Teacher Gifts from Kids with Special Needs

by Jun 18, 2014School/Education, Special Needs Parenting4 comments

Want to give end-of-the-year teacher gifts to the special education personnel who work with your child at school? Guest blogger Kimberly Drew has ideas!

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The end of the school year is almost here for guest blogger Kimberly Drew’s children. She’s been scratching her head, trying to think of teacher gifts for all those who work with her daughter, Abbey. All that thinking led to not only some low-cost gift ideas, but also to a mental pat on the back for all she does for her daughter when she’s at home on the weekends and during vacations.

Teacher Gifts from Children with Special Needs

Every year school winds up and I start thinking about teacher gifts. The thing of it is I can’t possibly give an end-of-the-year teacher gift to my child’s classroom teacher without including the classroom aides. They do so much for my child all day long, every day. Then, how do you give gifts to them without including all the therapists? They set goals and work with your child all year long!

Teacher Gifts: For the Special Ed Professional Masses

So now the list of gifts has gone from one to seven. While I’m at it, can I say that she has an amazing bus driver and crew who transport her safely from home to school and back? Now we are up to ten gifts and I start thinking in dollar signs. I’d like to give you a list of some of the things I have done in the past as gift ideas, but before that let me include one more person who deserves a pat on the back…

Parent Gift: A Pat on the Back

…It’s me. It’s ME! I’m laughing as I’m typing this and hoping you understand where I’m coming from. I was adding up all the gifts and it occurred to me, that while I’m not taking care of Abbey’s needs, it takes TEN other people to do it. TEN. Now hear me out, I’m not going to pretend that I could do their job while I’m on duty. They are specialized professionals who offer so much to my child that it makes my head spin just looking at the IEP envelope, let alone reading it! However, she is passed from one set of caregiving hands to another all day long. But when she walks through the door of our home, she’s all mine. I’m in charge of her health, her physical care, snuggles, play time, good night stories, and overall happiness. So today, I’m giving myself a pat on the back. I’ve decided to walk around today thinking, “I’m AWESOME!” If you know me at all, you know that I’m not exactly captain of the self-esteem-squad. But I’m feeling differently about myself today. Ten people do my job when I’m not around. TEN!

You should feel great too. I know it doesn’t always feel like we are a part of the “team” at IEP meetings, but I promise you, you are the MVP. If you don’t do your job well, the rest of it falls apart. So this year, I’m making up eleven thank you teacher gifts…ten for school, and one for me.

Teacher Gifts for Under Ten Dollars

Some of my favorite $10 or under end-of-the-year teacher gifts:

  1. A ceramic loaf pan with homemade banana bread
  2. A plastic reusable water bottle with straw and $5.00 gift card for coffee
  3. A beach towel, magazine, and sunscreen wrapped up with a bow
  4. A potted plant with gift cards sticking up out of floral picks
  5. Movie night bucket with a drink, popcorn, candy, and a movie from the $5.00 bin at Walmart

More adorable ideas for inexpensive teacher gifts are available on Pinterest.

What are Your Favorite End-of-the-Year Teacher Gifts?

What are your favorite end-of-the-year teacher gifts? Leave your suggestions in the comment box for people to use this year…or to get a head start on next year. Thanks!

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By Kimberly Drew

Kimberly grew up and went to college in the small town of Upland, IN. She graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Elementary Education in 2002. While at TU, she married her college sweetheart and so began their adventure! Ryan and Kimberly have four amazing kids on earth (Abigail, Jayden, Ellie, and Cooper), and a baby boy waiting for them in heaven. Their daughter Abigail (Abbey) has multiple disabilities including cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder, hearing loss, microcephaly, and oral dysphagia. She is the inspiration behind Kimberly’s  desire to write. In addition to being a stay-at-home mom, Kimberly has been serving alongside her husband in full time youth ministry for almost fourteen years. She enjoys working with the senior high girls, scrapbooking, reading, and music. You can visit Kimberly at her website, Promises and Perspective.


  1. Jolene


    That is a wonderful idea. Healthy food treats! I love it.


  2. Sylvie

    Great ideas. I’ve given a fruit bouquet to the whole group of EA’s and individual thank you cards made and written by my daughter, with a note from me too. Even though there are individual EA’s that work with my daughter in each class, there is a wider circle of people who will help her and be involved in many little ways in her life. Even though the expense seems big (about $70), it works out to about the same amount as you spend per person Jolene. They all seem to appreciate it too, as it’s a healthier alternative to the usual sweets.

  3. Jolene


    That is such a good idea. Thank you notes are treasured by teachers (mine are tucked in a file), but melding the note and the pictures is an even better way to express appreciation and keep former students fresh in a teacher’s mind and heart.


  4. Julie S

    For the last two years, I have made up a collage of silly pictures of my younger son at home and then typed up a thank you note and merged the two together. I have been told that being appreciated meant so much to them. There is some cost involved with printer ink etc but otherwise it free except for my time.

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