It's hard to believe, but my oldest will be done with kindergarten in about a month. I really appreciate all the hard work that his teachers have done throughout the year, so I would like to give them each a small thank you gift. The problem is, he has teacher(s), as in 2 of them, so I have to be pretty creative in order to save my budget.
A couple of years ago for Christmas, I purchased a really cute Christmas mug and made up a hot chocolate gift pack, complete with a homemade bag for the marshmallows. I thought it was really cute...but when I made a joke about having lots of mugs, one of the other moms made a comment that when she was a teacher she had MANY mugs. So, my goal is to not only give a frugal gift...but one that does not create (too) much clutter for the teacher.
The best idea would be a gift card, since it doesn't create any clutter, but it's hard to save any money on gift cards and they're not very personal. I've done some research to try to find a better gift, and here are some of the results:
- "Thanks for Helping Me Grow" potted plant - I thought this was a great idea, and if you could find an inexpensive outdoor plant for a deck or porch, it would be even better.
- "Thanks a Latte" printable tag - You can affix this to your teacher's favorite coffee drink.
- Homemade Card with a sincere letter of thanks for all they've done for your child
- Bake cookies - but you might want to make sure your teacher is not on a diet or diabetic first
- Homemade laminated bookmark - it would be really cute to add a picture of your child and a note that they've written to their teacher.
- In Case of Emergency Teacher Kit
- Create homemade note cards and envelopes for the teachers to use when they send notes
- Stock up on school supplies throughout the year when you find great sales and give a school supply kit to the teacher for the classroom
- Purchase your child's favorite book and donate it to the teacher's classroom library (or the school library in the teacher's name) if they don't already have the book
- Have all/some of the parents from the class pool together to purchase a gift card for something practical like a nearby restaurant, an office supply store, or a book store.
The Verdict - I think I'm going to create a homemade laminated bookmark with a photo of my son and also create a card where I can write a personalized note of thanks and how much I appreciate all they've done over the past year. I will probably have my son draw some pictures for the teachers too. Here's what I gave his teachers last year.
What about you? Do you have any great ideas for teacher's gifts? Do you even give your child's teacher a gift?