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11 Ways To Thank A Teacher (Without Using An Apple)

An apple a day… only goes so far! Target thanks every teacher for all they do, which is why they’re on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015!

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1. Create SUPER-simple bookmarks that'll delight any teacher who's a proud bookworm!

Courtesy of Natalie Shirley of My Sister's Suitcase / sisterssuitcaseblog.com
Courtesy of Natalie Shirley of My Sister's Suitcase / sisterssuitcaseblog.com

Whether they'll be used to mark lesson plans or save the place in a good book, you'll get an A for thank-you etiquette. Learn how here.

2. Old globe + chalkboard paint = new custom globe any teacher can use!

The classroom staple just got cooler… thanks to you! Learn how to do this DIY globe here.
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The classroom staple just got cooler… thanks to you! Learn how to do this DIY globe here.

3. Get creative with some DIY bird feeders they can hang right outside their classroom window.

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Whether it's a mesh bag feeder or a milk carton feeder, the teachers (and kids) are sure to make some new friends outside their window.

4. Fill a pot with fresh herbs (and of course a thank-you note) for them to take home and use!

It's a little bit of greenery, a lot of appreciation.
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It's a little bit of greenery, a lot of appreciation.

5. Framed notebook paper now becomes a perfect dry erase board to keep at their desk.

Learn how to quickly make these useful frames here!
Courtesy of Project made by Olivia Nienaber and Ann Rinkenberger /harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com / Flickr: picturesbyann

Learn how to quickly make these useful frames here!

6. And teachers are ALWAYS in need of the powerful (and personalized) hand sanitizer.

With that many kids in one room, they'll be thankful for the stockpile.
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With that many kids in one room, they'll be thankful for the stockpile.

7. Customize magazine holders with chalkboard paint to create a pretty organizer for all those papers!

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iriskh / CC BY-ND http://2.0 / Flickr: irisphotos

And the fact that they can be reused every year will make you the parent they NEVER forget.

8. Use iron-on letters to make a trendy and useful tote bag they can use every day.

You think all those tests to be graded carry themselves?
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You think all those tests to be graded carry themselves?

9. Download a cute cross-stitch pattern that they'll hang in their classrooms for many years after your kid is gone!

No matter what subject they teach, there's definitely a cross-stitch to be made. Find more options here.

10. Give them the gift that will keep on giving when they wake up early for school.

BONUS: Jar can be used as a pencil holder once they're done! Most versatile gift ever.
shalommama / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: shalommama

BONUS: Jar can be used as a pencil holder once they're done! Most versatile gift ever.

11. And a thoughtful note? That'll be treasured forever.

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