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As a teacher for multiple years, I was on the receiving end of many lovely and wonderful gifts for various occasions and as a momma now who is experiencing giving gifts to teachers for the first time, I wanted to make sure that I give gifts to my kids’ teachers that they will love and enjoy for years to come.

Please let me preface this post with a disclaimer so I don’t have people throwing rocks in my general direction: all teachers {or at least the good ones} will appreciate *any and all* gifts sent their direction. I can tell you from personal experience that I certainly did not go into the profession to expect gifts from my students and their families and every single present that was sent my direction was received with lots of love and appreciation. I promise.

But here’s the thing: one person can have only so many coffee mugs and apple-related decor items. {Don’t throw rocks now please!} I know that parents and kids think that those are an awesome gift idea to give your favorite teacher {and they are}, but why not change things up a bit? Some of my most favorite gifts were those that were more personal to me, rather than the general “teacher-y” gifts. Dig deep and think about what you know about your child’s teacher or have your kidlet so some undercover work.

I’ve rounded up 15 teacher gift ideas that would have been stand-outs to me {let me beat a dead horse now and say ALL gifts are appreciated and cherished}. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

15 Awesome Teacher Gift Ideas!

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Teacher free printable gift tags

Free printable ice cream gift idea

Ice cream printable

buttons bookmarks

Button bookmarks

Quenching Your Thirst from Lisa Storms

teacher gift idea

Free download from Eighteen 25

Chalkboard easels from I Heart Nap Time

Chalkboard Mug from Hi Sugarplum!

Caramel apple gift idea

Ruffled Bookmark from Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Two Toned Tote from Mommy By Day, Crafter By Night 

Lunch Bag from Martha Stewart 


brown sugar scrub

Puppy Pillow from TaylorMade

Pencil Bouquet from Less Cake {More Frosting}

Colored Chalkboard from Michaels

DIY Brag Boards from Shanty 2 Chic


Cookie Cup from eighteen25

Note Card Set

Letterpress Notecard Set from Sweet Rose Studio

 Book Bags

DIY Book Bags from City House Studio

Painted Glass Vases from Little Gray Fox

Little zippered pouch

I love this gift for Teachers Appreciation week!

Teachers are treasures free downloads

So what do you think? Great ideas, right?

As always, I have lots more inspiration on my Pinterest, especially the Teacher Teacher board! I’d love for you to stop by and follow! -Katie

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38 Responses to “15 Awesome Teacher Gift Ideas!”

  1. Abbie

    As a teacher myself for several years, I will be less diplomatic and say that some gifts I have received from students were similar to gifts you get as a kid from a great aunt who doesn’t really know what’s age appropriate or what your interests are. These are all great ideas!

  2. teachinfourth

    I think a few of these would be great ideas for teachers…I wouldn’t mind getting one or two of them (I teach 5th grade), but most of them are cutesy, and not really for a male teacher, you know?

    A case of Dr. Pepper would always be appreciated though.

    In fact, I wrote a similar post, but mine is more geared to the dos and don’ts. I won’t post a link to it, but I will say that I’m glad you wrote something about gifts because sometimes the cheap candy or knick-knacks just don’t quite cut it, you know?

    • Karen

      I think it’s the thought that counts especially when it’s a child giving you a gift. If you get one that does not “cut it” then perhaps that family can’t afford one that does…or maybe it means something else…. I’m giving homemade gifts this year (one that the kids can help with). I think going too extravagant looks like you’re looking for favors.

  3. Kayleigh

    On the recent posts page (this is on page 3) there is a picture of what looks like an ice cream kit or gift box. Do you know where that post is? I’d love to find it!

  4. Catherine

    Loved these ideas! So fresh and different, plus allows us to show our creativity in the sea of “end of year gifts”. Thank you!!!


    these are cool, but i still need more! Want totally unique homemade teacher gifts! Still can’t find!

  6. Daniel

    Some great gift ideas there. They all have a craft feel to them which is perfect for teachers.

  7. Mrs. S.

    As a teacher, most of those gifts look really great, but I have to say……NO MORE MUGS, please!!! Not even cute ones with chalkboard paint on them. :-)

  8. John

    I like your ‘modern-simple-minimalist’ blog’s tone and layout. And of course the ideas ! Specially the DIY Book Bags, very much inspiring !

  9. Debbie

    Really I just liked the tumblers, the strawberry bath stuff in the coordinating basket, and the caramel apple, but those are really great ideas!

  10. tiffany

    Thank you so much for the wonderful ideas. I truly appreciate my kids teachers and would like to get them something that will be useful. I will be picking from these this year. I was thinking a gift card but wanted something a little more personal and these are perfect. Thank you again.

  11. Emily

    Wow, those are some beautiful gifts! Must be some very crafty parents out there; I don’t think I ever received anything so lovely but always enjoyed it when kids put some time in to saying thank you.

  12. Andrea

    Love the ideas. My mom is a teacher and I remember her bringing home gifts from kids and really having no use for them, but these gifts are all practical and cute too.

  13. Maggie

    When my daughter graduated from her daycare, I had four teachers to thank. That can get expensive pretty fast. So, I bought some small (4×6) picture frames and put gift certificates for David’s Tea in the frames. The director thanked me for hers, but the teachers didn’t acknowledge my gifts. To any teachers reading this, even if you really hate the gift, please send a “thanks”.

  14. Noemy

    Thank you so much for these wonderful ideas, I have 8 teacher to give to and the apple caramel dip looks very cute!!!!

  15. cookie

    Some of these are really cute:) Teachers get too many candles and mugs to be useful. Gift certificates even in the smallest amounts to a coffee shop or local deli are always much appreciated:)