Are you struggling to think of great Teacher Appreciation gift ideas? You want to show your child’s teacher how much you appreciate them, but the question is, what will they like?
To figure out the best gift ideas for teachers for holidays and End of Year gifts I polled my teacher friends to see what they want. The list I came up with are the gifts teachers really love. So show them you care with these fun gift ideas.
UPDATE – Although schools are closed the teachers are still working hard from home to educate your children. Let the teachers know how much you appreciate them with a gift you can send from home. I’ve updated this article to give you several new gifts from home ideas.
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Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas
Due to the Stay at Home orders, I’ve added a ton of items you can order off Amazon and ship to the teachers plus eGift Card ideas.
1. Personalized Notes
The number one thing all of my teacher friends said they love are personalized notes from the kids. This is such an easy thing to do at home that their teacher will love.
Have your child write out a note to his teacher saying thank you or download this free printable your child can fill out about his/her teacher. Pair this with one of the other gifts below and you’re done.
This could easily be mailed to your teacher while school is out too.
2. Gift Cards
Number two on my friend’s teacher gifts list is gift cards. Now, this may seem impersonal but if you pair it with a note, the teachers will love it.
Some suggestions for eGift cards are Starbucks, Target, and Amazon. Giftcards.com site even has eGift cards to Netflix, Hulu, and Doordash which might be fun with the Stay at Home orders.
If you want, you can even ask the teacher for their top three choices and pick one of them. This way you know they will love it.
3. Travel Mug
What Teacher doesn’t need a pick me up of coffee in the morning. A travel mug is a useful gift and can be filled with candy or gum to make it a little more fun.
Below are a few options. The last one has chalkboard paint in the middle so you can customize it!
4. Personalized Bag
I love to go to Thirty-One to get cute bags and I have found a few that would be great for teachers’ gifts. A practical gift and cute, too!
Check out the variety of colors and patterns by clicking on the pictures below. Order early enough and you can customize it for your teacher. No commission on this for me, I just love them and wanted to share.
5. Trendy Jewelry or a Jewelry Travel Holder
Who doesn’t love some trendy jewelry pieces to wear? It’s something we don’t often buy which makes it a great gift to receive. I’ve found several cute pieces on Amazon that you could ship to the teacher.
If you are worried Jewelry might be too personal to pick out, try getting a travel jewelry case instead.
6. Holiday Dish Towels
Cute dish towels are always a fun teacher gift to receive.
7. Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas – Candy Jar
Find out your teacher’s favorite candy/snack and fill up a jar you can pick up at the Dollar Tree. Tie a pretty ribbon on it and add a sweet note from your child.
No time to make your own candy jar? No problem buy store-bought candy and add this cute free printable to make it a little more special. The printables are in two different sizes to fit any candy bag.
8. Basket of School Supplies
Has your teacher been asking for donations of school supplies? Teachers are often spending their own money on supplies needed in your child’s classroom. Find out what they need and fill up a basket of those supplies.
9. Flowers or Plants
Brighten up your teacher’s home with a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a pretty plant. Then add a pretty vase and a note from your child if dropping it off at school. Or go to 1800Flowers.com and ship flowers to your child’s teacher.
This one depends on your relationship with your teacher but who could resist the gift of a nice bottle of wine.
11. Favorite Sports Team
Do you know a team your teacher loves? Find them a hat, t-shirt, or mug with their favorite team name or mascot.
12. Dollar Tree Gift Ideas
Did you know Dollar Tree has cute holiday mugs and wine glasses? I love the idea of filling these up with Candy or Hot Chocolate mix to give to the teachers. If you want something a little more add a gift card into the glass
Another great item to pick up at Dollar Tree is gift bags and baskets for the other gifts on this list. Get more Dollar Tree Christmas Gift Ideas and Holiday Decorations. You’ll save money and teachers will love it.
Class Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas
It is really popular now to give a big class gift. It’s a great way to pool the student’s money together to get great Teacher Gifts.
While school is out, consider emailing other parents from your child’s class and maybe collecting money for a gift through Zelle or other online banking accounts. Then have the parent collecting money order the gift and ship to the teacher.
The most popular thing to give as a class gift is gift certificates. If you are planning to do this, I would go ahead and email your teacher asking them their three favorite stores or restaurants. With the class gift card being a bigger amount, it’s best to find a store/restaurant the teacher likes.
Personalize the Class Gift Card with these ideas:
Collect pictures from the school parties, field trips, or other fun class activities and put them in a frame to give the teacher along with the gift cards.
Jar of Love
Have each child write a sentence about what they love about their teacher and add it to a jar to give the teacher. Who wouldn’t want a jar reminding you what a great teacher you are!!
Basket of Supplies
Like mentioned before, often the teacher is in need of more school supplies for the classroom. This would be a great addition to your gift card – something for the teacher and something for the class.
I hope these teacher appreciation gift ideas help you find the perfect gift to say thank you to your child’s teacher. Do you have another great Teacher Gift idea? Please share it with us in the comments below.
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