Q&A: End of the Year Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Question and Answer

Gift card to local coffee shops and cafés are often appreciated by teachers. Click on the photo to see a list of recommended coffee shops in Western MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

End of the school year is fast approaching! Any suggestions on gifts to give teachers and administrators to thank them for the past school year?

  • John Heffernan writes: “Speaking as a teacher, I love gift cards…”
  • Amanda Saklad writes: “Dunkin Donuts giftcards… I haven’t met a teacher yet that doesn’t drink coffee.”
  • Dawn Klein writes: “As a teacher, I second the DD gift cards!”
  • Joshua Farber writes: “Third!”
  • Robin Morgan Huntley writes: “Gift cards to local cafes are great too… They’ll still get coffee (etc.) and it supports the community too!”
  • Amy Meltzer writes: “As an elementary teacher, I appreciate something made by the child or a letter written by the parent. But as a coffee drinker, I’d prefer almost any cafe (Starbucks, something local) to Dunkin Donuts coffee.”
  • Carrie St John writes: “Check first. Bridge Street School in Northampton has a no personal gift policy but you can donate items needed for the classroom.”
  • Amanda Saklad writes: “The state itself caps individual gifts at $50.”
  • Dawn Klein writes: “A desk calendar for next year, a gift card to a book store, or a gift card to a coffee shop.”
  • Katie Malone-Smith writes: “I (teacher) would love gift certificates to : the movies, the spa, restaurants.”
  • Dawn Klein writes: “Beach supplies or a letter expressing gratitude.”
  • Jody Hadden writes: “I always try to do different things. Last year I did an ice cream theme-bowls, scoops, toppings and gift certificates for ice cream places. The year before I did beach theme- beach bags filled with beach towels, sun block, spray fans, and water bottles. This year I’m thinking of maybe a gardening theme or a spa theme. And these things didn’t have to be expensive… try your local dollar store. And I have received great responses and I make my child help come up with the themes and pick items to put in along with personal thank you notes.”

2 Comments on “Q&A: End of the Year Teacher Appreciation Gifts

  1. My sister is a teacher and my mom a retired teacher and I remember them always saying “PLEASE DON’T GET YOUR KIDS TEACHERS ANY MUGS. I’M SURE THEY HAVE PLENTY ALREADY.” One of my sister’s favorite gifts are the personalized notes from parents and/or student telling her thank you and commenting on what they particularly liked or how their child has grown throughout the year, etc. She is also a sucker for gift cards Barnes & Noble, Dunkin Donuts, the local coffee shop etc. That being said … two of the most fun presents I ever did with my kids was an ABC book for their preschool teacher where they said something they liked about the year or relating to their class and then they either included a photo or drew a picture. Another gift (I think was kindergarten) I bought a large canvas tote at Michaels (my sister and mother love their totes to carry books, gradebooks, etc) and I made an open rectangle in the middle surrounded by newspaper (you could do it with painters tape, too. Then I picked out three pretty colors of fabric paint and had them sponge paint inside the rectangle making sure they didn’t blend too much to get a pukey color :) Then I removed the paper and displayed the mosaic. The finishing touch was their names in the bottom right-hand corner of the design with the year written in small letters with black fabric paint.

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