Finding the perfect holiday gift for your child’s teacher sometimes feels like an overwhelming task. Rather than purchasing a gift, why not get creative with the gifting this year? A handmade gift can be personalized and shows how much students appreciate their teacher. Instead of grabbing a last-minute gift at the store, check out this list of easy DIY teacher gifts!
Quick tip: Check your school’s gift policy before giving; some prohibit homemade treats and/or gifts over a certain monetary value.
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1. Thanks a Late
Fuel their love of caffeine with this adorable way to showcase a gift card to their favorite coffee shop. Perfect for the holidays or Teacher Appreciation Week!
Coffee cup from store of choice
Free Printable Tag
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2. Creative Gift Card Holder
Not into coffee? This adorable holder presents any restaurant gift card you choose in such a fun way.
Gift Card Holder Printable
Gift card to restaurant of your choice
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3. Handmade Thank-You Card
Sometimes a thank-you card is the perfect way to show your appreciation. This apple card made with tissue paper is the perfect gift for your little one to help create for their teacher. Creative enough to stand on its own or pair it with any other gift.
Green Cardstock Paper
Red Tissue Paper
Learn more: Easy Peasy and Fun
4. Bouquet of Pencils
This bouquet of pencils is so on point. Teachers will adore this creative and useful gift.
Colorful Scrap Paper
Learn more: My Mommy World
5. Movie-Themed Basket
Show your appreciation for your child’s teacher with this movie gift basket. Add their favorite candies to personalize this DIY gift.
Movie Box Printables
Regal Gift Card
Learn more: Skip to My Lou
6. Cookie Tote
These DIY cookie tote gifts are perfect for any teacher who loves baked goods. What a sweet surprise!
Cookies (Or make them homemade!)
Alphabet Chalkboard Ribbon
Elmer’s X-Treme Glue Stick
Learn more: A Pumpkin and a Princess
7. Personalized Umbrella
Teachers will love this simple, personalized umbrella gift for any occasion. Re-create one of these special DIY teacher gifts for under $20.
Learn more: Paintbrushes and Popsicles
8. Chalkboard Crayon Wreath
This chalkboard crayon wreath requires some extra creativity and time, but the end result is so worth it! Encourage your child to work on this project with you to make it extra special for their teacher.
Unfinished Wood Wreath
Learn more: A Pumpkin and a Princess
9. School Survival Kit
Every teacher needs one of these teacher survival kits! Fill it up with all sorts of goodies such as candy, lotion, and lip balm. If you don’t have a Cricut machine, use stencils and paint to create the front of the box.
Vinyl Machine Cutter
Goodies (Candy, lip balm, gift card, hand sanitizer, etc.)
Learn more: The 36th Avenue
10. Vanilla Sugar Scrub
Give the gift of relaxation to teachers this holiday season. This homemade vanilla sugar scrub is simple to create and will smell amazing!
Vanilla Fragrance Oil
Learn more: Made in a Pinch
11. Cookie Mix in a Jar
For a quick and easy holiday gift, try out this cookie mix in a jar! Assemble all of the ingredients on top of one another to create the gorgeous layered effect.
Learn more: Vegan Huggs
12. Self-Care Kit
Provide some pampering for your child’s favorite teacher with this self-care kit. They will especially appreciate one of these DIY teacher gifts during the winter months!
Other fun goodies of your choosing!
Learn more: The Rising Spoon
13. Potted Succulent
Succulents are more popular than ever, making them the perfect DIY teacher gifts. Include a personalized note from your child to wrap up this cute gift.
Painted Mason Jar/Small Planters
Learn more: Three Kids and a Fish
14. Lemonade Cups
Grab a tumbler and some lemonade packets for this simple gift! Teachers will especially appreciate this for summer vacation.
Learn more: Lisa Storms
15. Terra-Cotta Candy Holder
This creative candy holder is a great gift for back to school. Include some tasty treats inside the painted pot!
4-inch Terra-Cotta Pot and Saucer
Hot-Glue Gun and Glue
Learn more: The Krazy Coupon Lady
16. Personalized Snowman Mug
We love these cozy snowman mugs for the holiday season! Gift one to your child’s teacher with their name on it. How cute!
Learn more: Almost Super Mom
17. Hands Down You’re the Best
Teachers always appreciate a good-smelling hand soap! This DIY gift is so easy to make and really shows your appreciation for your child’s teacher.
Learn more: Modern Mom Life
18. Crayon Picture Frame
Colorful and cute, this crayon picture frame will be sure to wow any teacher! Use any picture frame and a pack of crayons to achieve this personalized present.
Learn more: Confidence Meets Parenting
19. Hot Chocs and Fuzzy Socks
Wintertime means cozying up with a mug of hot cocoa wearing some fuzzy socks. Gift this adorable idea to a teacher this holiday season.
Learn more: Crisp Collective
20. Personalized Mini Globes
Show a teacher they deserve the world with these spray-painted mini globes.
Learn more: Honey We’re Home
21. Oven Mitt With Goodies
How cute is this oven mitt stuffed with baking goodies? Gift this DIY teacher gift to a baking-obsessed teacher for the holiday season.
Free Printable Tags
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