Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea: Daily Dose of Kindness and Free Printable Template

Thoughtful teacher gift idea

Don’t know about you, but once Spring Break ends, school days go by like an out-of-control snowball on a sledding hill. And the parties, picnics and project lists grow and grow. So I like gift ideas that are pretty easy to put together, both in time and materials.

A few weeks ago we celebrated National Teachers Appreciation Week, and I had a nice time putting this together for my daughter’s homeroom teacher: a giant “pill box” with letters of appreciation from her students. It’s thoughtful and heartfelt; an option to candy, flowers or a gift card – which we all know we all do.

Along with the letters, I put together a “word cloud” using wordle.net, printed it out and framed it. All the students listed two or three words that they felt described their teacher.

Materials needed for a giant letter-pill box:

  • (5) plastic containers (2-3 cup capacity)
  • Stencils or vinyl stickers for the days of the week. I was able to print out letters and use my Xyron Creatopia machine to make stickers.
  • Scotch tape or clear packing tape

Giant "pill box" for teacher letters

Adhere days of the week stickers on teacher gift

teacher gift in progress - tape boxes together

Teacher gift in progress - days of the week stickers

Teacher gift: place letters in the boxes

Here’s a Cute template for student letters that I made using Microsoft Publisher. Totally optional, but it’s something easy to print out and have all the students do. They can draw a picture and write their letter… so cute. (If you click on the picture below, you will also be redirected to the printable document.)

Teacher letter template - drawing and writing space

Hope this inspires you to shower your favorite teachers with a dose of kindness!

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5 Responses to “Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea: Daily Dose of Kindness and Free Printable Template”

  1. Andrea Winbigler
    May 29th, 2012

    Cute idea! I just pinned it for later.

  2. Juliet Tiu
    May 29th, 2012

    Thanks, Andrea! Hope your special teacher enjoys it as much as ours did! Are you in education as well?

  3. […] And, oh, don’t forget to thank your teachers! Happy Teachers Appreciation Week! (Heartfelt teacher gift idea from last year.) […]

  4. Blendotherm
    May 29th, 2012

    Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Appreciate it

  5. Juliet Tiu
    May 29th, 2012

    Thanks for the comment. I haven’t a clue how to get listed on Yahoo News, but I’m sure it has to do with search words, keywords, etc. Try researching?

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