As the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder, so it's no surprise then that as families approach the last days of the school year, following weeks of stay-at-home orders and busy parents taking on homeschooling tasks, our love of teachers has grown by leaps and bounds. Now's the time to show teachers how much we care, how big an impact they have on our children's day-to-day lives, and really, truly how deserving they are of our appreciation. It's a little tricky delivering teacher appreciation gifts when you likely won't see your child's teacher face-to-face until fall, but it can be done.
To get your creative juices flowing, we've surveyed teachers and asked about the gifts that have hit home, and it turns out the answer is pretty simple: What teachers really want is a heartfelt thank you, the realization that their students really know them, and coffee. Coffee helps a lot. Read on for 18 teacher appreciation gift ideas. You can find plenty of inspiration for homemade gifts in our Crafts for Kids post.