What’s the Project? Looking for teacher appreciation ideas like great gifts that the teacher will love? Here are a bunch of creative and fun gifts that are sure to make the teacher smile and feel appreciated at the end of a great year.
I used to run teacher appreciation week at my kids’ school. I did it for a lot of years, so I have TONS of teacher appreciation ideas and I am ready to share some fun gifts for teachers with you today to show your gratitude.
I love spoiling the teachers after a long year in the classroom. I feel like they really deserve it (and so much more) and it’s a fun way to say thank you to them. Plus, coming up with gift ideas that they will really love is just a fun thing to do!
But if you’re coming up blank on teacher appreciation gift ideas this year, I’ve got you covered with 25 great ones that I think the teachers will love. (No mugs or tote bags.) Here are some great gifts to spoil your favorite teachers.
Are you ready for all of these fun ideas? Teacher appreciation day is typically in May, or sometimes it’s the first full week of May, depending on how your school does it, so be prepared.
25 Teacher Appreciation Gifts (that Teachers Will Love):
Let me just start this off by saying that I feel pretty strongly that teachers probably don’t want any more crayon art, tote bags, or mugs. (Maybe I am wrong.)
I haven’t been a teacher, but I’ve talked to enough of them to know that if you really want to spoil them, you will do something special for THEM, not something that just looks cute and you found it on Pinterest.
(See this post on What Teachers REALLY Want.)
I am a firm believer in gift cards, yummy food (chocolate), or things that relate to their hobbies. We have surveys that our teachers fill out at our school telling us some of their favorites—restaurants, stores, treats, and I try to stick to something from that. Or think about what YOU would like to receive if you were a teacher.
So, this roundup is hopefully a good collection of things that will make your teacher feel loved, appreciated, and just a little bit spoiled. And you can always add a gift card to any of these too! And of course, a handwritten note or picture from your kids would be an added bonus!
Teacher Gift Ideas:
You’ll find a few color-themed gift ideas in this list because I think they are fun and easy. Just pick a color and run with it. I’ve got a bunch of ideas and free printable tags to go with this. Let’s start with this ridiculously cute red one.
This one was super fun to put together! Have a fun Aloha theme when you fill a jar with yellow items and top it with green tissue paper. You could do school supplies inside the jar or just things to spoil your child’s teacher.
Another colored one! Pink is my favorite, so I really love this one. It’s pretty easy to find things to go in it—then just grab the free printable tag and you’re all set!
I love love love this one! Maybe because Asian food is my very favorite? Fill a takeout box with fortune cookies and add a gift card to a local Asian restaurant.
Fortunate to Have a Teacher Like You:
These printables that you pair with candy have been a HUGE hit for years. It’s a really easy gift (and this one would work great any time of year—not just the end of the school year—just for a fun pick me up too).
Get your teacher ready for summer with this fun flip-flop-themed gift! Grab some flip flops and then throw in some other fun foot-related items like pedicure supplies and you’re all set!
I am a HUGE sucker for notebooks, so this one is a major favorite for me. Just add a tag and maybe a pen to a cute notebook and she will love it!
This is a quirky one—strawberry-themed! Fill a jar with red goodies and then top it off with a cute green ribbon. Bet she won’t get anything else quite like this.
And this quirky one is crazy fun! Who doesn’t love nachos? Add a gift card to a favorite Mexican food restaurant to make this a perfect gift for your kids’ teacher.
If you think she might love lotion, soaps, or other spa-type items, this gift could be a really great idea! You could attach this tag to a single item or create a whole gift basket.
You can make this makeup bag with the pattern on my site, fill it with cosmetics, lip balm, nail polish, or a gift card for any of these things, or other spa items, and add the tag!
Gift cards are a perfect gift for everyone, right?! Who wouldn’t want one? Use this simple gift card holder to package it up and you’re all set!
Cute for the teacher who loves to bake! Fill it up with anything related to being in the kitchen, like ingredients, utensils, or a recipe, or add anything that makes a sweet treat.
Because every teacher probably loves Target and can shop either for themself or for things for the classroom, this gift card holder is perfect!
Have you had mini bundt cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes? This would make a perfect gift for your child’s teacher. Or do a gift card so they can go pick out their own!
Ok, this would be an AMAZING gift from the whole class. Get a cute wallet and fill it with gift cards from some favorite restaurants or stores.
Stuff a Wallet with Gift Cards:
Here’s another possible tag to go along with a notebook if you liked that idea.
Notebook with Cute Gift Tag:
A movie night gift basket would be fun! Who doesn’t love a good movie night?
Rather than a themed gift, this one just has a cute drink cup with a gift card and printable gift tags. Easy!
Mason Jar Gift Tag (Stuff a Gift Card inside):
Another version of a Target gift card holder! Isn’t it cute?!
Another Target Gift Card Holder:
Here are a couple more drink-related ones. One is pink-themed, and the one below it is just a general drink one, but either would be great!
Fill It with Things She Loves:
Another gift card themed one—this time for the app store so they could use to get a new app:
These gift card holders are specific to treats and restaurants. And they are so cute!
The mother of all gift cards—Amazon! Add it to this cute printable holder and you’re all set!
Or if she’s a coffee drinker, try this one!
Hopefully, these teacher appreciation ideas are going to really help you spoil those teachers this year!
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Thanks for sharing these interesting ideas. Teachers would love to get such unique and heartwarming gifts.
That is what, I am looking for. Thank you for posting such articles.
Love your site! Just downloaded the DQ ‘It’s been a treat…” teacher gift card. Do you have one that is for bus drivers too? Thanks for sharing your cute printables!
I’m desperately looking for the printable with the flower head that reads “Thanks for helping us grow.” I’ve used it for teacher appreciation every year for the past 3-4 years and I thought I saved it, but I can’t find it. When I search on Pinterest, your page pops up, but then when I go on this link for your site, that image doesn’t come up as a printable option. Please help! I’m needing this ASAP. Thank you!
Uh oh I think I might have deleted that post. Whoops! Here’s a similar couple that you could use: https://fun-squared.com/flowers-teacher-gift-idea/
paired with these flowers: https://fun-squared.com/mothers-day-bouquet/
I am a teacher and these ideas are fantastic. I’m going to tweet a word here and there so I can use them for giving to my friends. Thank you.
I would love the link for the “Knock Socks Off” template if at all possible please.
Tammy R Rezabek says
Laura Kelly says
So many FANTASTIC ideas!!!
Emma Rademaker says
Maria Aparecida Buitoni says
Infelizmente eu não falo inglês muito bem , e tambem moro do outro lado do mundo ,por isso não posso adquirir seus produtos ,por causa da distância e de não haver meios de compra-los.Mas ficarei recebendo seus e-mails sempre que quiserem mandar para mim.Agradeço ,Maria Aparecida.