For those not in the education field, next week can really sneak up. That’s right, May 6 through May 10 is Teacher Appreciation Week, a week to show those committed to our children’s education just what a difference they make in our world.
To help you find the best gift to show your appreciation, we surveyed over 500 teachers around the country to figure out what would be the most rewarding gift you can give. Check out the top ideas below!
Expressions of Gratitude
This one doesn’t cost anything (or nearly anything if you opt for a greeting card), but teachers LOVE to hear from their students and their parents how they have impacted their lives. This could be a card, a handmade card, a letter or note, an email, or even just a statement one day in class. We all appreciate knowing we’re doing a good and meaningful job, so be sure to include “Thanks!” in any gift you give.
Also in high demand?
Teachers often spend their own money on supplies for the classroom, that’s no secret. So our survey showed a LOT of interest in receiving gift cards. Most asked for were gift cards to Amazon, stores with supplies like Staples, Michaels, or even clothing stores. At a very close second to store gift cards were restaurants. Treat your teacher to a night out! And don’t be afraid to pool the classes resources together! $5 from each student in a 20 student classroom adds up.
Being a teacher is hard work. You worry about your students, your school lessons, your after class duties, grading, guiding… the list is long. Teachers told us they would love an opportunity to relax, whether it’s a massage or even a quick manicure. Everyone loves to be pampered now and again!
Tied in with gift cards, teachers also appreciate getting supplies to keep their classrooms going. Each teacher’s needs are specific, so don’t be afraid to ask them what they need! But paper, pens, staples, and the general stuff is always in demand.
Just like the students and parents of a school, teachers want to show their school pride. A lot of teachers would love to get a school sweatshirt or hat to wear in and outside of school. They put a lot of pride into their classroom work, and want to share that with the world. Go [INSERT MASCOT HERE]!
We also got a good number of responses for other gifts, such as flowers, gift baskets, snacks, candy to share with the class during lessons, and many more. The bottom line, teachers want to know their work is effective, and any version of saying “Thank You” will make them smile.
We want to know how you’re celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, so share on your social network and tag us! We’d love to be part of the conversation.