How to Really Show Appreciation to Your Child’s Teacher

So we all know that teachers are overworked and underpaid. Many people want to show appreciated for their child’s teacher, which is so incredibly thoughtful and appreciated by the teachers. However, there are many things a teacher is really not interested in receiving because they get SO MUCH of the same thing. Some of these items include but are not limited to… soap, candles, coffee mugs, monogrammed bags, pictures of your children, candy or sweet treats. I know those items are easy but these are the most common items given to a teacher. So here is a list of other items that would be appreciated by teachers outside of these items.

DIY and School Supplies – Teachers often have to buy their own school supplies so that is always a great gift. There are also some great DIY gifts that teachers would also totally appreciate. Here is a great list that will meet both of those requirements.

This is a super cute way to give school supplies:

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I love this great sweet treat idea for teachers:

Wine and Chocolate pineapple. No instructions but pretty easy to figure out from pictures. Cool idea!

I love this super cute vase for the classroom:

Sometimes wine is a necessary teacher supply!

This is a super cute DIY wreath for the classroom:

This is a great supply gifts for teachers as well!

I love this sweet potted plant:


Pampering – Teachers always need some time off and relaxation. However, that can add up quickly. Here are some great and inexpensive ideas to help pamper the teachers.

…like a cup of coffee (or two!)…click to order:


I think this is an adorable idea!

This is a super cute pampering teacher gift!

I love this idea of gifting a movie night:

Who doesn’t need some great lip balm?

Classroom Decor – Teachers definitely pay out of pocket to decorate their rooms. So having cute teacher-oriented decor is much appreciated. Here are some really great ideas that any teacher would love.

This is so cute and could totally be useful in the classroom!

I love this super cute container for the classroom:

I love this spin on giving a teacher an apple:

This idea for a picture for the classroom is fantastic:

Here’s another great picture for the classroom:

I love this great calendar for teachers:

This would be a super sweet gift for the classroom or home!

This is a fantastic gift for the classroom:

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The bottom line is, no matter what you get, the teachers will be so appreciative of the gifts! There are so many options out there – don’t feel like you need to limit yourself to something that is expensive. Also, it is nice to give teachers who help your children in others ways a small gift as well. There are so many that help our students that sometimes we forget to help the “extra” teachers as well! I hope this helped you come up with some new ideas to thank your favorite teacher this year.

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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