Many parents have good intentions when it comes to giving a teacher gift. Any gift given with love is a good gift. However, there are some gifts that are usually more appreciated than others.
I have taught in one capacity or another in many different school situations, and grew up with a mom who was a teacher, so I have seen some great gifts!
The goal is to let your child’s teacher or coach know that they are appreciated, and that you recognize the time and effort they spend on your child. Teachers and coaches truly care about your kids- love them back.
When deciding on a gift for your teachers, keep these things in mind:
A Teacher Gift From the Heart
The teacher gifts that are ‘save-worthy’ are the notes or cards written by parents and kids alike- notes that share appreciation, a funny story, or the child’s favorite part of class. If you only give one thing, write a note or have your child make them a card. Teachers and coaches get so much criticism lately, a heartfelt thank you goes a long way.
Give SOMETHING even if it is small
At some schools, many of the kids give their teachers a holiday or end of the year gift. Being one of the only kids that doesn’t feels lousy. I once had a student take a necklace off his mother’s dresser and sneak it to me as a gift. (I returned it to his mother of course.) Kids feel good about giving gifts to the adults in their life, even if it is something small. Teachers feel good when they feel acknowledged, even if it is something small. A handmade card is free!
Giving teachers and coaches a gift is a lesson in thankfulness and the joy of giving. A lesson many children in today’s society can benefit from.
The Gift is for the Teacher
This seems obvious, but isn’t to everyone. If you are appreciating the person, then choose a gift that fits them and something they may actually use or enjoy. Your children know their teacher, ask them what their teacher drinks through the day, what their favorite color is, or what sports team they root for. If they don’t know, ask them to find out. Packers/Bears rivalry is huge locally. My son knows which teacher roots for which team. You wouldn’t want to give a Bears fan a Packers gift! (But it is perfectly acceptable to give the Packers fan Bears paraphernalia.) 😉
Give a Gift Receipt
If you are giving a physical gift (socks, scarf, candles) include a gift receipt, even if it is not an expensive item. You want the teacher to enjoy the gift, and if for some reason you bought something that isn’t a good fit, they can exchange it for one that is.
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Teachers and Coaches! We would love to hear your favorite gifts that you have received over the years! Share them in the comments below.