Any ideas for good teacher gifts??


10 Years
Mar 2, 2009
Upstate NY
My girls had really excellent teachers this year, and I'd like to get the some kind of gift to give them on the last day of school. I'm lost though, any good ideas??
most teachers get sooo much stuff.... they dont really "want" stuff...

my children teachers sent out a memo saying that in lieu of end of the year gifts make a donation to the school breakfast club or the school council or sports equipment for the school, donation to the food bank in the name of the school/teacher/class
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We're always painting ceramics at Creative Hands... it's next door to DSs karate class...

For DDs teacher we got a big flower, that most paint as an orange gerbera or yellow sunflower...

And WE painted it White with a Yellow Center... daisies are so cheerful...
Then in the petals, rotating clockwise around, one letter per petal with space between words, we wrote




Mrs Hall liked it quite a bit and I got my alliteration fix for the day.
Ask your kids what they might want to give her. You might get an idea you can develop from.

Other ideas are a GIANT tote bag, so they can haul their goods home in it...teacher themed of course. Plain tote, iron on decal...ta-daaa!

Maybe a nice card?

An ivy plant?

good luck!
Ditto the gift cards. You can get him/her one to a supply store so they can put it towards school supplies (who knows how much of their own money they spend on school supplies for their class), or someplace fun that they like.

My dd's teacher was absolutely fantastic this year, and dd had gleaned that her teacher had an addiction to a local ice cream parlor. We gave her teacher a nice gift card to that ice cream place as an appreciation gift.
I second the gift certicficates. My daughter is a teacher. They get losts of what- nots after awhile they run out of space to put them. My daughter has them setting all over the place. Certificates to restaurants, wal-mart, etc. They are really appreciated. She uses her own meager salary to by supplies for her teaching. A gift certificate to one of the stores for next season would also be nice. Gloria Jean
I agree, store-bought "stuff" isn't always needed or appreciated. But something personal would be. Something hand-made or personally written by your girls and by you. A picture, a poem, a letter, etc expressing just how special the teacher was to you, and why. Letters written to the principal praising the teacher would be a great thing too!

If you want to include a gift you could add a gift card for a place where the teacher could buy things for herself and/or her classroom. Many teachers are underpaid and have needs for their own households, many must buy things for their classrooms out of their own pockets.

When my kids have a particularly excellent teacher I get a big thank-you card & a plain brown envelope. I try to get all the parents of children in that class to sign the card, adding their own words of gratitude, and let them put in as little or as much as they wish anonymously in the envelope. Then I buy a gift card with all the money collected to put in the thank-you card.
Jeez.. whatever happend to just giving them an apple?

If i was to give anything..i would give school supplies, because teachers are having to buy school supplies out of their OWN money alot today..
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