Teachers appreciate thank you gifts from parents and students, whether homemade or store purchased. Gifts with meaning and an explanation of what makes the teacher special are nice. Personalised gifts, such as pictures, help teachers remember special moments with a previous student.
Better Budgeting states that a group of parents has more buying power than individuals. With more money, buy a gift card for dinner, movies or a day spa.
Teachers appreciate recognition for their work. They enjoy displaying gifts in their classroom and rereading thoughtful notes. Homemade gifts such as drawings or letters show teachers the student spent time and care on the gift.
Better Budgeting suggests giving teachers coffee or tea wrapped in pretty linens. Homemade bread, candy or cookies along with an original poem touches teachers. Provide teachers with special recipes. If you know the teacher's hobbies, buy a themed gift.
Consider giving a gift other than during the holiday season or at the end of the school year. Lovely Halloween treats, Easter baskets or Valentine candies pleasantly surprise teachers.
Teachers' summers are typically work free. Give packets of flowers, gardening gloves or garden stones. Pool-themed or relaxation-oriented gifts make nice presents.