The Best End of the Year Gifts for Your Teacher

It’s that time of year again! School is coming to an end and summer is just around the corner. This is also the time when teachers get ultra busy, writing up report cards and taking care to move their kids on to the next grade. As someone who comes from a family of teachers, I know how tough the end of the school year can be but I also know how rewarding the job is, too. Teaching really is a special calling and the amount of time, energy and love poured into your kids is nothing less than comforting.

Here is a great list of end-of-the-year teacher appreciation gifts to let those educators in your life know you are grateful for all their hard work!


DIY: Expo Marker Bouquet

Give her something practical that you know she will get some good use out of! A teacher will never say no to something for the classroom- they spend a lot of money on these supplies anyway, so goodness knows she will appreciate the thoughtfulness! To make a bouquet, do something fun and creative by tying a big ribbon or bow around a handful of colorful Expo Markers.

DIY: Potted Pens

Grab a cheap terra cotta flowerpot, fill it with candy, and stick some pens in upright (the Paper Mate InkJoy pens are a favorite among teachers). Then, color and cut out some paper flowers, attach to the pens and voila! A potted pen bouquet. This is another useful gift that ups the ante on ‘cuteness.’ For an added something special, coat your kids’ hand with paint and press their handprint on the flowerpot. Teachers and parents alike love these gifts!

Sharpie Pens

A favorite among teachers, along with new Sharpie Art Pens with fine tips to deliver precise writing that won’t bleed through paper, give teachers a fancy new case to keep their pens organized.

Gift card

If you’re not into the “DIY” or if your child is a little older, simply buy your teacher a gift card to a nearby coffee house, teacher store or restaurant. I feel that it is a universal favorite among teachers to always opt for Olive Garden or Panera, if you want to be on the safe side.

Soaps, Candles, and Lotions— Oh, my!

If the teacher in your life happens to be a woman, it never goes unappreciated to spoil her with some assorted soaps, candles and lotions. It’s a nice way of saying “you deserve to pamper yourself.”

Origami Owl

This is something fun and adorable I just recently discovered that I know any teacher would eat right up. It’s called Origami Owl and it is a customizable jewelry site. They have earrings, bracelets and rings, but the most notable item they sell is their necklaces. They all have “Living Lockets” with a glass covering meant to be a little window into the cute, hand selected charms you can place inside. The necklaces seen here have been ready made and are suited for Teacher Appreciation Day!

Homemade Treats

Something easy and personal is making your teacher a loaf of bread or fresh baked cookies. I know when I was younger, we always gifted my teachers with fresh pumpkin bread, wrapped up and tied with a pretty ribbon.  It’s something super personal and, huge bonus, whenever my mom was gifted with these on her teacher appreciation day, she always had plenty to share with the family!

Also, calling all teachers! Check out ‘Go Teach!’– an amazingly loud and  incredibly proud new community created to inspire, empower, and motivate teachers like you. If you’re interested in receiving fun, inventive projects for your students; imaginative tips and tricks for your classroom; giveaways and exclusive product first-looks, then go like Go Teach! on Facebook and join the community.

I hope you enjoy these fun, easy and outside-the-box gift ideas. It’s better than your stereotypical apple!

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