Inspiring Gifts for Teachers on World Teacher Day
Being a teacher is a humble and challenging job that has one of the biggest impacts on our society. Let’s take a moment on World Teacher Day to thank the kind-hearted people who continue to uphold higher ideals of society by passing on education. For those of us who have had a teacher who really helped us see our potential, we know that we wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for that person’s care and nurturing intentions.
As we reflect on the importance of teachers in our society, let’s see how our kind gestures can lift their spirits, help them see how much of a difference they make, and inspire them for years to come. We have some creative ideas that are both practical and inspirational (as well as budget friendly!) for your most treasured mentor. We know that teachers are rarely compensated fairly for the many hours they put in outside of work, and if they were in it for the money they would have chosen a job.
It’s our time to say thank you and give our teachers a gesture that shows their efforts are worthwhile.
1. Daily Inspiration Desk Calendar
Have you ever read a quote right when you needed to hear it? Giving a teacher something positive to look at daily can help them overcome the moments when they are frustrated. This gift gives your teacher an opportunity to share that positivity with the many ears that are listening to them. This is an inexpensive gift that lasts a year (or maybe more!)- but the habit of thinking positively can last a lifetime. Here is a link to a Daily Inspiration Calendar by Wayne Dyer.
2. Essential Oil Diffuser for Relaxation
This inexpensive gift is great because it can help your teacher and their students feel relaxed and creative in class. When a teacher is able to relax, they can actually enjoy teaching. Gifting them something that can last them for years doesn’t have to cost a lot. You can find a kit with a diffuser and oils on Amazon for $20-$30. This is a gift that has a long-term effect on health and happiness and encourages the habit of relaxation and self-care for stress management. Plus, if your teacher uses it in the classroom, it could create a butterfly effect on the students as well.
3. Teacher Mug
This is another inexpensive gift that is under $10 at this link. Because we all know most teachers appreciate a good cup of coffee or tea, it will remind them daily of your appreciation for their hard work. You can add a bag of coffee or a box of tea for an extra touch if you’d like as well. Think of the smile on their face when they walk around holding this mug every day from a student whose life they changed for the better. Little things do mean a lot!
4. Gift Basket of Healthy Snacks
Go to a local grocery store and get a combination of snacks you think they would like and add a card. These could be the snacks your teacher keeps in their desk for when they are really hungry or for when they need a reminder that they are making a difference. You could include dried fruit, protein bars, electrolyte drinks, coconut water, trail mix, chocolate, crackers and jam, or even a selection of teas. Some grocery stores like Whole Foods offer gift baskets and will wrap them for a small fee. Work within your budget and just be creative. You could even get a few students to pitch in to keep costs down.
5. A Video Montage of Thank You’s From Students
Finally, if you’re a tech savvy person and maybe don’t have much extra cash laying around, consider using your smartphone to combine a few short video clips of your fellow students saying thank you for how the class has changed their life. This doesn’t take a lot of time because students can send you their video from their phones for you to compile. You can easily create a video in iMovie or other free video editing software. Imagine your teacher’s face when they receive a personalized video made by their students for them. You can even add an uplifting song in the background and get creative with editing.
Reading this list may have given you some of your own ideas or helped you see how a small gesture could really make a difference in someone’s life. Teachers often forgo living a luxurious lifestyle because they see the value of education and want future generations to have the best opportunities to be successful. The love they give day in and day out is something we can all learn from. They are the backbone of our societies and we can appreciate them every day by saying thank you and treating them with respect and kindness.
Even a card expressing your gratitude which you can make yourself or get from a dollar store could mean a lot to them. You never know how hard their life may be, what they may be going through, or how they were treated in their life. As we show our appreciation, we open up a deeper bond with our teacher that energizes them to be able to teach with more passion, more joy, and affect more positive change in the world.