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20 gifts for teachers they won't trash the minute your kid leaves

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

The best teacher gifts to thank them for putting up with your kid

We know teachers are deserving of our appreciation, but it's high time parents asked the question: What do teachers really want? The people who are spending time with your kids day in and day out and teaching them the good stuff would love a "thank you" gift they can actually use.

Put away that polished apple and let us help with these 20 gift ideas for teachers. Before we get started on what teachers want, try to avoid the list of things most of them do not want, including candles, home baked goods, coffee mugs and small trinkets.

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Now that we got that out of the way, here are more than a dozen budget-friendly gifts that will make your child's teacher smile:

1. Gift card bouquet

The best teacher gifts to thank them for putting up with your kid
Image: The Cul-De-Sac blog

It is hard to go wrong with getting your child's teacher a gift card; however, I love this idea of a gift card bouquet from The Cul-De-Sac blog. This would be perfect if you are doing a gift from the entire class or if several of you are going in on this together. Pick up gift cards from your teacher's favorite stores and restaurants and glue them onto a paper flower attached to a stick. Insert the sticks into floral foam that is placed in a colorful pail. Paint the words, "Thank you for helping us grow," for a great finishing touch.

If the gift card bouquet would be too expensive, you can never go wrong with a gift card to her favorite restaurant, Target, grocery store or Amazon. For middle school kids who have multiple teachers, buying $5 Starbucks gift cards with a thank-you note attached would also be appreciated.

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