May 1st to May 5th is “Teacher Appreciation week,” the one time a year that we students realize how much our teachers actually do for us. We don’t really think about it, but teaching students is truly a calling. Our teachers put in a lot of effort grading and making lesson plans outside of just the classroom. They truly care about the people their students are learning to be and what those students take with them when they move from grade to grade. That amount of commitment deserves a celebration!
Teachers love tissues and hand sanitizer for their classrooms, but tissues don’t really scream “Thank you”; they scream, “Here, I bought you something that I can use.” The following are a few personal, genuine gifts that you could give your teachers to thank them for the countless hours and migraines they endure molding students into honest, mature and valuable members of society.
Everyone loves food, and there is a very creative opportunity in gifting food for teacher appreciation week. Think of the endless possibilities. “Thanks a latte.” “Donut know what I’d do without you” Throw in a few goodies and a pun and you’re good to go.
A letter is very personal. There’s nothing better than a genuine “Thank you.” Writing a note is not only something your teacher will cherish, but it will also let them know that they are appreciated, despite any previous school days that suggest otherwise.
- Something Personal
Your teacher spent an entire year getting to know you. They know what sports you play, where you spend your extra time, the subjects you like, etc. It’s likely that you know a little something about them, too. A personal gift that’s close to their heart would make a perfect gift. Personal gifts show that you listen to your teacher and know that they have lives outside of school.
- Gift Certificates
Sometimes, even after a year with a teacher, you just don’t bond enough to get a very personal gift. Gift Certificates are great because they allow your teacher to get something they (and you) know they will like. They also let your teacher know that you put thought into picking out a place that they like. For example, a Starbucks gift card for a coffee junkie might be better than just bringing them a hot cup of “joe.”
- Class Photo
Teachers and Students do tend to be close at the end of the year, which makes it bittersweet for summer to begin. Compiling a collage of candid class photos would be a great way for your teacher to remember your entire class. It’s a nice cap to the year.
- College Merchandise
If you are a senior in high school, candies and letters are always a great idea, but this year is different. It tends to be the most difficult because you are leaving for good. Senior year is bittersweet for both you and your teachers. It’s time to thank them for all of the hard work they put into getting you across that stage to your diploma. College stickers, cups, and T-shirts are a great way to let your teacher know that without them, you would not be where you are today.
Our teachers do a lot for us. They mold us into who we are and are genuinely invested in our futures. This May, let’s show some gratitude.