so I just wanted to let you know that I am really grateful for your support.

Best wishes and happy pinning!
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

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Emmak November 19, 2011 - 3:07 AM

Wow thanks for these really great ideas! I especially like the picture made out of crayons.

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Marita November 20, 2011 - 9:00 PM

We gave Heidi’s teachers, therapists and aides and Annie’s teacher last year a Keep Cup each. This year I’ve got some stationery from the kawaii notebook – love that shop.

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Katrina November 22, 2011 - 8:08 PM

I remember your keep cup, really liked that idea!

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Bjb456 December 12, 2011 - 10:03 PM

Can I ask what a “keep Cup” is?

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Kelly Slattery November 27, 2011 - 9:14 AM

I’m making some 2012 framed calendars for the kid’s teachers this year. http://www.kellystamps.com/2011/11/ive-been-scrapping-yay.html

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Katrina December 22, 2011 - 12:08 AM

Wow Kelly, I love your calendars, very creative!

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