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Last Minute Teacher Gifts

Posted by  ·  December 15, 2008  ·  Last Updated: April 30, 2016

Here are few ideas for simple but useful gifts that could be made up in a hurry for teachers.

At our school teachers must now wear a badge. Cute2Carry offers an easy tutorial for making a pretty lanyard for those badges.

A cute coffee cozy along with a coffee shop gift certificate would also be an appreciated gift.   Pink Milk and Fairycakes has a quick and easy coffee cozy tutorial.

If you knit or crochet try these coffee cozy patterns:
knitted Coffee Cozy pattern
Crochet Coffee Cozy with finger pocket pattern

Help your teacher take their lunch to school in style with this simple oil cloth lunch sack —filled with a gift certificate to a local sandwich shop would make it extra nice!

Every teacher could use a bookmark —-attach a note that says, “You wrote the book on being a great teacher” and enclose a gift certificate for your local bookstore to make it extra special!

Make and Takes has a  beautiful beaded bookmarks tutorial submitted by reader Megan

You can find more handmade bookmark ideas here

I made these fabric covered steno pads for my children’s teachers.  On the first page of the notebook I wrote, “Just a note to say…………………..” You may find the pattern in the shop.

My generous friend Michelle gave the pattern a go for me and made this beautiful cover!

She is going to give the notepad cover (just the cover, not the pad) as her December Box Tops giveaway.  So if you have any Box Tops or Campbell’s Labels to send to her just email her for her address, and if she gets them before January, you’ll earn one chance for every Box Top or Campbell’s point.  Most importantly, you’ll be helping her daughter’s school.

More homemade gift ideas can be found here

More teacher appreciation ideas can be found here.


  1. Linda
    Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
    Thank you for all your great ideas. Hopefully next year I can come up with some to share to you.
  2. aNU
    Friday, June 5th, 2009
    wonderful ideas... keep going
  3. Diane
    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
    I've added your cute button to my blog sidebar ... throughtheyearsinsunshineandinshade.blogspot.com
    thanks!! cute stuff!!
  4. Friday, December 19th, 2008
    this is neet and i say yes to home made do what you got to to to help keep it alive
  5. Thursday, December 18th, 2008
    I came across your site this morning. And OMG! What an amazing treasure of ideas and beautiful things. You are an inspiration. T H A N K Y O U for being so creative and to share your J O Y with all of us!! Tere in Pleasanton, CA, USA
  6. Thursday, December 18th, 2008
    Love your blog! You are SO creative!! I am linking to this post and some others, and I'm hoping you don't mind. :)
  7. Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
    Wow. Can I just say THANK YOU!!!!????!!!!! The coffee cup cozy came at just the right time. I was needing something for my daughter's ballet teacher and that was perfect! To give it, I tucked a gift certificate to the coffee shop that is 2 doors down from the dance studio into an empty coffee cup, put the cozy on and arranged it all with tissue paper in a gift bag. It was perfect. Thank you. I love all your ideas!
  8. Suzanne
    Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
    I made four steno pad covers today! My mother is 80 and has everything ... twice. So for Christmas this year I decided to make her a box full of gifts (aprons, your note book covers, embellished tea towels, etc.) that she can go to when her friends have birthdays throughout the year.

    What fun! I sure enjoy looking at your blog.
  9. Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
    I feel like I have died and gone to crafter's heaven. I'm totally adding your blog!
  10. Monday, December 15th, 2008
    Thanks Cindy for featuring my lanyard tutorial! You're the best!!! Can't wait to try your steno-pad cover. WAY CUTE!!!!

    xoxo, Tracey
  11. Suzanne
    Monday, December 15th, 2008
    Hey, thanks for putting my Coffee Cozy tutorial on here! That was a nice Monday surprise! I just whipped up 32 of these for little gifts (including teachers!)
  12. Monday, December 15th, 2008
    I've cut the fabric for 5 steno pad covers and I am going to start sewing today!
  13. Monday, December 15th, 2008
    These are great idea. Thanks for sharing them!
  14. Monday, December 15th, 2008
    you always have such super cute ideas!