Monday May 7th kicks off National Teacher's Appreciation Week.

With all the drama surrounding the the Buffalo school system, it is more important than ever to recognize the excellent teachers in our community. See inside for gift ideas and to honor your teacher.

Every one of us has been blessed with a special teacher in our lives and this week, we take a moment out to express our gratitude for the people who educate us, encourage, support, discipline and prepare us for the road ahead. 

The 8th of May 2012 will mark Teacher Appreciation Day and students all across America will show their appreciation by rewarding their teachers with lovely gifts. These gifts can come in a variety of shapes and sizes – remember, it’s the thought that counts!

My best friend has been teaching elementary school in Las Vegas for the past 5 years. She reveals her favorite gifts to receive below:

1. A gift basket.

Start with a theme and then help your child pick out a few great items and arrange the gifts in a cute little basket. What you include really depends on the teacher and can range from bathroom tolietries, to fruit or even a collevtion of artifacts.

2. Flowers or a plant in a nice pot

Spring has sprung, and this gift you may find in your own garden. Teachers love to fill their  house and/or classroom with fresh flowers. 

3. A guided tour

 With one of the wonders of the world just a short drive away, overworked, underpaid teachers right here in Buffalo often don't have a chance to marvel the beauty of Niagara Falls. Buy a gift certificate to the Maid of the Mist Boat Tour or the Cave of Winds for your special teacher to enjoy one weekend and he/she will be in a great mood Monday morning.

4.  A gift card to a local coffeehouse, juice bar, or wine store. 

Of course, proceed with caution: you want to get a sense of which beverage your teacher would most appreciate.

5.  A thank-you note.

A handwritten letter from you and your child expressing how much the teacher means to both of you may be the most appreciated gift of all. Consider including some art work on the back.

Share your unique gift ideas in the comment section below and acknowledge a special teacher by adding his/her name along with a quick "Thank You"!