End-of-the-year teacher gifts

Have your child show their appreciation of their teacher by giving them an end-of-the-year present! Forget about the coffee house gift cards or box of chocolates — with a little imagination, you and your child can create something special their teacher will love. Read on for some helpful suggestions.

Happy teacher

In a blink of an eye, another school year has flown by, and now it’s time to find a gift for one of the most influencial people in your young child’s life: their teacher! Here are seven ideas for great year-end teacher gifts.

A memory keeper

If you have access to several class photos of field trips, school concerts or even just classroom time, why not help create a mini-scrapbook for your child’s teacher? Ask your child to decorate the pages and name the children in each photo. A personal scrapbook of the school year is sure to be a wonderful memento for the teacher.

A reusable grocery store bag or canvas tote

Sure, this is a practical gift — after all, who can’t use another reusable bag? What makes it fun is that it’s personalized! Press an iron-on transfer of the class photo onto the centre of the bag’s front. Have your child take it to school and ask every student in his or her class to sign the rest of the bag with a permanent or fabric marker.

Homemade treats

Who doesn’t love a sweet treat — especially when it comes from the heart? Take time with your child to create a delicious homemade treat with your special teacher in mind. Fudge, chocolates, brownies, cookies and squares are all good choices. Wrap them in pretty tissue, then fill up a beautiful gift box.

A personalized photo frame

Depending on the material of the frame, a local woodworker or engravement shop will engrave a frame with whatever you like. Ask your child for suggestions, such as “Teacher of the year,” and if possible, add an appropriate photo taken in the past school year.

Homemade body scrub

Teachers work long hours, so give them something spa-like and soothing, such as a homemade body scrub to enjoy at home. Have your child mix up the ingredients and scoop it into a decorative jar. Wrap it with a gorgeous ribbon, and add a tag listing the ingredients.

A paint-your-own-pottery piece

Most urban areas have a paint-your-own-pottery store, and it’s a great way for a child to create something unique for his or her teacher! A pencil holder, vase, mug, piggy bank or a paperweight are all fun ideas.

A surprise bag of school supplies

School budget cuts can be taxing on a teacher, so help ease the stress by pulling together a surprise grab bag of school essentials. Hit the local dollar store, and invite your child to load up the basket with anything he or she thinks the teacher might need. Wrap it all up in a cellophane-covered basket or a kraft paper bag tied with a ribbon.

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