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Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Posted by  ·  May 1, 2009  ·  Last Updated: April 18, 2018

Get ready for Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7th-11th) with these fun teacher gift ideas!

May is such a busy month, but I am here to help you plan ahead and hopefully make Teacher Appreciation week a little bit easier for you!  We all know how great teachers are, and how important they are in the lives of our children.  I think that we can all agree that teachers work hard and deserve a little recognition!  I have some great teacher appreciation gift ideas that teachers love, and that your child will be excited to give! My free printable teacher gifts and free printable tags make for easy teacher appreciation gifts! I want to make this stress-free for you, so I have also rounded up these teacher appreciation ideas and these fun teacher gifts from some top bloggers.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Teachers love lip balm and these free EOS Teacher Appreciation cards make this simple gift very special!  Choose from different sayings, simply punch cut the circle, and insert the EOS lip balm!  This is a sweet way to appreciate the support staff too!

For those of you who love a practical gift, providing extra school supplies can make a teacher’s day!  This cute free printable for Sharpie markers can be added to any size package of Sharpies, and makes the gift extra special!

teacher gift idea

This Di-Vine Teacher appreciation gift is super simple, and a plant is easy to find/purchase and makes a wonderful gift for the classroom, or for the teacher to take home.  The plant stake is a yellow No. 2 pencil and gives the gift an extra special touch!

Some years I am on the top of my Pinterest game and I have bought carefully selected gifts for each teacher, or even better, I have handmade personal gifts for each teacher.  Some years….well, a gift card is all my brain can manage.  We’ve all been there (at least, I hope I’m not the only one!)  These free printable gift card holders save the day!  They are super cute, and they make your gift card look extra special, and well thought out.  You’re welcome–I’ve got your back busy mama!

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

How about a fun candy gram! My daughter and I did this for a special 6th grade teacher and we really enjoyed making this crazy little project together. We thought about the candy available in the candy aisle and then worked out a fun story telling how much we love out teacher using the candy.  When we got to the store, we found a couple of more fun candies to use, so we added to the story.  It was so much fun to see how creative my daughter was at story telling! Check out  Shauna and she will show you some great ideas to help get you started! You can find more candy puns and  candy gram sayings here.



For those of you that love stamping Nichole Heady has some great teacher gift ideas like this basket full of a journal jar, embellished notebook and beautiful card. She also share links for many other ideas!



Embellished hand sanitizer is a useful gift. Learn how from Lisa Johnson


Michelle Rodgers has a darling candy bar cover.



Every teacher could use some cute sticky note covers learn how from GreetingArts!




Sewing is such a personal gift, an teachers appreciate the time that you spend on such special gifts.  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!

How About Orange shows us how to make some pretty bookmarks from your favorite fabric.


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.


Little Birdie Secrets has a tutorial for a fancy notebook.


I love these Mod Podge clipboards from Marta.


How about this cute paper cake with a saying, You take the cake!” Heather has a great tutorial.



More homemade gift ideas can be found here

More teacher appreciation ideas can be found here.

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  10. Sunday, July 15th, 2012
    Great ideas, Nothing says thank you like a hand made gift.
    The paper cake box is a particularly good idea. These would be great at parites
  11. Lucy Harrigton
    Sunday, June 24th, 2012
    I would like easier things than these.
  12. john
    Monday, January 30th, 2012
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  13. Yolanda
    Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
    You have such great ideas!!!!!! This is one of the first blog spots that i have visited and just can't seem to get enough of your creative ideas. I have had fun and am inspired to get going again with my crafting. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
  14. Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
    I know it's no where near as good as you interesting posts here but let me at least give you a smile as a form of thanks for your hard work writing this stuff?

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  15. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    I am trying to come up with a way to present gift cards to my daughter's teaching in kinder. I want to make felt or fabric flowers and have a stem and put them in a flower pot with the kids' fingerprints as dots all over the flowerpot. Once I create this idea I will definitely post it on my blog. Thanks so much for sharing all these ideas on your blog! I love it!
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  17. Thursday, May 28th, 2009
    Oh my goodness! I just realized I never commented on this post. Thanks for including me, and thanks for all the other great ideas!! I had to bookmark all of them. :-)

  18. Monday, May 4th, 2009
    I am pumped to try some of these great ideas! Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

  19. Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
    Great ideas. I used the lunch bag one to make a fabric variation for my son's teacher.

    Oh, and I DID give your blog credit for the pattern. You are such a fun inspiration. Thank you!!!
  20. Friday, May 1st, 2009
    Holy crap! You have just about the cutest website that I have seen in a long time. Not sure how I missed you before but I am over from MomDot. I love your place and I will definitely be back after I make about ten of those teacher things because I cannot decide on just one. Including the one that the first commenter added.

    ADORABLE! Thanks.

    Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy
  21. justaflipflopmom
    Friday, May 1st, 2009
    These are FABULOUS... thank you for sharing!!!! Now to chose just one!!!
  22. Caroline
    Friday, May 1st, 2009
    Thank you for these great ideas!! I made the coffee sleeves this year and had them embroidered with our school name and year. I "stole" your idea of a coffee cup/gift card in a cellophane bag with the "Thanks a Latte" message. So far, the PTO thinks I'm "the bomb" - my husband calls me "Martha on steroids" since I'm sewing up 93 of these this week! LOL!! You're ideas are awesome and I tell anyone who will listen to me about your blog! Now I have ideas for next year! Thank you so much!! :)
  23. Friday, May 1st, 2009
    I can't believe how many amazing ideas are out there.... love it!
  24. Pamela
    Friday, May 1st, 2009
    Excellent ideas, I love all of them, specially the fancy notebook! The pencils on it are such a cute detail! I want to buy a gift for my coworkers, and this is now one of the top ideas... Please post more.
  25. Friday, May 1st, 2009
    Great links...perfect for the end of term gifts.

  26. Friday, May 1st, 2009
    I wish there was someway to forward your blog post to all my students :) What great and useful ideas!
  27. pam
    Friday, May 1st, 2009
    Thanks for all your wonderful ideas, your the best! I'm suring your may day tags today, thank you, I forgot to make mine and I remember you had some, wonderful! Thank you!!!!!
  28. Yasmine
    Friday, May 1st, 2009
    These are all nice ideas!! I always liked putting together candy bar cards- it was always a big hit!!
  29. Friday, May 1st, 2009
  30. Friday, May 1st, 2009
    I love all of your ideas and since my brain has been frozen lately it was very helpful. I have used many of your ideas so I'm sending you a great big thank you!

    I will be posting all of my TAW items on my blog soon and will of course be sending the credit your way since I was only able to come with ONE original idea this year. I guess I've exhausted all TAW creativity after doing this for 11 years!

  31. April
    Friday, May 1st, 2009

    My daughter is now in 6th grade, and she now has 9 teachers (eek!), but you would be surprised how delighted these teachers are when someone brings them a gift.

    We plan to use your ideas for small, daily treats all next week. Like "you are o-FISH-ally a great teacher!" etc.

    Those smaller projects are much more do-able for so many teachers.
  32. April
    Friday, May 1st, 2009
    LOVE the ideas. I was inspired t make May Day gifts for my kids' teachers, and they turned out lovely. Small yellow and red ceramic flower pots with the old wrapped-pens-and-flowers, using bright and large daisy shaped flowers in pink, yellow and red. Two each of each colored flower, and the pens are 2 each black, red and blue. We hand wrote the teachers' names under which each wrote "from xxx" and on the back we wrote "May Day 2009."

    They made the cutest tags to attcach, with a lovely poem about spring, and nestled in the flowers were handmade cards -- using daisies as the front graphic.
  33. whitney
    Friday, May 1st, 2009
    I think this would be a great teacher gift also: