Whip Up a Thoughtful Teacher Gift for American Education Week

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 by 1 Comment
Whip Up a Thoughtful Teacher Gift for American Education Week

The National Education Association’s American Education Week is celebrated from November 11-17. While gifts are certainly not mandatory, many people do like to make a small treat for their child’s teacher to mark the occasion. Here are my favorite easy, low-cost teacher appreciation gift ideas:

  • Make a school supply cake with extra supplies you picked up at the beginning of the year. A school supply cake is essentially the teacher’s version of the diaper cake that new moms get at baby showers. Stack crayons, glue sticks, scissors, and other supply items to create a cake with three or more layers. Check out The Butlers for detailed instructions.
  • Fill a reusable water bottle with Crystal Light packets or the drink mix of your choice. Make a card that says, “Thanks for sparking my creative juices this year!”
  • Buy lip balm, hand lotion, or some other small item from Burt’s Bees and add a card that says “Thanks for bee-lieving in me!”
  • Use Mod-Podge to cover a plain composition book with one of your child’s drawings. Add the teacher’s name with small letter stickers.
  • Buy a gift card to Barnes & Noble so your child’s teacher can get a book for the classroom or a treat for herself. Fold an origami gift card envelope from one of your child’s drawings and write a short note on the front. I have a tutorial that shows how to do this on the About Origami website.
  • Decorate a small flower arrangement with a card that says “Thank you for making us bloom!” If you don’t want to use fresh flowers, look for silk flowers at your local dollar store.

What are your favorite teacher appreciation gift ideas?

Photo credit: The Butlers

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at danahinders.com.

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  • http://www.livingthescream.com/ Living The Scream

    These are great ideas! I know I should do more for my daughters teachers they are so great! My husband is a teacher and would love some of these as well.