In case, teachers weren’t busy enough trying to reorganize their entire job in a matter of days, many have gone above and beyond. Across the country, in between lessons and zoom calls, teachers are surprising kids at their homes, tutoring through front doors, sewing masks, and making sure their students are fed.
Budgets are tight across the board, but if you want to show your appreciation to special teachers in your children’s lives, here are some teacher gift ideas:
- R and R: Help them unwind with spa, nail, or massage gift cards. Most of these places are closed now, so by buying pampering gift cards, you are also supporting local businesses!
- Adventure: After this school year, teachers deserve to be whisked away to a tropical island for an entire summer (or year). Since Bora Bora is probably out of your budget, fill a beach bag with summer getaway goodies and gas cards to jumpstart any road trip.
- Dining Outside the Cafeteria: Say goodbye to bagged lunches and treat your teacher with a gift card to a local restaurant, coffee shop, bar, brewery or meal subscription service. When in doubt, go with food!.
- A Head Start for Next Year: Aside from working beyond 9-5, most teachers go out of pocket for classroom supplies. Make back-to-school shopping a breeze with a planner, desk organizer, personalized stationery, pens, pencils, post-its, and art supplies.
- A Gift For Themselves: There are a lot of things that teachers can’t control: state tests, snow days, core curriculum, budgets, and oh yeah, a freaking global pandemic. Give them a gift card to Wawa, Amazon, Visa, Target, Marshalls, Barnes and Noble, and let their hearts go wild.
- Coffee – in any and all forms: You can never have too much.
- Unlimited Screen Time: Let them prop their feet up and help them dive into their favorite shows and movies with Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Google play gift cards or movie tickets.
- Endless Gratitude: It doesn’t matter if you thank a teacher by letter, email, sky message, or kid’s drawing, be sure to show your appreciation. (One friend regularly pulls out hand-written letters from old students when she needs a pep talk).
- What was something that every teacher asked for? Support.
- Be mindful of when and what you email.
- Volunteer in the classroom next year. Hello field trips, bake sales, and whatever else is asked!
- Check in with your kids to make sure they are keeping up with work.