Yardia

Featured Artist at Click! Design That Fits

Shop YardiaBrigida Swanson
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Brigida Swanson of Yardia is one of the featured artists at Click! Design That Fits in West Seattle for the months of June and July, along with a few other local watercolor artists. Come view and purchase a selection of framed Yardia art prints as well as some original wildflower watercolor paintings that aren't for sale anywhere else. These Pacific Northwest-inspired art prints and paintings would make great Father's Day or graduation gifts, and you won't even have to wait for shipping!

Come say hello at the June West Seattle Art Walk, this Thursday, June 14th from 5-8 pm. You can also check out the interview I did with Click! on the Click! Design blog.

For more information about this month's Art Walk, visit: West Seattle Art Walk.

To find out more about Click! Design That Fits (one of my favorite local gift shops), visit: Click! Design That Fits.

Need some art prints for yourself but not in Seattle? Visit the Yardia shop for all of my available art prints and other Pacific Northwest cards and gifts.

Favorite Teacher Gifts

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Favorite Teacher Gifts

One thing that you might not know about me is that in addition to being the owner and illustrator of Yardia, I've also been working as a middle school art teacher for 12 years, and am just about finish up my tenth year at my current school. Over the years, my colleagues and I have received end-of-year gifts from many students and families, so I'd like to share a few end-of-year teacher gift ideas that your child's teacher will truly appreciate. It's really a simple combination that will share your gratitude for the end of another successful school year.

What's my absolute favorite teacher appreciation gift?

Favorite Teacher Gift

My number one favorite teacher gift to receive is a thoughtful handwritten thank you card.

Thank you card by Yardia

This is by far the most important part of the gift, and can be given on its own if you wish. My absolute favorite gifts that I've received as a teacher have been the thoughtful thank you cards that students or parents have given to me. Students who have written me cards that express what they learned from me and from the classes I've taught them are so much more meaningful than any other purchased gift they could give. In my classroom desk drawer, I keep a few of the most meaningful notes, letters and cards that I've received throughout my teaching career, and I know that other teacher friends do the same. On challenging days, we re-read these notes and remember why we chose to do this job in the first place. While I always love receiving cards from my students directly, I've also found very meaningful the few cards that parents have sent me as well, to tell me how I've made an impact on their children.

If there's one absolute must to include in a teacher appreciation gift, I think that a meaningful thank you card with a handwritten and thoughtful message is the most important thing to include. Consider the best-selling Ever So Grateful card from the Yardia shop.

Practical Teacher Gift

Want to add on a gift? Here's my simple pick:

A gift card to Starbucks or your hometown coffee shop.

Here's why I love receiving Starbucks gift cards from my students so much. Each year, I tend to receive gifts of Starbucks gift cards from several of my students and their families. This is a gift that I truly appreciate because, while I usually make my morning espresso at home, I use the gift cards to treat myself to a hazelnut latte about one a week during the school year. It's a little morning treat that helps me to keep up my energy and enthusiasm during the busy months of the school year, and I'm grateful for my students each time that I order my latte. My fellow teachers agree that this is also their favorite gift to receive from students for similar reasons. It's practical and more meaningful than you might expect!

Since I'm from Seattle, Starbucks is one of our local employers, but if your city has another more independent coffee shop that's near your school or easily accessible to most teachers, then that would make a great option as well.

Add-On Teacher Gift

Want something a bit more substantial than a gift card?

Add on a coffee mug from an independent maker. A great thank you option from the Yardia shop is the Mountains of Gratitude ceramic mug.

Mountains of Gratitude mug by Yardia

Or, help your teacher get ready for summer vacation with this wildflower camping mug.

Wildflower Camp Mug by Yardia

Find even more end-of-year teacher appreciation gifts, such as thank you cardscamping mugsart prints in the Yardia shop. Order today to receive your gifts in time for the end of the school year!