Teacher Gift Ideas to Show Your Appreciation

Whether it’s during Teacher Appreciation Week, the end of the school year, or just anytime, we love to show the teacher’s in our lives how much they are appreciated!

How can I show my appreciation for teachers?

If you’re anything like me and are usually last minute with gifts or items on your to-do list, hopefully this quick list of teacher appreciation ideas helps. Of course there are many ways to show your gratitude, and sometimes the simplest, from-the-heart items are the best gifts a teacher can receive.

Some of my most treasured and memorable gifts from students have cost little to nothing, but were so heartfelt, they had a lasting impact.

Simple (and free!) ways you and your child can show appreciation:

  • An electronic or print message from your child (video, message, artwork, etc.).
  • Complete an “Act of Kindness” in honor of their teacher(s).
  • Have your student demonstrate a skill they have worked hard to learn or improve on, thanking their teacher for their guidance.

Gift cards are always appreciated and utilized:

  • Teacher’s Pay Teachers (TPT) is immensely popular, especially among elementary teachers. As is Scholastic (classroom libraries always need more books!).
  • Amazon, Target or Walmart gift cards are invariably a hit. (Many teachers have classroom wish lists, you can always ask them for.)
  • Coffee gifts cards. Need I say more? And there are lots of great local coffee shops to choose from!

Don’t forget to treat yourself!

Raising school age kids and teenagers isn’t easy. Practice some self-care. Your version of self-care. Treat yourself to something special. Give yourself a break when you need it, and most importantly, don’t feel guilty about it!

Thank you teachers AND parents for working together do the best for our kids. 

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Nikki Hillman
Nikki is a mom to five (two living, three angels), wife, educator, library media specialist, high-school coach, writer, church go-er, and beer drinker. Born and raised in western North Dakota (where the buffaloes literally roam), she now lives just outside of Horace, ND. Nikki will always be a small-town girl at heart, but loves experiencing Fargo area events; including sporting events, bars, breweries + wineries, restaurants, and shops.


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