5 ways to make a teacher appreciation gift

As a thank-you for all of their hard work and dedication, teachers often receive gifts from their students and their families. While store-bought gifts are always appreciated, a DIY personalized gift can be a meaningful and thoughtful way to show your appreciation.

In this article, we will explore some creative and easy-to-make DIY personalized gift ideas that are sure to be appreciated by any teacher. So, if you’re looking for a unique and heartfelt way to show your appreciation for a special teacher in your life, read on for some creative DIY gift ideas!

Teachers deserve a lot of credit. They work so hard teaching our children and deserve a huge thank you.

This is our opportunity to show our children’s teachers how grateful we are for their dedication to teaching our children and just plain loving on them!

It doesn’t have to be an extravagant gift, just a small token of gratitude is sufficient. For all you super moms who already have your gifts made, wrapped, and tagged you may want to start thinking about gift ideas for the end of the school year.

For all you procrastinators like myself, here are a few ideas to solve your frantic gift searching.

Today’s post features five ways to make a teacher appreciation gift.

diy teacher gifts


1. Chalkboard Mason Jar Vases 

Angela from blue i style shares how she made these adorable Chalkboard Mason Jar Vases that would be very useful to hold school supplies or treats. Similar to my Back to School Apple Mason Jar you can’t go wrong with Mason jar gifts. The addition of the chalkboard paint allows for personalization. Just wash and reuse.


2. Pencil Coffee Cozy and Notebook Paper Mug Mat

Crafty Staci has a pattern and tutorial for this cute Pencil Coffee Cozy and Notebook Paper Mug Mat. Get out your sewing machine to make this unforgettable teacher gift. Your child’s teacher with think fondly of your son or daughter when they drink their hot coffee!


3. Finger Print Stationary

Years ago, I shared this idea for creating personalized stationary made using your child’s finger prints that was inspired from Family Fun magazine. Isaac had a lot of fun making these for his preschool teachers. I can guarantee that your child will be so much more excited about giving the gift to his teacher if he took part in its creation! Since teachers are always making lists or writing notes, you can’t really go wrong by giving them paper. You can visit Amy at Teach Mama for her tutorial.

Finger print stationary


4. Thanks a “Latte” Gift Card Holder

The girls from eighteen25 created this adorable (and witty) gift card holder using some cardstock, a coffee sleeve, and twine.

Not only is this simple to make, but even a $5.00 gift card is enough to give the gift of coffee.

Many teachers love rolling through the Starbucks drive-through for a pick-me-up on the way to work.

Coffee gift card holder


5. Oil Cloth Lunch Sack

Cindy from Skip to My Lou created these lunch sacks a few years ago when she and some friends brought lunches for their children’s teachers during teacher appreciation week.

Not only did the teachers get to enjoy a delicious lunch, but they also got to keep these lovely lunch bags.

Definitely an upgrade from a brown paper bag! Since most teachers choose to pack their lunches instead of chancing cafeteria food, this is a sure-to-please teacher gift.


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  1. Hey Beckie! THANK YOU for the shout out on my pencil bouquet! That was a big surprise I just came across in my ‘lil reader. I’m SO glad I sat down to look at blogs this afternoon. Yay! Seriously. Thank you so much!

  2. These ideas are wonderful! I am a teacher and I would love any of these practical, thoughtful gifts! 😀

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