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Anytime you or someone you care for, such as a child or grandchild, is positively influenced by a teacher--any kind of teacher--consider acknowledging them with the recognition they deserve! Teacher's Day is celebrated worldwide to honor educators for their special contributions in a particular field, and to the community in general. In the United States, Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week of May. However, expressing appreciation and gratitude toward a special teacher needn't be constrained to a certain day.

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And of course, whether you're a professional or hobbyist jewelry maker, a gift of handmade jewelry will likely become a treasured keepsake to the recipient teacher.

Lanyards or bookmarks are practical gifts; while a charm bracelet, brooch or other adornment offers more sentiment. Design with charms and images that are traditionally considered symbolic of the teaching profession. Examples include an apple for knowledge, an owl for wisdom, a gold star for achievement, chalkboards, books, rulers and so on. Also consider charms specific to the type of teaching: music, P.E., math, art, crafts, religious, etc.

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If you're a parent, grandparent or family friend of the student that you're making the teacher's present for, invite the child to help with the entire process of designing and crafting the piece. This is a terrific opportunity to share your love of beading, and an opportunity for a student to learn your trade. The child will also feel more connected to the appreciation expressed when the gift is received by their teacher.

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Be sure to include your business card or contact information with the gift. And don't be too surprised to find that you've earned a new customer for your jewelry business!

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