It’s nearing the end of the school year, which means it’s time to start thinking about teacher gifts. We all know that teachers go above and beyond to help our kids navigate both the academic and social learning that happens at school. You don’t have to break the bank to show your true appreciation for your child’s teacher. There are lots of ways to bring down the cost of teacher gifts if you get creative.
8 great ideas for teacher gifts that won’t break the bank:
Purchase a group gift for your favourite teacher and spread the cost across multiple families. Many hands make light work and many people make a gift less expensive when split many ways! The bonus is you can brainstorm something really special as a group.
FROM THE KITCHEN
TO THE CLASSROOM
Spend some quality time as a family baking up some special treats in the oven. Your present will taste delicious and you can make it from kitchen staples you already have stashed in the cupboards. Finish it off by having your child write out the recipe to include.
BECAUSE HE’S THE KEY
TO YOUR SUCCESS
Consider a leather key chain for the male teacher who unlocked knowledge for your kids throughout the year. Celebrate the key to your child’s learning with a masculine, handcrafted key-chain that is customised with his name or a personal message.
PLANT A SEED OF APPRECIATION
A potted plant is a great way to recognize a teacher who helped your child grow. Decorate the pot by painting it with a special message or maybe even hand prints. Your gift will give a breath of fresh air.
Assemble a little something to set your teacher up for summer. It could be as simple as a water bottle, some sunscreen and some lip balm. They prepared your kids for life, you can help them prepare for the summer sun. We love this one created by Femail.
Lots of teachers end up buying their own school supplies. Re-stock them with some sharpies and classroom essentials so they can start their next school year off right. Save them a trip to the office supply store and give a gift that’s permanent (markers.)
YOU HELPED THEM FIND THEIR WAY
Pick up a compass and a map for the teacher who helped your kids find their path. Mark some fun hikes for them to explore when they are out enjoying Mother Nature’s classroom.
SPELL OUT YOUR APPRECIATION
Personalise a note pad or journal with Scrabble tiles. Pick up a second hand game from a thrift store, grab a glue gun and get to spelling out your appreciation.
It’s hard to say goodbye after a great year, but it’s easier when you have the perfect gift on a budget. School’s almost out, but you won’t be out a bundle showing your appreciation with these thoughtful but inexpensive gifts.
Heather is a Toronto born mama of two whose parenting journey has taken her family coast to coast across Canada. When she’s not whipping up recipes for the Healthy Family Living website or sharing the latest fun Vancouver events on HFL’s Facebook page, she’s a freelance writer that has recently been published in an anthology entitled BIG, as well as in the Huffington Post, as she and her hubby of 13 years attempt to keep up with their two spirited girls and 3 fur babies!