This DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea is Easy Peasy & So Thoughtful!

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Grab a drink holder and create this easy DIY teacher gift for Teacher Appreciation Week or for the end of the year to say thanks! 

Teacher gift idea in drink holder

Does anyone need last-minute DIY teacher gifts?

Teachers are amazing humans at all grade levels so let’s be sure to thank them next week. In 2024, Teacher Appreciation Week is officially celebrated from May 6 to May 10. If you are looking for fun ideas to show how much you care for educators, consider this easy yet thoughtful DIY teacher gift. Use a drink holder and the four compartments to easily give a gift card, favorite drink, a small plant, and candle.

woman holding a drink holder with teacher gifts

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making a last minute gift for a teacher using a drink holder from the grocery store

All supplies can be found at the grocery store for this project!

We asked teachers what they wanted for the best gifts ideas and gift cards were the number one answer along with sentimental handwritten thank-you notes. I feel like this is such a cute and fun way to go the extra mile when giving a gift card.

My grocery store has a Starbucks, so I was able to grab a drink holder and a coffee drink. Then cruised on over to the floral department and found a small potted orchid, a candle on the candle aisle, and lastly, a gift card.

Check out how cute this idea comes together on YouTube!

last minute teacher gift using a drink holder with candle and gift card on the table

DIY Drink Holder Teacher Gift


Supplies Needed

  • drink holder from a coffee shop or fast food
  • teacher's favorite drink
  • small potted plant, flower, or succulent
  • 3.7 oz. candle
  • gift card



Place the gifts inside the drink holder and give this gift to a deserving teacher! Feel free to add a ribbon or a gift tag.

Extra tips for compiling this easy DIY teacher gift: 

  • Curious about what your teacher’s favorite drink/scent/stores are? Ask them! Here is an excellent free PDF teacher questionnaire from you can print or send to your child’s teacher if you’d like. Or you could just email them and ask.
  • Starbucks and Sonic drinks and holders are excellent choices for this gift. You could also find similar plastic holders at the dollar store or on This classroom caddy would work great and the teacher can then reuse it!

woman holding a last minute teacher appreciation gift in a drink holder
I love fun small gift ideas that are also thoughtful.

You can create something like this last minute at any budget and it still shows some effort! This drink carrier gift idea is not limited to teachers. Consider making one for a friend or coworker to lift someone’s spirits or maybe to celebrate a birthday.

What would you put in your drink carrier gift basket?! Let us know in the comments. 

See all our FREE Teacher Appreciation printable notes and gift ideas! 

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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Comments 9

  1. Nicole

    I’ve been teaching for 18 years and would LOVE this gift!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Glad you love the idea, Nicole! Thanks for all your hard work and impact you’ve made on future generations! ❤️ Happy (almost) Teacher Appreciation Week! 🎉

  2. Heidi

    Teachers love gift cards.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      They sure do! Thanks for letting us know you’re a fan of this gift idea, Heidi. 🥰

  3. Kim

    I like this a lot. And if you can’t think of anything to get your mom or a friend this would be a cute idea too.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Such a great idea, Kim! 🙌💗 Thanks for sharing this thoughtful suggestion.


    That is absolutely adorable. 20 years of teaching here. You really can’t go wrong with any form of appreciation, but this one is practical, pretty, and I’d love it!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      I agree! 🥰 Very awesome to hear you’ve been teaching for 20 years! We appreciate YOU! 💕

  5. Ang McC

    What do you guys do for teacher appreciation when your child is in the higher grades where they switch classes throughout the day and have many teachers?

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