5 Ways to Make a Teacher Appreciation Gift

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up this next week, May 2nd-6th. This is our opportunity to show our children’s teachers how grateful we are for their dedication to teaching our children and just plain lovin’ 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. Summer will be here before you know it! 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.

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

1. Pencil Bouquet

Lara from Less Cake {more frosting} created pencil bouquets for her children’s teachers. This is a simple, inexpensive craft that won’t take more than 20 minutes to complete. That is especially important if you have multiple kids with multiple teachers! I am yet to meet a teacher without a need for pencils, so this one’s a no-brainer.

2. Fabric Lanyard

Somer from A Little Great made lanyards for her children’s teachers. I love this idea because it is actually something a teacher can use. Most teachers are responsible for carrying their school ID and room keys each day. I have also seen preschool and primary teachers wearing visuals reminders (i.e. raise your hand, sit down) for their students around their neck so they are easily accessible throughout the day. You can’t beat cute AND practical!

fabric lanyard

3. Finger Print Stationary

Last year I shared this idea from Family Fun for creating personalized stationary made from your child’s finger prints. 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.

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.

How do you intend to thank your children’s teachers for all they do?

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