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Teachers are the very heart of our education. Whether they were our first in preschool or kindergarten, that influential middle school music teacher, compassionate high school algebra teacher whose patience was unending, or the Science teacher who did double duty as the wrestling coach, teachers are a big part of helping us become who we are. Here are 16 ways, in honor of it being 2016, to show your appreciation to that special educator. Some are simpler. Some are last minute. Some may be ideal for a group effort. But they will all tell the teacher how much you appreciate all they do.
Say thank you this year on National Teacher Appreciation Day, May 3.
Sure, most teachers won’t want one more mug, but this one has a little twist. Cassie at Hi Sugarplum has come up with a creative way that will always keep this mug fresh and entertaining. Tuck in a piece of chalk, some tea, coffee, or gift cards, and you have one terrific gift.
Marie over at g*rated came up with this great idea that is perfect as either a last minute, “oops, I forgot it was Teacher’s Appreciation Day,” or if you need something a bit wasier on the craft scale. Find directions and the printable tag at the site.
Two Sisters created this great candy dish for their preschooler’s teachers, but it is great for the kindergarten or art teacher, too. You could even make smaller versions suitable to hold pencils, rulers, rubber bands, or just about any desk supply. Or candy. Yeah, candy definitely workds, too.
A little higher on the crafting scale, Ashley, of Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night, has put together instructions on how to make this adorable tote bag. Choose fabric and trims that will add some extra personalization to a bag this will be sure to be a favorite of the recipient for years to come.
Dana of Dana’s Pursuit crafted this fun variation of a bouquet. Follow her easy instructions to make something both bright and practical this year for your favorite teacher. Best part? This needs no watering.
Sister Jodie and Jen from Eighteen25 (named after the street address where they grew up) have this both practical and thoughtful gift. Find some fun hand soap, or better yet, hand sanitizer, and download the free printable tag.
This popcorn-influenced box from Jen at Tatertots and Jello may take a little more time and effort, but the results are worth it. The template for the box and for accompanying card it easy to follow and will make sure you give a gift that is one-of-a-kind. Fill it will movie gift cards, Netflix subscription, snack candy, and don’t forget the popcorn.
Stephanie suggested seedlings at The Silly Pearl and came up with this idea when they had a lot of successful tomato seedlings. For a teacher with a green thumb, this is a way to give a little something that can give a little something back. It also has a printable tag available.
Chad and Mary Beth have put these cute little apples together over at Nothing but Country. This is a fun twist on everyone’s favorite rice cereal treats, but with a nod to the one who you appreciate. Who could resist one of these apples?
At Clean & Scentsible, Jenn had this great idea. Find a compartment-style box and fill it with lots of teacher goodies. It could make for a great class project, too. Find something a little larger and let every one in the class contribute something special to section.
The contributors at What’s Scrapping created this adorable supply cake, another project that could work well for a whole class. There are lots of options, too, for teachers of different grade levels or classes, so it can be delightfully personalized for that special teacher who has gone to great lengths to make learning cool.