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30+ Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

I do love my mugs.  The ones I pick out for myself.  Trust me, as a former teacher, teachers don’t need or want any more mugs!

That is why we have gathered all of these wonderful DIY teacher appreciation ideas for students to give their favorite teacher at any time of the year. 

Most parents think of end-of-school, winter holiday, birthday (If the teacher will tell when it is! That’s usually a big secret), teachers day gifts, and teacher appreciation week as opportunities to give homemade teacher gifts.

I’ll let you in on a little secret….The nicest thing I received was a candy bar and a can of soda with a little note to get me through parent/teacher conferences. 

It was so thoughtful of that parent.  Maybe she was a teacher lol!

So if you want to be that creative parent who gives homemade gifts for teachers, this page has so much to offer.

What are good DIY teacher gifts to make?

Some great handmade teachers day gifts are:

  • Coffee sleeves
  • Teacher wreaths
  • Candles
  • Crayon monogram
  • Crayon clock
  • Decoupage soaps
  • DIY clipboard
  • School supply cake
  • Bookmarks
  • Crayon cup holder
  • Apple wreath
  • Candy holder
  • And so much more!

Be sure to scroll down this page to find fun and exciting teachers’ day handmade gifts that you and the kids can make for teachers and staff at school.  

Many of our ideas would be great gifts for mother’s day, hostess gifts, or birthday gifts for friends and family as well!

Don’t miss the clock tutorial that makes a very creative homemade teachers’ day gift. 

The crayon clock tutorial would be perfect for a preschool or elementary school teacher’s classroom, complete with colorful crayons surrounding the clock face.  This one is from Craft Bits.

Homemade gifts for male teachers are not difficult to find on this page. The note cube gift by Creative 31 is something any teacher would love, and it is so simple to make.

I love the DIY clipboard from Mod Podge Rock blog that can be customized for any teacher, male or female.  Teacher’s love clipboards and can find so many uses for one or more in their class. 

Simply find some appropriate scrapbook papers or gift wrap that the teacher would like and join in the fun of Mod Podge.

Speaking of Mod Podge, the sweet decorative Mod Podge soaps are beautiful gifts for teachers or other special people like moms, grandmothers, and the perfect hostess.

Kids love Mod Podge, and to make these simple yet striking soaps, just find some pretty soaps to Mod Podge a design, sticker or even a photo on. These can be so personalized and make a lovely gift packaged in a nice box.

Please take a few minutes to scroll down this page to find a teacher appreciation gift that a teacher would love and you and the kiddos would love to make.

Your child's teacher will appreciate your creativity and one less mug!

30+ Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

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Apple Teacher Wreath

Apple Teacher Wreath

Homemade teacher gifts are the perfect way to thank that special teacher at the end of the school year. This apple wreath is perfect for your child’s teacher. Confessions of an Over Worked Mom

Candle from Crayons

Do you have small pieces of wax crayons your kids can’t use anymore? Don’t throw them away. Create a small colorful candle instead and gift it to a teacher. Ideas 2 Live 4

Candle Teacher Gift

Candle Teacher Gift

These printable labels allow you to use any candle to make a quick gift for your child's teacher. Down Red Bud Drive

Coffee Sleeve and Free Printable

Coffee Sleeve and Free Printable

Whip up a simple teacher gift with this fun free printable! Julie Measures

Colored Pencil Vase

Colored Pencil Vase

Here is a budget-friendly idea for your child's teacher. Make a colored pencil vase. Thrifty Jinxy

Crayon Clock

Crayon Clock

This tutorial shows you how to make an educational teacher themed gift for your teacher appreciation day or as a Christmas gift. Craft Bits

Crayon Monogram

A crayon monogram works great for back-to-school, a teacher holiday gift, or a teacher appreciation gift. Confidence Meets Parenting

Crayon Pencil Holder

Crayon Pencil Holder

This is so easy to make and best of all, it’s a practical gift for the teacher and a special container for your child. Mommy Snippets

Crayon Wreath

Preschool and elementary teachers will love hanging this wreath in the classroom. Mom's Party Cafe

Crochet Flower Paper Clip

This is a sweet little crochet project perfect for students or teacher appreciation day. Petals to Picots

Decoupage Soap Craft

Decoupage Soap Craft

This decoupage soap craft is easy to make for a gift idea for teacher gift, wedding favors, Mother's Day or Christmas. Mod Podge Rocks Blog

DIY Clipboard

DIY Clipboard

This DIY clipboard is such an easy craft and makes a great teacher gift. Mod Podge Rocks Blog

Easter Mason Jar Gifts

Easter Mason Jar Gifts

These easy and cute Easter mason jars are the perfect little Easter “basket” for teachers, friends and neighbors! Handmade in the Heartland

Elegant Lace Crochet Bookmark

Elegant Lace Crochet Bookmark

In this post, learn how to make a delicate and elegant crochet bookmark with this free pattern to make a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day, for teachers, or for any book lover in your life! Golden Lucy Crafts

Giftable Planter

Giftable Planter

After making the adorable planter from an old can, pop in a plant like an herb, succulent or pansy for a teacher's gift. Creative Green Living

Heishi Teachers Bracelet

Heishi Teachers Bracelet

Make a set of Heishi bracelets for a favorite teacher with this free tutorial. Artsy Fartsy Mama

Mason Jar Pencil Holder

Mason Jar Pencil Holder

This is a simple and cute craft to give to your child's teacher. Drugstore Divas

Melted Beads Apple Suncatchers Craft

Melted Beads Apple Suncatchers Craft

To make this suncatcher, all you need are cookie cutters and plastic pony beads. It's the perfect fall craft or make as a teacher appreciation gift. Jinx Kids

Note Cube Gift

Note Cube Gift

Purchase note cubes, stamp something cute on the sides, grab a pen from the dollar store and tie it up with a ribbon. A really cute, practical teacher gift. Organized 31

Paperweight

Paperweight

Create gorgeous, customizable DIY paperweights from dollar store glass candle holders. This make a great teacher appreciation gift. Mod Podge Rocks Blog

Pencil Sign

Pencil Sign

Learn how to easily make a personalized teacher pencil sign with scrap wood, a Cricut, and some paint. Leap Of Faith Crafting

Pressed Flower Bookmark

Pressed Flower Bookmark

Pressing flowers is a super fun and easy project. After pressing them, make them into to perfect gift for booklovers - bookmarks. Lil Tigers

Quilted Journal Cover Tutorial

These DIY quilted journal covers make quick and easy gift for teachers, Mother's Day or anyone. Learn how to cover any size journal, book or notebook with this tutorial. Scrap Fabric Love

School Supplies Cake

A great gift for your teachers to help get their room stocked with school supplies. Fun Squared

Stapler Printable

Stapler Printable

A practical gift idea is a stapler with a printable note attached. Check out the idea. Desert Chica

Stencil Painted Christmas Towel & Trivet

Stencil Painted Christmas Towel & Trivet

A step-by-step tutorial on how to make a stencil-painted Christmas tea towel. Purchase a stencil or make your own with a Cricut. The perfect gift for friends, neighbors and teachers! Handmade in the Heartland

Sunglasses with Printable Gift Tag

Sunglasses with Printable Gift Tag

Grab some sunglasses, print out the free printable and you have a budget friendly teacher gift. Reuse Grow Enjoy

Teacher Apple Earrings

Teacher Apple Earrings

These handmade apple earrings will make the perfect gift for any teacher. Learn how to make them with this free tutorial along with free cut file. Artsy Fartsy Mama

Teacher Appreciation T-Shirt

This cute teacher gift is completed using fabric markers, a ruler and an iron-on apple patch. U Create

Teacher Appreciation Thank You Printable

Teacher Appreciation Thank You Printable

There are two versions available: one is great for Teacher Appreciation Week, while the other is ideal for gifting at the end of the school year. Where The Smiles Have Been

Teacher Stationery Gift

Teacher Stationery Gift

Personalized stationery set with the cutest FREE printable tag is an excellent idea for teachers. Where The Smiles Have Been

Teacher’s #1 Candy Pot

Teacher’s #1 Candy Pot

Kids can make this cute teacher's gift for the start of or end of the school year. Craft Bits

Teacher’s Big Heart Tote Bag

Make this fun custom tote bag gift for Teacher Appreciation Day. Plaid

Teachers School Supply Cake

Teachers School Supply Cake

This DIY tutorial is perfect for a back to School teacher gift. Craft Bits

Water Bottle Idea

Water Bottle Idea

Give a teacher a thank-you gift with this water bottle idea with a free printable. Reuse Grow Enjoy





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