Every May in the United States, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and take a moment to thank the people who work hard to educate our kids. Especially in 2021, our educators deserve our appreciation. Parents will often come together and combine funds for a special gift for their kids’ teacher. If that’s your plan, here are 10 teacher appreciation group gift ideas. These gifts are practical, genuine and fit the budget of a small group.
1. Group Thank You Video
A simple note or card says a lot, but why not say even more with a video? Get out your smartphone and film each parent and student thanking the teacher for their hard work. If your school is still doing remote learning, then a video you can email your teacher is the perfect personal but long-distance gift. An unrehearsed and heartfelt message shows the teacher that you genuinely appreciate what they do.
For more simple thank you gift ideas, check out our post with ten thank you gifts for every budget, plus our list of thoughtful things to write in a thank you card.
A basket or bouquet of flowers will brighten up the teacher’s desk and show everyone how much they are appreciated. Companies like 1-800-Flowers make it easy to order a bouquet and have it delivered right to the school office (or your teacher’s at-home classroom). You can include a box of chocolates and a card to make it even more special.
Things that can be delivered are perfect for schools or are currently doing at-home learning. Here’s our long-distance giving gift guide for more ideas and some important tips.
3. Spa Day
Teaching can be a stressful job. Give your kid’s teacher a chance to relax with a spa day. You can put together a DIY spa kit with some bath bombs, a pedicure set, candles and snacks, or you can put your money together for a gift card. If you go the gift card route, the Spafinder gift card is a great option because it can be used at thousands of spas and salons nationwide.
4. Multi-Store eGift Card
If you’re looking for a versatile gift that can be sent digitally, multi-store eGift cards are great gifts. The Thanks Teacher Gift Card is redeemed online for eGift cards from Ulta Beauty, Lowe’s, Spafinder.com, Chipotle and The Cheesecake Factory. Those eGift cards can be used for online shopping, making this a super-versatile gift.
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5. Coffee or Tea Gift Set
If your child’s teacher is into coffee or tea, then put together a gift set they can enjoy on their next break. Depending on your budget, the kit can include K-Cup pods with their favorite brew, a bag of coffee beans or a box of tea, a novelty mug and some snacks to go along with their drink. If your group is large enough, you could all chip in for a new Keurig machine. Wal-Mart has one for less than $60, if your budget stretches that far. See more budget gift ideas in our giant budget gift guide.
6. Bottle of Wine
We wouldn’t recommend sending this gift with your kid, but if you get a chance to meet with the teacher personally, you or someone from your group can deliver a nice bottle of wine to say ‘Thank you’. Teacher can relax, unwind and enjoy the “fruits” of their labor.
7. Dinner and Movie Gift Set
Give the gift of a night of entertainment with a dinner and movie kit. This can be as simple as a couple of gift cards for a local restaurant and a movie theater, or a gift basket with a few steaks and a couple of inspirational movies about teaching. Whatever you decide to do, the teacher will probably appreciate a nice meal and a fun night.
If you know your teacher is a foodie, then our gift guide for foodies will give you even more inspiration.
8. Digital Membership Gift Card
Find out your teacher’s favorite digital media service and give them a few months of it for free! If the teacher is a music lover, consider a Spotify gift card. For teachers who enjoy binge-watching their favorite shows, a Hulu or Netflix gift card will be a great option. For a teacher who loves the world of factual entertainment, give an Curiositystream gift card. The possibilities are endless!
9. Classroom Supplies
It might not sound exciting to you, but classroom supplies are actually a highly requested teacher appreciation gift. Teachers need all the help they can get with keeping their classroom stocked with the essentials. Sometimes the supplies students bring at the beginning of the school year just don’t last. Help your child’s teacher out with some extra classroom supplies in a DIY gift basket.
10. Inspirational Book
If anyone appreciates the value of reading and learning, it’s a teacher. There are many inspiring books for school teachers that yours might really enjoy. If you want a fun gift, there are some funny books about teaching that might give them a much-needed laugh. Since this is a group gift, you might consider one from each category or a box of best-sellers they can read in their downtime.
Teacher Appreciation Week is an opportunity to give a small reward to teachers for what they do each day. These teacher appreciation gift ideas make great group gifts for teachers and will show them that what they do is noticed and that their work is valued.
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