Teachers work so hard during the school year. Show them how much they mean to you and your children with thoughtful end of the year teacher gifts.
During the year, a child’s smile and a parent’s “thank you” can mean the world to a teacher. The end of the school year presents one more opportunity to show our gratitude and remind our children’s teachers how much we appreciate the work that they do.
The best teacher gift ideas for the end of the school year are ones that include heartfelt messages. Teachers obviously appreciate nice things, but nothing means more than a few words penned by a student or a note from a parent acknowledging the difference they’ve made. All of our end of year teacher gift ideas should be presented with a personal message. And any of them can be enhanced with an American Express® Gift Card. Gift Cards are versatile and give teachers the freedom to pick out gifts that are right for them.
The school year is stressful. Help your child’s teacher relax into summer with a massage at a local spa. If 60 minutes on the table isn’t enough to undo nine months of tension, create your own basket of other stress-relieving end of the year teacher gifts. Include a robe, a pair of slippers, an eye mask and a selection of aromatherapy scents and lotions. You can also slip in an American Express Gift Card and let the teacher choose any other indulgence that will allow him or her to unwind.
Beach essentials make excellent end of year teacher gift ideas. Pick out a sturdy beach bag and stock it with summer necessities like a beach towel, sunglasses, sunscreen, a beach ball and a few magazines or a good summer read. You can even have your child collect shells and display them in a small Mason jar or pail.
Movies make thoughtful teacher gifts at the end of the year. Choose a couple of new releases on DVD or Blu-Ray and present them in a theater-sized popcorn tub, along with a jar of popcorn, a selection of soda and a variety of popular movie concessions like Twizzlers, Milk Duds, Whoppers and Sno-Caps.
Most teachers have more mugs than they know what to do with, but a travel mug might come in handy. Over the summer, teachers don’t have access to coffee in the teachers’ lounge, so a personalized tumbler (consider printing a class photo on the mug) and a nice selection of coffees and teas are appropriate end of the year teacher gifts.
A trip to your local farmer’s market will inspire some interesting teacher gift ideas for the end of the school year. Assemble a basket filled with anything in season and include a nice selection of dried fruit, jellies and jams, honey and fresh herbs. Make sure your child helps you pick out the items and enhance the basket with an American Express Gift Card. The food might be local, but a gift card can be used virtually anywhere American Express Cards are accepted.
Gift cards also work as stand-alone end of the year teacher gifts. We might think we know what teachers need, but only they know what they really want. And an American Express Gift Card can help them get it.
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