My boys’ teachers this year have been absolutely amazing. And let’s face it, even if they hadn’t been, I’d still want to get them something for Teacher Appreciation Day… because all teachers are hard-working… and if you have my kids, you’re definitely working hard!
Last year, I put together picnic baskets for the teachers, with plates, cups, plasticware, a thermos, sunscreen and a few other goodies: Target usually starts putting out this sort of thing in their seasonal aisles at this time of year. Another year, I put together movie buckets. I also have a few last minute Teacher Appreciation gift suggestions.
Your school might choose to celebrate at another time or do gifts the last week of school. Though National Teacher Appreciation Week is this week, with Teacher Appreciation Day being May 8th.
Between my first grader, kindergartener, and preschooler, we have 7 teachers that they see every day they are at school. If I get creative before the week is up, I’ll come up with something for their “specials” teachers, but I wanted to be sure their regular teachers got a little something on Teacher Appreciation Day.
Inspired by pinterest*, this is what we came up with:
I adore Tervis tumblers: they keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. I bought them, along with lids and straws, at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. You can find similar cups at Walmart for under $4 each, but they are made in China(this lead-poisoning mama prefers the made in the USA claim on the Tervis cups) and aren’t as good of quality, but that’s certainly an option. I know not everyone has my lead paranoia.
I then bought a few different kinds of individual powdered drink mixes, like lemonade, iced tea, and Crystal Light and put about 10 in each cup. I thought about putting airplane bottles of some “grown up” drinks in there instead since hey, teachers can use a break, but I figured that my kids probably don’t need to get in trouble for that.
Then I wrote little tags that said “A cup of thanks for all you do!” on one side and the teacher’s name and my child’s on the other side. Someone craftier than I would have made these fancier, but I figure they do the job!
What are you doing for your children’s teachers for Teacher Appreciation/End of the Year gifts?
*Usually, I would link to the source if I got an idea from pinterest. This time, the source of the pic was a spam site and I really don’t want to spam you!