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The school year is quickly coming to an end, and as summer break approaches, many students are looking for thoughtful ways to show appreciation to their teachers and professors. The 2020 school year was fraught with many changes and challenges for teachers who had to adapt to conducting classes online or in socially-distanced classrooms. If teachers deserve a massive “thank you” any year, it is this year. 

A meaningful gift is one way to express gratitude for your teacher, but unfortunately not all gifts are created equal. Most educators have a stockpile of personalized mugs from former students and most don’t need another candle. 

We looked at what educators had to say about the types of presents they usually receive from students and what they really want and need. Here are 10 end-of-schoolyear presents that your teacher is sure to enjoy. 

    1. Gift cards. Gift cards are simple, versatile, and allow a teacher to spend the money on something they really need or want. 
  • School supplies. Many teachers pay for school supplies out of their own pocket, and could always use more. 
  • Spa or salon gift card. Teachers deserve a little pampering after working hard all school year. 
  • Thank you card. Sometimes words of appreciation are the best gift. A handwritten note of thanks can go a long way. 
  • Imperishable gourmet food items. Fancy, imperishable food items are a fun gift for teachers that they can use all year long. 
  • Coffee or tea. Splurging on a bag of high quality coffee or tea is a fun and functional way to show gratitude to your teacher or professor. 
  • A gift basket. A gift basket full of smaller presents offers teachers a variety of options to choose from, so even if one of the items isn’t to their taste, they are sure to find something they love. 
  • Concert tickets. Now that the world is opening back up again, concert tickets to one of your teacher’s favorite musician’s shows can be a thoughtful way to say thank you. 
  • Tote bag. You can never have too many reusable bags. Whether your teacher uses your tote bag to haul groceries or cart books to school, they will remember you each time they do. 
  • Board game. A board game is a fun and unique gift that can be used by your teacher as well as their friends and family over the summer holiday. 

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