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11 Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Submitted by on April 28, 2012 – 10:00 am2 Comments

Budget-friendly ideas for teacher gifts

Teacher Appreciation week starts on Monday May 7, are you ready? Here are 11 simple and budget-friendly homemade teacher appreciation gift ideas you can make quickly. These would also be great for end-of-the-year gifts for your teachers!

1. Stamp of Approval – This was one of my favorite ideas although I love all of the ones listed here. Maggie and I can’t decide which one’s to make this year. We always do something small for teacher appreciation week and then something nice for the end of the year. As a former teacher, I used stamps all of the time and know this gift would be appreciated.

2. Finger Print Tree Card – I thought this idea was adorable. Each child added their fingerprint to the tree and to make the butterfly. I am sure the kids had a blast making the leaves and the teacher appreciated the thoughtfulness. Plus, the artist also made a cute gardening gift to go with the card.

3. Teacher Survival Kit – This one made me chuckle and will give your teacher a smile too, plus you can get really creative with the container for all of these goodies which include things like a penny, eraser, balloon, crayon, paperclip, tissue, string, marbles, a Hershey’s Kiss, a Ziploc bag and more! Plus there is a great poem to include with the survival kit.

4. So Fortunate to Have You – This was a very cute, budget-friendly idea for a teacher or anyone you need to make small gift or party favor for. The link includes a free printable for the label. You can get the Chinese take out boxes at Michael’s. Fill with chocolates, candies or mints, whatever your child’s teacher loves best.

5. You Were Mint to Teach – I am always looking for simple gifts to make for all of my kids’ many teachers. We usually do something special for their homeroom teacher but there are many others we want to thank as well. This simple, thoughtful gift is sure to be a teacher favorite.

6. Semi-Homemade Candy Jar – I stumbled across this great blog from a mom right here in Dallas! I loved these glass jars full of candy and brownies. I appreciated Elaine’s efforts to create a budget-friendly gift for the 10 teachers/administrators she wanted to think. The gift tags are precious as well. This is super easy and so festive looking.

7. Jar of Appreciation – I thought this was such a unique and thoughtful idea. Each parent was given a scrap of paper (the paper had been painted by kids and cut into long strips.) They asked their child to say something special about their teacher and then wrote it on the paper. When the strips of paper were collected, they put them all in this nice jar with a ribbon. This was done for toddlers and preschoolers. So much nicer than just a generic thank you card.

8. Scrap Paper Magnets – I am always looking for creative ways to use all the tons of leftover scrapbooking paper that I have so I was excited to find this simple idea for making refrigerator or white board magnets for a teacher. The base is repurposed Starbuck’s coffee sleeves. Great way to use up leftover cardboard. These are so cute, I may have to make a set for own refrigerator!

9. Magnetic Memo Board Made from a Dollar Store Burner Cover – I love crafts that repurpose everyday objects and this is a great example. Plus what a great way to use some of the scrapbook paper taking up space in my craft closet!

10. Planting the Seeds Teacher Gift – I love the chalkboard label on this adorable gift. This is a very budget-friendly idea plus the teacher can plant the seeds at home and still leave the precious tin bucket on her desk to remind her of you r child.

11. Crayon Picture Frame – What teacher wouldn’t love this adorable frame made from crayons? Your child will have fun laying out the design of the crayons and helping to glue them to the frame.

 

 

 

 

 

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