Welcome to the first ever (and hopefully last) “Ultimate Guide to Teacher Appreciation During a Pandemic.” (Now, there’s a sentence we never thought we’d type.) Although the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we do school, it does not change the impact teachers made and are still making for our kids this school year. Let’s not allow teacher appreciation to slip through the cracks this May!
There are great ideas floating around the Internet: drive-by parades, chalk notes on sidewalks and driveways, and sending gifts in the mail. Many local PTAs and homeroom reps are sending out ideas. Some of our favorites ideas include making a photo blanket or keepsake from the class (because this year will be one to remember!), planning a gift card hunt or drop off on the teacher’s porch, or sending handwritten notes in the mail (which are always the SWEETEST).
If you are looking for creative gift ideas check out Tin Box Designs. This local brand offers one-of-a-kind jewelry for those that love colorful prints, sustainable products, and/or vintage fashion. The handmade jewelry is made from recycled vintage cookie tins and thus offers unique “wearable art” that is as special as your teacher.
Another great idea comes from Gray Frames Printables. This local company is a printable design shop and that offers tons of cute custom designs to celebrate teachers! One of its new designs was made specifically for COVID-19 and the virtual learning teachers have had to do.
If you’re looking for even more gift ideas, we love to search local groups and collectives for ideas. Some of our favorites are The Junction, Meld at Willow Park, Shop Small Fort Worth, Painted Tree Marketplace, The Dime Store, and Fort Worth Makers.
Also, check out a roundup of articles we published on teacher appreciation throughout the years. You will find lots of creative inspiration!