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5 Easy & Quick DIY Teacher Gifts

The end of the school year is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to figure out what you are gifting for end of the year teacher gifts this year! I know what you’re thinking. Why is a homeschooling mom doing a post about teacher gifts? Besides the slim chance that one of my children or my husband might read this and get the hint… ;) Whether you’re child is in school, or dance class, or daycare, there are usually other adults who teach your child. At our house, dance classes break for the summer, so the end of the school year is the perfect time to show the girls’ dance instructors how much we appreciate the time and effort they invest into my daughters.

Like most moms, our budget is usually tight and time is limited. So, I went on the hunt for some easy and quick DIY teacher gifts that I could put together in a snap. Here’s five teacher gifts that take almost no time and very little money!

1. Purchase an insulated drinking cup with a lid and straw and fill it with stir-in individual serving drink mixes, or buy a small gift card to your local smoothie shop! Add this free printable “Thank you for quenching my thirst for knowledge” gift tag from Lisa Storms, or this “Thanks for sparking my creative juices this year” printable tag from Skip to My Lou for an added note. Total cost – $5 (I bought the cup, and already had the drink mixes and cardstock for the tag here at home.) Like this idea? Check out this printable Thanks “a latte” gift card holder also from Skip to My Lou.

2. This one is super easy and great for male teachers or if you’re child has several teachers to give gifts to. This candy bar box from the Domesticated Lady Etsy Shop is available in pdf form, and add any standard size candy bar and it’s an instant gift! Total cost – $4 ($3 for the pdf file which I can use limitless times, and $1 for the candy bar.)

3. This gift is Kylie’s favorite since she helped pick out all the pieces. Summer is supposed to be all about relaxation, so why not give the gift of some R&R? This idea and the printable tag came from The Rachel Berry Blog and was the most expensive out of all the ones we did.

Wrap a beach towel, a magazine (we picked a puzzle book since her teacher loves word puzzles), and a travel size sunscreen up with a pretty ribbon. You can also add a small baggie of candies if you’d like. Total cost: $10 ($4 for the puzzle book, $5 for the towel, $1 for the travel size sunscreen, and I used ribbon I already had.)

4. Teachers are sentimental people. They love anything that reminds them of why they teach, or who they teach for. A simple framed quote is always a winner when it comes to teachers. This Winnie the Pooh quote plaque idea from What Are We Doing Today Mom is another gift that the kids can get involved in making with you.

Take an inexpensive frame (you may already have one at home), print your chosen quote on a piece of cardstock, then add some sort of embellishment whether it be ribbon bows, dried flowers, or small sticks like we did. Let the kids be in charge of the embellishments. :) Total cost: $3 (This was only because I couldn’t find my stash of unused picture frames, and I didn’t have time to run by the Dollar Tree where I could have gotten a perfectly good frame for $1.)

5. Does your child’s teacher have a green thumb? A small flower or plant that they can keep on their desk is the perfect gift for a plant loving teacher. Add this super cute printable flower pick from Skip to My Lou, and you’ve got a pretty easy gift. Total cost: $5 ($2 for the pot, $3 for the plant, and I already had the skewer to use for the flower pick and the cardstock to print it on. ) If you wanted to be really crafty, you could put the plant in this homemade crayon bowl!

As if these ideas aren’t enough, here’s a couple more you will definitely want to check out if you have a little extra time to put the gifts together. How about a Pringles can turned into a pencil gift container from Glue Sticks and Tape? Fill it with candies or small gifts and it’s a creative and fun teacher gift. Decorative scissors are perfect for any teacher and easier than you think to make. Check out this Pinterest board full of Teacher Gift Ideas!

Come on, I know some of you have some creative ideas up your sleeves. What will you be giving your children’s teachers this year?

My name is Angie, and I'm a homeschooling mom of four who fills my days with ABC's and mounds of laundry. My husband of 13 years and I have been blessed with two girls (ages 11 and 9), and two boys (ages 7 and 3). I've become an expert at flying by the seat of my pants, and after a normal tiring day with the kiddos, I like to curl up on the couch and escape into a good book. I blog about my crazy family, homeschooling, and fun finds at
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    abigailbrown says:
    May 21st at 1:12 pm

    These are adorable!! I love the waterbottle idea and am going to use it soon. Thanks for the great idea :)

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    socalgal says:
    May 22nd at 1:16 am

    I’m a teacher and would love to receive any of these. Great ideas! It’s nice to receive a little something personal. I especially love the towel and sunscreen. :)

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    donna says:
    May 24th at 12:10 pm

    I think these are sweet and could even be used for Sunday school teachers, etc. Thank you for all of the great ideas!