Teachers play a huge part in shaping the future of our kids. As the school year winds down, let your children’s teachers know you recognize and appreciate their classroom efforts with these great DIY gift ideas.
There are gift jars, a gift box, gift mugs, a monogram wreath, a crayon candy dish and a crayon chalkboard sign. The chalkboard style is also used on a cool globe idea and a cute planter. Not to mention, one of my favorite ideas: the watercolor gift bags.
In this post, you’ll find suggestions for using clever word play to go with gifts including: Owl Miss You, Thanks A-Latte and Soda-Lighted You’re My Teacher. What a terrific way to say, “Thanks!”
- Surprise your teacher with one of these 16 Teacher Gift Ideas they will love.
- Celebrate the end of the school year with an Ice Cream Shop End of School Party.
- I’m loving these 50 Cute Sayings for Teacher Appreciation.
1. You’ve Blown My Mind
From Thirty Handmade Days
Thank your teacher by letting them know how they “blew you away” with all the great knowledge they shared with you. Grab a mason jar and fill with gum balls and add this printable appreciation gift tag. Plus, you can make it extra special by filling it with gumballs in their favorite colors or adding a gift card to their favorite restaurant or place to shop.
2. Excellent Teacher
Chocolate is always a great gift to give and even more special when it comes from a student. Decorate a plain box with these fun lables and fill it with a chocolate surprise like these Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs.
3. Spa in a Jar
From The Gunny Sack
Grab a large mason jar and fill with great goodies to pamper your teacher. This unique gift idea will go a long way when filled with essentials to help them relax and take time for themselves. Homemade handscrubs and sugar scrubs, nail files, clippers, and even chocolate. This is one gift they will appreciate getting.
4. Etched Glass Monogram Jar
From Hi Sugar Plum
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a gift to thank your teacher. Simply grab a large mason jar, ribbon, stencil, and some etching cream to create a personalized gift they can use over and over again. Create an etched monogram on a jar and fill with their favorite candy, pencils, markers, or other gift ideas your teacher will love.
5. Monogram Wreath and Crayon Chalkboard Sign
From Fancy Frugal Life
Break out the craft tools and school supplies to create this amazing monogram wreath and sign your teacher will love. Crafted from crayons, pencils and glue, your teacher will love the time and dedication to took to create this one of a kind personalized gift.
6. Candy Apple
From Giggles Galore
Apples and teachers go hand and hand but these “candy apples” goes one step further. Red ramekins, red hot candy and ribbon is all it takes to create a unique apple gift they can enjoy longer then an actual apple.
7. Chalkboard Globe
From Design Sponge
Teachers open the world to their students so why not give them a gift that can last a lifetime. Let them know they mean the world to you by repurposing an old globe from a yard sale or thrift store, painting in a chalkboard paint and decorating with maps, words, phrases, etc. They will love to display it in their classroom for years to come.
8. DIY Mug Idea and Printable
A DIY Mug craft idea is the perfect way to get kinds involved in creating a great gift for their teachers. Grab some colored sharpies and let them use their imaginations. Tuck some candy or even a gift card inside the mugs to complete the special gift.
9. Crayon Candy Dish
From Two Sisters Crafting
Grab a jar, some crayons, and a glue gun and start crafting this fun crayon candy dish. Fill with your teachers favorite candy and surprise them for teacher appreciation week. Think of how cute it will be sitting out on their desk!
10. Chalkboard Planter
From Guyer Family Blog via My List of Lists
Fresh flowers are always a great gift to give to anyone and this painted pot is perfect for your favorite teacher. Use chalkboard paint to create a great space to write a sweet note and don’t forget to paint the rim to look just like a ruler.
11. Thanks a Latte Gift Card Holder
Say “Thanks a Latte” for all they do with the gift that keeps on giving, coffee. Simply print out the printable on card stock, staple a coffee sleeve to the printable and add some twine to create a gift that is you know they will love.
12. Watercolor Gift Bags
These watercolor gift bags are so sweet and when filled with beautiful flowers, make a great gift. Grab your watercolor paints and let the kids use their imagation to create a beautiful masterpiece on white paper sacks. Once they dry, fill with fresh cut flowers and surprise your teacher with this special, one-of-a-kind gift.
13. Thanks for Pushing Me
From Liz on Call
Don’t you just love “pun”-y gifts! Especially when you want give something fun and dare I say, “practical”. Pick up some fun and funky push pins and attach this printable lable to let your teacher know just how much you appreciate them pushing you to do your best. Plus, these push pins are something they can definately use in their classroom.
14. Coloring Our Lives
From Design. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
Markers are always something that our teachers never seem to have enough of. Surprise them with a gift that makes a colorful statement. Upcycle an empty drink packet container and attach this free printable to create a special gift to let them know how much they truly mean to you.
15. Quenching My Thirst
From Lisa Storms
Teacher appreciation week is the time where we can show our teachers just how much we appreciate everything they do for us all year long. But, it doesn’t mean we have to spend a lot of money to do so. Add these free printable straw flags to a simple tumbler or cup and fill with single serve lemonade packets and you have a great gift idea.
16. Soda-Lighted You’re My Teacher
Looking for an out-of-the-box gift idea your teacher will love? They will be “soda-lighted” when you surprise them with their favorite soda drink as a gift. Plus, don’t forget this adorable free printable gift tag, it is printed to look just like notebook paper.
17. You’re the Hightlight of my Year
From Love the Day
Teachers love getting school supplies as gifts, especially if it’s something in high demand like markers, pencils and even highlighters. Create a fun and cute gift idea by printing out this free printable and attaching to a few highlighters. They will love to know that you loved being in their class this year.
18. Hands Down Gift Idea
Germs are everywhere, especially in school. Hand soaps and sanitizers are a very popular gift idea throughout the school year but, when you add this ” hands down, best teacher around” free printable tag, it makes a perfect gift to show your love and admiration during teacher appreciation week.
19. Owl Miss You
From Lisa Storms
The school year is quickly coming to and end. Let your teacher know how much you’ll miss them with these super cute owl printables that wrap around a mini chocolate bar. Such a sweet and simple gift they will love.
20. Take Note Gift Tags
From Skip to my Lou
Teacher gifts do not always have to be centered around candy and drinks. Give them something they may not think of themselves like a pack of empty note cards. That way when they need to send a note home to a parent or want to send a thank you card, they will have a set ready to go. Plus, anytime they will think of your thoughtfulness everytime they write a special note.
Create your own DIY gift with these craft ideas sourced by the team at Spaceships and Laser Beams.
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