Last Minute Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week!
Holy MOLY, how is it already Teacher Appreciation Week? That means it’s May, the last month of school, and summer is right around the corner. Whaaaaaaat? I swear Christmas was last weekend, wasn’t it?
If you’re anything like me, you have known in the back of your mind that this week was coming. You had every intention of making a stepping stone for the teacher’s yard with your child’s handprint, name and future high school graduation date etched in it, complete with a handwritten card made from pressed flowers that you found on a child-led nature walk. But then, life happened. And all plans involving custom concrete molds went right out the window. So now what?
Saying thank you to your child’s teacher doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here are some easy, last-minute teacher appreciation ideas that don’t require a fine art degree or even a glue gun:
- My number one suggestion shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Say it with me now… GIFTCARDS. I know, I know, some people feel that they aren’t the most thoughtful gifts, but they are useful, they always fit, and maybe, just maybe, you can get a gift card the teacher will actually spend on herself instead of on gear for her class! Target, restaurants, a nail salon…the options are endless!
- Something to eat or drink is my second pick. This can be a little tricky with all the dietary restrictions out there, but there are some fairly safe bets. Coffee, tea, wine, kombucha, heck, even some fancy bottled water could work. Take it one step further and gift a reusable cup or mug along with the beverage. (I know you’re thinking you would want to personalize it with her monogram, but stay with me here, we’re on a tight timeline!) Basically everyone is trying to stay hydrated these days so a nice reusable water bottle is a great gift and easy to find.
- When in doubt, Pinterest. Do I need a shirt made that says that, or what? I’ll be the first to admit that Pinterest is full of adorable ideas that I am dying to do… in another life. Ain’t nobody got time to do 94% of the projects on that site. WHY would I make Cheez-Its from scratch when the ones in the box are so utterly delicious? Snack foods aside, there are some clever ideas that can be adapted for the time-challenged mamas such as myself. Cut out your child’s handprint, write on it, ‘Hands down, you’re the best!‘ and attach it to a nice bottle of hand soap. Pick up a small plant at Lowe’s and have your child write ‘Thanks for helping me grow‘ on the tag. Don’t even get me started with all the puns that go along with various candy bars.
- Simple and heartfelt is never wrong. Teaching can be a challenging, wonderful, heartbreaking, amazing profession. People don’t become teachers because of the great compensation or the opportunity for advancement. It’s a calling. Teachers truly love what they do, they love the opportunity to help shape the minds of the future, and most importantly, they love the kids. So with all the Starbucks and gift cards and brownies and Yeti’s aside, you do not have to spend a lot of money to show your appreciation. You can sit down with your child and write a note thanking them from the bottom of your heart for all they do. Time is our most valuable and finite resource. And to actually take some of the limited time we have in a day to write down how much that person means to us is more valuable than all the Starbucks in Seattle.
Hope these quick ideas have you pointed in the right direction. You’ve got three days left in Teacher Appreciation Week, so get busy! I can’t wait to hear what you did for the teachers in your lives. Leave a comment here or visit us on social @islandprep to tell us all about it!
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