Obviously the last few months of this school year have not gone as anyone planned because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And there’s no denying that it’s a bummer.
In addition to all the missed classroom instruction, face-to-face encouragement, and nurturing, kids and teachers are missing out on end-of-the-year rituals, parties, awards ceremonies, and graduations. And the closure that comes with them.
But I know that I definitely don’t want the school year to end without giving thanks to the amazing teachers. They’ve learned a whole new way of doing their job, while still loving our kids like their own.
So here are a few ideas for how you can still show your appreciation, while keeping your social distance.
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Excellent eGift Cards
They say the quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. But this expression was clearly coined long before gift cards were a thing.
There are a lot of national store chains and restaurants that have digital gift card options. You just need to look around on their website. Or you can check out several options all available on Amazon, like Starbucks, Sephora, and Nike, just to name a few. And of course, Amazon gift cards are always a winning idea in my book.
Give The Gift Of Groupon
Groupon is a great place to get deals on local events, services, and destinations. And lots of the deals include the option to give them as a gift. Here are some instructions from WikiHow. In a nutshell, just look for the ‘Give As A Gift’ option on the right side of the screen, on applicable deals.
Say Thanks With A Subscription
I love this idea. Partly because I love audiobooks and I’m always listening to books through Audible. And partly because I’m usually too stingy to pay for subscriptions. Audible gives you the option to give a 1, 3, 6, or 12-month subscription as a gift. And if they already have a membership, they’ll get book credits.
You can also gift subscriptions to services like Hulu and Netflix.
Click here for more cool subscription gift ideas.
App-solutely Great Gift
Another thing I usually never pay for is apps. I will spend an hour trying to find a free app that does what I need, instead of just paying three dollars for one I know I want. That’s why I think of paid apps as kind of a luxury. And it’s a luxury you can gift to someone!
Just click the sharing icon on the app inside the app store, choose the gift option, and put in the recipient’s information. (Just like the pics below.)
Digital Thank You Cards
Although this a great list of digital gift options, nothing beats personal messages. That’s why I wanted to create something to send to our teachers that was a little more personal.
This Thank You card below can either be printed out and handed to your teacher or maybe dropped in the mail. It can also be added to an email and paired with your own heartfelt message.
I’ve included a little message with it, that I think sums up how a lot of us feel.
“When the world got more complicated, you went the extra mile for my child. You continued to guide them, nurture them, and love them. And for that, I am forever grateful.“
You can download the Thank You card here. It will come with two versions as you see below, one for email and one for printing as a foldable card.
You can also check out this adorable worksheet I created last year. It’s intended for students to fill out with what they learned throughout the year. And of course this year brought a lot of new learning opportunities, for sure. For all of us.
There are six designs to choose from when you download the bundle here.
You can print out the design of your choice, have your student fill it out, scan it, and email to their teacher. Or you could drop it in the mail.
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