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Need a teacher appreciation gift idea?

If so, consider creating a cute Teacher’s Appreciation gift card holder using these free printable designs! This is a thoughtful Teacher Appreciation Day gift or something to give during the holidays or at the end of the school year. Teachers put an incredible amount of time and energy into our kids, and we appreciate them so much. Even a small gift like this can make their day!

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Teachers LOVE gift cards

Over the years, we’ve had many teachers (who are also readers) comment they appreciate any gesture, and gift cards make such great gifts for teachers because they can then treat themselves to a coffee, lunch, or perhaps a mini shopping spree with something like a Target gift card. You can even customize your gift card selection personally for your teacher if you happen to know their favorites.

easy teacher gift idea filled out by child

By the end of the year, my kids usually know which stores and food their teachers enjoy. For instance, we have one teacher who’s obsessed with Starbucks, one who loves to read, and another who loves Chipotle. If you’re not sure, however, there’s no harm in sending a quick email to ask.

One tip I have as a former homeroom parent is I used to send out something similar to this TEACHER FAVORITES questionnaire to my teachers to see what their likes were. It was very helpful during Teacher Appreciation week!

Click Below to Print These Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holders:

free printable designs for teacher gift card holders

 Coffee. Teach. Sleep. Repeat.

Nacho Average Teacher

Reading is Lit

Your Teaching is on Point

cutting scrapbooking paper with paper trimmer for teacher gift

Embellishing your gift card holders can be a fun activity the kids can help with!

First, print the cards you’d like to use on white cardstock paper, and then tape them to pretty scrapbook paper or construction paper for a fun look (see above). A paper trimming tool is very helpful for this type of project to cut straight lines, but you can use scissors instead. We used strong double-sided tape to make sure the gift cards don’t fall off of the card, and then we added decorative washi tape on top of the gift card.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holder


Supplies Needed

  • printable gift card holders
  • double-sided tape
  • gift cards
  • construction or decorative scrapbook paper
  • washi tape *optional



Print desired gift card holders on white cardstock paper.


Cut the gift card holders using scissors or a paper trimmer. Cut a piece of decorative paper slightly larger than the gift card holder.


Tape gift card to the front in the middle, and then tape it to the decorative paper.  Lastly, place a little decorative washi tape on top if desired.

child filling out printable gift card gifts for teachers

Hooray for easy and fun teacher gift ideas!

You could always give a plain gift card, but these little printable card gifts require minimal effort, yet are so fun and EXTRA sweet. Make sure to visit our original FREE Printable Gift Card Holders for Teacher Gifts post from a few years ago for additional design options!

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  1. Vikky

    So how much are you giving each teacher? So many teachers for middle school kids….

    • Laura

      I work as a middle school teacher and have kids of my own. A gift card for even $5 truly makes my day! Seriously, thank you to all who show a token of appreciation. On a side note, given that I work with middle school aged students, it is the handwritten notes from my students that I cherish the most! If your child is fond of any of his/her teachers, it is a great suggestion to go along with these cute gift card holders!

      • Debbie

        Thanks for chiming in Laura! I have a middle schooler with great teachers and appreciate your insights. Thanks for all you do!

      • Vikky

        Thanks for your input! I assumed $5 is not enough.

        • shop4mybabies

          5$ means a lot to them and if a few kiddos give them 5$ they have enough for a great day. i have many many teacher friends and volunteer a lot in the schools and they so appreciate being appreciated

    • KLS

      As a JH and HS teacher, I second the notes. Get a pack of cards from Dollar Tree and have your child write about a special memory from the year. No gift necessary. If you feel the need to get a gift, a favorite drink, candy, or a bath bomb is a great addition. At my school every class has a teacher and at least one aide as well as specials teachers (computers, art, library, music, and pe). I know it isn’t necessary to get something for everyone, but I always feel guilty leaving them out as I feel that they often are so rather than big gifts for a few, we opt for smaller gifts for everyone. My son even loves to get the lunch ladies and his bus driver & monitor a little something! I always stress out with ideas, but try to remember it is the thought that counts. A teacher isn’t a teacher for the gifts or recognition!

  2. Laura

    When is Teachers Appreciation Week?!

    • AJ


      • Case

        Thank you!!

  3. Reena

    Is $5 gift card decent enough?

    • Sarah C

      Absolutely!!! I teach high school math, and although I’m usually the favorite teacher of many of my students, I rarely get any gifts or tokens of appreciation. When I do, I appreciate them so much. Any cards or letters from students that I get I always save forever. 🙂

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Thanks for your input!

      • suzanne skero

        I am with you (high school math). Seems like appreciation tails off after elementary school! So when I get any form of appreciation from a high schooler, I am so happy! And $5 is great – always the thought that counts! (I was giving elementary school teachers $25 gifts – wish I saw this posting then!!!)

    • Nicole

      Yes! (Preschool teacher here) Anything that shows appreciation makes our day!

      On average, a $10 gift or card would be the top value of what I receive. Once in a very blue moon I’ll get $20.

      • JoJo

        For private preschool, I thought average is $50. l gave $50 for Christmas, and thinking of $70 for teacher appreciation. The monthly tuition is $1800 for 3 year old, so I thought I have to gift more accordingly. Oh, I was worried that I was being too cheap because someone told me I should gift at least $100 to $200 for the main teacher.

        • suji

          As everyone mentioned, I was also curious how much is a good amount without being cheap…or overly outdoing it. It’s good to have an idea and it is the thought that counts. But in my area, I think if we gave $5, it would be too low. Your at a private school paying $1800/mon for a 3yr old, I think whoever told you it should be at least $100 to $200 is right.
          I was an educator myself (kindergarten) and I’ve been given gifts such as a Tiffany & Co. love bracelet.
          My child now is 4yrs old and I pay $1100/mon, I’ve donated money to the school pot (dinner & spa treatment) $50 and will be giving each teacher (she has 4) starbucks gift cards $10/each….

  4. celticmommie

    Thank you for the free printables! I used the ones from a few years ago and got so many compliments on them. Hopefully you got some new followers out of it!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good and thanks so much!

  5. aimee

    please post some cute scout leader gift card holders!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks for the suggestion! I could use those too 👍

  6. Nancy

    As a teacher, I’ll say any amount or note is appreciated. One year we had a group of parents come together to buy (4 teachers) lunch it was so nice!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That’s so nice and well deserved Nancy! Thanks for sharing 🙌

  7. Carol

    One for the bus driver would be good too! I have no good ideas for what it should say though lol

    • Melissa

      My 7 year old daughter said her bus driver likes to drink coffee. So I got him a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card for $15.00. If he doesn’t like coffee he could always get plenty of donuts 🙂 The teachers I did amazon gift cards for $25.00. Both my kids had wonderful teachers, and I believe that makes all the difference.

  8. suji

    Just on a side note, parents are you aware of what’s going on or what could change in the public school systems education framework?
    I’m in SoCal and it’s concerning…
    You can learn more by joining the facebook page Informed Parents of California or

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