5 Classroom-Friendly Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

These creative ways to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott.

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Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner–the first week of May!–so let’s start thinking about cool and creative classroom-friendly ways to honor those teachers who work so very hard for our children.

Having been a teacher myself, I can attest to the fact that teachers do not need one more mug, notepad, box of candy, or ornament. They just don’t.

Instead, how about considering a gift that could be used in the classroom? A gift that might benefit the students and the teacher?

Here are 5 of my favorite ideas for classroom-friendly Teacher Appreciation gifts:


1.  Personalized puzzles: Teachers love puzzles. They’re great for times when some students are finished with work and others are not, and they are super for indoor recess days.

Adding a bit of flare to the gift of personalized wooden puzzles is super-cute, and teachers would love it.

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2.  Books for classroom library: Most classroom libraries are built by the teachers themselves, so any time you can add a book or two to the collection, the better.

Perhaps the teacher has a Wish List started, or if not, any hardback picture book would be a welcome addition to the collection. Not sure what to get? A gift card always works!

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3.  Games!  Again, those long, snowy wintertime afternoons or rainy springtime days mean kids can’t get out to play at recess, so games are a perfect addition to the classroom.

Kids of all ages adore Suspend, and personalizing Suspend by adding the teacher’s name to the base makes this already awesome game of balance even more cool!

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4.  Art supplies: Art supplies are always in high demand in classrooms, no matter the grade level.  Consider a classroom-happy gift basket full of drawing paper, construction paper, markers, crayons, paints, and stamps for the teacher.


5. Parent help: Really, a donation of your time, effort, and support in the classroom would be a wonderful gift to any teacher.

An offer to help the teacher clean up and close up the classroom, to organize books, or to take down end-of-the-year bulletin boards is a gift worth more than many people can imagine. Gather a handful of parents, bring some coffee and bagels for everyone to share, and the job will be done quickly.

At the end of the year, teachers are tired. They will truly appreciate your help!

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  1. I teach singing, so there is always that added expense of the accompanist every time my students perform. For the end-of-year big recital in June, I pay the accompanist fees, and that is my end-of-year gift for a year of hard work. Then I don’t have to think of something, and it encourages all students to perform.