It’s officially Teacher Appreciation Week and I know that you, like me, have a million other things on your plate. Thank goodness this “holiday” lasts an entire week so you (and I!) still have plenty of time to put together quick, easy and thoughtful gifts for the teachers in our children’s lives!

At my son’s school, the PTA is putting together a teacher appreciation breakfast. I don’t have the time to bake this year, so I volunteered to do the early morning Dunkin’ Donuts coffee run so that fresh Boxes o’ Joe are in the teachers’ lounge when they arrive tomorrow morning. But I’d still like to do something special, just from our family, for Lucas’s homeroom teacher and the reading specialist who has worked so closely with him this semester.

Since I’m still brainstorming those gift ideas, I thought it might be helpful to share some of the sites I’m relying on for inspiration.

Tech Savvy Mama suggests five ways parents can help teachers at the end of the school year — these are great ideas for teacher appreciation week as well as the last month and a half (or so!) of school. She also has great ideas for teacher appreciation gifts around $5.

Amy at Living Locrato has great DIY teacher appreciation gift ideas and I’m a huge fan of her free printables on Pinterest. In fact, I used her “Thanks a Latte” printable a few weeks ago to thank our front office staff for Administrative Professionals Day.


Thanks A Latte

photo courtesy of the author


My friend Amy over at taylorseast is much more on the ball than me and had her gifts (and a blog post about them) ready first thing Monday morning. Her cookies and note are sweet and simple!

I always love Skip to My Lou‘s DIY gift ideas and am particularly impressed with this gift idea which is tailored to a male teacher.

In the end, though, I truly do believe that a handwritten note from you or your child (or better yet, from both of you!), truly is what teachers value the most. For me, the confirmation of this is the incredibly sweet note that one of my mom’s students sent her several years ago: Mom framed it and keeps on display in her house.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to any teachers who might be reading this blog. And to all the parents of students — I hope I’ve helped you with some last-minute ideas to celebrate the teachers in your life this week!

When Aimee isn’t dreaming about free printables, you can find her blogging at Smiling Mama and sharing the many awesome things to do in Prince George’s County, MD on her Facebook page, Family Friendly Prince George’s.