The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and Teachers’ Day is coming up on May 8th. Show appreciation for the teachers in your life with one of these great gifts. Note that the first half of the list (1-12) is gifts you can buy, while the second half (13-25) is DIY projects, if you’re the crafty type (don’t worry if you’re not – a lot of them are basically printables). I tried to avoid a lot of the boring stuff you’ve probably seen a million times before, so I hope you enjoy!
1. Wisdom Supply Co. Book Quote Posters
This Alice in Wonderland poster is one of many classic literature-inspired prints from Wisdom Supply Co. Their art is available as both prints and digital downloads you can print yourself – and it’s great for home or the classroom. Check out their full collection of posters on their site or Etsy.
2. Out of Print Book Socks
3. Succulents / Terrarium
This is another gift that works for the classroom or home, and everyone loves succulents, right?! You can find all sorts of starter kits of varying complexity on Amazon.
4. Personalized Pencils by Macarons & Mimosas
A personalized set of pencils makes a great addition to any teacher’s desk – and ensures that borrowed pencils will be returned! Check out Macarons and Mimosas’ Etsy shop for details.
5. Lands’ End Extra Large Canvas Tote Bag
Teachers are constantly having to lug materials back and forth from school. Make it a little easier on them with a large, high quality tote bag. This one is from Lands’ End.
6. Personalized Teacher Notepad / Stationery from Pink Apple Parties
Teachers are always sending notes home with their students – help them look extra professional with custom stationery. The notes above are available from Pink Apple Parties on Etsy.
7. Starbucks Gift Card
This certainly isn’t the most creative gift, but it’s no secret that teachers run on coffee. Get them something they will definitely use and appreciate at a store or online.
8. Travel Mug by The Pink Polka Dot Custom Creations
If you’re looking for a personalized gift for a coffee-loving educator, a custom travel mug from The Pink Polka Dot Custom Creations is a great option. In addition to adding the teacher’s name, you can also choose the color of the apple and glitter-dip base.
9. Board Games for the Classroom
Whether it’s a rainy day or a celebration, there will definitely be some opportunities to break out board games throughout the year. Help keep the collection stocked by gifting a new game. I recommend Blokus – it’s one of my personal favorites 🙂
10. Personalized Stamps
Personalized stamps are another gift that teachers will find super useful. They are great for grading papers and also marking books that belong to the teacher. The picture above comes from Limoli on Etsy.
11. Alma Mater-Related Gifts
If the teacher you’re buying a gift for is known to show school pride, then an alma mater-related gift can be a great option. The string wall art pictured above comes from Strung on Nails (Etsy).
12. School Supplies
This might seem like a boring option, but teachers really appreciate school supplies for their classrooms, especially if you can find something extra fun and unique.
Now onto DIY projects…
13. S’more Gift Basket by Craft Shack Chronicles
14. Movie Gift Card Box by Tatertots and Jello
If you don’t like the idea of giving just a gift card, dress it up with this printable box from Tatertots and Jello.
15. ‘Thanks for Helping Me Sparkle’ Nail Polish by Love the Day
16. Teacher’s Emergency Stash by Eighteen25
17. Ombre Crayon Letter by Craft Cuts
This DIY crayon letter from Craft Cuts is one of the more labor-intensive projects on the list, but you can’t argue with the beautiful results.
18. Apple Pretzel Bites by Two Sisters
I tried to stay away from including too many cliché apple-themed gifts, but I had to feature these cute apple pretzel bites made from Kisses and M&M’s. Delicious and so cute!
19. Target Gift Card Holder by Landeelu
This is another cute and super simple way to dress up a Target gift card. Check out Landeelu for the printable holder.
20. DIY Pencil Vase by Catch My Party
Giving flowers is always a nice gesture, and if you pair them with this DIY pencil vase from Catch My Party you can make an extra special, classroom-themed gift.
21. ‘Refreshing’ Cup by Fun Squared
22. School Supply Cake by Happy Go Lucky
23. ‘One Smart Cookie’ Printable by A Pumpkin and a Princess
24. Ruler Pencil Holder by Eighteen25
25. ‘Thanks a Latte’ Printable by Just Add Confetti
Last but not least is this free “Thanks a Latte” printable from Just Add Confetti. Ask for an empty cup when you grab your Starbucks gift card, and you’ve got a simple and cute gift.
Thanks for checking out these gift ideas, and let me know what you think in the comments. If I missed any neat gifts or you have your own product or DIY gift, let me know – I would be happy to feature you!