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Teacher Appreciation Week: The Do’s and Don’ts

Check out these tips for how to, and how not to, thank your child's teacher.

April 19, 2022

These past two years have presented lots of challenges and changes. School in the pre-pandemic days was challenging, but teachers never turned away from the challenge. Through the pandemic and still today, teachers remain passionate about their work. While it might be hard, the rewards are incomparable.

Parents and teachers have always been on the same team, rooting for their children, but the pandemic only strengthened these relationships. It hasn’t been easy, but together, they have put the children at the forefront. Now is the time to celebrate and thank our teachers, showing them all the gratitude we feel toward them.

But how does one express appreciation for someone who does so much, for someone who spends half their day with your child, for someone who is molding our future?

We’ve rounded up some tips for how to, and how not to, thank your child’s teacher for Teacher Appreciation Week this year.

The Don’ts

Mug Shot
Maybe it’s those funny little sayings we can’t resist, or we just assume teachers drink a lot of coffee. Either way, they’re mugged-out. Walk into any teachers’ lounge and you’ll see mugs spilling out of cabinets and into drying racks. There are mugs holding pens, pencils, paintbrushes, you name it. So, when in doubt, shelve the mug idea.

Finger Lickin’
Your crowd-pleasing double chocolate brownies are probably as good as they sound, but this isn’t what teachers are craving. Aside from concerns about food sharing, you never know about someone else’s allergies, and they won’t know every ingredient you used. So let your kids lick the spoon and leave the brownies at home.

Getting a Little Too Personal
Some gifts might be absolutely lovely but, coming from a parent, they scream awkward. Things like bath bombs, scented lotion, and lip balm are best left to the very special person in a teacher’s life. If it’s appropriate for Valentine’s Day, it probably isn’t a great teacher gift.

The Do’s

Handy Dandy
Teachers start the school year off with a back-to-school supply list. Then anything not donated by families comes out of the teacher’s pocket. So the more supplies the merrier. You can even get fancy by building a supplies gift basket that’s 100% utilitarian. Fill it with whatever your teacher needs (refer to their wish list), get a deep basket that can serve as classroom storage, and slap on a cute bow. A+ present!

The Right Kind of Personal
This is a great time to pull out the stationary and let a teacher know their hard work goes noticed. Share your gratitude, a quick story, or how your child has blossomed over the last year. Remember to date the card and include your child’s name. Some of the best gifts don’t come from a store. And you certainly can’t put a price tag on memories. Tip: Add a little pizzazz with a $5 gift card.

Arts and Crafty
It might come as a surprise that teachers treasure homemade gifts as much as parents, but it is true. Anything made from the heart is more valuable than most gifts, and teachers love them. Every project they spend time making with your child in school gets sent home for you, so why not return the favor and send something into school for them?

Teacher appreciation gifts don’t have to be pricey or flashy. They’re just a nice way to tell someone special you’re thinking of them. So, don’t overthink it, just consider what you’re gifting and give from the heart. And remember, when in doubt, no more mugs.

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