They are responsible for teaching our little scholars reading, writing and arithmetic, plus so much more. So what do you get your kids’ favorite teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week? A handmade, heartfelt card made by your littler learner would surely be enjoyed. But if you want to give something a little extra this year, we’ve put together eight ideas to help your kiddo say thank you to his or her favorite teacher May 6-12. Scroll down to get ideas.

An Apple a Day...

Cupcakes have exploded in popularity over the last decade. And these days, you can have them decorated to look like just about anything, even apples! With Trophy Cupcakes & Party's Apple Dozen, your student can be the apple of her teacher's eye. The Apple Dozen includes six Chocolate Vanilla cupcakes and six Vanilla Vanilla cupcakes, all topped with domes of buttercream and rolled in red sanding sugar, with pretzel “stems” and edible green leaves. A perfect gift for the World’s Best Teacher. 

Trophy Cupcakes & Party has locations in Wallingford, University Village, downtown Seattle, Bellevue and now inside Nordstrom at Westfield Southcenter. 

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photo: Kristina Moy

Give a Gift that Grows

A bouquet of flowers is always a beautiful gift. But this year, how about going an extra step by making a display of cut flowers in a sweet little vase. Flowers from Pike Place Market are always a fresh treat and amazing arrangements that you can divide up among several teachers can be had for just $5 to $12, so stock up and give florals to all the teachers in your student's life. 

Other suggestionsMetropolitan Market has excellent go-to arrangements that even Martha Stewart would be proud of. The Fred Meyer Garden Center in Ballard has a terrific selection of hanging baskets for $25 to $40. Head to City People’s or Swanson’s and have the kids help put together a potted herb garden or wrap a bright ribbon around a few colorful perennials. Or hit your local Safeway floral department for a huge selection of flowers, vases and packaging materials. The flower arrangements match the season’s current trends (think fashion and interior), so you know you can’t go wrong. Psst…don’t forget farmers markets for floral gifts and veggie starts. Give a gift that grows!

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Spice is Nice

Talking all day to little scholars would make anyone thirsty. Rachel’s Ginger Beer uses simple ingredients to make a zesty refreshing drink, perfect for refreshing a parched educator. To make the gift extra special, have your little pupil pick out a flavor of Rachel’s Ginger Beer. RGB, as it’s become known, is handcrafted in Seattle and sold at local farmers markets, retail stores, cafes and three RGB retail shops. Psst...the RGB retail stores at Pike Place Market, Capitol Hill and University Village only sell growlers, but they also sell gift certificates, hand crafted cocktails and their famous soft serve floats!

Pike Place Market
1530 Post Alley
Seattle, Wa 98101

Capitol Hill
1610 12th Ave.
Seattle, Wa 98122

University Village
4626 26th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98105


photo: Kristina Moy

Sweet Treats

Chocolate? Yes, please! Seattle has some amazing chocolatiers, so there’s no excuse to not indulge your kiddo's favorite teacher in anything but the best. Fran’s has possibly the most elegant packaging (and best tasting) chocolates around. Treat your child's teacher to either the 16 or 36 piece truffle assortment or the Assorted Salted CaramelsChocolopolis on Queen Anne is another terrific option as is Theo Chocolate in Fremont. Another favorite, Seattle Chocolates, is known for delivering smooth, all natural satisfaction with every bite. Stop by their Tukwila factory store to create your own gift box or mix your choice of more than 20 different truffle flavors. Or better yet, give your child's teacher a jcoco chocolate flight exploring the different cacao percentages of dark chocolate and origins of chocolate.

Other suggestions: Seattle Chocolates offers an Experience Chocolate tour that begins in the classroom (where teachers will feel right at home) and then travels into the factory to see how the manufacturing process works. At the end of the tour, your teacher will get to experience the Tasting Room where he or she will explore different chocolate varieties and flavor combinations based on what is being made fresh that day. Similarly, Theo Chocolate in Fremont offers an amazing tour and plenty of samples along the way. Purchase a gift certificate for either tour and your child's teacher can thank you later! 

Book It!

What teacher wouldn’t want to browse their favorite bookstore with a gift certificate in hand? This year, support an independent bookseller and make a teacher's day at the same time. Some of our fave indie bookstores include Elliott Bay Book Company, Island Books, Secret Garden Bookshop, Queen Anne Book Company, University Bookstore and Third Place Books. That’s a win-win in our book (see what we did there?).

Other suggestions: The University Bookstore stocks an extensive supply of gift items, perfect for every teacher in your life. And plenty of purple and gold swag in the Husky Shop! 


photo: Estrella Soap Company

Clean Slate

Have your star student pick out a one-of-a-kind soap or tin candle created by local company, Estrella Soap Company. Using all natural products, Estrella Soap Company produces soaps with the scent of vanilla chai, citrus lemongrass and peppermint oatmeal, that might even have the kiddos wanting to suds up. Soaps run about $7 and candles start at $12.

Other suggestions: Estrella Soap Company also sells sugar scrubs, body butters, bath salts, face masks and room mists to cover all the teachers in your life. 

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Thanks a Latte

Is your favorite teacher a coffee connoisseur? Craft your own gift in a coffee cup. Find a cute coffee mug, fill it with a bag of beans from your fave local roaster and let your child's teacher know you like him or her a latte. If coffee is not your teacher's jam, fill a cup with tea.

Other suggestions: Consider giving your fave teacher a monthly subscription to Bean Box. The company, which opened its doors in 2015, specializes in delivering Seattle’s finest artisan coffee—shipped fresh to your door within 48 hours of roasting—and features four sample roasts or one 12 oz bag from robust espresso blends to lovingly crafted single source beans. Each sample bag contains 1.8 ounces of coffee, enough to make approximately four cups, and can be tailored to your teacher's unique tastes: light, medium, dark, espresso or decaf. With 22 roasters located inside the Seattle city limits—making hundreds of different roasts—this is the easiest and freshest way for your favorite teacher to sample a variety of blends from Seattle’s top-rated roasters.

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Light Up Their Life

Teachers can never have too many glassybabies (locations in Madrona, U-Village, Bellevue and Sea-Tac Airport). If you can trust your little scholars to not to break anything, take them along to pick out their favorite colors to start a memorable collection. Find a shop nearest you here.

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Good to Know
For the past five years, Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria has found a special way to thank teachers for their incredible hard work and to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Between May 7-11, all K-12 teachers will receive 20 percent off their entire check when they dine at any Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria. Note: This discount cannot be used with any other offers and is for dine in only. Teachers will need to present their school ID.

What is your student giving his or her favorite teacher this year? Tell us in the comments below.

—Kristina Moy & Natalia Dotto


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