At my son’s elementary school, teacher appreciation week is celebrated in the spring. In addition to this particular week, the room mom also collects money for a teacher holiday gift and for a teacher birthday gift. Although I do believe our teachers deserve as many accolades as possible, I often get overwhelmed with the sheer number of gifts I’m asked to contribute to–times three–for each of my kids. I bow down to room moms who simply handle everything by asking for one donation at the beginning of the year to cover all teacher gifts. Praise you!
I saw a teacher appreciation group gift in Family Fun magazine that inspired me. (Original gift instructions here). What I liked about this teacher gift is that it is a collection of gift cards (always a favorite), delivered in a plant that the teacher can take home or keep in the classroom (love good deliveries), with a sweet message added (making it personal). I liked what they did, but wanted to take the idea UP a notch in thoughtfulness and DOWN a notch in effort.
Here’s what I did differently:
Tell parents they can contribute gift cards of their choice (within these categories) or they can donate cash that you can turn into the gift cards you prefer. You can always order a predesigned teacher appreciation gift card or create your own gift card using pictures of the students in class. The options are endless. In addition to the gift cards listed below, you’ll find other suggestions on the free printable:
I think it turned out pretty cute! This doesn’t have to be just a teacher appreciation group gift, by the way. The gift card plant or gift card tree can also be a group housewarming gift, a group wedding present, group bridal shower gift, or group gift for a new baby. That’s why I also included a blank set of flowers–just in case you want to write your own expressions.
Here’s what you need to make this idea happen:
For more ideas, check out the teacher appreciation group gift blog post I did for the holidays. It’s full of gift card trees and gift card wreaths to inspire you. Plus, you can find other teacher gift ideas on my Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas Pinterest board. You’ll find everything from “Thanks a Latte” and “Helping Hands” tags to the classic pencil vase. Enjoy!
Happy Gift Carding!
~ Gift Card Girlfriend