Custom Notebooks and Pencils
National Teacher Appreciation Day is on Tuesday, May 9th and Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1st-5th. This year, we’re shopping for personalized and unique teacher gifts. My two favorite gift idea sources are Minted and Etsy. I like that the designs are made by local artists, emerging as well as those well established in the art community. Depending on the recipient, I look for both traditional and modern pieces that catch my eye or simply make me giggle. Being able to customize a gift is a big plus for me as I love to create something unique and fun.
Notebooks & Journals
This year, my son’s teachers are getting notebooks from Minted. I chose the Nameplate Notebook for the simple design and neutral color. I included the name of the teacher on the cover and a inspirational quote on the inside bookplate. You can also add a photo, as seen in the above image. When personalizing these journals, you can use Minted’s suggested copy or write your own. You just need to play around with fonts and number of characters. My finished notebooks included a favorite inspirational quote on the inside of the cover (see below).
Here are a few more ideas for quotes to help you personalize a gift for your child’s teacher:
To teach is to touch a life forever.
A teacher changes the world one student at a time.
It takes a big heart to shape little minds.
My daughter’s teachers not only have a great sense of humor, they are all very passionate about what they teach. Apparently, her teachers lose pencils to forgetful students. Perhaps if the teachers had personalized pencils, they would keep a more watchful eye on them. For the teacher who allows students to name his favorite pie as a safe answer to a question, he’s getting pencils with #chocolatecreampie on the side, while another teacher will get a favorite Shakespeare quote. For a dose of daily inspiration that I know teachers appreciate, I like the messages on these pencils.
Custom Pencils (set of 12)
Like a Boss Pencils (bag of 30)
Teacher Pencils (set of 4)
Gratitude Changes Everything Pencils (bag of 30)
Motivational Pencils (set of 6)