How to show teachers some love this summer... End-of-year gift suggestions for exhausted teachers!
What. A. Year. We're all exhausted, we're all stressed and we're all waiting for things to get back to some kind of normalcy. And nobody is more exhausted than TEACHERS.
While we've all encountered the challenges of working remotely, teachers have had to handle this challenge all while reimagining a whole new way of teaching students. Remote learning and hybrid learning - school during a global pandemic has been ripped apart, re-created, pulled apart again and then adapted once more. It's been a rollercoaster for all of us and as the school year comes to an end, we think it's time we give our teachers a little love.
And we thought we'd offer you some guidance if you're thinking about how to show your gratitude to the fine folk who have been teaching your kids...
Firstly, if you're on the fence about whether you should get your kid's teacher something, then let us firmly push you onto the side of giving! It doesn't have to cost a lot, it doesn't need to be fancy, just something very small and simple will be hugely appreciated. Sometimes people feel a bit awkward as to whether they should get a gift, and when they're not sure what to get they worry about getting it wrong, so just err on the side of not giving. But anything that shows someone has taken a moment out of their day to show some love really means a huge amount.
And even if you can't afford to buy a gift, then just simply giving a card, or even an email (they cost nothing!) with some words of thanks and appreciation is also a great way of showing love.
And here's the best tip, get your kid to write it - not only do you not have to do anything, but it will also mean so much more coming from the student! Kind words from a parent mean a huge amount, but kind words from a student just set your heart alight with joy. I have a box of cards that I received from my students over the years, and they mean an incredible amount to me.
If you do decide to give a gift and you are willing to spend a bit of $$$ then here are some suggestions:
- a gift card for a local restaurant
- a voucher for a massage/pampering session
- a fancy scented candle
- a photo frame
- a nice bottle of wine (if you know they drink)
And some just as meaningful suggestions on more of a
- a voucher for a local bookstore
- a plant (perhaps from your garden)
- some nice colored pens
- a notebook
- Starbucks voucher
- bake a cake
- homemade granola
If any of you have some other suggestions, then drop them in the comments below.