Teacher Gifts

I totally flaked for Teacher Appreciation Day, which is just a sin having been a teacher once.  Hopefully I redeemed myself on the last day of school with these creative gift ideas and small tokens of our appreciation.

My oldest daughter’s teachers love Dunkin’ Donuts.  Gift cards seemed the easiest route.  Allana made them doughnut shaped cards that read, “Donut forget about me.”

Potted plants are one of favorite gifts to give because they are beauitful, green, affordable gifts.  They never break the bank even when gift cards eat up most of your gift budget.

Emmalynn made flower cards for each teacher and then taped the cards to bamboo skewers to stick in the soil.  The cards read, “Thank you for helping me bloom and grow this year.”

Then I thought it would be a nice gesture for the girls’ to give their classmates inexpensive gifts and I had a lightbulb moment when I spotted these in Wal-Mart.  Now, I know these Little Hugs aren’t the healthiest drinks for kids (actually they’re probably the worst), but there’s no disputing the sheer, creative genius of them and all for under $3.00!  I printed labels and taped one to each little juice barrel which read, “Here’s one last hug until I see you in August.  Have a great summer!”

Did I redeem myself or what?  What gifts did you give your child’s teacher?

Denise Mestanza-Taylor+


  1. Baby Gifts says:

    We haven’t had our year end yet here in the UK. This being our first year I wasn’t sure what the standard was. Also being skint I am keen on any home grown ideas. I love the plants and this is something we could do which will last. I can start growing them now!

    • Run DMT says:

      The plants are definitely more affordable and my favorite gifts and yes, if I had more of a green thumb, I would grow them with my girls. That would make the gift certainly more meaningful. Let me know if you decide to grow your own plants as gifts. I would love to hear about that! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Stacy Uncorked says:

    Wow! Your daughters are genius (that whole apple and tree thing, right?) 😉 What awesome gifts – I bet their teachers were thrilled. I’m embarrassed to admit we never do a year-end gift, but I do give her teachers (and her bus driver) a Thanksgiving gift and a Christmas one – the Christmas one is usually a gift basket of fun goodies along with a bottle of homemade wine or kahlua. 😉 So that redeems the no end-of-year-gift, right? RIGHT? 🙂

    Then and Now… Ready for Summer!

  3. Clarisa Gerlach says:

    Love those ideas! We took a cute class photo of all the kids around the teacher and had all the first-graders sign the matting around the photo. A crafty mom decorated the white frame. I’ll have to post a photo later. 🙂

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