The end of the school year is upon us!  Some of you lucky ones have been out for a few weeks, but my kiddos are done on Thursday.  We’re busy with the typical rush:  last-minute projects, performances, celebrations, and kindergarten graduation for my daughter.  We’ve had an especially wonderful year, and I’ve been trying to think of a meaningful gift for her teacher.  In my mind, there’s nothing worse than spending money on a gift that I'm not sure will be used.

As soon as Limelife Planners announced the teacher planner, I knew I’d struck gold.  I personally love my planner, so I know it’s a gift that will be used and loved.  As a former teacher myself, I know the value of a good teacher planner!  I’m so happy they offer the option of a printable gift certificate so that the teacher can fully customize (and also so that I can procrastinate and throw this together the night before).

If you have some time to plan ahead, consider a gift from one of these darling Etsy stores.  Ello There makes lovely paper products (among other things!), and I think a package of their cute greeting cards would be a really thoughtful and unique gift.  

Brim Papery has some super fun items.  I have one of her mugs, and it’s really nice.  I also have my eye on that tote bag!

If you’re operating on a tight gift budget, there are still some cute and meaningful ways to say thank you.  One year, I bought a package of fresh berries for each teacher (who doesn’t love berries?) and attached a sweet tag.  Another family favorite here is to make some homemade cookies or bread.

Gift cards are, of course, always a good option.  My go-to gift card choices are iTunes (teachers will use these for classroom songs and apps, as well as for their own enjoyment!), a local teacher supply store, Target, and (of course) Starbucks.  I love to dress up the packaging to make it feel a little more personal.

As with any gift, a heartfelt note will always be appreciated.  This year, my daughter’s principal sent a letter to each student about standardized testing.  It was really touching, and I cried and then shared it on Facebook.  It got quite a bit of really positive comments, so I printed them out and included that with the gift, and gave a copy to the principal.

However you choose to show your appreciation this year, chin up!  Lazy summer days are nearly here!

This blog post was written by Abbey Niebel for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Abbey connect with her on Instagram: @mrsniebel. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.