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Teacher Appreciation Gifts

By Rachel Bell

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Teacher Appreciation

Teachers do so much for us all year long. As summer vacation gets closer, it's the best time to take a moment to appreciate our amazing teachers. We've got some great ideas for easy, practical and fun teacher appreciation gifts that your teachers will love (and kids will love helping you put together, too). Your teacher probably doesn't need another scented candle, but you can give him or her something that's inexpensive, thoughtful and guaranteed to be greatly appreciated. Here are some ideas to help get you started.

Don't forget: Each one of these has a custom, free printable you can download, personalize and add to your teacher appreciation gift.

"Tote-ally awesome" tote bags: You can find cute inexpensive tote bags practically anywhere these days, and you can use them to hold practically anything. That's what makes them especially nice for teachers, too. We made summer-themed totes with beach towels, plastic tumblers with straws, magazines, flip-flops and a cool-down towel to make some well-deserved fun in the sun a little more relaxing for your teacher.

"Perfect 10" mani/pedi bucket: What teacher doesn't want to pamper her nails for summer? We started with a colorful plastic bucket that can be reused for something during the school year. Then, we added flip-flops, a pouf, nail file, toe separators and colorful nail polish.

"Fun in the sun" pitcher: Summer gets hot here, so help your teacher enjoy a cool-down with a pitcher full of lemonade mix, cups to share, sunscreen and SPF-infused lip balm, along with some lemon hard candy that won't melt in the sun.

"Bloom and grow" pots: Teachers always need pens, and people have a tendency of walking off with them. Here's a way to give something that's both useful and cute. Find a colorful flowerpot and fill it with pens you can decorate with fake flowers. Just pop off the pen cap, glue the top part of a fake flower into the hole, then wrap the pen with flower tape or other colorful tape. Be sure to start at the top and wind the tape around to the bottom and then back up again, ending at the flower. Then fill the pot with beans or rice and stick them in. It also makes a nice way to present class gift cards.

Don't forget: Each one of these has a custom, free printable you can download, personalize and add to your teacher appreciation gift.