Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner. This year it begins May 6 and ends on May 10. As someone who has spent her share of hours volunteering in classrooms and working with teachers as a PTA member, I can assure you (though I bet most of you know this already) that most teachers are amazing individuals. They arrive well before the students in the morning, stay long after the students leave in the afternoon, volunteer their own time to help with events that benefit the school and students, and generously donate classroom supplies when school funding is short.
The really great teachers are organization gurus, more consistent than the rising of the sun each morning, and more patient and tolerant than the general population. The skill set to be a good teacher is one that I do not possess and quite frankly, one that I greatly admire. For this reason, I spend a lot of time each year pondering the best teacher gifts because I do want to express sincere gratitude and appreciation. I prefer DIY gifts because I feel they are more personal. DIY gifts also provide your child with the opportunity to contribute which not only makes the gift more meaningful for the teacher, but also fosters a spirit of giving and gratitude in your child.
My regular readers know that I do not claim to be creative or crafty. I freely admit that I rely heavily on others for my inspiration and ideas. So, true to style, below are my favorite teacher gift ideas from other sensational bloggers.
If you have a favorite DIY gift that isn’t included above, please let me know so I can add it. With 4 kids, the youngest of which is in kindergarten, I have many more teacher appreciation weeks ahead of me!