DIY Teacher Gifts

Make these DIY teacher gifts on your own—or with the help of your child!



With the end of the school year approaching, parents are looking for thank you gifts to give to teachers. You can make these DIY teacher gifts on your own – or with the help of your child!

Grilling Kit

Grilling Kit

I love this gift idea for a teacher who is “on fire!” This DIY grilling kit idea from Mom on Timeout includes essential items for starting a summer barbecue: barbecue sauce, a grill cleaner, a grilling spatula, tongs, and other must haves. You can even print out your own “Teacher – You’re on Fire” gift tag from Mom on Timeout for this gift.

Smart Cookies

Smart Cookies

Show your appreciation to a teacher who’s helped her students achieve with this cookie jar filled with delicious cookies. Amber from the blog, Crazy Little Projects, shows how you can beautifully present cookies for your favorite teacher in a pretty glass jar or cellophane bag. Then download a “Thanks to You…We’re Smart Cookies” tag to top off the gift.

Summer Survival Kit

Summer Survival Kit

For any teacher who loves the Jersey Shore, this summer survival kit gift idea by Charlene of My Frugal Adventures is perfect! Charlene packed her teacher summer survival beach tote with a beach towel, lip balm, sunscreen, lotion, a magazine, chocolate, a squirt gun and a bouncy ball. Charlene offers a link to where you can get a free printable “Have a Ball This Summer” gift tag for this present.

Gift for Coffee Lovers

Gift for Coffee Lovers

Jen Dotson of Thrifty Northwest Mom suggests a gift idea for a coffee-loving teacher: She suggests stuffing a reusable drink cup (one that can hold hot beverages is best) with a gift card to a local coffee shop. A former teacher, Jen says she can fondly remember those families who brought her coffee when she was teaching!

Decorated Paper and Book Holder/Memo Board

Decorated Paper and Book Holder/Memo Board

Niki from the blog, Homemadeville, has a tutorial on how to dress up a plain magnetic paper and book holder from an office supply store with scrapbook paper for a personalized look. For her magnetic paper and book holder, Niki custom-made a metal typewriter magnet by gluing a magnet to the back of a little decorative typewriter that she found at a craft store. This gift idea is quick and cute!

Potted Succulent

Potted Succulent

Jamielyn from iheartnaptime shows how a succulent plant can be potted in a simple mason jar for a sweet little gift!  She suggests pairing the potted plant with one of the free printable teacher gift tags from her blog, iheartnaptime.

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