This year, we have seven teacher gifts to give. SEVEN. That is one drastic downside of daycare. There are so many teachers to thank! Gracie has three alone in her classroom, and then Bean has two in his. But I’m also giving gifts to Bean previous two teachers since he had them for more than half the year (and since I love them so much!).
Seven gifts adds up to a lot of money. I would love to be able to spend $20 or even $30 on one significant teacher gift, but we have to spread the money between so many teachers right now. I knew I wanted to give summer beach baskets to the teachers, but I had to figure out how to do it more affordably.
I went to the Dollar Tree originally to pick up tissue paper to stuff inside the baskets, but I ended up getting just about everything for the baskets there!
Each teacher will get a beach basket ($1.00 at Dollar Tree) stuffed with:
- A water bottle – $1.00 at Dollar Tree
- A bottle of flavored “Fruit Water” – $1.00 at Target (strawberry kiwi and lemonade were picked because of their colors)
- A box of “Lifesaver” gummies – $1.00 at Dollar Tree
- A pack of 10 freezer pops wrapped in ribbon – $4.99 for 100 at Target
- A bottle of suntan lotion – $5-7.00 a bottle with coupons at Target
- A pinwheel for decoration – $1.00 at Target
If I didn’t have to buy for so many teachers, I would have loved to have added a beach towel, magazine, or $5.00 Starbucks gift card.
As a teacher myself, I know that it’s the thought that counts for teacher gifts. Just the idea that a parent and student appreciates me is enough to make my day and start my summer off right. As a middle school teacher, I don’t usually get many end of year gifts. The kids are older, and I’m sure having seven teachers to buy for is not easy for parents. But even if your kids are older, I would strongly encourage you to have them write a personal note to their teachers this year. Even if you don’t put it with a gift, just the note itself goes so far with teachers. A simple, “Thank you for everything I learned this year,” can bring a teacher to tears – trust me.
End of year gifts for teachers are a great way to end the year with a bang!