Teacher Appreciation Week is here.
Teacher Appreciation Week is a time to give a little something extra to all of the teachers in your life, whether your kids are in preschool, elementary school, middle, or high school.
You do not need to go crazy here. Teachers are thankful for any simple token of appreciation.
And if you’re anything like me, you’re a little bit behind in just about everything in life.
This parenting thing is hard. And add in activities, work, meetings, and a very busy spouse, life is, well. . . busy.
So this year, though I would have loved to have worked hard with the kids to make something crazy cool like our flower pens, butterfly pens, or fingerprint note cards for teachers, we just didn’t have the time.
Instead, we found a quick, cool teacher appreciation gift that I am sure our kids’ teachers will love because it is definitely something they’ll use.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Quick, Cool Teacher Appreciation Gifts: We were rockin’ the yard sale front this weekend. It’s that time of the year, so I always have my eye out for a few things–my must-have’s from yard sales–and I found one of ‘em.
We spotted a brand, new Scrabble game, and I grabbed it for fifty cents.
I wasn’t sure how we’d use it, but I had seen tons of super-cute ways of using Scrabble tiles that I thought it might come in handy for a last-minute, quick, cool teacher appreciation gift. And they did.
Maddy, Owen, Cora and I talked and talked about how we could use them. We considered:
- Scrabble tile necklaces (nah)
- Scrabble tile bracelets (nope)
- Scrabble tile bookmarks (but how?)
- Scrabble tile pencil holders (yikes. not enough time. . . )
- Scrabble tile tissue box covers (nah)
But nothing seemed right.
So when the kids were at school yesterday, I ran to our local Home Goods store, much like a TJ Maxx or the like, and I grabbed three super-cute wooden desktop filers, similar to this unfinished desktop filer. I know that most any teacher can find a way to use something like this.
And very simply, I hot-glued the teachers’ names onto the holders. The kids loved them.
They were 110% sure their teachers would love them, and I think they’re correct. With a kid-made thank you card placed in the slot, they’ll be cool teacher appreciation gifts that we’re pretty sure the teachers will use.
They’re super-simple and quick to make, but the added personalization touch makes them pretty special.
And really, with teacher appreciation gifts, you want to give teachers something that they’ll use. For all their hard work and dedication, they deserve as much as we can give them.
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What are some of your go-to gifts for teacher appreciation day? I’d love to hear your ideas!
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