This is a great time of year to give have your children make a gift to give their teacher. By doing it at Thanksgiving time you avoid any concern about who celebrates what holiday. Thanksgiving time is also a very appropriate time since any teacher gift is a thank you for what they are giving your children. I like to have my children make something homemade or give something useful or both.
••Cookies or Breads the children can make with your help.
••Make a mini book that tells what the child likes about that teacher --even just a single word per page [ex: patient, funny, fair] with the pages colored and decorated. Bind and wrap.
••Make a bunch of whisks assembly line if you have several kids. The one pictured is for a Christmas theme but it is easily adjusted. Put any Thanksgiving or autumn candy in a small bag, stick in the whisk, wrap in plastic wrap and tie with ribbon. Add sentiment signed by the child. "We whisk you a Happy Thanksgiving!"
••School supplies that the teacher otherwise spends their own money to buy. Examples: A "Mid-Year Survival Kit with fresh new pencils, a couple of rulers, glue sticks, box of tissues, hand sanitizer, sticky notes, etc. They can use them at home or at school.
••Gift Card to a local bookstore, coffee shop, movie theater [maybe even an ice cream shoppe?!]
I am a lifelong educator, writer and author, a foster, bio, and adoptive parent, happy mom of five daughters, Grandma to six, Nana to four, and church and theater musician. Oh yes, and all-round optimistic, crazy lady.