In our recent Say Thanks to Teachers contest, we selected five winning ideas from more than 100 entries. (And that wasn’t easy!) But there were so many good submissions that we decided to create a list of ideas that’ll be helpful if you’re still planning your teacher appreciation celebration or looking for one more thing to make your plans complete. Some of you might even want to save this list for next year!

Easy Teacher Appreciation Ideas

  • A brag book with student-created cards and drawings.

  • A bundle of snacks (cookies or crackers) and a water bottle for each teacher.

  • Colorful superhero capes (decorated with bling) for teachers.

  • Photos of students, each holding a letter to spell out “We appreciate our teachers."

  • A Keep Calm and Teach On theme with activities, and a giveaway tote bag with school supplies, a gift card, and spa items.

  • Sidewalk art: Chalk notes and drawings to thrill teachers when they arrive at school.

  • A garden of appreciation with handmade signs telling teachers how much they are appreciated.

50+ teacher appreciation ideas, plus planning tools, flyers, and more

  • Stadium seats for teachers to use when they sit on the floor with students.

  • Monthly reserved parking spaces.

  • Mini massages during teachers’ lunch hours.

  • Bouquets from flowers donated by the students.

  • Free auto detailing service.

  • Photos of teachers dressed as superheroes (photoshopped).

  • A schoolyard filled with plastic red heart yard decorations to show teachers they are loved.

  • Teacher appreciation posters, designed by students and placed around school.

  • Paper suns or stars decorated with kind words about teachers and displayed around school.

  • Free car wash in school parking lot.

  • A meal of homemade Italian delights, including lasagna, spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad.

  • A coffeepot for the teachers lounge, along with coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

  • Small plants donated by local nursery with a note saying, "You plant the seeds to help our students grow.

  • Video of testimonials from students and parents sharing their thoughts about teachers and shown at a school assembly.

  • A photocopy collection of recipes from a teacher luncheon.

Originally posted in 2013 and updated regularly.