Last year, I conducted some super-scientific research on what teachers like to receive as gifts. My research was based on the winter holidays, but is equally applicable to Teacher Appreciation Month. My research involved asking actual teachers what they like to receive as gifts. Across the board, the answers were very similar: they like practical gifts. During the school year, they enjoy receiving things they can use in the classroom--supplies, markers, stickers, stamps, desk accessories--some of those special touches they may not splurge on for themselves. Most of the teachers also mentioned that they love getting gift cards. Either for things they can use themselves (meals, shopping, etc.) or for things they can put toward making their classrooms even more awesome (art/craft supplies, books, etc.)
Since Teacher Appreciation Month falls toward the end of the year, I'm going with gift cards! These amazing folks work so hard to teach our kids and keep them safe. They're constantly thinking of others, and putting themselves second...and now that the school year is winding down, they deserve something for themselves!
Use our free printable gift card holders to fancy up a gift card this year! Because teachers actually have lives and interests outside the classroom, we've got versions for the DIYer, the Bookworm, and the Foodie. And really, who wouldn't get excited about a queso-related gift card?!?
Simply print, cut, and attach a gift card. You're ready for Teacher Appreciation Day, and the teachers get something they'll use! Everyone wins!
Download the printable files here: