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Give thanks to the teachers in your life with a fun manicure jar. Use this free printable gift tag to put together this cute and easy gift for Teacher Appreciation Day or for an end of the school year gift.

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Click HERE to print free “Mani Thanks” teacher gift tag

To use this gift tag, first print on cardstock paper, cut shape out, and punch a hole at the top. Fill a jar or container with items like nail polish, nail files, nail stickers, etc. and tie on gift tag with a ribbon. Give to your favorite teacher or teaching staff! πŸ™‚


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  1. Andrea

    So cute. I’m gonna do this for my son’s teacher for an end of the year gift. Thanks Lina.

  2. Barbara J

    Love this. Thanks.

  3. Heather C

    Adorable! Thanks Lina 😍

  4. Rachel

    Oh I love this! I’ll be sharing this with my Jamberry team! We’ve got a ton of Moms in our team and this is a cute FREE template to use! Thank you!

  5. Hollie

    Does anyone have good graduation gift ideas that are cute like this but not super expensive??

    • Happymama

      Collin posted a $10 banner that would be great to post on your front yard. Also just type in what your looking for on Pinterist.

      I was actually looking at teacher retirement ideas because my mom is retiring next month. So much to organize in so little time πŸ™‚

    • Amy

      I like the idea of putting cash in a picture frame and have it say in case of emergency (or pizza) break glass (like the emergency fire ax signs) check out Pinterest I’ve found a ton of ideas there!

  6. Mil

    Is it teacher appreciation week? Or is this for an end of the year gift?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      It’s next week may 4-8. It can work for Both!

  7. td

    i dont have kids, but pinned the mani idea for when i do πŸ˜‰ LOVE this idea…so many of my teacher friends would love this! thanks!

  8. Debbie

    So cute. Totally doing this

  9. Andrea

    Im a special ed teacher and I love this idea. This is something I woukd be excited to get as well as give to my own childrens’ teachers. This year I found 50×60 fleece blankets on clearance at CVS for 30Β’ each. A co work monogrammed each one for me with the teacher’s name in script for $5 each. I a little over $30 for 6 teachers was pretty good especially considering all they have done for is when we were struggling just to get food. If I could do more I definitely would because they deserve -its rare to find daycare teachers than genuinely love and care for children who arent there own

  10. Jennifer

    Hollie, I love the idea that Collin posted earlier of sending a cookie card and some of those are $5 shipped if you didn’t get the free promotion from PayPal.

  11. Jennifer

    Thanks Lina for telling me when teacher appreciation week was. I would have missed it, lol.

  12. Mayra

    I would like to get Starbucks gift cards for my kids teachers.. I have 2 kids in Elementary so that’s 4 teachers and an 8th grader so that’s 7 teachers! What would be a good amount on each gift card? And should all 11 teachers get one? TIA

    • Evan

      Hi Myra I have the exact same thing!
      I have done a few easy things like purchase the Starbux cup & it has a gift receipt on the bottom. I tie a tag to the straw that it’s good for XYZ drink. I ask about their fav drink early in the year. They love it! Some I just order & bring it in for them esp Jr high because they are busy running copies, getting set up, coaching, etc. One teacher is a coach so I noticed that her practice ends around 530, I dropped by with a small bag that had ice cold water, fruit & a 100 cal snack pack. The next day she emailed me & said that she hadn’t eaten all day & it was perfect after a long practice. It wasn’t a ton but they enjoy things like that.

      • Mayra

        Thanks for all the great ideas!

    • Sunflower

      I’m a high school teacher. I cover all subjects for students with moderate intellectual disabilities. My favorite appreciation gifts are the homemade gifts. I’m happy with a sheet of paper with a drawing or a message. I have nine students. They do not switch classes. Mayra, from hearing my colleagues with 130 plus students anything will be appreciated. I would suggest a $5 Starbucks gift card for the high school teachers. You can make it special with a high five message or five great reasons why I appreciate you message. If you are able to spare a little more I would up it to $10. I would use a perfect ten message….. … From my observation, High school teachers usually do not receive as much compared to the elementary school teachers…Anything you give will be a great appreciation gift.

      • Mayra

        Yes I feel bad for the high school teachers! I like the idea of adding a special message thank you!

    • Tarsha

      Hi Mayra, I am kind of in the same boat as you are. I had to purchase 9 teacher gifts in all. My daughter is 3rd grade and luckily just has 1 teacher, so I took advantage of the Kroger deals on the Fandango gift card. So I got 2 – $25 for $40, because it took $10 off at the register. I found the cute “Poppin” free printable here and will use that. I will save the other gift card to take the family to a summer matinee when the prices are cheaper. I wish I would have found this page before I spent $40 on 8 – $5 Smoothie King gift cards for the middle school teachers. I want to find a free printable that says something like enjoy a cool treat to start the summer or something like that.
      I saw a cute inexpensive Redbox free printable that was more cost effective and I surely think a teacher would love that idea as well.

  13. T

    I wish I could personally thank all of my kiddo’s teachers and support staff for the job they do. Being a busy mom with a children at each of the three local schools ( HS, MS & ES) I just can’t make that happen. I like to take a basket to each of the schools to place in the “teacher lounge” (as if they had time to lounge!). I fill the basket with oranges, bananas, muffins and honey buns. I attach a note of thanks and a help yourself note. I can usually put together three large baskets for under $30 bucks. This way all the teachers and support staff can choose a little power snack to get through the day. God bless teachers!

  14. Grateful

    So cute, Lina, it makes me wish I was a teacher πŸ™‚

  15. loueffie

    I absolutely LOVE this. I think teachers get tired of getting the same old things all the time and this is something different and super cute. Plus, we can get great deals on nail polishes and nail tools with all our coupons. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the post!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome- I agree, can’t wait to give this idea to a teacher this year!

  16. Amy

    I spent $50 on each teacher, my son has 2! I bought them both a gift card to redbox, one for food, and one for drinks at Sonic. I included coupons and added some candy. Not frugal but they deserve it!

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