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All that knowledge you’ve accumulated over the years has been because of an army of teachers who’ve led you through one class after another, whether you wanted to or not. Now it is time to thank your teachers on National Teacher Appreciation Day, which falls during the first week of May this year. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate the day.


Sponsored by the National Education Association, this Twitter fest is one of the best and most public ways you can show your appreciation. Log into Twitter and say thank you to your favorite teachers by posting why your teachers were the best followed by the hashtag #ThankATeacher. Tell the world how thankful you are and how inspiring teachers can be.

Metamorphosis Day Spa
127 East 56 Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10022
(212) 751-6051

For the health teacher who’s always telling you to take care of your body, help them relax with a gift certificate to a spa. The Metamorphosis Day Spa, located in Midtown, has some of the best reviews of the entire city. Spa services include facials, massages, body treatments and more. Your teacher will come back to class feeling refreshed and relaxed.

200 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 229-2560

What better way to show how much you appreciate all those cooking classes than with a gift basket of the top-notch foods from New York City’s favorite eatery? Eataly provides a little taste of Italy right here in the Big Apple. Only the best products are offered at Eataly, so your teacher will be especially impressed. Try a suite of olive oils, a pasta package, or an espresso collection. Who knows, your instructor might even be so inclined to share with class.

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92Y May Center
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
(212) 415-5500

Have an athletic teacher who loves trying new things in the gym? The 92Y is devoted to offering a wide variety of classes for its members and visitors to help them train and achieve their fitness goals. Get your teacher to try the right workout and you just might get a different workout next time in gym class.

Lion in the Sun
232 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 369-4006

Head over to Park Slope’s papery and choose one of the shop’s signature fine designed thank you cards and write out just how much you’ve learned from your professor. Continue to shop and pick up a few things for your professor’s own stationery and writing collection. Lion in the Sun specializes in custom-made invitations and fine stationery. They also sell gifts like coptic stitch albums, business card cases, pens, and more. You’ll find yourself spending quite a bit of time in here searching for the perfect gift – any English professor would love every item in the shop!

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Jennifer Eberhart is a writer, reader, crafter, traveler and New Yorker. She works in midtown New York City for non-profit organizations. Her degrees are in communication studies and art history.You can contact Jennifer on Twitter at @egyptologist. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.