Here are some frugal ways to give gifts to your child’s teachers. Teachers work extremely hard to help children learn new things and grow as individuals every day. Being able to give them something that shows them your appreciation is important for you, your child, and the teacher. Don’t wait until a holiday to show your appreciation! Make it a year round goal to show teachers how much you appreciate them!
Give your time. Many teachers simply need an extra set of hands in their classroom. Contact the teacher and find out how you can volunteer. Be willing to do anything from making copies of tests, helping clean up at the end of the day, or monitor kids while a teacher grades papers between lessons. Your time is a wonderful gift that costs nothing. Many teachers would appreciate the time and effort more than a cup of coffee or candy.
(This is a school supply “cake” I made for my son’s teacher last year. The entire project cost me $4!)
Collect free school supplies. During back to school sales when you find free or super cheap school supplies, stock up on extras not only for your kids, but also for their classrooms. A kit of extra supplies from paper and crayons, to hand sanitizer and grading pens will be greatly appreciated by any teacher. You can even create a school supply “cake” using notebooks, pencils, pens, glue and other random classroom supply needs. You may want to ask the teacher ahead of time what their needs are throughout the year so you can grab items as you see them on sale.
Do surveys and cash in rewards for gift cards. Take the time throughout the year to do a few surveys on sites like Swagbucks or through apps like QuickThoughts. As you gather points, save them to redeem for gift cards. Use those gift cards to purchase gifts for your kids teachers, or donate the gift cards to the teachers themselves to buy items they need or want. No real money out of your pocket, but a few hours of your time over the course of the school year.
Make homemade items for gifts. Homemade items are a great way to show you care and appreciate without spending a ton of money. Crocheted or knitted scarves and hats are always fun. Cross stitch signs for their classrooms, homemade body butters or sugar scrubs, and homemade candy and treats are all great choices that all teachers will love.
Shop clearance racks year round. Post holiday clearance is almost always a great place to begin, but all clearance is great for snagging super fun frugal gifts to give to teachers. Watch for things like candles, scarves, wallets, school supplies, lotion and hand sanitizer. Games and educational toys are also great for the classroom and always an asset teachers will love.
These frugal ways to give gifts to teachers are easy for any budget. A bit of planning ahead and thinking outside the box is all you need to make sure you have plenty of great frugal gift items on hand for your kids teachers, couches and aids throughout the school year.