Teacher’s Appreciation Week Ideas
Your child’s teacher is with your son or daughter most of the day, five days a week. They teach them not only the subjects prescribed but also instill how to be kind, play well with others, and manners. Teachers deal with the same things a parent does, such as runny noses, fevers, and boo-boos, times 30, every day. And through all this, rarely do they get any appreciation. This year, teacher appreciation week is May 5th through May 9th. (Teacher Appreciation Day is actually 5/6/2014) We’ve come up with a great Spring gift that’s easy to make, as well as rounded up some awesome ideas as to tell your favorite teacher how much you care and thank them for a job well done.
Summer Citrus Sea Salt Scrub
1/2 C finely ground sea salt
1/2 C almond oil (or any light oil such as light olive or soy)
1 t lemon zest
1 t lime zest
In a clean, dry bowl, mix all of the ingredients well.
Package in a pretty canning or other glass jar.
Add a ribbon and tag around the lid.
To use, after washing in the shower, mix the scrub by swirling your finger in the mixture. Rub a small amount in circles over your wet skin. Rinse well.
Natural Coffee Flavorings
What teacher doesn’t drink coffee? When I was in school, they all walked around with their mugs of coffee, sipping their brew before having to deal with all of us. Here is a great way to thank your favorite coffee-drinking teacher:
Pretty Little Butterfly Snacks
Our PTA asks for teacher snacks not only during Teacher Appreciation Week, but also during parent teacher conference times. Why not make them adorable with a little thank you note? Your kids can help you make these, and the teachers will love the thought put into making them. Check craft stores for pretty bags!
Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub
Salt scrub is great, but sometimes you want to thank someone for being so sweet. Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub does the trick! Look for a store that sells raw sugar in bulk to save big when making this!
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookies
What about making some yummy no-bake cookies? The kiddos can even make these themselves to give to the teacher.
Homemade Seasoning Mixes
Give your fave teachers mini gift baskets filled with seasoning mixes and recipes! I love making up gift baskets for gifts and Homemade Seasoning Mixes make perfect additions. Add a bag of chips or pretzels for the dip mix, and find cute baskets for next to nothing at dollar stores.
Brownies on Demand
Who doesn’t like brownies? Seriously? Ok, well I might know one or two people, but not many. Why not give your favorite teacher Brownies on Demand? Make up a pretty little one-recipe jar of these deliciously chewy brownies, and add a card on how to make them. They’ll have a great snack one day after work!
Lavender Mint Foot Scrub
For the teacher that is on her feet all day, give her a jar of Lavender Mint Foot Scrub! It’s an inexpensive alternative to the spa, but just as luxurious and pampering!
Framed Sayings Art
Most teachers I know have a person or saying that they admire and talk about. If you know who that is, make a beautiful framed work of art for them to hang in their room or in their home. A few scraps of paper, and a printout of the quote will make a fine gift.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
What an elegant gift, but yet simple enough for the kids to make. Who wouldn’t love a few Chocolate Covered Strawberries?
Herbed Oil and Vinegar
I love herbed oils and vinegars. I have several different bottles in my kitchen, for different uses. Why not make your teacher up a bottle or two of oil and vinegar for their cooking pleasure? They’re sure to love it.
Wine Cork Stamp Valentines ~ Not Just for Valentine’s Day!
Add a personal touch to your gift with a card made by your child! Kids love to use stamps, and it will really tell you teacher how much you care and appreciate them. You can also make up a couple stamps for the teacher to use when grading papers and add a stamp pad or two!
Time Out Jars
Every teacher has his day that is chock full of frustration. (Don’t we all?) While this gift was originally for kids, I’ve found myself using the extra that I made when I am stressed or just need a moment to unwind. Swirl the jar and let your mind escape for a few minutes as the glitter falls back to the bottom of the jar.
Easy Lotion Bars
Almost all of us have to use lotion to keep our skin from cracking. However, teachers tend to need lotion even more. Why? All of that hand sanitizer they have to use, makes for very dry skin. So, why not give them homemade easy lotion bars.
Your Own Nature Art Prints
Is your child a budding photographer? Or maybe they pointed out something to take a picture of on a walk through the park. Make pretty prints for your favorite teacher with frames from Ikea or your local thrift shop. Pictures of natural things can be a momentary escape that has many health benefits!
Thank a teacher or three during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6th through 10th, with a little gift to tell them thank you for all of their hard work teaching our next generation!