|Heather Gillum, PhD, CCC-SLP|
There are many teacher gift opportunities throughout the year, but I tend to prefer to save the best for last. If you can eat it or smell it it might not be to your teacher's taste. And I've never heard a teacher wish for more items with apples on them. Here are some great teacher gift ideas that my friends and I have pulled together over the years.
Summer Fun: beach towel, insulated water bottle, pool tote
Summer Reading: gift certificate to a local independent bookstore, subscriptions to magazines or newspapers, Amazon.com gift card
Monogrammables: note cards, post-its, clipboards, paper napkins and handtowels, shatterproof plastic cups such as Tervis tumblers
Donations: books for your school library, gifts to local education-related nonprofits (library, art museum, science museum, historic sites), gifts to a cause special to your teacher
Gift cards: restaurants, nail salons, housewares shops, boutiques, specialty markets, office supply stores, gardening stores, car wash
Is she a mom? Think gift certificates for summer fun with the family: movie tickets, park passes, museum passes
Plants: potted orchids, geraniums, herbs, ferns
No matter what you choose, the note that goes with it will likely be more appreciated. And a handmade note from your child is all the better. While you're at it, consider remembering room moms, school support staff, and enrichment teachers with notes of thanks, too. They have all helped shape your child's school experience this year.