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It is that time of year again.  Students are getting ready to blast through the double doors and say goodbye to their teachers for the summer.   But before they do, why not take the time to show how much you appreciate what your child’s teacher has done. Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Tuesday, May 6 is Teacher Appreciation Day. These teachers have worked so hard all year for your child and we should take the time to say thank you.  What better way to do so than with a handmade gift from the student?

owl stickersForget expensive perfumes, watches, and pens. A home gift is the way to go. Crafting is an age old tradition.  It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s affordable.  A DIY gift is the best way to ensure your gift unique.  My 7 and 11 year old nieces have stickers (I love these owls), glitter, fabric scraps, scrapbook paper and popsicle sticks in their craft arsenal.

One nice gift for their teacher is a picture frame.  They can make a picture frame from the popsicle sticks and paper, then glue random things to the frame to personalize it. Like leftover puzzle pieces, random buttons and cereal bits.  As I like to say,  if you can glue it, you can decorate with it.

Another DIY gift is using the stickers and assorted craft paper to create scrapbook memory pages for their teachers.  For the fabric scraps my 11 year old niece has, she uses a little bit of fabric glue to make stuffed animals and pillows with all the wackiness and flair that her young mind can create.

Are you more into baking than arts and crafts? Fill these Ball Jar canning jars with the dry ingredients of your favorite baked goods, print up a card with the recipe, tie it around the jar with a ribbon and their teacher can have fresh cookies or brownies whenever they want.  It’s guaranteed to be a unique gift they won’t forget.

contruction paperEven if you’re not a crafter keep in mind that education budgets are being cut. Many teachers are being forced to purchase their own classroom supplies.  Thank them for their hard work by helping them restock their stash for next year with some construction paper, pencils, and glue sticks.

No matter how you choose to thank their teacher, let your child’s imagination and Find&Save’s thousands of products put a personal spin on their gift. Let educators know they are appreciated, and how much of a difference they have made in your child’s life.