By Carla Olivo, USMC Spouse
It’s the end of another long school year, and whether you are PCSing or sticking around for another year, you want to show your appreciation to your child’s teacher. I think most teachers would tell you that it doesn’t need to be extravagant, that it truly is the ‘thought that counts.’ Here are a few ideas for much-loved teacher’s gifts.
End of the Year Teacher’s Gifts
For the Bookworm
Many teachers LOVE to read so the newest book is a good option IF you know what type of reading they like to do. Not all books are created equal. If the teacher you are buying for loves historical fiction, they probably would not enjoy the bestselling romance novel. Your child might know the teacher’s favorite author. You could also buy book themed items such as a bracelet or scarf. A print of Rhett and Scarlet would delight a fan of Gone With The Wind. But you need a little knowledge to pull this type of gift off.
Stock their Classroom
Buying wish list books from Scholastic or Usborne Books is another idea. You can also buy gift cards to a local bookstore so the teacher can build their own classroom library.
Gift certificates for a manicure or pedicure are also usually well received. If you really want to splurge, a day at the local spa is a nice gift.
Gift Cards Make Great Teacher’s Gifts!
Very easy and usually loved! Gift cards offer a lot of variety and allow the teacher to pick their own gift. You might opt for a restaurant gift card if you know their favorite restaurant. Amazon or Visa gift cards are great because they can be used for just about anything. The local big box, office stores are also a good option, allowing teachers to buy supplies for their classroom.
The Written Word
A handwritten note from your child would mean a lot to a teacher who has spent so much time with them over the school year. Also, a note to the Principal praising the teacher is also a nice way to say thanks.
A kind thought or gesture at the end of the school year will be greatly appreciated by your child’s teacher. If you are stuck for ideas for teacher gifts, ask your child! They have spent many hours in the presence of the teacher and might just know what they enjoy, their favorite color or their favorite sports team.
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Carla Olivo lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, a retired USMC Lt. Colonel and their two children. She has garnered numerous TV industry awards including the Associated Press award for Spot News Reporting, Enterprise Reporting and Documentary Reporting.