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Calling all you special teachers! In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1st-5th or May 8th-12th depending on location), several businesses are showing their gratitude by offering up some great freebies and special offers just for YOU! Check them out…

A.C. Moore:

Teacher’s can get a 15% off entire purchase discount by presenting any one of the following credentials at checkout: State Issued Photo ID, School ID, Home School Affidavit or IHIP approval letter from School District or your state, Home Schooling Certificate, or State Issued Preschool/Daycare Facility Certificate/License. Contact your store for more details about the program.

ATG Stores:

Educators with a valid school email address, can save 10% sitewide when you sign up here – you will then receive a coupon code on demand. Your personalized discount code has no expiration date and can be used as many times as desired.

Banana Republic:

Banana Republic is offering up 15% off your full-priced purchase when you present a valid student or teacher ID. This offer is valid in-store only.

Barnes Noble

Barnes & Noble:

Sign up for the FREE Barnes & Noble Educator Program and get 20% off the list price of most hardcover and paperback books, toys, games, music, movies and more for use in the classroom!

Brain Chase:

Brain Chase will keep student in grades 2 – 8 sharp over the Summer months so Fall learning isn’t just review. Want to see how it works first? Teachers can sample the next chase for 25% off with the coupon code TEACHERCHASE (must be a credentialed teacher). Then download the flyer to share with your students and for every student who registers, teachers will get a $25 Staples gift card!


On Tuesday, May 2nd from 3PM-close, Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants will be offering up Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Burritos, Bowls, Salads, or Order of Tacos for teachers, faculty or staff! Just be sure to bring your ID or other documentation from preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, community college, or university identifying you as faculty or staff or bring your home school ID card.

Note that there is a limit of one free menu item per teacher and this offer is valid for in-restaurant orders only – not valid for on-line, mobile, fax, or catering. The offer cannot be combined with other coupons, promotions, or special offers.


On Tuesday, May 9th, Cicis is offering up a FREE Adult Buffet for teachers and administrative staff. Simply present a valid school ID. For more information, head here.


Have tired feet from standing? GelPro believes in making the classroom a comfortable place to work and learn. So as a thank you to teachers for their dedication to our nation’s youth, educators can enjoy 25% off online purchases at throughout the year.

Half Price Books:

As part of their commitment to literacy, Half Price Books supports educators, school teachers and librarians in the community with an Educator Discount Card to save 10% in-store all year round.

J. Crew:

J. Crew offers a 15% discount to all teachers and college students when they shop in-store and show a valid school ID at checkout. For more information, go here.

JoAnn Fabrics:

Teachers can sign up for a Free discount card to save 15% off every in-store and online purchase (excludes remnants, patterns, gift cards, and previous purchases). Plus, get a bonus coupon for 20% off any one total purchase when you enroll or re-enroll in the program. Go here for more details.

Lakeshore Learning:

Join the Lakeshore Learning Teacher’s Club and receive 15% off on hundreds of classroom items every day. Plus, get special in-store offers every day just for signing up!


Teachers can save an additional 15% off your entire in-store purchase every day (some exclusions do apply). See your store associate for more details.

Sea World:

If you are a teacher from a participating school district, you can receive a complimentary pass to SeaWorld to learn how to incorporate marine science education into your curriculum.

The Green Turtle Sports Bar & Grille:

On May 3rd, teachers can enjoy a Free Menu Item up to $12 or $12 off a more expensive item with the purchase of a beverage with proof of school ID, valid in-store only. Go here to find a location near you.

TOMS Shoes:

Starting May 1st through May 5th, will be celebrating teachers! Verified teachers will receive 15% full priced styles at when you go here and click on the banner at top.

Do you know of any other freebies or special offers for teachers?! If so, please share them with us below!

(Thanks, Steve & Miss Bailey!)

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Comments 24

  1. Andrea

    Looking to trade place cash for dominos gift cards. I have $20 in place cash. U can save $10 on a $20 purchase or $20 on a $40.

  2. CW

    Go early to Chipotle. We tend to pack the place!
    Also PDQ and Tijuana Flats usually do something for teachers too.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thanks for sharing! Good to know!

  3. Michelle

    We were given information at school today that Food Lion is offering 5% off total purchase for faculty and staff with school ID on Tuesday, May 2.

  4. Meredith

    Chick-Fil-A in the Houston area has free meals for teachers May 2nd. When you show teacher I.D.

  5. Catie

    Our local Alamo drafthouse is offering free movies for teachers from today through the 2nd or 3rd with picture ID.

  6. Cg

    Any teachers have any gift ideas they’ve been given from students that you loved? Other than gift cards, I hate choosing an amount lol TIA

    • KLS

      I was given a mug with my initial on it (handmade using sharpies and a letter stencil) that I keep on my desk to store small items. Also, I received a package of my favorite pens from a student which was greatly appreciated. I have also been given bags of candy in the past which I can then share with the entire class (as I don’t need it all for myself). It really is the thought or gesture, not the amount spent or the gift itself. Even though a $5 gift card doesn’t sound like much, it is a nice and unexpected treat. Several students at my school write thank you notes which I think is the sweetest gift possible. Have your kids share a specific memory from class to make it personal. It is nice to have an entire week to recognize teachers, but it isn’t about the gifts!

      • KLS

        And really, the best gift ever from a student is saying thank you with a hug!

        • Lynze

          Couldn’t be more true! I teach preK and a hug or an “I love you, Teacher” makes my day! I did see where another teacher had a parent call or email the teacher and say coffee is on me today and they asked what she liked. I thought that gesture was thoughtful!

    • Lauren

      I teach high school…my favorites are always handwritten notes from students. And chocolate. Always chocolate.

    • AE

      Small value gift card is totally appreciated….$5 is plenty! Also would love sharpies, fancy pens, nice note.

    • Jennifer

      A letter to administration with them CC’d letting the administrator(s) know how much you appreciate the teacher.

  7. candace

    Didn’t Applebee’s used to do something?

  8. Wendy

    The Green Turtle is offering a free meal to teachers on May 3rd. You must bring your teacher ID.

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Thanks Wendy! I added this to the post! 😊

  9. Teacher

    Nice gel pens are awesome!

  10. lynze983

    I teach preK and a hug or an “I love you, Teacher” just makes my day! I also know of another teacher who had a parent call/email her and the parent said coffee was on them and wanted to know what she would like. I thought that idea was a thoughtful gesture.

  11. dblD_amber

    I’m a hs. teacher and honestly the notes and cards are the best. $5 to DD and Starbucks are great too. Although I have received some inappropriate gifts as well.

  12. ctipich

    Chickfiila are doing free breakfast and lunch

  13. Gaby

    I have $5 kohls cash expire: 4/30
    I’m looking for Amazon or Starbucks GC
    Or make an offer

  14. Cathy

    I need the code for totes for Gifts for Now .com

  15. headfororlando is offering teachers 10% off the nightly rate on select vacation homes in Orlando for any dates in 2017. Reserve by June 1, 2017. Great time to plan for summer, Thanksgiving, or Christmas vacation and get great savings.

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