Teacher Appreciation Gift idea ~ Looking for a teacher appreciation gift idea that is from the students? I am excited to share with you this gift I received as a year-end and retirement gift. It is a ‘Bouquet of Toasts’ written and decorated by the students but coordinated by the parents!
I have been asked what are my favourite gifts to receive and that’s hard to answer because most of all I truly appreciated being appreciated! Over the years I have received all kinds of gifts and it’s so neat to see all of the great ideas on Pinterest for teacher appreciation gift ideas! I would have been happy to receive any of them!
So what were my favourites? I liked everything from receiving a box of chocolates, to gourmet foods to a nice scarf or piece of accessory jewelry. I also really liked receiving things I could use in the classroom with the students like stickers, borders and fancy pencils because I often spent my own money on things like that. I also really liked when parents contributed to a class gift and I was presented with a gift card or collection of gift cards.
But I have to say the thing that I enjoyed and appreciated the most were cards, notes and letters written by parents and the students expressing their appreciation. I still have a box filled with many of the notes I have received over the years. When I do go through the box and read the messages of teacher appreciation it really gives me a sense of value in the work I used to do.
Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea
Here‘s a teacher appreciation gift idea that I thought you might want to give your child’s teacher too. I can’t speak for other teachers but what I loved about receiving this gift was that it was a class effort coordinated by some parents but made by the students. I also liked it because it was so unique and it wasn’t expensive. I can’t say for sure, but I’m pretty confident that it was made with dollar store items.
The coordinators must have sent out an email to the parents in the class sharing the plan for this gift. Without me knowing the pre-cut pieces of different coloured cardstock paper were sent home with the students. There they wrote their ‘toasts’ and decorated the paper. As you can see the messages and the little cards are each one-of-a-kind. A large brown envelope was left in the classroom and as each student completed their toast they slipped it into the envelope. The students were actually quite sly and sneaky about this but I did suspect something was going on. I didn’t peek!
At the year-end class party several parents attended. Not only did they help with the set up of the refreshments, which I really appreciated, they also arranged to have this ‘Bouquet of Toasts ‘presented. Two students took turns reading out loud all of the toasts that had been compiled on a separate paper. We also had a sparkling ginger ale in plastic champagne glasses where we all shared a toast as parents, students and teacher to celebrate and finish off the year and my career!
Added to this teacher appreciation gift was a group gift basket full of gardening items because they knew I have a passion for gardening and some gift cards. I truly felt appreciated by not only the purchased gifts, but also the student made bouquet of toasts that were uniquely decorated and written with such meaningful and touching messages.
As you can see it is pretty easy to make. I will let the photographs speak for themselves. Even though I received this gift last June I wanted to share it now. Perhaps you might be inspired to create a gift like this for Teacher Appreciation week or to celebrate the end of the school year. This took a bit of planning and coordinating so that’s why I thought I would share it with you now.
By the way, I still have the bouquet in tact. It’s sitting on top of the extra fridge in the mudroom. When I do choose to dismantle it I will be definitely saving all of the special messages my former students wrote and decorated in this very special Teacher Appreciation gift idea!
Here are some other children craft ideas I have shared too!
Till next time,