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Celebrate your favorite educators with the best deals and freebies for teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with these freebies & deals for educators! 🏫🚸📚

National Teacher Appreciation Week 2024 is scheduled for Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 10. National Teacher Appreciation Day will be held on Tuesday, May 7th.

Many restaurants and retailers will be showing their appreciation for hard-working educators everywhere by offering up some great Teacher Appreciation freebies and special deals.

Check out our list of retailers and restaurants that celebrate teachers all year long with special discounts, freebies, and other offers!

Note that the following offers were available in 2023. Check back as National Teacher Appreciation Week 2024 approaches. We’ll be sharing all the best offers, promos, and deals for educators as soon as they’re announced!

Thank a teacher with a creative gift idea paired with one of our free teacher appreciation printables

THANK YOU, teachers, for all you do!  💖

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Snag a $20 Shop Card from Costco

For a limited time, teachers can join Costco as a new member and receive a $20 Costco Shop Card. Just head on over here to verify your eligibility through SheerID.

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Crayola offered 25% off Teacher Appreciation gifts.

In 2023, Crayola offered everyone 25% off all products from its Teacher Gift Ideas category page. No promo code was needed to claim this offer, as the price shown on qualifying products reflected the discount.

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Teachers saved 25% on Crocs all month long!

Throughout the month of May 2023, teachers could save 25% on their Crocs.com orders.

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Free Big Yellow Cup from Dickey’s BBQ Pit

From May 8th through May 12th, 2023 any teacher with a valid employment ID got a FREE Big Yellow Cup with a minimum purchase of $10.

Firehouse Subs

free Firehouse Sub.

Through May 12th, 2023, teachers could enjoy a free medium sub by purchasing an additional medium or large Firehouse sub, chips, and drink.

water park

40% off your next stay at Great Wolf Lodge

Through May 14th, 2023, Great Wolf Lodge offered up to 40% off reservations booked thru September 21st.

Plus, they donated $10 to Donors Choose for each reservation made to help provide classroom supplies to teachers across the country (up to $100,000)!

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15% off at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

During Teacher Appreciation Week 2023, teachers could save 15% on their entire bill at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. You had to show a valid school ID at a participating location to claim this offer.

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Insomnia Cookies had free cookies for teachers & staff.

Through May 12th, 2023, teachers and school staff could score a free six-pack of Classic cookies (regularly around $13.50) with any $5 in-store purchase at Insomnia Cookies.

Logan's Roadhouse Meals

Teachers saved 20% on their entrée at Logan’s Roadhouse.

Logan’s Roadhouse gave teachers 20% off their entrée during Teacher Appreciation Week 2023.

holding an iced tea with a straw

Teachers got free tea at McAlister’s Deli.

Any teacher who dropped by McAlister’s Deli through May 10, 2023, received a free 32oz. tea (excluding flavored shots or other beverages). There was no purchase necessary to claim this offer, but you had to order in person for dine-in or takeout.

Office Depot Basket

Office Depot gave teachers 30% back in Bonus Rewards.

Through July 1, 2023, teachers who were Office Depot Rewards members got 30% back in Bonus Rewards on qualifying regularly priced purchases with this coupon at checkout.

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Free drink or cookie from Potbelly

Through May 12th, 2023, teachers could enjoy either a free cookie or a regular-sized soft drink from Potbelly.

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Teachers saved up to 30% on Samsung products.

During Teacher Appreciation Week 2023, educators could save up to 30% when purchasing products through Samsung’s Education Offers Program on Samsung.com.

Sonic Bag

Free cheeseburger from Sonic

Sonic App users enrolled in the Teachers’ Circle Rewards program received a reward for a free SONIC Cheeseburger with any purchase.

6 subs on a Subway wrapper

Free sandwich from Subway

Through May 12th, 2023, Subway gave away 10,000 free Subway Series sandwiches to teachers through their new program, Subway Serves.

The first 2,000 to log in each morning received a free electronic gift card that they could use to snag their favorite Subway Series sandwich.

3 Whataburger breakfast entrees with orange juice

Teachers got free breakfast all week long at Whataburger.

During Teacher Appreciation Week 2023, Whataburger offered free breakfast entrées to teachers all week long. From 5 A.M. to 9 A.M., teachers could enjoy a free breakfast entrée including a Taquito with cheese, Breakfast on a Bun, or a Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit.

Teachers can also save 25% on all retail items in the Whatastore.

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

These educator discounts are available all year long!

About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.

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Comments 16

  1. Suzanne

    Kindergarten Mom here so new to all this, Do we get a gift for Teacher appreciation Day or do we need to do something for the whole week??? I am LOST

    • Alicia Denk

      Usually I send in one appreciation gift sometime during the week.

    • Shopper123

      Teacher here, parents often do something small each day during the week (fav candy bar, fav drink, handwritten note/picture, new pens/post it’s and then at the end of the week a gift/gift card). Each family handles it differently but at my school that was the most common!

    • Lynn Redman

      Anything is appreciated I’m sure! Just the fact that you acknowledge them is wonderful! And please don’t forget your school nurse! It’s also nurses week! They are forgotten most of the time.

    • MJ

      I’m a middle school teacher, and the biggest thing is the thought! One gift would be lovely, but a drawing from the student or a little note from the parent would be just as sweet! I definitely would not feel pressure to get them something every day of the week.

    • Brittani Hall

      I have been reading a lot about this on Pinterest and the number one teacher requested item out of all of the articles I’ve read are gift cards. Even if it’s just $5, something just for them. I do come from an area where they ask for something specific each day, however, where we are now they ask for nothing for teacher appreciation week. So, because I love my kids teachers and they are by far the best they’ve ever had, we are sending in something each day. It’s always the thought that counts, but specifically the articles say 70% of teachers would like gift cards. I’m not a teacher, just a caring parent so I had to research a bit. There are a ton of diy projects to do on Pinterest for teacher appreciation week as well and they are adorable. A lot of free printables too.

    • Jessica Nagel

      We do a little something each day, example favorite candy, drink, a sweet note. On Friday we send a card with a message inside from our family and a gift card to their favorite place.

  2. tia in boise

    Teacher of 30 years here. Last year was the first time that a parent gave me a gift every day of the week (and she is a teacher!) At my school most parents/children do nothing. A few send in a plant or candy or a nice card–and anything is loved! Some help contribute to whatever the PTO has put together. This and last year they set up a Sign Up Genius to help stock our fridge with a variety of drinks and provide snacks for us to munch on all week.

    There isn’t anything that is EXPECTED for families to do–just do whatever is in your heart! 🙂

  3. David Johnson

    As a teacher, the PTO/PTA usually does something every day and parents usually give one gift (If they give anything at all). Stay away from mugs, school supplies, and “Best Teacher” items. Stick with gift cards or something personal if you know their favorite food/treat etc. It really is the thought that counts.

  4. AS

    Are these deals for substitute teachers too or permanent teachers. Thanks

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great question, AS! You could always double check with your locations to be sure on how they will honor it for you. ❤️

    • Melissa M

      I’m hoping they’re for home schooling teachers too! 🙂

      • Lillian Hemphill


      • Betsy

        I used to homeschool my kids and now teach at their school, and I can say that I got these deals both when homeschooling and now when working at a school.
        I always asked first and never was told no.

  5. Ashley

    I work at a preschool. Most don’t do teachers week gift because end of the year is coming. But they do help send in stuff for a breakfast for us to enjoy at the beginning of the week. Of course there is left overs. I agree $5 gift cards are great. Remember not everyone loves plants, not everyone drinks coffee and not everyone needs another mug

  6. Beth

    I always send in one gift for the week. Typically a gift card. Now that I am a teacher at the school I thought it would be interesting to see what most people give. So far I’ve received all items for the classroom. While a gift card would be nice those classroom items are a blessing as well.

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