Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2-6 is teacher appreciation week. We are so grateful to have wonderful preschool teachers teaching and caring for our children. They work so hard and do so much to nurture and teach our kids. We wanted to acknowledge them with a small gift to say ”thank you for the work you do”.

A nice “thank you” gift doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Most of us just want the acknowledgement for the time and effort we give to our jobs. However, I sometimes struggle when buying small thank you gifts. I either overspend or if I don’t overspend, I feel like the gift is inadequate and ”not enough”.

What I do to help overcome that feeling is apply personalization to the gift. I feel like, if I’ve put a little extra of my time, a little more of “me” into it, it makes the gift more meaningful no matter the price tag.

To get some teacher appreciation gift ideas, I used Pinterest. I talked about Pinterest and how it works a few days ago. This is just another example of the great inspiration you can get from using this site. Below is the pin board I created for teacher appreciation gift ideas. Click on the image to view the Pinterest page in full on Pinterest.com.

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I decided to give potted plants to Anna and Chase’s preschool teachers. I started with plain terra cotta pots but covered the lip with painters tape and then spray painted the base with Valspar Everglade Glen (green).

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For the “card” I just played around with the text I wanted to use in Microsoft Word and printed it out on cardstock paper.

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Next, I cut the text out in a circle. I used decorative craft scissors to cut out a large circle from pink card stock. I stapled the larger pink circle onto a popscicle stick (I had a pack on hand from the craft store for kid projects). I used a glue stick to glue the white “message” circle onto the pink circle.

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I also made a little “thank you” gift for their swim coaches using the same gift tag method I used above, except I tied the tag on the swedish fish bag with ribbon.

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Do you have any teacher gift ideas?

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4 Responses to Teacher Appreciation Week
  1. Mindy
    May 4, 2011 |

    I was just talking about this with my girlfriend today. She had her kids make personalized cards to take yesterday and is doing something small, but thoughtful, each day of the week. On Wednesdays, she volunteers in the classroom, so she’s taking pasta salad for the teacher’s to share for lunch. You know I’m all over the plant idea. The gerber daisies in the pots are so dang cute! Especially with the personalized message. Who knew having kids in school could be so much work! :o )

  2. Deanna
    May 8, 2011 |

    Great cute idea.. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I just adore gerbera daisies! {They were my wedding flower}…That printable is really darling.

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week…

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