Five Frugal Gift Ideas For Your Child’s Teacher

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It’s the end of the school year!  Many parents like to purchase a small gift for their child’s teacher as a “thank you” for all of their hard work during the year.  There are many ideas for gifts that don’t cost a lot of money or effort.  Read on for some ideas!

Gift Card

This is a great “quick” gift idea that any teacher is sure to love.  You can purchase a gift card to the local “trendy” coffee shop, or to a bookstore.  If your town has a teacher store, you may wish to purchase your gift certificate there. 

Homemade Card

I still have the homemade cards that my students made me on my last day of student teaching in 1991.  I know many teachers who keep all the cards and letters that their student’s write to them. 

If your child has a talent at art, you could even frame a nice picture and send it as a gift for that special teacher.

Mug Filled With Treats

This is a simple gift, but it will be much appreciated.  Purchase a mug with either a nice scenic picture on it, or a “terrific teacher” slogan.  Fill the mug with treats such as candy, tea bags, or a special blend of coffee. You can even fill the mug with brownie mix, or hot cocoa and marshmallows.

Your child’s teacher will surely love such a gift!

Potted Plants

Most teachers that I know like to decorate their classrooms with plants.  One teacher I knew had potted geraniums on his classroom window sills!  I’m sure that your child’s teacher would like a nice potted plant to place on their desk.  If you don’t have the time to go out and search for a potted plant, you can fill up a small pot with “forget me not” seed packets. 

To make the gift more personal, your child can decorate the plant pot.  Your child can use paint or markers to draw different designs.

Create A Book Bag

This is an inexpensive gift but it requires some effort to make the gift.  You can take a picture of your child’s class or use a school class photo.  Copy the photo onto an iron on decal(you can purchase decal paper that can be used with your home printer).  Iron the photo decal onto a book bag or tote.  These items can be purchased inexpensively at your local craft store.  Decorate using fabric paint.

Do you have any great gift ideas? Please post!

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