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During these past few months, I mean weeks, we have all had our new normal of homeschooling our children. It’s. Much. Harder. Than. Expected. Many of us are struggling with working from home and trying to keep our children’s schooling up while keeping the screen time down. While the kiddos miss their schedule, teachers, and classmates here are some ways to send some thank-yous to our teachers.
These gifts don’t have to be expensive. You can DIIY teachers gifts easily and affordably with a few bins and much-needed school supplies! Or should we say, teacher survival kit?
Write a Letter/Thank You Card
Even if your child cannot write, you can help them write a nice thank you note to your teacher. Doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate, just a little note of gratitude.
Send a Video Message
Using your Smartphone or Tablet, record a video of your little one saying “hi” or talking about missing their classroom. For most of these kids, they might not go back to school this year and see their teacher or classmates. Make sure to stay connected! Social distancing, not social isolation!
Grab a small round basket and fill it with some spa-like items. A nice candle, bath salts, bath bombs, loofahs, and more!
Do you know that your teacher loves gardening? Why not give them a basket dedicated to their favorite pastime? Just grab a wire basket and fill it up with some goodies like gloves, seed packets, tools, and don’t forget to take care of their hands! Add a touch of self-care with lotions and potions! Any gardener would be thrilled to receive this basket.
Small Supply Holders
Think of all the little miscellaneous items teachers use every day: paperclips, erasers, stickers, push-pins and they all need a home. Instead of shoving them in a drawer to get lost, get your teacher a small canister jar filled with these and a simple “Thank You” note attached. Teachers can then showcase these items and decorate their desks at the same time.
Food for Thought
Food is always the best gift. The next two schoolteacher gifts focus on everyone’s love language. Grab yourself a clear bin and fill it different kinds of food. Everyone loves the movies – do a movie inspired bin and fill it with popcorn, seasoning salts, and popcorn containers. If you are feeling wild – throw in a gift card for some movie tickets too!
An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away. Or at least, this basket filled with apples will keep little Johnny in good spirits with the teacher. Fresh fruit is a great gift. Head to your local grocery store or favorite farmers stand and pick out the best seasonal available fruit, throw it in a wire basket, add a cute, punny gift tag “If teachers were apples, I’d pick you!” and call it a day. No need to get super fancy, it’s the thought that counts.
My love language is touch. I love anything to do with the spa and plus, teachers are constantly washing their hands and touching things all day. Create a mini spa oasis with our clear bins, soap pumps, or small round baskets. Add in some good smelling soap, lotion, essential oils, hand sanitizer, nail file or nail polish and you got the perfect teacher gift. During this stressful time taking time for mental health is more important than ever. No need to head out to grab these items, you can order them online and have them shipped to your home or do store pick up.
So now go print these cute gift tags and start making a gift for the teachers in your life! If you are not too crafty, you can always get your teacher a gift card to a coffee shop or their favorite store. Remember, it’s not about the gift. It’s about showing appreciation for a very thankless job! I know I was not cut out to be with tiny humans all day, every day. Your teacher is a hero and needs to be celebrated!
Laura Sirk is a Marketing Manager at mDesign
and loves all things organization and cats. I’m one cat away from being a cat lady. MEOW!
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Apr 29, 2020