I was talking to a teacher friend and asked him what his favorite thing to receive from kids was. He said: “gift cards”. He went on to say that he loved sentimental gifts and everything else that was given as a token of appreciation as well, but that gift cards were practical and useful.
For years it was my automatic assumption that teachers
wanted needed alcohol as their year end thank you gift, but last year I bought a bottle of wine for my daughter’s pregnant (she wasn’t showing-how was I to know?) teacher and that was the year I stopped buying booze.
Since the conversation with my friend I wanted to come up with the ultimate gift for my kids’ teachers. Considering what my friend said I decided to combine the two gift ideals: A sentimental gift with a gift card. Hey?! Not bad, right?!
The awesome teacher’s gift
Kids love their teachers. My kindergartener comes home raving about her “Madame” and all of the fun things they did during the day. It only makes sense that they would want to show their appreciation as much as you do (seriously, 28 kids for 7 hours a day??? Why am I not buying them alcohol, again???)!
This year the girls are going to make hand-painted mugs and I’m going to add a gift certificate to a local coffee shop.
How to make hand-painted mugs
- Take a minute to prepare yourself. Meditate. Have a big ol’ cup of coffee (or whatever). Get yourself ready to take on crafts with kids.
- Make sure the kids are in old clothes that you don’t care about. Going clothes shopping after this is the last thing you need.
- Get yourself some blank mugs and oil based Sharpie pens. This won’t work if you don’t use the oil based ones.***
- Let them decorate the mugs (get in on this, too, Mama!). Suggest they draw something that reminds them of their teacher, or something they learned about during the year.
- Once they’re finished, put them on a cookie sheet.
- Heat your oven to 250 degrees. Put the tray of mugs in the oven for 2 hours. Choose an activity to do while you wait.
- After two hours turn off the oven, but don’t take the mugs out yet. Allow them to cool down in the oven.
- Once cool, take the mugs out. Add a little note telling the teacher to handwash their fantastically wonderful new mug!
9. Add a gift card, put it in a gift bag, and badabing badaboom! You’ve got yourself an awesome teacher’s gift!
***Those specific Sharpie pens are crazy expensive. If you don’t plan on using them ever again I suggest finding something else for the kids to make for their teachers. It really is the sentiment that counts when it comes from the kids. Something as simple as a homemade card would be thrilling to their teacher.
What do you get your kid’s teachers?