5 Teacher Appreciation Gifts Worth Giving and Receiving

Teacher Appreciation Week has taken on a whole new meaning this year, as teachers everywhere dig deep to help remote learners stay motivated and on pace. Julie shares her thoughts on the real meaning of teacher appreciation, and some gifts she'd love to give this week.

Updated on: May 4, 2020

Teacher Appreciation Week 2020

When it comes to Teacher Appreciation Week, there are certain gifts that we can almost always expect. I have more coffee mugs than any other type of glass in my kitchen cabinets! My favorite tokens of appreciation were always handwritten notes or students who simply took a minute to say thank you when they came into the classroom.

This year Teacher Appreciation Week has taken on a whole new meaning. Teachers across the country have gone above and beyond to support their students as schools closed their doors and learning shifted online due to COVID-19. With all the uncertainty right now, it is uplifting to see teachers rising to the challenge and doing the best they can with little training, time or precedent to guide them.

And since we cannot thank our favorite teachers in person or celebrate our colleagues at school, here are the gifts we’d love to give and receive for Teacher Appreciation Week 2020.

Dedicated teacher even at a distance shirt

"Dedicated Teacher Even From A Distance" T-Shirt

Teachers wear their hearts on their sleeve, and this shirt captures the spirit of teachers stepping up and taking on distance learning, challenges and all! The shirt comes in ten different colors, so you can match your school colors. Order one for your favorite teacher friends, and they can expect to receive it in 1-3 business days. In the meantime, email them a picture of the shirt and ask them what size works best for them. Include a kind note about how much you appreciate your colleague. Also, order one for yourself as well.

quaran-teacher tumbler

"Because Quaran-Teacher 2020" Tumbler

Zoom classes. Google Classroom tutorials, and so many emails. Teachers need coffee, and lots of it (bonus if the coffee stays warm!). We love this tumbler, which can also work for water or a teacher’s favorite adult beverage.

teacher appreciation yard sign

A Car Parade

While we can’t thank our colleagues in person or see our students right now, we can celebrate each other from a distance. Nothing would light up a teacher more than to see their students’ families drive by their home while honking their horns and holding up signs with messages of thanks. We love this sign that you can customize, download and print!

teacher appreciation thank you cards

Snail Mail Thank You Cards

Teachers love and save the cards their students give them. While we are separated from seeing our students, receiving a handwritten card with their artwork and signature is a powerful reminder that even apart, we are still connected.

Gifts Supporting Local Businesses

While an Amazon gift card or Target gift card is always helpful for purchasing classroom supplies, local small businesses need as much support as possible to weather this pandemic. Contact your local bookstore and ask them to choose a few books for teachers and have them sent to teachers’ homes. You could also consider contacting local restaurants and offering takeout for teachers.

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Julie Mason is the Head of Content and Curriculum for TeacherVision. She brings expertise in blended and personalized learning, instructional coaching, and curriculum design to the role. She was a middle and high school English teacher for eight years and most recently taught at Dana Hall, an all-girls school in Wellesley, MA. She was a blended and personalized learning instructional coach for K-12 teachers at BetterLesson for two years, and she has presented at The National Principals Conference, ISTE, and ASCD where she shared her expertise on how instructional coaching builds teacher capacity in K-12 schools. She has extensive experience designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, and she oversees the TeacherVision advisory board.