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National Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday of the first full week in May, the entire week is celebrated as Teacher Appreciation Week. This year it is celebrated May 7th through May 11th. If you need some ideas here’s what I am doing this Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teachers are such a gift I am sure you know they are some of the hardest working people, just like a mom’s work never ends, it is the same for teachers. I frequently see them grading, and planning on their lunch break, taking home more work that needs to be done after hours.

I love that we have designated weeks and days it is a great reminder to stop and honor those special people in our lives. Plan for Teachers Appreciation Week it helps if you budget to give gifts throughout the year, it makes gift giving easier if it’s planned.

Take some time and think of ways your family can show appreciation to your kids’ teachers. It can be small gifts every day this week or maybe a larger gift you have in mind. Depending on your budget it can be a handwritten note or picture drawn by your child, don’t limit showing appreciation to needing to spend a lot of money and don’t limit it to just your family you can get the other parents involved. You organizing something is a great way to show appreciation.

This year I got together some of the parents and each grade is going to take a day of the week the Kindergarten and 1st Grade class parents are providing all the things for a Teachers Appreciation Breakfast to kick off the week.

Another day of the week my son’s third-grade class is going to make a Taco Bar Luncheon for all the teachers and staff.

In the past I’ve made themed gift baskets, gift cards are always a favorite. One year I made these super cute DIY Crayon Wreaths.  Inspired by the crayon wreath and some other crayon creations I saw on Pinterest this year I also made this easy DIY Crayon Pencil Holder.

I used a tin can that I emptied, washed and dried. Then I hot glued this ABC Themed Ribbon on the top and hot glued crayons all around. I love the way it turned out. I am going to give this to my son’s 1st-grade teacher. Inside I put a ruler, glue, pencils and dry erase markers which teachers always need. I’ll include a gift card with it but I had everything else to make this, this is an easy DIY and fun way to bless a teacher.

This year I wanted to paint some mason jars and use succulents. I thought these would make a nice gift they could keep on their desk or also take home and display on a mantle or shelf. On Pinterest there are some really cute Teacher themed painted mason jars, made to look like a pencil, ruler, etc. I wanted to go with a more neutral theme. I think they probably receive plenty of teacher themed gifts.
I found these mini 2 1/2″ succulents for $3 at my local Orchard Supply Hardware Store. I already had the mason jars, paint, and ribbon. I also saw some artificial succulents at Target for $3 you could also use artificial plants or flowers.
I washed and dried the mason jars, used a paper towel and rubbing alcohol over them, I’ve heard that tip somewhere whenever you paint glass. I did two coats of paint on these and then used twine on the top part. I was going to distress the jars a bit using sandpaper but I didn’t find any sandpaper at my house, maybe I’ll do that later.

Although I had planned on using the mason jars, I was at the 99 Cent Only Store and they had these cute galvanized flower pot sets for only $1.99. So I picked up a couple of these too. Any of these gifts would be great for Teachers Appreciation Week or for an end of the year thank you to your teachers and administrative staff. Don’t forget the administrative staff who keep everyone in the loop with school newsletters and lunch menus.

I used larger 9″ succulents for these galvanized flower pots they were on sale at Orchard Supply Hardware 3 for $12, great deal! You can make these a variety of ways with burlap and ribbon, you could paint them. I only painted the top rim part, because I personally like the metal look.

I hope these ideas help you in blessing your kids’ school teachers and staff this year and hopefully encourages you to help plan something for next year. All the parents I spoke with about getting involved with the breakfast and lunch were super excited about helping and so glad we were doing something as a group.

Here is the link to the DIY Crayon Wreath I made a couple of years ago:

More Gift Ideas:

  • Fresh Flowers
  • Starbucks Gift Card or Bring in drinks for all the teachers.
  • Gift Card to a nice Restaurant
  • Gift Card to Michael’s or Dollar Store (I know many teachers who would appreciate this.)
  • A DIY Gift Basket (Treats, Replenish School Supplies, Pamper Yourself Theme, etc.)
  • Bring in breakfast or lunch for all the teachers and staff.  (You could get other parents involved to help with these meal ones.)
  • Make your own Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, Salad Bar for lunch, Taco Bar, or BBQ.

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