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32 Beautiful Teacher Appreciation Thank You Gifts {tutorials}

Make teacher happy with one of these incredible homemade teacher gift ideas.  These easy homemade gifts tutorials include teacher poems, teacher thank you cards, as well as edible treats, beautiful fabric bookmarks, handmade cards,  personalized tote bag and drink sleeve, notebook and printable art!


As always, the Tip Junkie Homemade Gifts site has hundreds of pictured tutorials with free patterns for things to make for teachers, so you can always search there if you’re looking for something specific. {wink}

When is Teacher Appreciation Day?

Teacher Appreciation Week is a week long celebration in the United States observed the first full week in May. Teacher Appreciation Day is the Tuesday that falls during Teacher Appreciation Week.  This year, 2013, it begins on Monday, May 6 and ends on Friday, May 10.

Make Teacher

Make Teacher

1.  DIY Pencil Bouquet ~ Send a bouquet of pencil flowers!  They’ll last a lot longer than fresh one’s and they’re a practical gift.

Teacher Gift Ideas

2.  Handmade Bookmarks {Thank You Gift} ~ These beautiful fabric bookmarks are easy and inexpensive to make, a great project for your beginning sewer to work on, and a wonderful thank you gift for  your teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week.

3.  “Take Note” Gift Tag {Teacher Appreciation} ~ This printable gift tag reads “Take NOTE, you are one of my very favorite teachers”.  You could attach this to a set of note cards, post-its, or even a cute journal for a wonderful teacher appreciation gift.

Teacher Gift Ideas

4.  Apple Journals {Crafts With Paper} ~ If you’re looking for a last minute teacher’s gift this simple craft with paper is perfect and easy to make. You can easily change the buttons to vary the theme to fit a variety of occasions. Teacher Gift

5.  DIY Post-It Notes Holder ~ These Post-It Note holders are an easy and economical gift. Every needs sticky notes, right? You can add a little pen and a magnet so it will stick right to the fridge or filing cabinet. Great idea for a teacher gift!

Teacher Gift Ideas

6.  Sharpie Teacher Gift ~ “Thank you for coloring our lives and making us sharpies”!  Fill an empty Crystal Light container with Sharpies and attach the free tag.  Easy Peasy!

Homemade Teacher Gift

Teacher Gift Ideas

7.  Personalized Pencil Drink Sleeve ~ Make a personalized mug cozy for that special teacher in your life. An inexpensive and thoughtful Christmas or teacher appreciation gift.

Homemade Gift

8.  Personalized Teacher Tote ~ Create a personalized tote bag by embroidering your child’s drawing. Great for Christmas or teacher appreciation. Also a great gift for Grandma!

Easy Homemade Gift

9.  Teacher Appreciation Gift Clipboard ~ These clipboards, mini or regular, would make terrific gifts.  Decoupage some scrapbook paper to the clipboard and add some embellishments such as ribbon and stickers.

Easy Teacher Gift

10.  Teacher Subway Art {Teacher Appreciation} ~ Print out this bright colorful subway art for a quick and easy teacher gift.  You can mod podge it onto a clipboard, or put it in a cute frame for her to display in the classroom.

Teacher Poems

Teacher Poem

11.  “It takes a Big Heart” Teacher Sign {Free Printable} ~ Here is another little sign you can print out for a teacher gift.  There are three different options available, including an 8×10 and a 5×7 option.

Teacher Thank You

Teacher Thank You

12.  Gift Card Candy Lei {how-to} ~ Instead of a bouquet of flowers consider giving a gift card candy lei! They’re fun for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, teacher appreciation day or even after dance/music recitals.

Teacher Gift

13.  Nail File & Polish {teacher appreciation} ~ “I’d file you under “A” for awesome”!  What teacher doesn’t deserve some self pampering?  Download the free tags and attach to a fingernail file and polish.

Teachers Day Messages

Teachers Day Messages

14.  “Soda-lighted” Teacher Appreciation Printable ~ Looking for a quick, easy and super adorable gift for teacher appreciation week? Look no further! These tags have two separate sayings, one says, ”We are SODA-lighted to have you for our Teacher this year!” Room mom’s this is a great idea for you. {wink} The other says, “I am SODA-lighted to have you for my Teacher this year! Simply print, trim and attach the tags to a single bottle of soda or a 6-pack.

15.  Teacher Appreciation Printable ~ Thank your child’s teacher with these fabulous water cups/bottles and an adorable tag that reads, “thank you for quenching my child’s thirst for knowledge“.  Simply print the free tags and attach to the water bottle with a cute ribbon or twine.

Teacher Appreciation Week

16.  Creative Juices Printable Gift Tag {Teacher Appreciation} ~ This colorful gift tag read “Thanks for sparking my creative juices this year”.  Attach to a smoothie gift car, reusable tumbler, or even a pack of Juicy Fruit gum!

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

17.  Breakfast in a Bucket ~ This breakfast in a bucket is a wonderful unique idea for teacher appreciation week.  Some fun things to fill the bucket are homemade granola, jam, cheese, fresh flowers and a thoughtful note from the classroom or individual child.

Teachers Day Cards

18.  Four Printable Teacher Thank You Cards ~ free printable thank you cards for teacher appreciation that  you can quickly print out and attach to any gift or edible present.

19.  Apple Core Spool Card {paper crafts} ~  Show your child’s teacher how much you have appreciated them with this adorable apple core spool card!  It’s unique and so much fun!  Use a wooden spool and card stock to create it.

Teacher Appreciation Card

20.  Teacher ABC’s Subway Art ~ Print this cute teacher word art to pop into a cute frame or print as notecard. Either way an adorable gift, perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week.

21.  Thanks a ‘Latte’ ~ This ‘thanks a latte for all you do’ card is fabulous!  You can add a Starbucks or other coffee house gift card to it.  The gift card will snuggly fit under the coffee sleeve.  Genius!

Teacher Ideas

Teacher Ideas

22.  Seedling Teacher Gift Tags  ~ We planted tomato seedlings and had too many! So I repotted them into individual pots to give to my girls’ preschool teachers as a thank you gift. Included is a free printable gift tag that says “Thank you for helping me grow!”

Teacher Gift

23.  Personalized Soap Printables {Teacher Gifts} ~ This free printable template makes it quick and affordable to make a customized teacher gift.  Simply download the free template and add your child’s name and any image you wish.  The tutorial shows a customized silhouette of the child, but you could do any picture.

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation

24.  Teacher Appreciation Gift {free printable} ~ “Thank you for helping us grow”.  Simply add the student’s fingerprints on the tree to make leaves.  The file has been updated with the year 2012-2013.

Teacher Appreciation

25.  Teacher Appreciation Printable ~ This beautiful teacher appreciation printable was inspired by chalkboard art.  It’s an 8×10 printable perfect for framing.  It makes a lovely gift that the teacher can keep throughout the years!

Teacher Appreciation Gift

26.  Printable Classroom Sign ~ This printable sign, available in 8×10 or 16×20, would be a great teacher gift. Whether it’s her birthday, Teacher Appreciation, or just a little something to wish her luck for the new school year, this sign will remind everyone in the classroom that it’s people that matter most.

Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Appreciation Day

27.  Chalkboard Cookies with Fondant Icing {Recipe} ~ These chalkboard cookies are not only adorable, but they are topped with Marshmallow fondant, which is tasty, easy to work with AND inexpensive.  Make a whole batch of these for a class treat or fill a box for teacher appreciation.

28.  Apple Rice Krispie Treats {Edible Crafts Kids Can Make} ~ These yummy apple shaped treats are a fun gift for a teacher!  There’s even a free tag to download and print.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

29.  Caramel Apple Gift Idea ~ An Easy FUN GIFT IDEA – Fill a jar with yummy caramel dip, top with some toffee bits, wrap up with an apple and add a cute tag!  Perfect for a teacher gift, thank you, or party favor.

Teacher Appreciation Gift

30.  Teacher Appreciation Kisses ~ A simple way to show your thanks for all they do.  Attach these adorable tags to the bottom of Hershey’s kisses.

Teacher Appreciation Week

31.  Free Printable – “Sweet Teacher” Sandwich Bag Label ~ For Teacher Appreciation Week, attach these free printable sandwich bag labels to a bag full of chocolates, candies, cookies, or anything sweet! Tag says, “Thanks for being such a sweet teacher! From:” 

Teacher goodies

32.  Teacher Gift Ideas ~ There are several good teacher gift ideas here, but I LOVE the Box of Teacher Goodies.  Anything can look cute when you divide it up into little compartments, right?

Additional Teachers Week Tutorials


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