11 Ways To Thank Your Child’s Teacher This Year
The end of the school year is an opportunity to thank your child’s teacher for all the time, wisdom, dedication, and attention they shared with your child over the past year. Whether the school year brought smooth sailing or a few challenges, sharing your family’s gratitude is a thoughtful gesture and reminds your child’s teacher that they are appreciated. Struggling for gifting ideas? Learn about what your child’s teacher likes to do outside of school hours (Gardening? Scrapbooking? Traveling?), and gift accordingly. If you don’t have time for sleuthing, there are a few other ideas that are sure to please, the first of which is a good, old-fashioned thank-you note, which never goes out of style.
If you plan to give a gift to your child’s teacher this year, be sure to check the school’s guidelines for gift-giving so that you’re aware of what the school considers welcome and appropriate gifts, and for more ideas, click through to see a selection of gifts to provide you with some end-of-year inspiration.
An often overlooked but always appreciated end-of-the-year gift is school supplies. Gifting your child’s teacher a basket of classroom supplies to replace those used up during the previous year will ensure they're ready for the start of school come fall. Markers, colored pencils, and dry-erase supplies are always welcome gifts in this category.
Crayons: $1.39, target.com
Colored Pencils: $6.97, walmart.com
Markers: $3.79, target.com
Make a donation in your child’s teacher’s name to a charitable organization that is close to their heart. Find out what organizations they’re passionate about and make a contribution, or choose an organization you love. Donating to the local library or neighborhood mentoring and tutoring organizations in honor of your child’s teacher is a lovely gesture.
Southerners love gifting cookbooks. They're as fun as they are useful, making them a wonderful gift for teachers. Another great end-of-year present is a selection of favorite recipes written out on cards and packaged in a pretty recipe card tin. Whether it's a buzzy new cookbook or one never-fail, time-tested recipe, these gifts share your gratitude for years to come. Below, we've linked a favorite cookbook and two of our best recipes.
What Can I Bring by Elizabeth Heiskell: $30, amazon.com
Take a photo of your child with their teacher and frame it for a memorable gift to commemorate the end of the year. A beautiful photo frame or other tabletop photo display is a lovely and thoughtful gift. Some of our favorite photo frames are linked below.
Brass Photo Display: $9.99, amazon.com
Marble Frame: $29.50, potterybarn.com
Folding Photo Frames: $21.50, amazon.com
When in doubt, pick up a gift card from a spot you love (or, if you know it, your child’s teacher’s favorite store). This is a useful gift, because teachers can use the cards at their convenience, and, unlike yet another coffee mug, they won't be forgotten in the back of a cabinet somewhere.
Amazon E-Gift Card: From $25, amazon.com
Target Gift Card: $25, target.com
If you have a favorite recipe that freezes well, wrap it up alongside cooking instructions, and present it with the promise of a week of easy dinners. (Here are a few of our favorites.) For teachers with a sweet tooth, package any favorite brownie, cookie, and fudge recipes together for an indulgent treat. It's the end of the year—these teachers deserve it! (Need some inspiration? Start with our best-ever Ultimate Dark Chocolate Brownies and the two recipes below.)
Gift your child’s teacher a great new book, and you’ll be sending them off into a well-deserved summer vacation with some fresh reading material. For a few ideas, check out The Best New Books Coming Out Spring 2019 and the two popular books below.
The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin: $26.99, amazon.com
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: $26, amazon.com
If you have a selection of photos taken during field trips, field days, and school events throughout the year, consider creating a photo book to commemorate the school year. There are many online resources for creating and personalizing photo books, three of which you can find below. (Or, if you're a keen scrapbooker, you could make it yourself.)