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Have you thanked a teacher?

As Teacher Appreciation Week approaches and the school year comes to an end, you may be searching for a nice way to say THANK YOU to all the outstanding teachers and staff in your life.

To help you do just that, I’ve created 10 unique and frugal Thank You gift ideas along with free printable gift tags! By adding a cute and creative gift tag, you can make an ordinary gift into something personalized and thoughtful! 😀

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1. “Thanks for Helping Me Grow” – Use this tag to gift a plant or some flowers. The cute watering can and chalk label above were found in the Target “Dollar Spot” area.


2. “Thanks for a Great Year-You are the Balm” – Pair this tag with your favorite lip balm such as Burt’s Bees.


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3. “You Have Sharpened My Skills This Year” – Grab some pencils and place them in a cute jar or container along with this tag. Pictured is a white ceramic planter found in the craft aisle at Target or consider making a Pencil Vase.


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4. “Have a Refreshing Summer”- Fill an insulated to-go cup with drink packets or iced tea packets and attach this tag with some coordinating ribbon.


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5. “Thank You for Making Learning Fun. Now it’s Your Turn to Relax in the Sun” – Use ribbon to wrap up a beach towel, magazine, sunscreen, and/or sunglasses along with this tag and get your teacher ready to celebrate the start of summer break!


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6. “Take Note: You are an Awesome Teacher”- Attach this tag to a cute notepad or stationery set. Pictured is a notepad from Target’s Dollar Spot area.
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7. “You Were the Highlight of My Year”- Use this tag to gift a new pack of highlighters!


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8. “Thank You #1 Teacher” About My Teacher Questionnaire – Print out this card, have your kiddos fill in the blanks and answer the special questions about their teacher! This is such a sweet and sentimental gift idea!


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9. “Just Wanted to Stop and Say Thank You for a Great Year” – Attach a gift card to this printable card for a quick yet thoughtful treat! How cute would this also be for your bus driver?! Make sure to check out our other free printable gift card holder designs here.


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10. “You are the Sharpest Teacher Around” – Use this tag to gift a new set of Sharpie markers!


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Were you inspired by these ideas? Do you have a creative and frugal gift idea to share?


 Lina (lina@hip2save.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects. 
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Comments 44

  1. Haseena

    Great ideas. Thank you for sharing!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for reading Haseena!

  2. Kendra

    Any ideas for male teachers and professors?

      • Marcy

        Where would be the best place to get beach towels that aren’t too expensive? My son attends preschool and I have a total of 8 teachers and aides and I usually give them all the same gift. Thank you in advance

    • Tallie

      Etsy.com has awesome keychains, like stamped metal and such.

    • JC

      My husband is a teacher. I’d see him liking any item on this list just as much as a female teacher would!

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Awesome – thanks JC!

  3. tam

    Thanks I got some personalized stationary from a deal collin posted at tinyprints, now I have the card to go with it perfect thanks!

  4. Diana

    How do I pin these ideas to Pinterest? I’m on my iPhone. TIA

    • Yolie

      Hit the share button and the Pinterest button should be there. If not, touch More and you can add it. HTH!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hi Diana – do you see a small Pinit button under the top photo? Press that and it will let you pin any picture on this post. Hope that helps!

  5. harlow

    Wow these r so creative and fun i dont have kids myself but one day yes. I enjoyed the post anyway😄

  6. savingstacy

    Thank you for these ideas! I was just wondering about gifts for my preschooler’s teacher, aide and bus driver.

  7. Abby H.

    Awesome, I already started working on my project for my daughter’s teacher. I will be having each child in the class donate a candy bar and I will be making a candy bouquet, on behalf of the class. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out 🙂 Will keep you posted. Thanks for sharing…love it!

  8. Brandy

    My son has special needs and has several paraprofessionals (aides) and a speech therapist that provide services to him each day…& we thank them each year as well. Any ideas on where to find printable tags for those gifts? Everything that I have found is specifically for teachers…I had to hand make mine last year and they didn’t look nearly as nice.

  9. Sara Mason

    These are great ideas and beautifully presented. That said, from a teacher’s perspective, I have to say that the gift of office supplies is not super high on the list at the end of the year especially (better received at the beginning of the year when they can be put to good use!). Gift cards ($5 coffee shop cards are great!) will almost always be the teacher’s choice. And if your child was one that may have brought headaches? Wine. 🙂

  10. Me

    When is teachers appreciation day??

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Tues May 3rd

  11. Erica

    Thanks for the ideas now I don’t have to google it. My girls are done school in less than six weeks so I will definately use these. Thanks again!!!!!

  12. Nix

    Don’t forget the assistant in your kids’ classes. They don’t get enough thanks and they do as much, and sometimes more.

    • Heather

      As a kindergarten assistant I appreciate that!

  13. ILuvH2S

    I don’t know any teacher who would turn down a gift card (unless they’re not allowed to accept it)!

  14. Irene

    Always look forward to these. I did one last year and teacher loved it. Thx

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome thanks Irene!

  15. Maureen

    I love these!

  16. Mary

    Awesome ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- thanks for stopping in! 😀

  17. Mitch

    I’m a high school teacher, and I think those free notepads from shutterfly are a great idea! They even have grid paper ones fir math teachers!!

  18. em

    I give a Visa gift card in August and January to each of the teachers (I figure they may prefer the local supply store or depot or staples or whatever, they can choose that way). The kids make a card for teacher appreciation day. We probably look pretty cheap to the rest of the parents, but whatever.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I think that’s very thoughtful! 😀

  19. Megan

    As a teacher I have to say I absolutely loved all the thoughtful things I was given for teacher appreciation week! Some of my favorites – kids brought in my favorite coffee/pop, my favorite candy, parents brought in chick-fil-a for lunch or $5 gift cards! Our PTO made themes for each day and one was flower oriented… We were told to bring in a vase and each kid picked a flower or two on their way in! Seriously though my favorite “things” are handwritten notes from students/parents.

  20. Tracey

    These are such great printable cards and they are wonderful ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure and thanks for reading Tracey!

  21. C

    When did teacher gifts become a thing? I’m not trying to be smart when I ask this, I genuinely don’t remember anyone in my classes ever giving gifts to teachers when I was going through school. I’m not saying teachers don’t deserve to be thanked, they certainly do, and I don’t have kids yet so I’ve got a few years until I need to start worrying about this. I’m just wondering if everyone does this or it may be more of a regional thing? I don’t want to be the cheap person who doesn’t thank their kids teachers, especially if everyone else is doing it. But I don’t know of anyone I went to school with ever buying gifts for teachers.

    • nin

      I am 39 and I remember growing up and bringing in home backed goods around the holidays for the teacher and other kids brought things in too. I am in upstate (not real upstate NY) Can’t remember if I brought anything in at the end of the year though.

      I started teaching in early 2000s and students would bring in gifts before December break and at the end of the year. It felt like so much some times. I used to work in a district where the families didn’t have a lot, but they were so appreciative of everything we did for their children. The handwritten notes I have always kept-they mean so much to me and honestly even when I moved up to middle school and didn’t get as many “gifts” I would get a few handwritten notes at the end of each year from a student and they mean so much more to me and I am sure every other teacher as well.

      It is a job you don’t necessarily see “results” right away and much like parenthood it is hard because you sometimes don’t feel appreciated. A few kind words and knowing in some way I may impact someone’s life is truly all the appreciation a teacher needs. These “gifts” are sweet in that they show that the parents and/or students appreciate what you do, but are never “expected”

    • Mplsmeg

      Um, don’t you remember people bringing apples for teachers, like in Little House on the Prairie days? It has been a thing for basically forever. But also, don’t feel obligated. I’m a teacher, as is my husband, and we get a few gifts every year but not much. At some schools it’s much more a part of the culture than at others. And like another person said on here, the best gifts by far have been notes from kiddos or parents.

  22. Evan

    Thanks again for these. Does anyone have ideas for something to say with cooking items? Both of my daughters teachers love to cook so I’m providing items for this & would love a printable idea to match or a cute slogan. Thx!

  23. heena

    wow right on time!!! was looking for it. thanks!!!:)

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure! Thanks for stopping by Heena 😀

  24. Marcy

    Hi! Where would u recommend purchasing towels on a deal? My son attends preschool however I always include the a.m and p.m aides (8 total) as well as his teachers in gifts

    Thank you in advance!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You could try any discount store like Ross, Big Lots, Walmart. I scored some great ones at IKEA last summer! 😄
      If anyone knows of specific deals – Let’s us know!

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