Whether it’s the first day of school, the last day or a week of celebrating, there is always a time when you can show your appreciation to teachers. When you begin making gift baskets for teachers, try to let your children help as much as possible. If your children have several teachers or you want to do something special for each teacher in the school, then make small baskets that are the same as what you would give for a lead teacher but without as many items included.
A fun basket idea to hold all of the things you’ll give would be a red basket with a green bow or a green handle so that it resembles an apple. Another option is to use a white basket and wrap printed ribbon with images of things found in the classroom around the top. You could also use a clear plastic storage container to hold all of the treats that you give to a teacher. The storage container could then be used in the classroom for organizing homework papers or other supplies that the teacher uses each day.
When you start adding things to the basket, think about what the teacher needs. It could be folders, crayons, pencils, or notebook paper. Try to personalize each gift as much as possible with things that can be used in the classroom as well as a few things that the teacher will enjoy using at home or in a location other than the room. Ideas include candy bars, cookies, gift cards to get coffee, or even a small bottle of wine and a glass. You could also include small boxes of coffee or tea along with a mug or two. You don’t have to put a lot of money into the gifts that you make as long as they come from the heart and show your appreciation.