Purchasing a meaningful thank you gift for someone you depend on but barely know as an individual can be a maddening undertaking. I’m talking teacher appreciation gift ideas. Those end of year presents that you want to nail, but often fail miserably at selecting.
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Let’s face it, we don’t always know much about our kids’ teachers as individuals. I might be able to glean a favorite color or random factoid while interrogating my kids but “Mrs. Nelson’s favorite color is purple and she loves Snoopy” is not a WHOLE LOT to go on unless I want to buy Mrs. Nelson a lovely purple Snoopy nightgown.
That would certainly send an interesting message!
Selecting the “Perfect” Teacher Gift
I know A GREAT DEAL about teacher gifts because my mother is a retired first-grade teacher. When I was a kid the end of each school year was always marked with a selection of apple knick-knacks, Best Teacher frames, and #1 Teacher ornaments. Stop by my parents’ house and you’re sure to be served coffee in a mug declaring Teachers Touch Lives or My Favorite Teacher.
I'm reminded of my apple-studded childhood at teacher gift time. I roam the aisles of Target in a state of confusion for what seems like hours then give in, locate the gift card kiosk, and toss a random store card into a thank you note.
It’s certainly a solution, but it’s a gift doesn’t feel all that thoughtful or caring.
The Great Gift Giver
This year I decided on the perfect present for our teachers –> FLOWERS!
- Knowledge of favorite colors definitely helps when choosing this gift.
- Flowering plants are cheap in the spring, so you can still afford to add a gift card.
- The plant can be replanted in a garden or used to decorate school rooms.
Making Flowers Personal
Armed with another morsel of teacher knowledge (the subject they teach) you can easily decorate flowers with a personalized message.
This craft used $1 dollar sand pails and shovels as an adorable planter. They’re cute, they’re cheap, and they come in great colors!
Plus, the pail looks great in a classroom and can be refilled with pencils or glue sticks for years to come.
How to Make a Personalized Teacher Appreciation Gift
This craft is easy-peasy. Print, trace, plant, and gift. That’s it!
1 – Print the PDF file on white paper and cut out your favorite design (Music, PE, Art, School, Media Guidance, Technology, Choir, Teachers, Teaching, Books, or My Class).
2 – Tape the design inside the bucket.
3 – Trace the design with Sharpies paint pens. Allow to dry for about 5 minutes.
4 – Sign the shovel with your child’s name.
5 – Place a plant in the bucket and give the gifts!
I hope this easy teacher appreciation gift frees you from the stress of teacher gift selection AND helps you avoid purple Snoopy nightgowns.
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