20 cheap, easy, cute & practical teacher appreciation gifts


20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

It’s already teacher appreciation week! If you’re a little late to the game (like I am), don’t worry – I have a great collection of teacher appreciation gift ideas for you today, and you have all the way through the end of the school year to put something together. I know we love giving teachers homemade goodies, but they often receive so many treats during the month of May they end up giving most of them away. Same with cute DIY decor projects – there’s only so many places to put framed handprints, etc. I’m sure teachers appreciate every single gift they receive, but let’s try giving them something a little more practical. Here are 20 easy, cute, and practical teacher appreciation gift ideas that teachers will love (many are cheap too!). Make sure to read #20 – it’s the single best gift you can give a teacher!

1. I love this soap & printable from eighteen25 – teachers go through tons of soap each year, and this printable is super cute!

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

2. Teachers need lots of water (and/or soda) to keep talking to their students all day long, so Crazy Little Projects shares a cute cup & printable gift idea:

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

 

3. Teachers love getting gift cards that they can use on the classrooms (or themselves!). Make a gift card extra special with this personalized photo gift card holder from It’s Always Autumn.

This is so fun! Use a photo of your child as a gift card holder for a teacher's appreciation gift teachers will actually want! Easy, practical, end of year teacher gift idea.

3. This great teacher appreciate gift idea from Sweet Rose Studio helps replenish the teacher’s stash of books, stickers, etc:

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

4. This highlighter gift from Love The Day is another way to replenish some of teacher’s supplies:

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

5. This Target gift card holder from Landeelu is so clever! Doesn’t everyone want a little extra Target cash?

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6. If you have lots of teachers you’d like to recognize, this inexpensive idea via Spoonful might fit the bill:

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

7. Use these cute printables from Tatertots and Jello via Skip to My Lou to dress up a gift card to the teacher’s favorite fast food restaurant:

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

8. Here’s another idea from Tatertots and Jello via Skip to My Lou: movie gift cards and a cute free printable.

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

9. This is a super cute way to package up dry erase markers for a teacher (from Spoonful):

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

10. Here’s another super easy and inexpensive gift idea (perfect for your junior high school kids who have 6 or 7 teachers to give gifts to!). From The Happy Scraps:

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

11. These printables from Chickabug are hilarious! Pair them with a gift card for every teacher’s favorite gift.

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

12. I love this tote bag idea from Delightfully Noted:

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

13. Pair this adorable bookmark from Positively Splendid with a stack of books for the classroom for a gift any teacher is sure to love:

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

14. These cute drink sleeves from Finding Pins and Needles are a great personalized idea.

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

15. If you like to sew, this simple kindle cover would make a pretty gift. Find instructions at The Polka Dot Chair.

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

16. My mother-in-law used to go through massive amounts of sanitizing wipes when she taught school, so I knew I wanted to start giving these as a teacher appreciation gift. Get the free printables here:

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

17: It can be a little harder to come up with ideas for male teachers – but if he’s a golfer this idea’s perfect. From The Creative Cubby.

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

 

18. This stationary gift set from Becky Higgins is pretty and useful since teachers often write notes to their students (her post has a few other great ideas as well).

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19. Use these cute printables from The Tiny Tiara to package up some Tic Tacs, Altoids, or Andes mints for an inexpensive, practical gift.

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20. And lastly, for the truly best gift a teacher can receive: write a letter telling your child’s teacher what you most appreciated about him or her this year, and send a copy of the letter to the school principal. Teachers treasure personal letters (who doesn’t?), and by sending a copy to the principal, you’ll be adding a positive recommendation to her file that could be helpful when she is considered for advancement. The letter doesn’t have to be long – three or four sentences is plenty – and you can get ideas for what to say in this post. This completely free gift may be the best one your child’s teacher has ever received!

what a fantastic idea! the best cheap, easy teacher gift ever: a letter to the school principal telling why your child's teacher is amazing. I'm going to do this! The post has some good ideas for things to include in the letter.

 

20 cute, easy, cheap & practical teacher appreciation gift ideas

Comments

  1. 1

    Kristie says

    While I love these suggestions, and will probably use some of them, the school I clean in gives the teachers soap and lysol wipes. So it might be better to check with the secretary at the school and see what is provided for the teachers and what they spend their hard earned money on.
    Thanks for putting together a great list!

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      Glenda Lowery says

      Also, some schools do not permit the teachers to have any type of cleaning supplies. My school system does not allow us to use these at all due to possible allergies. Only things we can have are the things on the approved list and even then we cannot use them around students. Many teachers still purchase these themselves and use them even though we can get in trouble if we had an official visit and are caught with them

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    LIz says

    Your ideas were a lifesaver!! I have always bought my twins teachers a nice gift card for the end of the year..but this year being in 5th grade and each of my daughters having 5 teachers plus a coach…I just couldn’t afford it. I saw your ideas today (the day before school is out) and we made the adorable sticky note idea for all the teachers tonight and included a pen. They came out adorable with the printable. Thanks so much!

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    Pam says

    For the past few years we’ve been giving the teachers gift cards. The kids choose where from-Staples, Michaels, or WalMart. The year my don’t have his teacher the Staples cards she was excited, because she could replenish her school supplies.

    Not sure what to do this year as my son has 6 different teachers.

  4. 9

    says

    These ideas are fabulous. I’ve been teaching for 19 years now. My most treasured gifts are handmade, letters from parents and students, and photographs. I love your #20 letter idea. We do not get compliments given to the principal about us passed along to us. Thank you.

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        Corbi says

        As I check back in on my year 20, I am sadden to admit that I am retiring. I can no longer deal with the politics, constant changes, extreme demands put on teachers. I have to “recuse” myself and rediscover my family. This truly saddens me because I LOVE teaching. I love the kids and parents. I love my school family and friends. I just wanted to share this with someone. Thank you for listening.

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    Suzanne says

    So clever. Can you come up with one for paper? My kids’ teachers ALWAYS are in need of paper. a cute tag to put on it would be awesome!

    • 13

      Janey says

      I found two cute ones for giving reams of paper, an adorable poem tag here and a cute and simple tag here: . Hope they’re helpful!

      • 14

        Janey says

        Wow, they post a huge list of links to other blogger’s content here, but won’t let us include more links to help each other out?! I don’t even have a blog and wasn’t promoting anything. Anyway, the poem is at the creativecapitalb blog and the other paper gift tag is at lollyjane. Try googling for “teacher gift paper ream” plus the blog name, and you should be able to find them. Sorry I couldn’t just send you to the right place. 🙁

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