Where a teacher appreciation gift is concerned it really is the thought that counts in the giving of this item. A token gift choice is very appropriate. Five or ten dollars is a perfectly acceptable amount for this type of present.
Most teachers generally have between twenty to thirty students in their classroom and many of these students will be presenting a gift to this same instructor. Twenty students offering up gifts each year can add up to a tremendous amount of items over the years.
When there is this type of an overabundance of gifts many wind up tucked away in a closet or re-gifted away which is why a gift presented to a special teacher should always be a small token gift rather never a large expensive one.
You want your item to be one that will be appreciated but also not an overly extravagant gift that can be misconstrued as a bribe for special treatment of your child. This list includes some of the very best ideas for selecting your teacher the perfect gift.
Give a Gift That can be Shared With the Entire Class
Whether your gift is for Christmas, Valentine's day, teacher's birthday, or the end of year, a gift that the whole classroom will be able to enjoy is perfect for any occasion.
Present the teacher with a gift of baking. Home baked cookies, cupcakes, or one large cake can be a wonderful way to celebrate any special day. These are gifts that not only for the teacher but sneakily gifted to the entire classroom as well. This is a present that allows the teacher to share his or her bounty with the students.
When a teacher can share his or her gift with the students kids learn more than just the joy of giving, they also learn the emotional appreciation of sharing.
When preparing a package that the students will share in just be sure to bring enough to supply the entire classroom. Include one or two extra just to insure that absolutely no one is left out. Any spares can always be passed along to the principal, secretary, or janitor. A batch of decorative pencils or pens, funky erasers, decorative note pads, or any other small gift item is the perfect "Teacher and Students" gift package.
A Mousepad is Generally a Good Price Point for a Teacher Gift
A Five or Ten Dollar Coffee Card is a Very Suitable Gift
Gift cards to a local restaurant or coffee shop are a very acceptable gift for a teacher. Tucked into an envelope, coffee or tea cup, or pencil box they are a wonderful way to say how much you appreciate the instructor's work and dedicated attitude to the classroom.
A coffee card is a nice escape away from the little stresses of work. Keep in mind that this present should remain a token gift so do not go too extravagant on the dollar amount of the card.
An instructor's gift should never look like a bribe for them to give your child good grades or other special treatment in the classroom. Unless you are gifting a group item stay within a lower price range. Group gifts can naturally be acceptably larger.
Hand Craft Items Can Also be a Great Gift
When considering a DIY gift for school it is important once again to insure that give too extravagant of an item. It is also important not to be too personal. Your relationship with the teacher is one of a work nature and you never want to have your gift to appear as unprofessional.
Home baked items, small craft projects or ornaments, and even potted plants can be wonderful teacher gifts. If you knit or crochet than a pair of hand knit gloves, socks, or slippers is a wonderful gift to present to a teacher.
Household items such as handmade dishcloths, a doily, or table place mats is also a good type of gift. We all like to feel appreciated and nothing says it quite like a hand crafted item.
If you do not craft than purchasing an item at a local craft fair or from an online Etsy craft shop is also very acceptable. When you purchase from these locations you must likely are supporting a charitable organization, senior, stay at home mom, or disabled person. It truly is a wonderful way to give in more than one place at a time.
Instructors Use a Lot of Tools in Their Trade
Teachers use a lot of basic office items and these many supplies need to be replenished on a regular basis. Economic times have meant school cutbacks so often many smaller stationary items are purchased and supplied by the teachers themselves.
There are many office supply items that make an excellent gift choice for a favorite teacher. Pencils, pens, sticky notes, writing pads, note paper, note pads, fancy erasers, paperclips, and clipboards all make wonderful gift items for a favorite teacher.
The wonderful beauty of this gift is that these items can be found in such a wide array of colors and themes that there is an amazing array of items to suit every personality. They are not expensive items but they can be absolutely delightful.
From cute puppy note pads, to antique car sticky notes, a handcrafted wooden pen, or an apple shaped eraser, there is guaranteed to be something that will be just right for your teacher.
Fun and colorful items that are used on a regular basis so always need replenishing are perfect as instructor gifts. These are office items that are sure to be used and appreciated.
Thoughtful is the Theme in Professional Gifting
During the Holiday Season it is nice to say thank you to a favorite teacher by presenting him or her with a small gift of appreciation. This is a gesture which rewards the instructor for a job well done and that also lets the teacher know exactly how much all the effort that they have put into their job is appreciated.
A gift that can be shared by the entire classroom is my favorite choice. Gingerbread or sugar cookies or a theme cake are ideal for this holiday. Tiny crafts, erasers, or pencils placed in wee stockings is another cute student and teacher holiday gift idea.
Ornaments can be very unique, many are one of a kind, and they are also a great present for a student to give to a teacher. They are a small inexpensive gift and a Christmas tree can easily display hundreds of them. They can also be used as decorations in the school setting or scattered throughout the instructor's home so having too many ornaments is very rarely a problem.
What can make this gift all the more special is if the student makes their teacher this gift. Ornaments made from baked dough, beads, nuts, or pine cones can be easily designed even by the youngest hands. It is amazing how a little glue, glitter and string added to virtually anything can transform it into an attractive ornament.
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