If you’re looking to give a well-deserved thank you to your child’s teacher in a creative way, you’re in the right place! Here are 25 outstanding teacher appreciation gift ideas, all with an adorable free printable card or tag to go with it! These are perfect for DIY homemade or store-bought gifts! As a former teacher, trust me – these gifts will be a hit! Something for every teacher, and for every parent’s budget!
A Well-Deserved Teacher Thank You for 2020
If there was ever a year that teachers deserved to know they are appreciated, it’s 2020. Thrown into a global pandemic, needing to alter their curriculum, create online lessons, learn new tech and software within split seconds…well, teachers usually have a lot demanded of them, but this year takes the cake.
As someone who was a high school teacher for 14 years before having kids, I know firsthand how hard teachers work and how dedicated they are. Yes, there are some that are in it for the unions and pensions, but most truly love your kids. And this year was so sad for so many of them, ending the way it did, not getting to say goodbye. As hard as it was for your kids, it was hard for them, too.
When I saw everything go online this year for distance learning, even though my sons are in preschool and it didn’t affect us from an education perspective, I was cringing inside thinking of what teachers were required to do. If I was still teaching, I would have been dying inside and hating every single second of it.
All that to say, I’m sure your child’s teacher could use your thank you. Some of you are already done with school this year, but it’s not too late to contact your child’s teacher and offer them some thanks. In fact, now that you’re not bogged down with homeschooling, now is a good time to come up with something creative to thank your child’s (or children’s) teachers.
What Kinds of Gifts to Give a Teacher
As someone in education, I’m no stranger to getting thoughtful gifts from students. And let me say, any token of thanks you give a teacher will be appreciated. It doesn’t need to cost a lot of money. It can even be homemade, free, or just a note from your child expressing his or her thanks. It’s ALL appreciated.
However, from a teacher’s perspective, I can offer a little guidance.
Below you’ll find free printables that can be used with all kinds of gifts – homemade gifts, food gifts, thank you note gifts, and gift cards. So whatever your budget is, you can find a free printable to go along with it that makes it just a little more special.
Here are a few tips when considering what kind of gift to give your child’s teacher, if you’re looking for some inside information.
1| If you can afford gift cards, teachers love those. Even just $5 to Starbucks or Target is appreciated. Now, if your child has many teachers or you have many children and that runs up your budget, no problem. It’s totally not necessary. There are so many more options.
2| Take into consideration your teacher’s likes and dislikes if you know them. If you happen to know your teacher loves coffee, a gift along those lines would be great. If you know a teacher is dieting, a healthy homemade treat instead of a sugary one would be appreciated. If you know your teacher has a hobby or special love, teachers are especially grateful for those kinds of thoughtful and personal gifts.
But again, that’s not necessary. Anything you give will be cherished and put to good use.
3| If I could offer one piece of advice, it’s this: whatever it is, try to make it functional. Plaques, tchotchkes, things that take up room or collect dust but don’t really have use can be difficult if a teacher is getting so many of those. There’s only so much room on his or her desk or shelf.
So, if you can give the teacher something she can use versus something that’s just decorative, I’m sure that will go a long way as well.
Fantastic Teacher Gift Ideas with Free Printables
OK, on to some real cute teacher gifts ideas! All of the ones you see below come with a free printable card or tag that you can include. I really sifted this list and only included things that I really know most teachers (well, me, lol) would love!
So, consider this an insider recommendation!
It Truly is the Thought That Counts
Trust me on this one, your child’s teacher will be grateful and truly appreciate your efforts, big or small. No need to feel pressure or stress on this one. Your child’s teacher would love your kid just the same, gift or no gift. But saying “thank you” always helps to encourage, motivate and renew the energy that teacher. Free printables are just one easy way to help you say thanks.
As expected, many of these gifts are geared toward female teachers, though some can be generic enough for male or female. However, if you need some ideas for male teacher gifts, check this out for some inspiration!
More Free Printables Gift Ideas
We love free printables around here! Here are some more ideas for other occasions that you may want to look at and pin for later!
Homemade Gifts Ideas
If you’re looking for more homemade gift ideas, take a look here and pin for later!
If you try any of these ideas in this post or listed above, I’d LOVE to see them! Please tag me on Instagram@100affections or leave a comment on Pinterest!
Thoughts? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment below!