Christmas Gifts for Teachers that Kids Can Make

This time of year most parents start to wonder what sorts of holiday gifts they can give to their children’s teachers. We want to show our appreciation for them, give them something they will like and actually use, and not spend a ton of money in the process.

There are lots of really cute Christmas gifts for teachers that kids can make or contribute to, and you don’t have to be super crafty to make them. The teachers in your child’s life are sure to love them.

For the Classroom

My daughter loves melty beads, and these Perler bead bowls from Meaningful Mama are so pretty, easy to make and really useful, too.

Let your child help you paint this cute planter from Giggles Galore with chalkboard paint, or have them paint it however they want and add a plant that will thrive in the teacher’s room without much effort.

If your teacher has magnetic surfaces in the classroom, make these magnetic labels with drawings done by the kids, from Kid World Citizen. Or use the same idea to decorate note cards the teacher can use as thank you notes through the year (just make sure to leave space for writing in the middle).

Make a coaster for teacher’s drink, or a set they can take home, with this DIY for personalized coasters from Paging Fun Mums.

Bookmarks are always needed in classrooms, and will be especially appreciated with a gift card to the local bookstore. These homemade bookmarks made with Sharpies and rubbing alcohol from Happy Hooligans are so fun to make and always come out really interesting, too.

Use craft sticks, a clean can and other fun stuff to make a personalized pen holder for teacher’s desk. These instructions are from My Little Bookcase.

For Fun

I usually knit hearts from my daughter’s teachers; if your kiddos can sew they can make felt heart ornaments (or really any shape) like these from Red Ted Art. They might be even cuter if they aren’t perfect, by the way.

The twig stars from Happy Hooligans would be a pretty, rustic addition to any teacher’s Christmas tree. Or make any kind of ornament – consider small ones if the teacher has a small tree in her room – this roundup from Hands on as We Grow has 30 fab ideas.

Making bath salts, scrubs and other pampering items is easy for kids and adults alike. It’s just measuring and mixing. Try this foot scrub from my site or the bath bombs from Red Ted Art, or any of the multitude of similar ideas online.

These little Mod Podge candle holders or vases from Crafty Morning are another simple idea that kids can help make so long as they’re old enough to be safe with glass. You can do the same thing with a mason jar, and add an LED candle if you like.

A few simple supplies and the teacher’s favorite candy bar are all you need for this fun snowman candy bar teacher gift from the Educator’s Spin on It. Great for when you have a lot of enrichment teachers (think music, library, technology, gym) you want to give a little gift to without breaking the bank.

Check out this great roundup of teacher appreciation gifts using handprints and footprints from Fun Handprint Art Blog for even more great personal ideas for teacher gifts.

And don’t forget to add a kid-made holiday card, too. Let kids design it themselves or take some guidance from these homemade Christmas card ideas from Hands on as We Grow.

By The Women Bloggers member Sarah E. White.