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Best teacher gift ideas for end of school year– written by a teacher! (NO DIY, easy & inexpensive ideas!!)

May 3, 2014Beth

Note from the editor: Beth (our teacher contributor) says that teachers DO NOT expect gifts for Christmas or at the end of the school year. However, I felt like our children’s teachers were STELLAR this year and want to acknowledge them. So I asked her what teachers would like most for a gift at the end of the school year and here is what she said!

One of the things I love about teaching is that no two days are the same.  School is not a boring place to be. (Don’t listen to your children when they say it is!)  There are a few times during the school year that brings a special kind of crazy to the school year:  the first week of school, right before Christmas vacation, and… the last month of school.

During these times it’s amazing if I can make a coherent thought by the time I get home. End of year teacher gift ideas: Looking for the perfect gift to say "thank you" to your child's teacher? Teacher (and mom) Beth shares EASY (& CHEAP) teacher gift ideas for preschool, kindergarten, elementary school and up (NO DIY or crafting supplies required! ;) #teacher #gift #ideas #end #of #school #year #DIY #easy #cheap #inexpensive #creative #thoughtful #elementary #middle #school #preschoolOf course the end of the school year is the queen of Crazy-time. It is a time for field trips, cleaning desks, lockers and the classroom that has been lived in for the last 9 months, cramming in those last few things we want our students to learn (and in a fun & exciting way… because after all… it’s almost summer, and keeping their short attention span is like nailing Jello to a tree…), and end of the year concerts, award programs & parties.

As much as I look forward to summer after the last crazy month, there is a part of me that is sad to say goodbye to my students.  These have been “my kids” for the last 9 months. And yes I will see many of them again, but it won’t be the same.

We don’t expect a gift!

I’m always surprised and very humbled when I receive a thank you gift at the end of the year.  I certainly don’t expect it, but after the craziness we call May, I definitely appreciate it.

But first let me say thank YOU—to the Mamas & Papas—for sharing your kiddos with us during the school year.  They are the reason that teaching is the best job ever! And for those of you who had mercy on us and provided us with chocolate, caffeine, or something else to help us survive the last few days of school or to welcome us to summer… bless you!

The Best Teacher Gift Ideas

If you are looking for a way to bless or thank your child’s teacher at the end of the school year, here are a few of my favorite gift ideas:

  • Probably my all-time favorite thing to get from a student is a hand written note.  I cherish these.  They are easy to store (I always keep them!) and it is the best kind of encouragement!
  • Any kind of gift card for a fun coffee, treats, or lunch:
    • Starbucks, Caribou, or your local coffee shop, Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Queen, Subway, McDonald’s
  • A nice plant to enjoy for the summer
  • Fun smelling hand soap or hand sanitizer
  • If your child’s teacher/school has iPads… iTunes gift card
  • Amazon or other bookstore gift card (for a book to read at the beach!)
  • Candy or some other type of treat (if you don’t know… go with chocolate!  Often it is chocolate or caffeine that get us through the day!)
  • Get the teacher his/her favorite beverage (that won’t get your kid sent to the principal’s office ;) or favorite candy
  • Movie certificate taped to a box of popcorn
  • Car Wash Coupons
  • Gas Gift Card
  • Fun insulated tumbler
  • Beach towel (now that we have time to go the beach! :)

Hopefully, there is a teacher gift idea or two that will help. If you are looking for a few more ideas (especially for male teachers) visit Beth’s list of the best Christmas Gifts for Teachers HERE! And remember… that whatever gift your child brings, we will love it… because we love your kids!  It’s why we teach! What other great ideas do you have?  I’d love to hear your suggestions below! – Beth

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  • Jaime Oliver

    May 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    some super ideas thanks for sharing

  • ishouldbemoppingthefloor

    May 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    These are GREAT ideas! Thanks bunches for sharing!

  • theaubreyhunt

    May 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I love this! I found you from the Project Inspire{d} link up. Totally pinning now. :)

  • Pinkoddy

    May 19, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    What great ideas – I have pinned – visiting from the Parenting Pin it party.

  • Coombe Mill

    May 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I like the beach towel idea, especially as we have so many beaches here in Cornwall

  • Otilia

    May 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    oh such great ideas! i think i will be going with the gift card idea this year!

    thank you for linking up with the #pinitparty

  • Wicked World of Lucas

    May 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Brilliant post. We gave Lucas’s teacher as an end of year pressie, a cinema gift voucher taped to popcorn and she loved it. #magicmoments

  • Becky

    May 19, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I’m not a teacher, but I blogged what I’ve done for my kids’ teachers this year…

    1. Dawn

      May 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Too cute, and still very practical! Love it!

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    May 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

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    1. Dawn

      May 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the feature!

  • Leilani

    May 17, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Great ideas! When i was teaching my favorite was a little gift card to somewhere yummy to eat, even someplace like Sonic. Pinning this from the pin it party and will be following you on pinterest. Look for Just a Touch of Crazy!

    1. Dawn

      May 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Great, thank you so much! Will follow back!

  • plutrell

    May 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    You have some good ideas. I am a teacher and every year I hope no one will give me food! It is hard to resist and I don’t need the calories. I am certain there are many others like me! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

  • Elizabeth

    May 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Great ideas! Teachers are wonderful and I think we should show them our gratitude. They do so much for our children and are great role models!!! Thank you!

  • Cathy

    May 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Always a dilemma thinking of what to get the teacher… your list is great – thank you….

  • Blair Lonergan

    May 5, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Great list. Thanks for some fun ideas. Pinned!

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