Check out our top 10 ideas for gifts for therapists!
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It’s the end of the school year. Papers are coming home in stacks — why, why, why do they hold onto all of that artwork ALL year? Can’t it come home quarterly? Parties are happening just about everyday. Field trips are leaving little cheeks sun-kissed and little bodies tired. And your wallet might as well just be held open while the bills fly out.
It seems like there are so many people to thank at the end of the year. The teachers (and there is never just one), the bus driver, the intervention specialist, the art teacher and music teacher and gym teacher…..
But…may we ask…what about gifts for therapists? That occupational therapist who tirelessly worked on the departure and arrival routines, handwriting, and self-regulation with your child. The physical therapist who finally got her going up and down the stairs using an alternating pattern or, better yet, skipping! The speech therapist who listened enthusiastically for your child to make that perfect “R” sound.
Those therapists deserve a little thank you too, don’t you think? And while a simple, personal thank you note is more than enough (speaking of that…here’s a free printable pack of thank yous that you can fold and personalize with your child!), sometimes you might want to do just a little more.
So today, we, your online physical and occupational therapist friends, are going to give you our top 10 ideas for end of year (or anytime!) gifts for therapists.
10 Awesome Gifts for Therapists
We therapists are notorious for walking away from IEP meetings or a teacher’s desk with a great pen and, we are just as notorious for leaving a trail of those great pens behind wherever we’re working!
We lug a lot, I mean a lot, of stuff – from paperwork to gadgets to great big therapy balls. So an awesome new bag is always welcome!
Yes, I know. This one is may seem a little generic, but for school based therapists who spend much of their time traveling from one place to another, a durable travel mug or tumbler is a great idea! Bonus points for getting one that keeps your drink hot all day, since a busy therapist usually doesn’t get to her coffee until about noon.
4 || A collection of new toys
Many therapists use their own money to beef up their therapy bags with new and exciting toys to motivate kids to work toward goals. A jump rope, sidewalk chalk, a tennis ball, balloons, play dough, bubbles, etc. You wouldn’t believe how excited we get about even the simplest toys!
5 || Gift cards
This could be personal (a Spafinder, Starbucks or Nail Salon giftcard) or it could be something they could use to purchase items for next school year (Amazon, LakeShore Learning, Target, etc).
6 || Games
This list of games are awesome for working on handwriting, believe it or not! A game can be as cheap and simple as Spot-It!
We have a pretty awesome therapy planner available that you can download, print and pretty up in a binder to start your favorite therapist off with organization in the new school year.
Every therapist has to write a thank you now and then. Especially when they receive fabulous gifts from their students!
Decks like these are great for working on balance, strength and self-regulation. They are small, light and easy to carry — BONUS!
Lists and more lists. I bet every therapist has at least 3 going at once. A Bullet Journal will help them keep those to-do’s organized!
What are your favorite gifts for therapists? Share them in the comments below!