Teacher Appreciation Ideas
Now that school session is in full storm, why not start thinking about ways to recognize our teachers? Teachers put in a lot of effort to create a positive learning environment for our children and have also impacted our futures. Your favorite teachers in school somehow managed to make even the most boring of subjects- fun and engaging! Think about it, history lessons and mathematical formulas? And juggling a full classroom of kids! Not an easy feat for just anyone.
Although National Teacher Appreciation week isn’t official until May, it’s never too early to start thinking about ways to show our gratitude!
Here are some great teacher appreciation ideas to try:
- Mason Jar Art
There is nothing more sincere than a homemade gift from a child to their teacher. Old-time mason jars have once again peaked into popularity for DIY-ers around the world. Mason jars are no longer just used for preserving jam, but for everyday uses such as a tumbler for drinking and even a desk organizer.
Assist your child in decorating a jar and fill it with pens and pencils. If your teacher loves plants, paint a mason jar and then use it as a pot. Make sure you look for smaller plants (herbs, succulents, and other indoor plants). Or if you and your child like to bake, make a sweet treat (cake, cookies, assorted candies) and stash it in the jar. Add a little note and voilà, you’re set!
- Hand Sanitizer and Soap
Teachers go through tons of soap each year, so they would definitely appreciate a little hand sanitizer and lotion combination set. Find their favorite scent or pick out a variety. For the more ambitious crafter, why not try making your own soap? There are many recipes out there, but we like this one for a natural soap on DIY Natural. Wrap up your soap in a neat packaging to complete the look!
- Book and Bookmark
Do you know what your teacher’s favorite book genre is? Teachers would definitely love a good read. Even if you don’t know, you can purchase a couple of community children books for your teacher to add to the classroom’s library. Have your child create and design a personalized bookmark for their teacher to use in their new read! Since Fall is here, why not press a few leaves to laminate into a bookmark? Felt is also a great idea for a bookmark because it’s durable.
- DIY Kindle/Tablet/Phone Case
Teachers have a busy day working with kids and bustling around the classroom, so a protective case would be ideal for their gadgets. Choose a print you know they’ll love and look online for templates to cut from, depending on what gadget your teacher has. Since sewing is required, help your child add the final touches to put it all together.
- School Supplies
Teachers are always running out of school supplies, so it might not be a terrible idea to help them stock up! Pick out some colorful sticky notes, their favorite pens, a weekly planner, and write a handmade card to let them know how much you truly appreciate their time.
- Sharpie Mugs or Tumblers
Some teachers can’t start their day without their morning cup of coffee or tea. Give them something practical and crafty by designing a mug for them! Many neat mugs designs are surfing up on Pinterest and DIY blogs everywhere- it’s simple and all you’ll need is a couple of Sharpie markers.
Create your image or text on a white mug (it works better because the design stands out). Let it dry for 24 hours before baking the mug for 30 minutes at 350°F. No need to preheat the oven; you can place the mug right in and leave it there until it cools. Drawing not your thing? Buy a coffee tumbler for your teacher instead!
- Gift cards
Still stuck for ideas? Try a gift card. It may seem a little simple but teachers would definitely appreciate the thought. They’ll get to pick out something they know they will like, so it’s a win-win! To make the gift more personal, find out what stores your teachers shop at. If they’re a coffee person, you can never go wrong with a Starbucks card. For general shopping usage, try an Amex Gift card. Even if you choose a store your teacher may not shop at, they can always pass it along!
Check out our Pinterest boards for more crafty inspo! Remember, have fun with your project- it’s the thought that counts!
Are you a teacher or do you have some great memories about your favorite teachers? Let us know by leaving a comment below!