21 Ways to Say Thanks to Teachers

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The 2020-2021 school year is quickly coming to an end. Whether your kiddos are virtual, hybrid, or in-school, one thing is for sure. This is a year to say THANK YOU to teachers in a big way. Don’t let Teacher Appreciation Week slip by. This is a week celebrated in the United States from May 3-7, 2021. Here are 21 ways to say thanks to the teachers in your life during this week.


21 Ways to Say Thanks to Teachers

As a former teacher, I can tell you that even the little gestures for teachers go a big distance, and that comes from someone who never had to teach in a global pandemic. Because (kids) I’m always forgetting about this week, I decided to not only get ahead of this week but to share some ideas that I would have loved as a teacher so you aren’t falling in the last minute trap.

NOTE: Some teachers may not be accepting physical gifts because of the pandemic. Consider some of the virtual items listed and be ready to be flexible. Their safety = your child’s safety, too!

Personalized Gifts

If you’re reading this in mid-April, there is still time to get something personalized as a way to say thanks to teachers. Consider:

  1. A tote they can carry to the pool this summer and with papers in the fall. Personalize it with the teacher’s last name or a big initial to make it mean more!
  2. Etsy has some adorable skinny tumblers for your teacher’s favorite morning or evening drinks. This chalkboard looking one is super adorable and affordable.
  3. Speaking of Etsy, there are lots of options for door hangers with the teacher’s last name. I couldn’t pick a favorite, so here is a whole list of options!
  4. If you have a Cricut, check out what is on sale on their supply site or in your craft stash and make a shirt or sign for teacher right at home.
  5. Pass down some of the books your kids have moved up from and at the top of the stack put a personalized stamp for the teacher to use when adding to their classroom library.

Shop Local – Gift Double!

When you shop locally, you’re not only gifting your teacher but you are helping a local business keep growing. Here are five our our favorite local spots to shop for unique/Pittsburgh themed gifts that are sure to please. If you are not local to Pittsburgh, consider these shops (most of which do have shipping) or shops local to you.

6. Kittanning’s Appalachian Outpost is constantly stocked with 100% local groceries, wall hangings, and (mom’s favorite – ) wooden crafts.

7. Find something pretty and unique at Sarver’s Emma + Jane Shoppe. Can’t pick just one thing? Ask about gift cards so they can either order online or stop in to the shop themselves – everyone needs a visit to this adorable store at some point!

8. Armstrong teachers will soon be able to grab a cup of coffee or a scrumptious bakery treat while enjoying their (much deserved) summer break. Kittanning offers two amazing places to do this – Ispirare Coffee and Curly Tail Coffee. Not from K-Town? These alone are worth the trip to our part of the state!

9. Oakmont Candle Works is the place to get a handpoured candle in the Pittsburgh region. If you’re too tempted by Oakmont Bakery being basically right around the corner (totally a bonus reason to go here), consider shopping online. Some favorites from this house are “Frog Hollow”, “Pillow Talk”, and “Clean Cotton”.

10. Male and female teachers can benefit from some pampering at a salon. Rae of Color in Ford City offers gift cards for services that include a barber, hair cuts and colors, and nail services. This is our family’s go to place for cuts these days!

The Sentimental Gifts

These gifts would work for any student anywhere to give to their teachers. Full of heart, they will be sure to bring a smile (or even a tear) to their face. Of these ways to say thanks to teachers, these might just be our favorite.

11. Ask your child 5 questions about why they are thankful for their teacher and send them the answers via email each day of the week.

12. Have your child write or draw their favorite thing they learned this year.

13. Record a video of your child thanking their teacher and email it to them on National Teacher Day (May 4, 2021).

14. Here is a whole collection of printables as a way to say thanks to teachers – all things you can make or recreate at home!

15. Fill a paper Scandanavian Woven Heart Basket with some candies and goodies. Mom made these with Grammie one year for Valentine’s Day and they were a hit!

Other Ways to Say Thanks

16. Gift cards to places like the Apple Store, Amazon, or Target aren’t taking the easy route. You’re letting the teacher decide what they want.

17. This bracelet is a sweet sentiment – maybe pair it with a perennial flower.

18. Make a basket of items from Dollar Tree’s Crafter’s Square – supplies they can use to prep their classroom for next year, perhaps.

19. If you have photos from the classroom, consider making a photo collage or book using Shutterfly’s current specials. There is always something sweet to gift at a great price!

20. Gifting for multiple teachers? Put together some teacher survival kits with some of these ideas.

Keep it Simple

21. Just say thanks – in a card, an email, or a phone call. Letting your child’s teacher know you are grateful for them will mean the world.

Other Ways to Say Thanks

This list is definitely not every idea out there for saying thanks. Comment with your favorites that you have either given or received.

Consider sharing on social media with #ThankATeacher during the week and tag your child’s teacher(s). How will you say thanks in 2021?

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