23 DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts They’ll Adore


Make teacher happy with one of these incredible homemade teacher gift ideas.  They’re perfect for both male and female teachers.  These easy homemade gifts tutorials include teacher poems, teacher thank you cards, as well as edible treats, printable cards, personalized drink sleeve, gift cards and printable art!

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts They'll Adore

We’ve taken away all the guess work on gifts to make for teacher’s with these incredible tutorials. For even more teacher gift ideas Tip Junkie’s Creative Community has over 108 tutorials.  You can always search there if you’’re looking for more tutorials with step-by-step instructions. {wink}

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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, 2014, it begins on Monday, May 5 and ends on Friday, May 9.

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Apples for the Teacher Gift Basket {free printable}

1.  Apples for the Teacher Gift Basket {free printable} ~ Since apples are iconic for teacher’s this Apples for the Teacher Gift Basket is perfect!  Add treats in red or apple flavored to a gift basket and attach the adorable free printable tag.

Caramel Apple Teacher Appreciation Label

2.  Caramel Apple Teacher Appreciation Label ~ Let the teacher know that “A is not just for apple” it’s also for Awesome.  Attach the free printable tag to a homemade caramel apple or store bought.

Homemade Teacher Gift

Teacher Gift Ideas3.  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.

Class Birthday Board

4.  Class Birthday Board ~ For the special teacher in our life, we designed this DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift: Class Birthday Board! What better than a ruler? With so much going on in a busy classroom this is sure to be a big help keeping track of class birthdays.

Stacked Book Necklace

5.  Stacked Book Necklace ~ Learn how to make this Anthropologie inspired stacked book necklace for the teacher using Timeless Minis.  It’s so adorable you may want to make one for yourself!  {{wink}}

Easy Homemade Gift

Framed Teacher Eye Chart {free printable}

6.  Framed Teacher Eye Chart {free printable} ~ Print out and frame this awesome teacher eye chart to show appreciation for all the cool teachers in your kids’ lives! Teacher appreciation week is in May!

Homemade Lavender Tub Tea {teacher appreciation}

7.  Homemade Lavender Tub Tea {teacher appreciation} ~ Let your child’s TEAcher know just how much they are appreciated with this wonderful Lavender Tub Tea. This handmade tea recipe uses epsom salt, lavender oil, dried lavender, oatmeal and dry milk, giving it a natural and relaxing aroma. It’s perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a long day!

Teacher Gift8.  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.

Teacher Thank You

Teacher Thank You

9.  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.

Target Gift Card Holder

10.  Target Gift Card Holder ~ This gift can’t get any easier.  Simply print the free card and attach a gift card.  It can’t get any easier than that.  {wink}

Teachers Day Messages

Teacher, You Are Gold {free printable}

11.  Teacher, You Are Gold {free printable} ~ This gold themed gift for the teacher is right on trend.  There are two color options for the label that you can attach to non-food items like nail polish or a box of chocolates.

Teachers Day Messages

12.  “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. 13.  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.

Thanks for the A+ Start {free printable}

14.  Thanks for the A+ Start {free printable} ~ FREE Printables perfect for a teacher appreciation breakfast in a bag. Includes two tags for granola (for different sized jars) plus the tag to put on the outside of the gift. Tag says, “Thanks for the A+ Start!” Makes a FABULOUS and easy gift.

Starbucks Gift Card

15.  Starbucks Gift Card ~ This Starbucks gift card packaging idea is perfect for the latte lover.  Download and print the free sleeve and check off the boxes that describe the teacher.  I love it a latte!  {{snicker}} 

Teachers Day Cards

16.  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

17.  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. 

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation18.  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

19.  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

20.  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.

Back to School Teacher Gift
21.  Mini Oreo Apple Pops {teacher gift} ~ In keeping with tradition, “an apple for the teacher”, gift the teacher with adorable mini oreo apple pops. They’re made with mini oreo’s, candy melts, pretzel and air heads for the leaf.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Extra Special Teacher Gift

22.  Extra Special Teacher Gift ~ Check out this super cute way to get on your child’s teachers good side! {wink} Super easy to make using the included tag and a trip to the grocery store to get a package of Extra gum.  

You Take the Cake

23.  You Take The Cake ~ A simple way to show your thanks for all they do.  Attach these adorable tags to a single serve container containing a mini bundt cake.




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  1. These are great ideas. May I encourage gift-givers to also include a sincere note of what you appreciate about that teacher? That is the most special thing I, as a teacher, can receive. Those notes are a lifeline during the rough times. They are a reminder to us about why we do what we do. Thank you for your thoughtfulness in sharing these gift ideas.

  2. Thank you soooo much for including our class birthday board in your roundup! We love your blog and enjoy all the inspiration your readers provide with pictures and tutorials.

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