16 Inexpensive Back to School Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

By The Women Bloggers member Mel Lockcuff of Adventures of Mel.

Kids and teachers all across the country are beginning a new school year. For kids, this new beginning means a fresh start, a new year, a new classroom, new friends, and a new teacher. And no matter the time of year, it’s always a good time to show teacher appreciation. 

Teachers are some of the hardest working people on the face of the planet. They’re also some of the most caring people you’ll ever meet. A gift of appreciation is a great way to start the year and show support for all they do. And gifts don’t always have to cost an arm and a leg either. In fact, making gifts is a great way to spend time with your kids.

Stumped on what to make or get for your child’s teacher? Think functional, printable, edible, enjoyable, and useful. Take a walk in your teacher’s shoes. Here are a few ideas to get you started…

1. This Money Saving Teacher Gift: Fall in Love with Learning Free Printable, from The Educators’ Spin On It, is such a cute gift, and it uses a favorite fall flower added to a cute little pot. Plus, kids can get their hands dirty helping put this gift together.

2. Tote bags always make a great gift, especially when they’re as cute as these DIY Dotty Tote Bags, from Cutting Tiny Bites.

3. How cute are these Handwriting Sugar Cookies, from Midwestern Moms?

4. Help your kids fill up a Teacher Bucket with all sorts of goodies, a super cute idea from Jennifer Allwood.

5. The Country Chic Cottage has the perfect back to school teacher’s gift… a Mason Jar Desk Organizer. So cute and functional!

6. Crafts ‘n Coffee shares a scrumptious $5 DIY Gift Idea: How to Make a Candy Bouquet.

7. Any teacher would love his or her own personalized DIY Pencil Sign, like this one from Sippy Cup Mom.

8. Teachers always need extra school supplies. Mom Spotted shares how to make a School Supply Cake!

9. Katarina’s Paperie shares how to make Free Printable Days of the Week Magnet Clips that will help your teacher get organized.

10. Sometimes it’s as simple as making a batch of cookies and filling up a jar, as ChicaCircle demonstrates with this Smart Cookie Teacher Appreciation Gift.

11. Make a Teacher Survival Kit, with this handy tutorial and ideas for what to fill it with, from burlap+blue.

12. Our Family of Seven suggests filling up a Berry Basket with all sorts of goodies, also printing the cutest tag ever to go with it.

13. My Mommy World shares the most adorable Back to School Teacher Gift, a pretty flowerpot full of flower pencils.

14. A beautiful Teacher’s Monogrammed Bag, from Domestically Speaking, is another great way to not only gift your teacher but add in a few needed school supplies, as well.

15. Donuts, Dresses and Dirt shares how to make a Crayon Vase you can fill with pretty flowers, candy, or small supplies.

16. Make Dictionary Magnets with Crafts By Amanda. Magnets always come in handy.

Did you know you can find craft supplies at your nearest Rhea Lana’s Event? It’s true! It’s another great way to save money on making those back to school teacher appreciation gifts.

Here’s to a wonderful school year!