Wednesday, May 12, 2010

teacher gifts

At different times during the school year, we give gifts to the boys’ teachers. The end of the school year is one of those times.

I always do consumable gifts. No mugs or ornaments or chachkas. We usually include a small gift card (Starbucks, if they're coffee drinkers), a yummy homemade treat and a handwritten thank you note from both the student and me. I try to include specific examples of things I appreciated, like “Thank you for calling me right away when Johnny started picking his toes in class.”

Nobody was really picking his toes, but you get my drift.

The boys usually keep their notes short, but a simple “Thanks for being my teacher this year. I enjoyed the field trip to the math museum” is nice, I think. Even the preschooler can draw a picture.

A few days ago I was on Walgreen’s photo website when the inspiration struck: photo collage cards. It’s perfect. I pulled a few pictures from each of the 3 boys—including one of them with their teachers taken at an open house—and arranged them on the card along with the caption, “Thanks for a great year!” (If you do the cards at Walgreens, click on the "folded cards" section. This allows you to buy only one card, instead of 20.)

It only took a few minutes and each card was only $1.99. I picked up a few treats at Trader Joe’s along with gift bags, we’ll do our handwritten notes in the cards, and call it good.

Past teachers have told me how much they appreciate the encouraging words from both me and their student. We all need encouragement, so even if you can’t afford a fancy gift, do write a note.

Thoughtful teacher gifts for a great price works for me! For more great tips, head over to We are that Family.

Walgreens did not ask me to write this or give me anything free. You could do these cards at any photo center. Walgreens just happens to be convenient.


Bitterroot Mama said...

This is a great idea! As a former teacher, I can attest that a nice, consumable gift is wonderful. (My favorite was a brownie mix in a jar.)

Raising Cains said...

great idea! and now i know how to spell "chachkas". ;)

Marmot Mom said...

Great ideas here, LM. I know why people buy the coffee mugs--and i'm sure i did it at least once, but they do get old pretty quickly. I always want to give gift certs. for books, but i never have the money. Alas, i realized recently that this june marks the last time I will ever have to think of a teacher gift or note....sigh!

Sarah said...

Hi there! I'm a visit timer! :-) Thanks for the great tip. I was wanting to do something with the pictures I took during field trips this year and a collage is a wonderful idea.

megs @ whadusay said...

Great idea - I think I'm going to do that!

ChosenRebel said...

Great idea.

Are you sure you don't want to move with us and help us plant the cluster of house churches in Mundelein / Vernon Hills? ;)