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Mani Thanks Teacher Gift Idea

Need a fun teacher gift?

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.

Mani Thanks Easy Teacher Gift

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! 🙂

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

    I felt totally cheap giving teachers $5 gift cards this year…how much do you Hip ladies spend on teacher gifts?

    • Monica

      I am a substitute teacher so I see the trials and tribulations daily. Personally I give small gifts through the week. A cookie, cup of coffee, Chapstick etc. then end with a gift card of $10-20.

    • CJ

      If I do a gift card it’s usually $5 to sonic, starbucks, etc. I also try to do a few little treats throughout the week…maybe peppermints in a jar one day, a granola bar & banana another, etc.

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Very nice!

    • JA

      That’s not a cheap gift at all! It’s thoughtful, kind and practical. Maybe add a thank you card (Dollar Tree) with a small note or picture drawn by your child.

    • Jennifer Bielot

      when you think about it….. $5 from a child…. if each child even gave a $5 gift… on average 20-30 kids in a classroom…. that’s $100-$150 being received – with just a $5 gift…. i wouldn’t think twice about it… the fact that children/families are giving anything lets the teachers know that the families/kids appreciate everything that they do for our children at school…. trust me…. i know what my daughter’s teacher has to put up with… lol – thankfully she says she has 3 of her own and “knows how to deal with it”…. but still….

    • Nes

      As a teacher, that $5 can be a WONDERFUL pick me up. Please don’t feel bad for the amount of money you spend; it’s about thoughtfulness, not money. I am happy to get a nice note.

  2. SusV

    K, I have taught middle school for 21 years! $5 is very much appreciated!

  3. kaylan

    I normally spend $5-$10. It’s the thought not the price that counts😊. So I always try to be creative.

    • kaylan

      Last year I bought 3 Sonoma candles. They were on sale at kohl’s for $10 and I had a $10/$30 coupon. I attached a note to them saying “thanks for helping make my future bright”. Got all 3 teachers done for $20.

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Super cute idea!

    • growingbhoomi

      You can also personalize the candle for teacher like this one I did. You can do that on canvas, Wooden letter art and what not. I do it for my small business here but if you are good at doing designs like that, you can do your own. https://myinsideworldout.wordpress.com/about/dhaani-mehandi/

  4. Cg

    My daughter is in a daycare/preschool and has 3 teachers and 2 assistants. I’m thinking cheap but cute, any ideas?

    • Kasey

      My son is in pre school as well with 4 teachers. I got them all donuts one morning with a tag that said I DONUT I’d without teachers like you. As a teacher my self I always love getting breakfast because I never have time to eat!

      • Cg

        That’s a really cute idea, might steal it thus time around. Thank you!

    • Lovebeinmommy

      If you have a Panera nearby you can get a dozen (theirs is 13) bagels sliced on Tuesdays for $6.98 + tax. You can pay a bit more for extra cream cheese and pick up a gallon of orange juice or some coffee and that usually feeds our preschool staff. I have begun doing that for Christmas time and this time of year. Teachers usually love it!

  5. Tlee

    I’m a junior high special education teacher and I normally receive $25 gift cards to Target or Starbucks. I’m at a Title 1 school which means 75% of students receive free or reduced lunch so I know my parents are working for the gift. I feel like parents know how hard I work for their kids and want to show their appreciate since I stay at work until 5pm daily to help kids after school with Hw or have meetings. Please keep in mind this is San Jose, CA where everything is expensive so that might be why they give so much too. But honestly, I know how much money I make so I only give my kids preschool teachers all $10 gift cards to target and a box of chocolate from Sees candy. But then again there are 5 teachers at the school and See’s isn’t cheap either. 😁👍🏼 I know I love hand written thank you letters and that goes a long way in a teacher’s book! I hope that helps.

  6. Deb

    Lina, the “mani thanks” is such a cute idea!

  7. Kimberly Clark

    Don’t forget Administrative Professionals Week this week for the school secretaries.

  8. Sheila W.

    Those red/white movie popcorn boxes are at the Target dollar store quite often, if anyone is looking for them. I’ve used them for teacher gifts many times, and they love them!

  9. Rachel

    I do this same printable for my Jamberry business! I’d be happy to show you how to give a cute nail focused gift for around $5-$10! Just email me rachel.fickenscher@gmail.com

  10. jessica

    When is teacher appreciation day?

    • hahn

      Next week 🙂

      • jessica

        Thank u

  11. Stephanie

    I took my sons class picture and put it on a mug from shutterfly (free code of course lol) and am going to fill it with chocolates (from the deals posted) and a gift card!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Cute and thoughtful idea Stephanie!

  12. lscpn1

    I love sugar keepers. They are cheap, cute and so useful. Would these be a goofy idea to give as gifts? I am not crafty, so what could I do to make these into a cute gift?….Maybe just make cookies to go with them? (I use them for brown sugar, but I hear they work with cookies too.) Thanks for the ideas!

  13. kari

    Love this idea! Thank you! Ps- daughter approves too 😉

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great! Thanks for reading 😀

  14. Bcbebs

    I’m in my tenth year of teaching at a title 1 school and personally anything and everything is appreciated. My parents do what they can, the simple fact that they care enough to send anything makes me feel special. Hope that helps.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for your comment!

  15. Kelley

    Also, please don’t forget your child’s special area teachers (music, art, library, pe, humanities, technology, etc). We might only see your child once a week, but often times we teach your child for years!

  16. Vee

    Go to pinterest and type in teacher gift ideas. Tons of ideas will pop up that are all price ranges.

  17. Counseling Mom

    Did both of these ideas last year at the end of the year. Got great stuff at the dollar store. Teachers loved the gifts and the kids were so very excited to create and give these treasure chests of appreciation. It really made everyone feel so wonderful. Thank so much for this!!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s so wonderful! -thanks for sharing 😀

  18. Niki

    What is the best gift for daycare teacher. My daughter is 20 months old. Do you think donuts or bagel will be good idea?

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