5 Thoughtful Appreciation Gifts for Your Virtual School Teacher
As school winds down, it’s customary for parents whose children attend traditional schools to thank teachers for their efforts all year long. During Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7–11, we’d like to encourage parents with kids in virtual school to do the same!
While you may not live very close to your online teacher’s location, which makes it challenging to just stop by with a plate of cookies or a potted plant, there are many great options for expressing your gratitude. Parents should not feel obligated to give large or expensive gifts; small yet thoughtful tokens of appreciation can be just as meaningful to our dedicated, hardworking educators. Two of our blog contributors, Kim McConnell and Tracy Ostwald-Kowald, both virtual school teachers, have gathered some fantastic teacher appreciation gift ideas—mostly free or low-cost, all easily mailed and sure to be appreciated!
- Express your thanks in writing. Most teachers cherish the personal notes of thanks they receive most of all—and save them for encouragement. One of the teachers we asked said, “I keep a folder with notes from students and parents, some from as long ago as 15 years. When I read these notes, I am reminded that I do make an impact on students.” Another teacher told us, “We like to know we’re making a difference for our students.”
- Make something. Whether it’s a personalized mug or decor, a beaded bracelet, a holiday ornament, or student artwork, handmade gifts are sure to touch a teacher’s heart.
- Make a donation. Honor your child’s teacher by giving a small contribution to his or her favorite charity. For a greater financial impact, team up with several families.
- Plant a tree. Acknowledge a teacher’s role in your child’s growth by planting a tree in his or her honor—it’s a great idea that’s also environmentally friendly. Your child can make a thank-you card to explain and include a photo taken while planting the tree!
- Give a gift card. You can’t go wrong with a gift card—always in style, always the right size. Consider giving a gift card for a store specific to your virtual school teacher’s interests, perhaps a nursery and garden center, a bookstore, or a restaurant.
What is the most creative teacher appreciation gift you have given or received? Please share your affordable and easy-to-mail ideas with us!