Everyone loves the end of the school year. The kids are excited for the end of school…the teachers are excited for the end of school…..maybe the parents are a little less excited for the end of school. But, it is a time of celebration. And we all know what that means: Gift-giving time. But, no teacher on earth wants another scented candle or box of candy. And not everyone can afford a hefty giftcard for every teacher. So, I rely on my creative spirit & my kids to help inspire end-of-the-year gifts for their teachers. Here is a list of some of our favorites (and best received, too!)
- A Beach Kit: We live close to the ocean, so many people take trips to the beach all year round. A Beach themed gift would be a perfect gift to help your teachers welcome summer vacation. Think flip-flops, a beach towel, a magazine, some sunscreen, and a pair of shades. Put it all in a kid’s sand bucket, and what a cute & practical gift!
- Homemade Treats: Take the opportunity to drop a few hints, and collect intel as to what foods your teachers like. Get some inexpensive containers at the dollar store (or even at a yard sale!), and fill them with homemade treats. My personal favorites are trail mixes, catered to each teacher. You can include nuts, chocolate, dried fruits, marshmallows, etc. Tie it up with a pretty ribbon, and there you go!
- A Special Frame: Pictured with this article is a 5×7 frame that I customized for my son’s teachers a couple of years ago. I found a “saying” I liked online, that had to do with teaching and shaping young people, printed it onto cardstock (you could also use scrapbook paper or stickers), and found some pretty scrapbook paper to glue it to. I cut it to fit the size of the frame, and put it in. I wrapped it in some brown paper, tied it with a string, and watched as it brought a tear to each teacher’s eye that year.
- A Garden Themed Kit: If your teachers have an interest in nature, or a love of flowers, a garden theme would be great for a gift. You can get a cheap watering can at the dollar store, and a pretty flowering plant or even some herbs, and plant them inside. There are plenty of sayings about teachers planting the seeds that grow…..Print your favorite onto cardstock (or, just print it by hand!), and attach it to the handle of the watering can. SO CUTE!
These are just a few of my favorite teacher gift ideas. You can customize them in such a way to stand out from the crowd, all the while spending as little money as possible. It is, after all, the thought that counts.