With the end of the school year upon us, are you struggling to find the right gift for your children’s teachers? Sarah McKenna is a former teacher and, with the help of her sisters (one a former teacher; the other a current teacher) she shares some simple but thoughtful gift ideas on her blog, Craft Quickies. She says:
I have been seeing a lot of teacher gift craft ideas and tutorials on blogs lately. Here’s the thing: I am a former elementary teacher and a major color junkie, so I will be honest with you . . . the sight of a perfect crayon frame or wreath does indeed make my heart beat a little bit faster. However, I don’t really need any more them. At Christmas, during Teacher Appreciation Week, and the end of the school year teachers are showered with mugs, lotions, knick-knacks, frames, and cutesy projects galore. What is a teacher to do with all of these things?
Now don’t get me wrong: they truly appreciate your generosity in thinking of them and giving them a gift. It touches a teacher’s heart to feel appreciated. It is a very emotional, woefully underpaid, and very time consuming job. (If you think it’s all early hours and summers you clearly have never had to plan wonderful lessons, coordinate field trips, put up bulletin boards, keep administrators happy, go to staff development meetings, worry about your individual students’ needs, grade piles of papers, and communicate with dozens of parents!) Teachers truly love to feel appreciated. But a person can only use so many frames and mugs, and of the three of us sisters two of us are very allergic to smelly lotions and have to just pass them on when they are given to us as gifts. And that is why I am here today to tell you the five gifts that your child’s teacher REALLY wants to receive. They are not complex and they are not expensive.
To read Sarah’s list, read on!
Do you have any gift ideas to add to Sarah’s? Please leave suggestions in the comments section!