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I love this personalized gift bag from Mique from 30days (found via Skip to My Lou)
She provides the printable topper and instructions on how to complete this personalized gift bag for teachers. Include a gift card and fun supplies or maybe some pamper items.
Collected from FamilyFun.com:
Candle with "You Lit Up My Year"
My daughter gave her teachers each a candle to which we attached a note that read "[teacher's name], Thank you for lighting up [grade] for me this year! Signed, ___." It was a great way to end the year.
"The Giving Tree" with a Sapling
My favorite gift for a teacher is the book "The Giving Tree," by Shel Silverstein, along with a small tree for the teacher to plant.
Ice Cream Basket
Include two ice-cream parfait glasses with colored tissue paper inside, an ice cream scooper tied with multi-colored ribbons, hot fudge topping, caramel topping, colored sprinkles, nuts, a jar of cherries, and a certificate to an ice cream parlor -- all in a small basket with a "You're the Tops" card.
You Deserve a Hand
Buy a pampering gift of good hand lotion. Trace your childs hands and cut them out to create this great presentation. Variations include a gift certificate for any pampering/pedicure.
A fun gift to receive is a "movie night" kit wrapped in a popcorn box (from the theater). Include several packages of microwave popcorn, Twizzlers, Junior Mints, and Dots, and gift cards to a local video store, Netflix or the movie theater.
Beach Basket Bonanza
A great end-of-the-year gift is a beach bag with beach towels, flip-flops, sunglasses, citronella candles, paperback books, an insulated water bottle holder, plastic tablecloths, paper plates, napkins, cups, sunscreen, moisturizer, bug spray, red nail polish (for summer toes!), and coupons for Italian ice at a local shop.
Books, Classroom Materials
Give a much-appreciated gift certificate from a local book store accompanied by a handmade bookmark from your child. Or include a gift certificate to a teachers' supply store. Teachers often spend their own money on items for school, and this makes it a little easier!
The best gift we ever gave a teacher was a seed-planting kit. It had everything in it from the pot to the seeds that the teachers needed to grow a plant. This way they could either keep it at home or use it with their next group of children in the classroom. It's also a great learning experience for the next group if it is kept in the classroom. The teachers loved it!
A fun way to group gift cards is to buy a plant and some picture clips to display a "garden of gift cards".
And always the best gift is a heartfelt thank you note. A letter from you and your child expressing how much the teacher means to both of you may be the most appreciated gift of all. Send a letter with similar sentiments supporting the teacher's work and give it to the school principal too.
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