Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 8th is Teacher Appreciation Week, and here at my house, I have never appreciated teachers more than right now!

Over the past 6-8 weeks, our teachers have had to make a complete shift to distance learning, and parents and guardians have gotten a small taste of what teachers do every day. Teachers, we say a collective THANK YOU!

While we can’t thank teachers in person at school, we can still give them the best Teacher Appreciation Week ever! Check out our list of gift ideas teachers will love, including FREE Virtual Thank You ideas.

{I’ve honestly never quite known whether Teacher Appreciation or End of the Year is the appropriate time to give a thank you note or gift, so between the two options you still have a few weeks of school left to show your appreciation!}

Virtual Teacher Appreciation Gifts – ways to show your appreciation for FREE!

1) Join our Community Apple Display – Social Distancing Style

Join us in a community apple display to celebrate and honor ALL of our teachers in Lakeland and Polk County during Teacher Appreciation Week. Put an apple on display in your window, on your mailbox, or draw it in chalk.

Whether you have a student at home or just want to join in the fun, you can help us show some love to ALL of the teachers in our community! Join our Facebook Event to share your display.

Click here to learn more and download our free Apple Coloring Pages.

2) Send a Thank You Note or Email

If you have your teacher’s mailing address you can send a handwritten thank you note. If not, send a heartfelt email from you and/or your child. If you have a child too young to write/type themselves, have them dictate a letter to you.

Almost any teacher will tell you a note from you (and/or your child) is a wonderful gift. A note of thanks and encouragement can truly be priceless, especially during these last few weeks.

3) Send an E-Card

All you need is the recipient’s email address. Options include:

4) Go Public with your Gratitude

Post your thank you and/or favorite memory on social media. Check out the National Education Association’s (NEA) online thank you cards.

5) Make a Video or Photo Collage

If you can get in touch with other parents in the class, ask them to have their child make a very short video (30 seconds or less) or a photo holding a thank you sign, and them compile them all into one video. This can be done with iMovie or other software (really helpful if you have a tech-savvy parent involved).

If you don’t have a way to contact the entire class, you can still film a video of your child and send it to your teacher!

6) Send an email to the Principal or Administration praising your teacher

Sing your teacher’s praises! Be specific on what makes them a great teacher.

7) Send Kids’ Artwork

Have your child draw a picture for their teacher. The scan it (or take a photo of it) and email it to them or mail them the original.

8) All About My Teacher

Have your child fill out our free printable “The Best Things About My Teacher” sheet below and mail or email it.

More Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

9) Give an experience gift

Think “more fun, less stuff” –  send a gift card for the movies, bowling, dinner, ice cream, massage, pedicure/manicure – things they can enjoy sometime this summer (hopefully!) Groupon is also a great place to find something unique AND a get discount in their “Things To Do” category.

10) Send a gift card for their favorite store

Most of us like gift cards, why should teachers be any different?

  • Be intentional about gift cards and remember not everyone loves coffee or Starbucks!
  • If you don’t have their mailing address, you can send an eGift card from most stores.
  • Get creative – one mom said she includes a fun note that goes along with the store – “I gave a Bed, Bath and Beyond card with a card saying “thanks for going above and beyond!” Or, a gift card for a manicure saying “as far as great teachers go, you NAILED it” or “HANDS DOWN best teacher around!”

11) Purchase a Subscription

A subscription to look forward to for the summer months makes a great gift for teachers. This one probably requires you to check with them first in case they already have these subscriptions. Express your desire to purchase a subscription and ask which one the teacher would prefer. Ideas include movies (Netflix, Disney+, Hulu), a music subscription (Apple Music, Amazon Unlimited), magazines, or audiobooks (Audible). Be sure to do your research first and decide how long of a subscription you will purchase.

12) Send them lunch or dinner

Many local restaurants are offering delivery right now, use this option to have lunch or dinner delivered to your teacher at home. {Check with them first to be sure the will be home AND that they are comfortable with this option}.

13) Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where educators share, sell, and buy original teaching resources. Gift cards can be used to purchase instructional resources for all aspects of PreK-12 education. Denominations start as low as $5 Click here to purchase a gift card!

  • From teacher:  “You can get gift certificates to a website called Teachers Pay Teachers, which has tons of teaching resources….basically a candy store for teachers! I am a teacher, and gave those to my kids teachers, as well as the other teachers on my team for Christmas. Everyone loved them!” (Be sure to find out if this is something your teacher uses before you purchase.)

14) Send Books, games, office supplies, or activities for the classroom

Send fun pens, colorful expo markers, etc. Donate your age appropriate books, or ask teachers what they might need for the next year.

15) Ask them to share their Amazon wishlist

They can still keep their address private and share the list with you so you can shop for things they have already picked out!

Fun Teacher Gifts on Amazon:

We went looking and found some fun teacher appreciation items on Amazon! These are affiliate links, which means if you purchase something we will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting Lakeland Mom!


Leave us a comment below: What other ideas do you have to say THANK YOU to all of the teachers out there?

April Mucci Lakeland Mom
April Mucci Lakeland Mom

About the Author: April Mucci

April is the owner of LakelandMom.com. She has lived in Lakeland since age 2 and is passionate about our community and connecting families with local resources. She is a mom to 2 boys and a mini goldendoodle, wife to Matt. You can often find April at the baseball field where she cheers on her baseball loving 11 year old, or home building Legos with her 9 year old. She loves reading, saltwater fishing, and working on Lakeland Mom!

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