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Five Last-Minute Gift Ideas for National Teacher Appreciation Week

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It’s National Teacher Appreciation week and there is still time to let a fave teacher known how he or she has inspired or motivated you and your child. There are so many  awesome teachers out there, and the patience and hard work they devote to their students is truly awe-inspiring.

I have heard over and over throughout the years that what teachers want MOST is a thank-you note. While a heartfelt note cannot be beat, sometimes you want to show a little extra appreciation for the teacher that has gone the extra mile for your child.

Elementary school teachers are typically the recipient of all the parent love (after all, there’s usually only one of them), but middle and high school teachers are beyond thrilled when parents and kids remember them with a little something.

Pinterest is overflowing with cute, sweet gifts for the K-4 teacher, but here’s five gift ideas for National Teacher Appreciation Week that  middle school or high school teachers will appreciate and your child won’t be embarrassed bringing to school.

  1. Gift Card – Discreet to give and easy to use, a gift card is always appreciated.  My favorite is the coffee shop closest to school where I know a majority of the teachers head before the first bell rings.  Juice bars, the local movie theater or local wine shop all work too.
  1. To-Go Cup – All of the teachers in my daughter’s school drive each day and a bright colored “to go” cup for hot or cold drinks is a nice way to show your appreciation.  Packaged in a cute gift bag, it’s an easy gift for your cool kid to give.
  1.  Modern Mug – “Best Teacher Ever” with a red apple motif is cute for the elementary school crowd, but how about a modern shaped mug in your school’s color for the high school calculus teacher?  Perfect for the classroom or teacher’s lounge.
  1. Gift Basket – So easy and a fun way to say thank you. If you live near a great market, you can quickly create one yourself by picking a theme such as coffee lover or grill master.  This is also a great gift to do with a few other parents to keep the cost reasonable.  And instead of a “basket” you can try a decorative box that may have a second life in the classroom.
  1. Treats for All – A bakery box with a tasteful bow is always in fashion and shouldn’t embarrass the tween and teen set too much.  It’s a great gift to put right in the teacher lounge for everyone to share.  (Note:  If you are going to bake, confirm that the school allows home-baked treats, some don’t due to allergies etc.)

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