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Gift for teacher

Modern cynics and skeptics see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing. ~ John F. Kennedy

Many of us remember a teacher who taught, cajoled, or believed in us enough to inspire a love of learning that lasted throughout our lives.

So what's a good teacher worth? Show your appreciation by giving a teacher something other than the usual pen set or coffee mug (they probably already have a collection), but rather with a gift that shows you've put time and effort into choosing something they will really appreciate.

To inspire you, here are great suggestions for teacher gifts to present during back to school, around the holidays, at the the end of the year, Teacher Appreciation Day, or anytime that you feel a teacher deserves a special and heartfelt "thank you."

  • Make it personal - Despite the sometimes arduous emotional toll and long hours on their feet, most teachers say they most appreciate a gesture of appreciation from students, especially with something they've made themselves. It might not seem like much, but a hand-crafted card or simple thank you letter means the world to any teacher. Consider adding your own personal note of thanks, as well, with a copy mailed to the school principal.

  • Give them a treat - Let them know they deserve special treatment with a gift certificate for Starbucks or a local video rental outlet. Or consider getting other parents together to chip in for something really special — like a day at the spa, a four-star restaurant, or tickets to a concert or sporting event. If funds are limited, how about whipping up a homemade Teacher's Day cake or batch of cookies?

  • Help teachers teach - Many teachers think nothing of paying out of pocket for school supplies they use in the classroom. Help them out by presenting a gift basket of crayons, pens and markers, a desk calendar, scissors, paper clips and other items you think may come in handy, or give them a gift certificate to an office supply store so that they can pick out items on their own wish list.

  • Special honors - Arrange with other parents to show public support with a luncheon or dinner in their honor and a special "Teacher of the Year" trophy or certificate. For a truly outstanding teacher, bowl them over with a nomination for US National Teacher of the Year.

also see -> School Bus Driver Gift Ideas

More tips & advice about gifts for teachers around the Web:

 

Inexpensive Teacher Gifts - Check out helpful tips on what teachers will appreciate most, including advice on giving group gifts.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas - Dollar Stretcher.com has a great list of ideas for practical gifts any teacher can use, along with food ideas,gift baskets and homemade gifts.

Celebrate Teachers With Thoughtful Gifts - This is the Scholastic.com guide to gift giving with suggestions for giving back to the school with gifts of school supplies, along with more traditional ways for makin teachers feel like royalty.

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