15 Awesome Teacher Gift Ideas!


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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.Awesome Teacher Gifts on I Heart Nap Time

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

One Smart Cookie Teacher Gift with FREE printable on www.iheartnaptime.com

One smart cookie gift idea 

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

You are all that teacher gift idea from I Heart Nap Time

Easy gift idea for teachers

Chalkboard easels from I Heart Nap Time

Chalkboard Mug from Hi Sugarplum!

Caramel apple gift idea

Ruffled Bookmark from Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

pop tags

Pop tags from Darling Doodles

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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  1. Tori posted on April 27, 2012 at 8:46 am (#

    I love those ideas! Especially the chalkboard mug!

  2. Abbie posted on April 28, 2012 at 4:37 am (#

    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!

  3. teachinfourth posted on April 28, 2012 at 7:16 am (#

    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 posted on December 6, 2012 at 6:30 am (#

      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.

  4. Ashley @ MommyByDayCrafterByNight posted on April 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm (#

    Thanks so much for featuring my Two Toned Tote Tutorial!! xoxo

  5. Tsuki aka LittleGrayFox posted on April 30, 2012 at 10:11 pm (#

    Such cute ideas! I love the printables :) thank you for including my painted vases!

  6. Kayleigh posted on May 9, 2012 at 10:51 am (#

    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!

  7. Kathy posted on May 10, 2012 at 10:44 am (#

    These are great ideas. You might like this adorable felt apple brooch that’s so easy even a child could make on in one evening:


  8. Catherine posted on June 4, 2012 at 12:53 pm (#

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

  9. Molly posted on June 7, 2012 at 11:16 am (#

    I LOVE your site! Your pictures are awesome and the posts are helpful! Not to mention I love the URL. :) I hope you’ll visit my site, and if you like it “like” it on facebook. Thanks!


  10. JOJOBI posted on June 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm (#

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

  11. Daniel posted on July 15, 2012 at 4:09 am (#

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

  12. Elle@GiftGoggling posted on July 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm (#

    The caramel apple gets my vote. A nice twist on a old standard. That and the fact that I can’t resist caramel.

  13. Mrs. S. posted on July 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm (#

    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. :-)

  14. John posted on September 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm (#

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

  15. Michele Schultze posted on September 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm (#

    Love your ideas for teacher gifts, very clever

    • Jamielyn posted on September 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm (#

      Thanks for your comment. Hope you have a nice weekend!

  16. Debbie posted on October 22, 2012 at 5:26 am (#

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

  17. tiffany posted on November 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm (#

    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.

  18. Emily posted on November 21, 2012 at 11:27 am (#

    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.

  19. ashfarm posted on February 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm (#


  20. Lorene posted on April 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm (#

    Awesome ideas- I like the button bookmarks- cute but practical

    • Jamielyn posted on April 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm (#

      THanks Lorene! They make great gifts! :D

  21. Roxanne posted on September 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm (#

    These are seriously the CUTEST ideas ever!!!! Thank you!! Chalkboard mug is amazing! My mom is a teacher and has one! So cute!!! If you want some great priced supplies for teaching (make great gifts!) Check out Liberty Office!! http://www.libertyoffice.com/Browse1.aspx?DepID=28

    • Jamielyn posted on September 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm (#

      Teacher gifts are so fun! Thanks for the link Roxanne, I’ll have to check it out once my little ones go to school! :)

  22. Marcia posted on December 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm (#

    Such good ideas! Teachers do so much good.

    • Jamielyn posted on December 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm (#

      They really do, I think teacher gifts are so important!!

  23. Andrea posted on December 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm (#

    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.

    • Jamielyn posted on December 16, 2013 at 6:10 pm (#

      Thanks for your comment Andrea! Teachers deserve only the best gifts! :)

      • Kaia posted on January 22, 2014 at 6:51 pm (#

        Awesome gifts I love them

  24. Julie Shields posted on December 8, 2013 at 10:22 am (#

    Great ideas. I loved all of them.

    • Jamielyn posted on December 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm (#

      Glad you liked them! Teacher gifts are so fun to do!

  25. Maggie posted on March 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm (#

    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”.

  26. Amanda posted on April 29, 2014 at 6:26 pm (#

    I would love to buy a few of the tote-bags, where can I get these?

  27. Heather posted on May 25, 2014 at 10:50 am (#

    Such great ideas! My recent blog post was for a teacher gift idea too! <3

  28. Noemy posted on May 25, 2014 at 1:43 pm (#

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

  29. cookie posted on July 18, 2014 at 3:24 am (#

    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:)

  30. Gina posted on August 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm (#

    As a parent I have included Thank You cards with teacher gifts. The teachers loved the Thank You cards! :)

  31. Brandi posted on January 23, 2015 at 8:47 pm (#

    Great ideas. Check out http://www.giftgivingbaskets.com for a few other ideas.

  32. Faith posted on February 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm (#

    Thanks…. And great addvise to But I pland my own thing sorry!!:(

  33. Denis posted on February 8, 2015 at 1:48 pm (#

    I let you discover luidiremerci.com for your gifts. A very nice selection of brands that will make unforgettable gifts.

  34. thea posted on February 24, 2015 at 3:10 am (#

    This website has really helped me!I had a shot at the pencil boutique,my teacher loved it.I think she would like love hearts in a chain to hang on her computer
    or some cute bookmarks would look really cute!:)

  35. IndianTyohar posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:29 am (#

    Many thanks of these wonderful ideas, I’ve 2 teacher to offer to and also i love the idea about the caramel apple gift. its looks very cute.

  36. Sandra Furnbah posted on March 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm (#

    Hi, I saw this great list, and found  a product that I have been making for the teachers that I know!!    We have gotten a great response,, and i wanted to share!  

  37. Alexis posted on March 19, 2015 at 10:46 pm (#


  38. Lisa posted on April 7, 2015 at 8:39 pm (#

    great ideas, I’m sure easily identifiable on the local mom b.s.t like the teacher for one of my children did.  5.00 was all my gift was worth.  Now they all get potted lavender.  

  39. Sarah posted on April 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm (#

    We made a donation to Roots Ethiopia in honor of our 3 girls’ teachers. A $40 donation will purchase a chalkboard for a classroom in Ethiopia! Our daughters are adopted from Ethiopia. As a former teacher I can tell you that a donation such as this has so much more meaning than yet another item to set on a desk. Here’s the link for more information: http://www.razoo.com/story/Givingtuesday-2113

  40. jasmit posted on April 11, 2015 at 9:17 am (#

    Such a wonderful ideas thanks for it dear.

  41. Tris posted on June 2, 2015 at 1:12 pm (#

    All of these seem great, but they’re not that easy to make.

  42. Jennifer posted on December 13, 2015 at 9:30 am (#

    As an administrator I do not receive many gifts – that is not much different than it was when I was a high school teacher.  High school teachers do not receive the gifts that teachers of lower grades receive.  With that said, I always loved the gifts that I knew came from the heart of my students.  The Christmas ornaments (with a note of appreciation attached), personalized doo-dads, anything that was related to science (what I taught) – those were always my favorites.  

  43. Marie posted on August 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm (#

    Love these Book Bags! As a teacher myself, I love gift cards. Very simple and time-saving for those “busy parents”, can’t go wrong! I also love anything personal and original, doesn’t have to be expensive. I’ve received many gifts throughout my career and finally decided to create my own collection of funny teacher gifts.

  44. Cindy Dore posted on August 15, 2016 at 4:28 am (#

    love love this!