Do you know what’s coming up next week? It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Are you prepared to say THANK YOU to that special teacher in your life? Or … perhaps you suddenly felt a little panic set in because it hasn’t yet crossed your mind … and you have several teachers to thank right now! Multiple kids = multiple teachers = multiple gifts.
That’s why I’ve chosen to focus on this today for my At Home with Becky post. First, to share the friendly reminder. And second, I’d love to ease the burden you might be feeling … just a bit. The gift ideas I’m sharing in today’s post aren’t even really super creative. It’s safe to say that I’m not really the world’s most creative gift-giver, honestly. But sometimes even just seeing simple ideas can help to get the wheels spinning, right?
For Teacher Appreciation Week we wanted to share something fun, helpful, and FREE!
A free download for you!
You will notice some cute 3×4 cards + tags included with each of the gift ideas in this post. The ever fabulous Liz Tamanaha created a set of 6 cards and laid them out on one 8 1/2 x 11 page for you to easily download and print. CLICK HERE to download the one-page PDF. Interested in the individual 3×4 card designs? You can download the 6 card files and the PDF from the Digital Project Life shop HERE. These fun cards are the perfect finishing touch to your teacher gifts and coordinate perfectly with the digital exclusive Personal Yearbook Mini Kit that Liz designed.
Plus – not only do these cards work well with gifts, but of course they’re 3×4 on purpose. These will slip right into your Project Life® album! Whether you’re scrapbooking about a teacher in your life or you’re a teacher yourself (!) … we hope you’ll enjoy these cards that Liz designed in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.
Gift Idea #1: Gift Card
I used to hesitate giving gift cards because I was worried the gift would feel impersonal or too simple. But guys – it’s just as good as cash and heaven knows, our beloved teachers are worth so much more than that number attached to their salary, so I’m sure the extra spending cash absolutely comes in handy. If you’re short on time, this is quick and easy, too. Just put the gift card in an envelope, slap a cute card on the front (from our freebie page or even a Project Life card you already have from a kit) – and be done. I am of the opinion that gifts don’t have to have the most amazing presentation. You’ll see that throughout this post. ; )
Gift Idea #2: Stationery Supplies
I am personally a fan of handwritten notes and therefore I enjoy giving the gift of cute note cards to encourage handwritten sentiments. Throw in some cute office supplies that you know would be practical and visually so fun, punch a hole in the corner of one of the cards, tie some twine, string, or ribbon around the collection, and you’re done! Items purchased at Target.
Gift Idea #3: Teacher Supplies
I don’t know about the teachers in your area, but I know our teachers go through a lot of markers – the dry-erase kind, the permanent kind … all kinds of markers. And they’re not cheap! Give the gift of practicality. This is the type of gift that for sure won’t end up ultimately being wasted. And it’s something great for the male teacher who probably doesn’t want body lotion or a gift card for a pedicure. A quick wrap idea is to take clear plastic wrap and just bunch it at the top, tie a ribbon or string to hold it together, tape a card to the front (yes – just plain, uncreative tape is acceptable, my friends), and be done! Of course I know most of you will likely reach for the washi tape. ; )
Gift Idea #4: Project Life
Of course I think this is a fabulous idea for a teacher! You bet! Your favorite teacher undoubtedly has pictures and she may or may not know how to start … or how to find the time, for that matter! Enter Project Life. The solution-based system for organizing and displaying your precious photos … whoops! I was headed into infomercial mode. ; ) Okay, seriously. Pick up a Project Life Mini Album + a Mini Kit, tie them together, add a quick card, and there you go! You’ve just shared one of the most thoughtful gifts because Project Life is going to save her TIME.
Gift Idea #5: Summer Bundle
A couple friends have brought up this idea in past years and it caught my attention because it’s really such a good idea! Give your teacher the gift that will keep on giving this summer. This is their chance to take a break from the grueling school year where they work so hard and bask in the break. Bundle together a beach towel, some sunscreen, a nice water bottle, and a fun magazine to enjoy as they’re sitting outside in the fresh air. I picked up all of these items at Target, including that basket which is probably my very favorite thing of the moment. Cute, right!?
Regardless of the gift you share or the amount of money you spend, part of cultivating a good life is expressing appreciation for the teachers who make a big impact. As parents, we are the most important influence on our children – no question. But their teacher(s) spend a hugely significant amount of time teaching, serving, influencing our children – and they should absolutely feel appreciated for giving so much of themselves.
By the way, I would love to see more teacher gift ideas shared in the Comments of this post. Please chime in with ideas that you think would inspire the rest of us. Perhaps you have a go-to gift idea that’s always a big hit. Or if you’re a teacher, please share with us the most meaningful and memorable gifts you have received over the years. And teachers — THANK YOU.
At Home with Becky
This post is part of a weekly blog series called At Home with Becky. Each Wednesday, I share a little something from home – routines, organization, traditions, decor, etc. If ever you are interested in seeing all of these posts in one place, just click on that turquoise button at the top of my blog that says At Home with Becky.