Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is national Teacher Appreciation Week. Both my sons have great teachers and I love this opportunity to thank them. My oldest son has a team of teachers that help him through the day. There are four in particular that I wanted to thank each day with a small something. Here are some ideas I am thinking about:

  • You are out of this world” tag attached to a Milky Way or Mars candy bar
  • You deserve an extra payday!” tag attached to a Payday candy bar
  • There is no ‘sub’stitute for you!” tag attached to a gift card for the local sub shop
  • You are ‘extra’ special” tag with a pack of Extra Gum
  • Thanks for helping Blake ‘bloom’” tag with a bouquet of flowers
  • We appreciate the ‘mounds’ of work you do!” tag attached to a Mounds candy bar
  • Thanks for giving Blake a hand” tag with hand lotion
  • Thanks a ‘latte’!” tag with a gift card from local coffee shop, special coffees or travel mug
  • You are ‘souper’! – soup mix, custom decorated soup bowls or homemade soup
  • Thanks for holding everything together” tag with fun paper clips
  • Just a note to say you are specialcustom made note pads , purchased notepads or post it notes
  • You are a ‘treasure’ tag with Treasures candy
  • You really measure up” tag with a cool ruler, yardstick or measuring tape
  • You are ‘sum’body special” tag with a calculator or math game for the class
  • You are the apple of our eye” with a basket of apples (construction paper leaves with nice sayings—A+ teacher, you’re special etc. can be hot glued to the stems)
  • You are ‘tea’rrific!” tag with a selection of teas
  • You deserve a ‘break’ today! Thanks for your hard work” tag with a Fast-Break candy bar or McDonald’s gift certificates
  • You are a smart cookie” tag with homemade cookies
  • Thanks for a ‘picture’ perfect year” tag with movie coupons or nice picture frame
  • Thanks for making our school year bright” tag with a package of highlighters
  • Thanks for helping Blake grow” tag with flower seeds
  • You are o’fish’ally the best!” tag attached to Goldfish Crackers
  • Thanks for lighting the way” or “You light up our world” with a flashlight or nice candle
  • We are your biggest ‘fan’!”with a cute desk fan, hand held fan or paper fan.
  • Thanks for the ‘time’ you spend with Blake” tag on a cute clock, fun watch or pretty appointment book
  • We are fortunate to have you!” tag with a Chinese take out box filled with fortune cookies
  • You have been a ‘bright’ spot in our year!” tag with a package of highlighters
  • You are a joy!” tag attached to an Almond Joy candy bar
  • Thanks for giving Blake a hand!” tag attached to work or garden gloves filled with candy
  • You have been just ‘write’ for Blake!” package of nice pencils or pens in a case or container
  • You rock!” tag with pop rocks, rock candy, Rock Star soft drink or painted rock for a paperweight
  • You have been ‘key’ to Blake’s success!” tag attached to a key ring, maybe a pretty handmade beaded one
  • We are ‘nuts’ about you!” tag attached to some nuts
  • You ‘float’ above the rest” tag attached to a balloon or a fun pool float for the summer
  • You are worth more than a 100 grand to Blake!” tag attached to a 100 Grand candy bar
  • You ‘mint’ so much to us this year” tag attached to some mints
  • You were ‘mint’ to be a teacher!” tag attached to some mints
  • “Here is a ‘pat’ on the back for doing such a great job!” tag attached to a gift certificate for a massage
  • You are an ‘amazing’ teacher” tag attached to an Amazing candy bar

Do you have any ideas that you have used to thank your children’s teachers? I would love to hear about them!


We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

~Cynthia Ozick

38 Responses to “Teacher Appreciation Week”

  1. Karla~Looking Towards Heaven Says:

    perfect perfect perfect!!! I love these ideas! Thank you!


  2. jennifer w. Says:

    What you have listed sounds like the greatest teacher appreciation gify I have ever heard of!!

  3. Christy Says:

    Thank you for posting this. We love our son’s preschool teacher and I had no idea it was Teacher Apprciation Week. Luckily, I have a cute bag of Pistachio nuts and cute die cuts to make a gift tag!

    P.S. We made your Blarney Teasure Stones for the class for St. Patrick’s Day and they were a huge hit!

  4. Barbara H. Says:

    I’m here from Karla’s, and these are very creative! I am bookmarking this page.

  5. claudine Says:

    What a bunch of great ideas!! Thanks for sharing these.

  6. Jennifer Says:

    I love all of your ideas!!! When I lived in Alabama we did Teacher Appreciation but here in Missouri they do not do it. So I send gifts all year long for holidays. Thanks for the idea.

  7. KatieJ Says:

    These are all fantastic! Thank you so much for the great ideas!

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  9. Megan Says:

    People like you make being a teacher all that much nicer. It’s wonderful to have the rewarding experience with the children, but knowing that the parents appreciate it is just the icing on the cake. Thank you for doing this.

  10. Joy Says:

    These are great ideas! Here is another idea that I actually received from a friend of mine. She made a batch of rice crispie treats and then cut one large heart out of it and wrapped in colored saran wrap and then traced and cut her daughter’s hand out of construction paper attached it to the wrapped treat and wrote “You have touched my heart. Thank you for being my teacher.” This could also work well with heart shaped sugar cookies.

  11. JenniferB Says:

    I bought large canvas totes and when I was in helping in the classroom and the teacher was going to be doing assessments in another classroom for an hour or so, I helped each child apply pain to their hand and then put their handprints on the bag. I then wrote their names by their print with permanent fabric marker, and then on the card put the line “you have touched our hearts and we’ll carry you with us forever”.

  12. Marilyn M Says:

    Was referred to your site through Tip Junkie – awesome ideas – and thanks so much for sharing!!

  13. Dawn Says:

    These are all great ideas! Thank you for posting them. I have already bookmarked this page for future reference.

  14. Kelly Crady Says:

    I need some ideas I have been geeting donations for our schools event and Dairy Queen donated a Sundae for each of our teachers and I am looking for a worderful quote…….HELP!!! Thanks!

    Another one I saw was this place would be a zoo without you…. and attach animal crackers. Keep in mind the principal and I are doing this for all teachers.

    • Phil Schaefer Says:

      I’m sorry for cyber-intruding on you, ….but I think Kelly would laugh!…I miss her so much! Kelly was such a special girl…she still is..I love u Cradzy!…I miss you so much!!!

  15. Katrina Says:

    Awesome ideas-I am on day 4 for our “Teacher Appreciation Week” looking for a quick idea for tomorrow. Monday was microwave popcorn “Popping up to say you are GREAT”. Tuesday was an orange “Orange you SPECIAL”. Wednesday was a box of Smart Start cereal “Thank you for a Smart Start to ___grade”. (filled in with the next grade level).

  16. Shawn Says:

    Awesome ideas and very affordable! My son is in preschool and he has about 4 teachers that rotate throughout the day. Plus my daughter always wants to do something special for the p.e. coach, the art teacher, the principal…etc..etc – the gifts can add up quickly! Thank you so much for sharing…. I linked here through “Tip Junkie”. I am so gonna subscribe to your blog!
    Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

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