Tutor Doctor | Apr 20, 2015

Homemade Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

Categories: Elementary School, High School, Middle School, K-12, K12
Photo By Chicago 2016

May 4th-8th is teacher appreciation week and you can show your teachers a little love for everything they do with these inexpensive gift ideas. Sure, you can buy a box of chocolates or an apple, but what you really want is the personal touch that shows your kids put some thought and effort into their gift.

Write a letter

A personal, heartfelt letter listing all the ways your teachers have helped your kids and what makes them special is always treasured. Be sure that your kids put some effort in it and you can even create your own paper from recycled paper for an added touch.

Cookie love

Bake your teacher’s favorite cookies and put them in a tin or box which your kids have decorated. Be sure to avoid cookie recipes with peanuts and other nuts in case your teacher has an allergy.

In the bag

You can make your teachers upcycled items from old shopping bags. These eco-friendly gifts are inexpensive and good for the environment because they reuse old plastic bags. Simply cut the bags open, lay them flat, place a sheet of wax paper over the top and iron them on a low heat to create plastic ‘fabric’. You can make bags, kites and raincoats for your teachers.

Living gifts

Buy cheap clay pots from your local hardware, garden or dollar store and get you kids to sdecorate them with paint, special messages or markers. Add a hardy indoor plant and you have the perfect living gift for your favorite teacher.

Seed bombs

Does your teacher have a green thumb? You can put all their favorite vegetable and flower seeds into neat little seed bombs which they can utilize to green their gardens or at school. Decorate a paper bag or create your own little bag out of old gift wrap to present your seed bombs in. You can get step-by-step instructions here.

Tea Time

Every teacher deserves a break and you can make up the perfect break time with a mug, some tea or coffee and a cookie wrapped in a tea towel. Be sure to include a personal message from you kids to your favorite teacher.

Performance art

Get you kids to write a song or a poem for their teacher. If they are too shy to do it in person, make a quick video and share it via email. Get their classmates involved and work together to make your teacher smile.

Personalized t-shirt

A couple of t-shirt markers and a little creativity can create a truly special gift for your teacher. Make personalized shirts that show your appreciation for all their hard work.

Your teachers work really hard each year to make sure that your kids grow and learn. You can show your appreciation for everything they do with a personal gift your kids make themselves. Going to some effort will be the personal touch that makes a meaningful gift.