With three kiddos, teacher appreciation gifts can quickly become expensive and time intensive, though our teachers are absolutely deserving of some gratitude for all that they do. So I’ve come up with five easy teacher appreciation gift ideas that you can assemble with a quick trip to the dollar store or Walmart, and that you can throw together in 20 minutes or less.
These supplies are locally available at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s, Dollar Tree, Walmart and Target as well. I also created free printable gift tags that you can download for free.
If your teacher has a green thumb, have your children help you pick out and fill a pot or container with gardening supplies. Dollar Tree and Target’s dollar bins are great places to find cute and inexpensive gardening supplies. I purchased all of these items at Dollar Tree for $7. Add packets of seeds, gloves, gardening supplies, and maybe some sunscreen or a balm, and then finish with a fun chalkboard “Teachers plant the seeds of tomorrow” gift tag with a sweet note from your child on the back and a bit of ribbon for a finishing touch.
Download the matching Teacher Garden Tags. Print on card stock or matte photo paper and trim. Attach with ribbon, twine or a glue dot.
Gold Dipped Succulents
Succulents make wonderful gifts, because they require so little maintenance. To make these trendy gold-dipped pots, start with a long piece of tape, and press the middle section of tape down first about an inch from the bottom of the pot. As you work your way around the pot pressing the ends down from the middle, the tape will gradually go on at an angle since the pot is wider at the top than the bottom. Once your pot is taped, have your child help you paint the bottom portion of the pot in gold metallic paint that works on clay. Once dry, peel your tape off and pot your succulent.
Let your child sign their name on the “Thank you for helping me grow” gift tag and tie it on with a ribbon or tie the tag on to a gold swizzle stick (pictured). The tag even has instructions for caring for the succulent on the bottom. Makes a fun and stylish gift.
Download the matching Teacher Grow Tags. Print on card stock or matte photo paper and trim. Attach with ribbon, twine or a glue dot.
Bee Theme Basket
Every teacher deserves some pampering, so why not throw together a basket of themed beauty products. In this basket, Burt Bee’s honey products form the basis of the theme. I placed them in a wood berry basket, wrapped them with ribbon and added a free printable tag that says “You will always bee my favorite teacher” with a space to add your child’s name.
Download the matching Teacher Bee Tags. Print on card stock or matte photo paper and trim. Attach with ribbon, twine or a glue dot.
A Tea-riffic Gift
If your child’s teacher has a favorite beverage, such as sun tea or lemonade, pack a cute drink container with their favorite items. This cute Mason jar style cup was just $1 at Dollar Tree. Put some crinkle paper in the bottom that is the same color as their favorite beverage, pack with tea bags, packets of lemonade, etc. Add a cute tag and a bit of ribbon.
In keeping with the tea theme of this gift, I added a “You are a tea-riffic teacher!” gift tag that looks like a tea bag. Just add a sweet note from your child on the back. You could even tuck in a gift card.
Download the matching Teacher Tea-Riffic Tags. Print on card stock or matte photo paper and trim. Attach with ribbon, twine or a glue dot.
“A Big Heart” Art Print
For a really budget-friendly gift, frame a meaningful poem or quote. This “It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.” print is from my blog. I printed it on my home printer on card stock and then framed it in a dollar store frame I painted with some white spray paint. Have your child sign the back of the frame for a personal gift.
Download the matching Teacher 5×7 Prints. Print on card stock or matte photo paper and frame.
I hope these ideas inspire you to put together some fun and personal gifts!
Free printable gift tags and art print – Me! – Three Little Monkeys Studio
Mason jar cup, frame, crinkle paper, flower, garden supplies – Dollar Tree
Succulents and terra cotta pots – Suburban Lawn & Garden
Gold paint, ribbon – Hobby Lobby
Burt Bee’s products – Walmart