Being a teacher is hard. Helping to shape the minds of young people and hopefully shape the world in the process is quite a daunting task. Unfortunately, most teachers don’t even get a “thank you” after spending a year helping kids grow, though they work harder than most professionals. This year, show your kid’s teacher how much you appreciate them. Give a one-of-a-kind thank you with these fun and creative DIY teacher appreciation gifts! They’re sure to cherish them through all the summer breaks and back-to-school seasons ahead.
Teachers love hand-made gifts. Add some color to your favorite teacher’s life by making a monogram out of crayons. This is a great gift for a teacher who works with younger children. Alternatively, you could use pencils instead of crayons. To make the pencils more colorful, use washi tape or spray paint.
Teacher Appreciation Flower Pot
There’s no doubt about it: teachers help kids grow into wonderful adults. If the teacher in your son or daughter’s life has a green thumb, make this incredibly creative teacher appreciation flower pot. Get a regular terra-cotta pot and paint the bottom with black chalkboard paint. Paint the top lip yellow and use a measuring tape to mark the ruler lines. Plant pretty flowers and watch your teacher’s face light up with joy.
Pencil Flower Bouquet
If your little one’s teacher is always handing out pencils and then not getting them back (they are, trust us), this beautiful pencil flower bouquet is sure to be a big hit. By turning pencils into flowers, your teacher will love handing them out. And, because they’re so unique, her students will remember to give them back, saving your teacher a little extra money on buying replacement pencils.
If you don’t have the time or skill to make your teacher a gift, buy one. Hand sanitizer, candy, and teaching supplies are all wonderful gifts for a teacher. However, you should definitely take the next step and personalize your gift. Free printables are the best way to do that. With so many different sayings, styles, and colors, you’ll be able to find a message that speaks to your teacher’s accomplishments. From funny quotes to sincere thanks, sticking a printable on a store-bought item gives it a unique and special flair that Mr. or Ms. Teacher are sure to love.
Since most teachers have to buy their own supplies like pens, pencils, notebooks, and sometimes even books, give your teacher the gift he or she will truly appreciate: a gift card. Pick up a gift card from an office supply store, arts and crafts store, or your teacher’s favorite restaurant. Dress it up with a homemade gift card holder and you have the perfect gift!