Teacher Appreciation Gifts That They Actually Want

DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts That Will Not Break the Bank

Show your teacher how much she or he means to your child with these DIY teacher appreciation gifts that they'll love. These make great gifts for back to school, holidays, teacher appreciation week, teacher's day, and end of the year.

You'll find that these aren't your average teacher gifts. These are gifts that teachers say they actually want and will use. So put down those apple themed knick-knacks, scented candles, and coffee mugs because your kid's teacher is about to get something really special this year.  

Not only do they actually want these teacher appreciation gifts, all of them have a DIY aspect to them that will make them really special and show that you took a little bit of extra time to let them know how special they are. 

It's a great idea to ask teachers to fill out a teacher favorite things list so you can find out what gifts they would love. Check out this Getting to Know You Teacher questionnaire and Teacher Favorite Things printable.

Teacher Appreciation week is May 7-11, 2018 with Teacher's Day being May 8, 2018.

Gift Cards

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Yellow Bliss Road

Gift cards are the number one item that teachers say they want and that they'll actually use on themselves. 

If you know some of the teacher's interests you can buy a gift card for a shop that carries those items. If you're not sure, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Target gift cards are a safe bet for any teacher. 

Here are some free gift card printables to make that gift card look extra special when it's handed over to the teacher.

Snacks and Treats

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There's not much that will brighten a teachers day like having a little salty snack or sweet treat tucked away in their desk drawer. 

If you know the teacher's favorite snack then run with that. Gum, popcorn, and chocolate are also safe bets. 

Here are some cute DIY teacher appreciation gifts for snacks and treats.


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Crazy Little Projects

Stationery is also a nice teacher appreciation gift that's easy add a special DIY touch. You can create personal stationery for them at Shutterfly for a fair price or you can even create your own.

Here are some quick ways to dress up notebooks, thank you notes, and stationery. 

School Supplies

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Crafted Sparrow

Teachers are always in need of school supplies and you can't go wrong with giving them as a teacher appreciation gift.

Here are some free printables for markers, glue sticks, scissors, and other school supplies that they'll use all year. ​

Movie Certficates

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The Crafting Chicks

Everyone loves movies, especially when it's a free movie. These DIY teacher gifts include movie certificates and ​Redbox codes. These are great for any time of year.

Thank You Letters

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The Suburban Mom

Teachers love their students and what means more than anything to them is to know that they're making a difference in your child's life.

Here are some free, printable thank you notes that your child can fill out and hand over to their teacher. It's a heartfelt gift that the teacher will cherish all year long.