There are a ton of cute pin-worthy ideas out there for teacher appreciation gifts. Lots of play on words stuff for anything you could imagine- Starbucks, candy, cookies, bath & body products, etc. But this year, I started thinking about what a teacher would really want. Most teachers are moms. And mom to mom– what do you want most of all? A night off from your mommy duties of feeding your family. I know for me, it’s such a treat when my husband says “let’s just go out to dinner.” It’s not just the fixing the dinner that wears me out, it’s the planning what to make, prepping during naptime, cooking, cleaning as you go, refereeing children as you cook, convincing children to eat the veggies, then the cleaning. Seriously, it’s a 4 hour process start to finish at my house sometimes.
The teachers my children have in their lives FEED them so much love, encouragement, and knowledge. I could never imagine being a teacher on top of being a wife and mom. But these ladies do it. With a smile. Every. Single. Day. How are you encouraging the big people who take care of your little people? Are you praying for them– that they would be a light of love to your children and that they would have the stamina to then go home and take care of their own families? Are you sending them notes of gratitude, expressing how much they mean to you? Or are you just tossing money in the collection envelope because that is what you are supposed to do? A hug and a simple ‘thank you for all that you do’ goes miles!
This year, some of our teachers have really just gone above and beyond. I have one child who can be a little difficult sometimes. He has a few quirks we need to work out. His teachers not only love him unconditionally, but they guide him and gently push him to grow. I seriously want to cry when I think about how much they love him. While I would love to take them all to a 5 star restaurant for steak and wine, (because that’s what they deserve), a dinner gift card to their fave restaurant will have to do. This way they can pick it up or bring in their families.
I made this printable gift tag for our teacher gift cards. Enjoy!! Pin & share! It’s in simple black & white so you can print on whatever color or pattern paper you have.