Do you have plans for a Teacher Appreciation Gift? Whether that’s a childcare provider, preschool teacher, elementary, high school, music, swimming or any other teacher, they all deserve something special. At least I think so! And by something special I don’t mean something extravagant. You can easily stay within your budget and do something special for that person who has spent countless hours with your child/children helping them grow! And by stay within your budget that can include not spending a penny (or maybe the saying is supposed to be not spending a nickel?). Regardless, I’ve got a few ideas for gifts that you can make at home or small items you can purchase to stay within your means. 

If you’re like me, checking the calendar and realizing there’s only a few days left of the school year, then this list is for you! Hopefully you’ll find some ideas or at least inspiration on how to show appreciation to the teachers in yours and your children’s lives! The list includes a variety of gift ideas for a variety of budgets.

Thoughtful Jewlery

When I saw the teacher themed necklaces from Lise’s Pieces I just knew I had to get one for my daughter’s preschool teacher. My daughter absolutely adores her and I thought it was something her teacher would really appreciate. I can’t say that I would purchase something like this every year, but it just really spoke to me, for this particular teacher. If you follow Lise’s Pieces on Instagram you’ll know her jewelry is hard to come by (it sells out quickly at each open opening), but you might be able to find something similar or you can keep it in mind for next year. One day I’m going to treat myself to something from her shop!

Gift Basket – Homemade

This is my favourite type of gift to give. I love putting a few special items together to make a nice little gift basket. Especially if you know the teacher well you can customize it to include a few things that are special to them. If you love baking, then send a basket of baking. It’s also a great way to involve your child in the gift of giving. They can help put it together or even help contribute. 

We put this basket together for another teacher, including some items we thought she would like!

Because you’re probably wondering, shrivelled up in the vacuum sealed bag is morel mushrooms that we picked and dried this spring from the wildfires in 2018 and the headband is one of my sewing creations, of course! Several new adult headband patterns were just added to my Etsy Shop and they make awesome teacher gifts!! Here’s a few of the options, but there’s more in my shop, go check ’em out! Click HERE!

Gift Box 

Putting your own gift together might not be your thing and that’s okay because Kindness Krate has you covered with their  gorgeous curated gift boxes! No more stressful shopping! They have created gift boxes for all occasions featuring small business throughout BC. I feel like teachers would really appreciate this. They’re even local to Northern BC, located in Prince George. 

Their Teacher Appreciation Box is the perfect way to end the year and say thanks to the special teachers in your life. Included in the box is a mini wooden sign from Darke Designs, a lip balm from Dual Peaks Soap Co., a handmade soap from Cobb Creek Homestead and a chocolate bar from Truffle Pig Chocolate.


If you are interested in purchasing a gift box or following along for other gift inspiration, check out their Facebook page or  Instagram @kindness_krate.


They do not currently mail, so let all your friends in Prince George know about this awesome company! 



Plants are one of my favourite gifts to receive. Maybe because I tend to kill mine and can’t justify constantly replacing them so when someone else buys me a plant then I’m extra happy! Although I’ve got to say, I did keep a couple plants alive through our move from Saskatchewan and I now have several plants in my office room that are thriving! 

The best part about gifting plants to teachers is you can include a cute note about helping your child grow. I know, I like that corny stuff 😛

A couple years ago I shared a fun DIY tea cup planter on the blog, including a free printable label, yes, with a cute saying! Check it out HERE.

Gift Cards

 I think gift cards are always a safe option! Starbucks, Dairy Queen, a local coffee or ice cream shop, Amazon, a restaurant, somewhere to buy classroom supplies, the options are endless! It’s even more special with a personalized tag or card 🙂 If you’re looking for some more ideas just check out google or pinterest, here’s a few I found on there that might give you some ideas. A few are gift cards and a few others are small gifts with a thoughtful note. You also don’t have to spend a lot of money on gift cards, especially if it is from Starbucks or Dairy Queen. I don’t know about you, but I’d be happy to receive $10 -$15 to anywhere! A coffee or ice cream or two on someone else? Sounds awesome to me! 


I promised there is something for every type of shopper in this gift guide. If Amazon is your thing, then you might want to check out some of these fun items!

I’ve included a link to a beach bag, all you need to do is put in a magazine and water bottle or beverage, you could include a towel, sunscreen or hat even and add a tag that reads something along the lines of “All year you’ve worked hard to make learning fun, so now it’s your turn to relax in the sun! Such a cute idea. 


Click the link below to purchase an Amazon Gift Card!

Handmade Card or Picture

I think we can all agree that nothing beats a handmade card! I get that extra gifts aren’t always in the budget and that’s okay. If you can’t swing it, it doesn’t mean you still can’t appreciate others. I think there’s a lot to be said about involving our children in giving to others and making a card with them is a perfect way to do that. Draw a picture, colour, markers, crayons, paint, paper, whatever it is, it doesn’t matter, just make it with love and it will be appreciated. 

My daughter and I resurrected my childhood flower press (you may have seen on my Instagram stories). She glued them to paper to make some cards. She also drew a picture of herself with two of her teachers. This was all her idea, including what she wanted to write on it! Too cute. So special. And priceless.

The Most MEMORABLE Gifts 

I asked some of my teacher friends what some of the most memorable gifts were that they’ve received and they all had a few to share. All of them also said that handmade/homemade gifts are very special and thoughtful and are always appreciated! 

Here were some of their favourites:

  • Painting on canvas from the student 
  • Basket full of homemade baking and goodies
  • Book with personalized note inside (what teacher doesn’t love a good book)
  • Gift certificate to a spa
  • Letter from the student with their favourite memories from the year

What NOT To Get

This is coming from my teacher friends, a few things NOT to get:

  • Bubble bath, lotions and candles (they get a lot of this!)
  • Alcohol, unless you know the teacher well and know that they would enjoy this (personally I would never give alcohol as a teacher gift as I feel like the gift is coming from the student and students are under age, but that’s my opinion!)
  • Another coffee mug, no matter how cute you might think it is, resist!
  • Classroom decor (there tends to be enough of this apparently), but I have heard that classroom supplies (just not DECOR) is a good idea

So tell me! How do you show appreciation to the teacher’s in your lives?

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