The school year is coming to an end, and with it comes the (sometimes) crippling anxiety of picking out the perfect thank-you gift for your kid’s teacher. After all, this is the person who’s taught — and put up with — your child for a year; you can’t just slap an apple on her desk and call it a day. But fear not. We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the coolest gifts on the market that will undoubtedly earn you (OK, and your kid) an A.
Here’s a list of 22 gifts for a bunch of budgets that teachers will actually appreciate and use.
Gift cards… but in a bouquet
Gift cards may not seem like the most creative option, but trust us, they’re definitely useful. Hey, no one’s ever complained about free money!
One great way to include everyone from your child’s class is to go in on a gift card bouquet, like this one from The Cul-De-Sac. Pick a point person (why not you!), and ask parents to contribute however much they feel comfortable with giving. Then select a handful of gift cards to places like Amazon, Trader Joe’s, Target or a local restaurant. To make the gift, you’ll need an inexpensive flowerpot, some foam, some wooden sticks and paper flowers to glue the cards onto.
The chicest desk organizer
Keeping track of who’s turned in their homework assignments is tough enough. Help your child’s teacher stay organized with this chic desk organization set that holds all her classroom essentials.
Copper magnetic desk set, $34.99 at The Container Store
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A version of this article was originally published in April 2016.