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32 holiday 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

Of all the people that deserve a huge token of our love during the holiday season, our kids' teachers rank pretty high up on the list. Though they are held responsible for molding the minds of America's youth, teachers are often overworked and underpaid. That doesn't mean they aren't appreciated — we just don't always know the perfect way to show them how much they mean to us.

That's why the holidays are an amazing opportunity to make teachers feel special, and you'll be on the path to doing so with a great gift.

More: 13 DIY teacher gifts that get an A-plus for back-to-school

Here are almost three dozen budget-friendly gifts that are sure to have your child's teacher smiling. They make for amazing holiday presents, but most will work for a treat all year round.

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.

2. School supply bouquet

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

This inventive school supply bouquet is the perfect way to set your teacher up with all the best supplies.

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