Teachers love to know that they’re appreciated, and this year it’s especially important to recognize the many ways they support our kids. Because of the coronavirus, teachers have had to change direction and adapt to virtual learning – not an easy task! A recent survey by Osmo found that 80% of parents have a new appreciation for teachers now that their kids are schooling from home. Here are some great ways to show them your thanks.

Many of these gift ideas can be delivered via email. For other gifts, teachers may also be willing to provide you with their address if you ask.

Send a personal note: Have your child write a letter, draw a picture or make a card. List the reasons the teacher is loved, favorite things from the school year, or simply say “thank you.” Send an e-postcard with a personal message from the High Museum of Art – the cards are inspired by works from their collection.

Restaurant gift card: Many Atlanta area restaurants offer gift cards that can be e-mailed to the recipient. Support local Atlanta favorites like Souper Jenny, Hobnob Tavern, Southern Baked Pie Company or Bell Street Burritos.

Locally baked treats: Send an e-gift card for fresh-baked cookies and brownies from Tiff’s Treats, or a box of custom creations from Da Vinci’s Donuts.

 Plants and flowers: Send an e- gift card from Pike Nursery or Garden*Hood; recipients can choose annuals or perennials for their garden or decorative indoor plants and gifts. Some stores allow preordering with curbside pickup.

Thistle Farms: Order a gift card from Thistle Farms; they have a great selection of natural soaps, body care, candles and more in scents like citrus wood and eucalyptus mint. The company is a social enterprise employing recovering women, so your purchase goes to a good cause.

Books and more: A box from My Coffee and Book Club contains 12 ounces of ground or whole bean coffee and two new hardcover books in your choice of genre. Barnes & Noble e-gift cards can be used in store or online.

For the classroom: Many teachers selflessly use their own money to purchase classroom supplies. A gift card to School Box or Office Depot would be a welcome gift.

Make a donation: Consider a donation to an Atlanta charity or nonprofit in honor of a teacher. You’ll also be supporting local businesses at a time when they need it most. A membership to one of Atlanta’s museums or attractions also makes a great gift.
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Atlanta Humane Society
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Zoo Atlanta
Center for Puppetry Arts

Cooking lessons: The Cook’s Warehouse has hands-on cooking classes for any skill level. (At this time, some class offerings are virtual). Gift cards may also be used on cookware, bakeware, and tools. https://www.cookswarehouse.com/

Gifts for fun: Swoozie’s has a wide selection of fun items, from personalized totes and stationery to designer beauty items. Shop Uncommon Goods for personalized gifts, DIY food and crafting kits, and home accessories.

Gourmet foods: E-card recipients can choose from a variety of gourmet baking mixes, preserves, gifts for the home and specialty foods at Stonewall Kitchen. Find fresh-baked English muffins, jams, desserts and brunch entrees at Wolferman’s Bakery.

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