summer gifting

Be it a hostess gift to hand over when you’re weekending at a friend’s summer home, or a Teacher’s Gift you’re culling together on one of the last half days of school this week, this post will serve you well at some point down the road—if only as a reminder of how you shouldn’t leave things to the last minute when you want people to believe you’re more put together than you actually are. The point, though, is that you want people to know how much you appreciate what they do.

Teacher Gifts
Along with a heartfelt handwritten note, complete with important lessons learned by both student and parent, our Kindergarten year-end Teacher Gift was a Summer Tote filled with a plush towel, Evian Facial Mist, Sunscreen, SPF Lip Balm, Summer Magazines, Insulated Cup, Hardcover Beach Read Book, and the actual Beach Tote itself. Ooh, and of course, tucked inside the towel was a surprise Charleston Chew candy bar.



  1. Looks lovely! I am a teacher and I can tell you that we appreciate any small token of thanks but we REALLY don’t need anything else from Bath and Body Works.

    1. Author

      I didn’t dip into Bath & Body Works, but that’s good to know. This year, I’ll admit, that I wound up at Sephora, and snatched up gift cards. I’m always tempted to get things monogrammed, but then I feel funny asking the teachers for their middle names. This year, it’s Sephora for the teachers and Starbucks for the aides. Watercolor-painted cards from the kids with special words of thanks inside.

  2. That is a great teacher gift idea and beats the lame gift card we went with when our son finished kindergarten. And I don’t have any friends with summer homes I think I am doing it wrong? hahah

  3. What a gorgeous gift for anyone, not just a teacher! But may I say … you’re raising the bar for everyone and not all of us can afford to say thank you on that scale. My children (twins too) are in middle school now, and though they share some teachers, I had eleven people to thank, counting special ed support, child study team case manager, etc. I gave a gift to the art teacher as well, for many reasons but mostly for being a fabulous, compassionate teacher who, like the other “specials” teachers, doesn’t receive the bounty that the classroom teachers do. I am grateful for all they do, but I can’t spend $75 per teacher twice a year. By the way, I agree with you that children who are old enough should write their own thank-you notes. I ask mine to describe the unit/project/trip they enjoyed most during the year, share a funny thing they remember from the year, and express sincere appreciation (even if they did not care for the teacher). A little goodwill goes a long way … you never know whom you will cross paths with or need down the line, and teachers have excellent memories!

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