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32 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

If you've been a parent for a while, then you know this well by now. Those kind, warm and intelligent people who are responsible for shaping our children's future hardly get enough credit (or enough pay) for all the hard work they do. There are but a few times a year when we get the opportunity to thank them with a little gift -- around the holidays, on Teacher Appreciation Day and at the end of the school year.

Put away that polished apple and let us help with these 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.

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

Now that we got that out of the way, here are almost three dozen budget-friendly gifts that will make your child's teacher smile (with a few bonus gift ideas for the holiday season):

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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