Teacher Appreciation Week: Gifts They’ll Love

by JoAnna Rowe | Lakeshore Retail Marketing Manager

Every day, teachers do a million incredible things, from designing mathematical adventures to reading books in the perfect character voice. Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1 – May 5) is our big chance to say “thank you!” Here are some gift ideas to help you come up with the perfect way to show your teacher they are appreciated.

Idea 1: Bundle up some books.

Teachers always need more books for their reading corners or libraries. Bundle up some of your favorite titles along with other reading-time essentials, like Story Wands. Of course, there’s always room for a personalized message! (“You made this year one for the books!”) This also makes a great group gift! Just have each student make a contribution, then wrap all the books together.

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Idea 2: Dazzle them with décor.

Have you ever met a teacher who doesn’t love storage bins? Teachers enjoy sprucing up and organizing their classrooms, and even small accents can really brighten up a space. Vibrant borders and colorful organization bins help give any classroom a mini makeover.

Idea 3: Customize a basket of supplies.

I guarantee every teacher in your life always needs supplies. Turn a bunch of school essentials into a thoughtful gift basket using the art of presentation. We nestled arts & crafts materials in a Clear-View Storage Box.

Idea 4: Make a memory book.

Nothing says “thank you” like fond memories from students. Grab a Blank Hardcover Book and have kids fill it with memories from the school year. Kids can work independently—or with the whole class—to write messages, draw pictures, create collages, paste photos and more. Teachers will love whatever their students decide to do!

Idea 5: Create a teacher-style “tool belt.”

Glue, scissors and pencils disappear around my house all the time, and I only have one kid! This gift idea helps teachers keep important items where they’ll always be able to grab them in a snap. To make one, just fill an All-Purpose Teacher’s Utility Apron with essential supplies. You can even throw in a cute message to make it more personal. We love “Thanks for giving us the tools to succeed!”

Idea 6: Put it on a card.

A gift card is perfect in nearly any situation. To add a personal touch for Teacher Appreciation Week, pair a gift card with a classroom essential and a cute pun. Here are some examples:

For even more ideas, check out our post “Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week.”

Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

by Chelsea Guerrero | Lakeshore Marketing

Teachers never cease to amaze me. I mean, how can one person be an absolute math whiz at one moment…and then nail that perfect character voice during a read-along? I love Teacher Appreciation Week because it’s my chance to shower the teachers in my life with some much-deserved admiration and gratitude. Here are some of my favorite Teacher Appreciation gift ideas—I hope you’ll make them your own!

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1. Crayon Wreath

Easy to make and fun to give, this everlasting wreath makes the perfect addition to any classroom. To make it, just grab crayons, hot glue, ribbon…and something to use as your wreath form. We cut a ring out of recycled cardboard and it looked great! Just hot-glue the crayons around your wreath form and tie a neat bow around the top so it’s ready to hang!

2. Flower Bouquet with Magnetic Letters

Classic flowers get a practical twist when you add Magnetic Letters to a simple jar vase. Just fill a vase with letters and your favorite flowers, add a bright ribbon…and voila—your Teacher Appreciation gift is ready to go!

3. Teacher Appreciation Supplies

By the time Teacher Appreciation Week rolls around in May, many teachers may be short on basic supplies…or already stocking up for next year! This gift takes the idea of the beloved gift basket to the next level. Just put a teacher’s plan book, apron, stickers, crayons, write & wipe markers, a Lakeshore gift card and other school supplies into one of these colorful classroom supply caddies to make a super-creative gift basket.

4. Flower Pens

Every teacher needs a signature pen! Our homemade version makes one thoughtful Teacher Appreciation gift…plus, you can present it in a decorated pot teachers can use again. Just decorate a small collage pot any way you like, create a flower pen using tissue paper and craft tape…then “plant” it by adding sand to your pot so the flower stays upright.

5. Original Artwork

Conspire with other parents to make one-of-a-kind artwork using students’ fingerprints! This adorable tree is super-easy to make; just download a tree template online, print it on some quality card stock and let the fingerprints do the rest! A handwritten message puts the icing on the cake. We used our Fingerprint Artist’s Stamp Pad.

6. Teacher Survival Kit

Dazzle the teacher in your life with all the things they just can’t get enough of—including a lidded coffee cup, antibacterial gel, tissues, immune building supplements, disinfecting wipes and anything else that strikes your fancy. Put these goodies into our adorable teacher’s tote to create one cute—and totally practical—Teacher Appreciation gift.

Need a Teacher Appreciation gift fast? No worries! Here’s a bonus gift idea that requires zero assembly: a gift card. When paired with a heartfelt note that expresses your deepest appreciation, a gift card from Lakeshore, or your teacher’s favorite store, can evoke just as many warm fuzzies as a homemade gift. You can even add a gift card to any of our other ideas for the perfect finishing touch.