How to Thank a Teacher: Shopping Locally For End-Of-Year Teacher Gifts

. May 31, 2018.

The end of another school year is here, and many parents wonder how to adequately thank their child’s teacher for the time and energy they’ve invested over the past nine months. To express your appreciation to an amazing teacher, here are some great gift ideas.

Custom jewelry from Found | 415 N 5th Ave | 734-302-3060found

Kids will enjoy choosing just the right charms to make a custom necklace or keychain for a special teacher. Found Gallery, located in Kerrytown, has a wide variety of charms and chains that can be mixed and matched for a truly unique gift.

Cost: Chains $6.50, Key Rings $2.50, Charms $3-$14

Succulents from The Produce Station | 1629 S State St | 734-663-7848succ

For the teacher who loves gardening, consider choosing a succulent from the impressive display at The Produce Station. Buy just one for a sweet, simple thank you, or combine several varieties in a beautiful arrangement that will bring joy to your teacher all summer.

Cost: Prices vary, but single succulents start at $5.

Coffee from Sweetwaters | 735 W Cross St, Ypsilanti (Five additional locations) | 734-769-2331house

If your teacher loves coffee, treat him or her to a bag of beans from a local favorite. Sweetwaters has six convenient locations in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Canton, making it easy to grab a great gift. The House Blend, their most popular, is a medium roast that will appeal to everyone. Consider pairing the coffee with a gift card so that your teacher can also enjoy a speciality drink.

Cost: $13.25 per bag

Water bottle from Running Fit | 3010 Washtenaw Ave | 734-548-6299fit

Help your teacher stay cool and hydrated this summer with a water bottle from Running Fit. With three Ann Arbor locations, Running Fit carries a colorful selection of water bottles at various price points. Your child can choose a favorite color and give his or her teacher something really useful.

Cost: $12.99-$19.99

Book for the classroom library from Nicola’s Books | 2513 Jackson Ave | 734-662-0600nic

Teachers love books, and your teacher will definitely appreciate a hand-picked addition for the classroom collection. Your child can write a personal note inside the front cover, and your teacher will smile every time he or she reads it. If you’re not sure which book to choose, you can’t go wrong with a selection from Caldecott or Newbery Award winners.

Cost: $17.99 on average

Gourmet peanuts from Zingerman’s | 422 Detroit St | 734-663-3354nuts

A treat from Ann Arbor’s iconic deli is always a great idea! Choose from three varieties, salted, butter toffee, and butter toasted, or buy them all. Any devoted Michigan fan will be happy to enjoy peanuts from a maize and blue tin.

Cost: $6.99 per tin

Original art from Ruby’s Makery | 8118 Main St, Dexter | 810-545-8615artf

Creative kids will love working on an original piece of art for a special teacher. Ruby’s Makery in Dexter offers workshops and drop-in times where kids can make gifts like bookmarks, string art signs, and keychains.

Cost: $10-$20

Donation to the Mott Giving Library | 1540 E Hospital Dr | 734-232-5631mott

For an especially meaningful gift, make a donation in your teacher’s name to a great cause. The Giving Library at Mott Children’s Hospital accepts donations of new books, which are given to their patients every week. This is a gift that will brighten up your teacher’s, as well as another child’s, day.