Best Teacher Gifts You Can Buy or Make

Over the years I have been fortunate enough to be the recipient of many teacher gifts, thank you notes and kids' art works.

As a teacher, I do not expect presents at the end of the year. However, as a parent it is important for me to show my appreciation to my kids educators.

I am occupied with questions such as: "What should we buy?" "How much should we spend?" and "How can we get our children involved and teach them the value of saying thank-you?"

The process below helped me with my gift decisions. First, I made a list of all the teachers (nothing worse than forgetting someone) and asked the following questions about each one:

* Is this teacher teaching a specialty subject? (music, science, math)

* Does this teacher have a hobby? (reading, cooking, biking)

* Does this teacher have any special events coming up in their lives? (moving, marriage, new child)

Top 10 Gifts

Top 10 Gifts You Can Buy for Teachers

Whether you're pressed for time or just want to keep things simple, buying the right presents for teachers is often the first choice.

I conducted a survey among my colleague and asked them what are their favorite teacher gifts. Here is my list of the most popular gifts that every teacher needs and uses on a regular basis.

DIY Gifts

DIY Gifts That Your Child Can Make

Simple arts and crafts ideas that will get your child involved in the process of giving back to the teacher.

You will find examples of how to make a recipe box, jewelry box, place mat in my crafty ideas for teacher gifts page.

Home-Baked Goodies You Can Make

Find simple recipes you can make with your child from cookies to truffles, fudge and chocolate pretzels in my delicious home baked gifts section.

Baking goodies take more effort and there is going to be a mess, but every teacher is going to appreciate yummy treats baked with love.

The final tip I would love to share is to give some kind words of appreciation or encouragement when delivering presents to your teachers. It can in the form of a note or just a simple word of thanks.

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