25 Budget Friendly Homemade DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

It’s NO SECRET on our blog that we LOVE TEACHERS! I mean, my husband is a teacher! I see how HARD teachers work during school, on the weekends, and yes, even at night after everyone has gone home to their families! These creative teacher appreciation gift ideas are easy to make yourself and are cost friendly for the family on a budget!

teacher appreciation gift ideas

As a mom (and wife of a teacher!) not only do I juggle the time and budget to splurge on my kid’s teachers but with my husband being on the receiving end I’ve also learned the gifts not to give our teachers! If you can go crazy and all out on gifts that’s awesome! But most of us can’t, however, these gifts are still thoughtful and fun to receive!

25+ Fun Ideas for your Teacher Appreciation Gift:

root beer soda teacher appreciation gift

1. My Teacher is “AW-esome”! Go here to find an easy printable template. Just add root beer! :-)

2. Every teacher needs more Sharpie markers!! There is a free printable that reads “Thank you for coloring our lives and making us Sharpies” from Design, Wash, Rinse Repeat.

3. Give your teacher their favorite donut (or box of donuts!) with a note that says “Donut you know how much we appreciate you?”

4. You deserve chocolate!! Thanks for all you do! This is from the same sight as above. All you have to do is add your teacher’s favorite chocolate bar. You can buy them in bulk on Amazon or warehouse stores like Sam’s Club.

5. If your teacher like movies, you can give them some movies tickets or a gift card to to Redbox. You can easily turn this into a fun little gift basket!

swedish fish teacher appreciation idea

6. You are o”fish”ally the best! Again, this is from the blog eighteen25. They have the template all set up for you, making this a super easy gift. All you have to do is add swedish fish or even some goldfish. You can buy Swedish fish in bulk too!

7. Here is a free 8×10 printable from Balancing Home. You might consider framing this or print it on cardstock and place inside a clipboard.

8. You’re the star of our class. This picture says star of the family, but nothing but country has a template for star of the class, perfect for teacher appreciation!

9. Fill an oven mitt with the treats, add a tag with some ribbon for a really cute gift idea. Check it out here.

10. Thanks for making me a sharpie. Print this cute template and add a marker! Easy and cute.

11. Give some Jelly Beans and include a note that says “No Beans about it – Mrs (enter Teacher’s Name) Rules!”

sticker teacher appreciation

12. Thank you for STICKING with me! A Glimpse InsideThis simple label from is sure to make your teacher smile!

13. I love this idea of giving your teacher a HUGE bottle of Purell hand sanitizer and jazzing it up and personalizing it.

14. You’re a ‘tea’-riffic teacher! All you need is a bottle of water and some tea mix. You can find great prices on tea and accessories on Amazon!

15. Apples alone are not enough, teachers need hugs too! What a sweet idea for your teacher! There is no template, but it would be super easy to replicate.

16. Create a brightly colored Crayon Caddy Holder for them to hold their pencils, scissors, or paper clips!

17. Give your Teacher their favorite drink and attach a note that says “Thanks for POURING into Gavin’s life”. Of course use you’re kids name.

sharpie teacher appreciation

18. Every teacher LOVES Sharpie Markers and this label from A Glimpse Inside is perfect to go with it!

19. You’re the ‘hi-lite’ of my day! Practical and cute. My favorite! ;-) Just attach this cute tag to a highlighter (or two).

20. Thanks for keeping me on TARGETTarget gift card holder!

21. I’m nuts about you! Create a nutty gift bag – it’s a tasty alternative to candy plus a cute little note. Perfect!

22. How about a bottle of nail polish with this cute “Mani Thanks” label?

fanta soda teacher gift

23. I love this gift idea using Fanta – Check it out here.

24. We Need Smore Teachers Like You Printablegive your teacher this delicious smore treat! Love this printable.

25. Make your teacher this fun artwork made out of crayons. You can buy everything at Dollar Tree or on Amazon!

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