Education, Family Life

Teacher Appreciation Gifts They REALLY Want!

April 29, 2020

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8, 2020.

What better way to show your child’s teacher you appreciate all that they do (especially now that parents are understanding what it takes to teach their kid) than with a NOLA created one-of-a-kind gift.

Homemade Cards 

Reach out to your child’s teacher and ask for their mailing address. Have your child write their teacher a card expressing their appreciation for all they do.

Bonus — parents, you write them a letter of appreciation also (now that you know how difficult their job is!). 

Gift Cards

Everyone loves gift cards! Whether it’s to a restaurant/coffee or a massage/pedicure,  teacher’s can use these for a night out or a relaxing (much deserved) break. Make sure you keep it LOCAL! Reach out to your class parent to find out where their favorite local spot is and reach out to purchase a gift card. 

-OR- have the class parent arrange a monetary collection that can be presented to the teacher. This makes a great gift — especially when you consider most teachers fund their classrooms out of their own pocket! 

Return-to-School Care Package

School might be out for the rest of the 2019-20 school year, but it’s never too early to set your child’s teacher up for success for next year!

Put together a basket of those most needed items; hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, paper towels, facial tissues, pencils, pens, etc. Again, these are items that many teachers end up purchasing for the class — have this be one less thing for them to stress about! 

You can even think about returning to class after COVID-19…maybe consider a face mask made out of a fabric print that your child chooses. 

Local Items From Local Businesses

Now, it is more important than ever to make sure you are shopping local! Searching for unique teacher appreciation gifts should be fun especially when you set out to only purchase items from the local mom-and-pop shops.

Here are a few New Orleans area businesses who are open and ready to supply your teacher with NOLA inspired goodies.

(Note, we highly recommend reaching out to each location directly to confirm hours of operation and availability to pick up or ship your purchase!)

Little Miss Muffin; 504.482.8200;

Pictured: Gummi Unicorns, New Orleans School Ornaments, (Code) Word 504 NOLA Hat, and Corkcicle Canteen.

Aunt Sally’s Praline Shop; 800.642.7257;

Pictured: Creamy Classic Pralines, Aunt Sally’s Coated Pecans, Creamy Pralinettes Box/Bag, and Aunt Sally’s Red Stripe Platter.

Atlas Beads; 504.231.0119;

Pictured: Multicolored Necklace, Striped Black & Gold Bracelet w/ Fleur de Lis, Bracelet in Tulane Colors, and Mardi Stranded Necklace.

Fleurty Girl; 504.309.3944;

Pictured: Big Easy Journal, Blue NOLA Garden Flag, Make Your Own Framed Tile Art Frame by Preservation Tile Company, and New Orleans Map Golf Umbrella.

Forever New Orleans; 504.586.3536;

Pictured: Laura’s Creole Praline Sauce, New Orleans Jigsaw Puzzle, Gator Pendulum Clock, and Fleur de Lis Stained Glass Ornaments.

Hazelnut; 504.891.2424;

Pictured: Pontcharatrain Beach Tumbler, Gold Frame Dots, Hazelnut Candle, and Classic Charades V2 Game.

Home Malone; 504.766.6148;
Pictured: All Dat Jazz Door Hanger, Makin’ Groceries Tote Bag, Long Gator Metal Art, and Gumbo 101 Towel.

MJ’s of Metairie; 504.835.6099

Pictured: Creole Cottage Collection – New Orleans Mug, Cottage Pillows, Dish Towel, and Lafayette Dish.

Nola T-Shirt Of The Month Club;

Pictured: Ladies Navy Crawfish Kimono, No Place Like NOLA T-Shirt, New Orleans Socks, and Fork & Knife NOLA T-Shirt.


Pictured: White Feather Quill, Velvet Planner – Denim, Bayou Band Folded Notes, and Writing and Drinking Correspondence Cards.

The Basketry; 504.309.7935;

Pictured: With Love From NOLA, Oyster Bookend, Local Sips & Snacks, and Teacher Pot & Marker Set.

Other Fun Things All Teachers Love

We polled a few teachers. Here are some of the items they have loved receiving during Teacher Appreciation Week:

Are you a teacher? Tell us your favorite appreciation gift you have received from a student!

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