Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 Gift Ideas: What You Should Get Your Child’s Teachers

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 6, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 has started as of May 5 and runs through May 9.

Parent Teacher Associations will be honoring teachers across the country during the week. 

“This is the one week of the year when teachers take center stage and are recognized for the countless hours they spend to ensure every child reaches his or her full potential, both in school and beyond,” Otha Thornton, president of National PTA, said in a statement.

“The impact teachers have on children’s lives and futures is so valuable. It is important that parents, families and communities celebrate, honor and support teachers during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week and all year round for the role they play in making a difference for the education, health and welfare of children.”  

Parents and students are wondering what kinds of gifts teachers would like. Here are some ideas:

-Free gifts such as a thank you note

Teachers don’t hear how much they’re appreciated by students and parents enough. Let them know with a simple but heartfelt thank you note. On it could be a short message, a poem, or a drawing. In lieu of any gift, teachers would appreciate a simple thank you from those that the serve day in and day out. Teachers also usually enjoy having parents volunteer in their classroom, so parents could do that.

-Simple gifts such as pictures

Bring in a picture of a favorite moment with you and your teachers (for students) or the teacher and your child (for parents). Have it framed and write a short message on the back so they can slide it out and remember your thanks. Other simple gift ideas include gift cards for places that don’t cost that much such as Subway or homemade snacks such as cookies or brownies.

-More personal gifts

What do you know about your teacher or your child’s teacher? Think about a more personalized gift such as tickets to a sports game if the teacher is a sports fan or a good book if they enjoy reading.

*Teacher and students photo via Shutterstock

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.