Make DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holders w/ Our FREE Printable Designs!

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Needs some teacher gift card ideas? Show your gratitude with these DIY teacher appreciation gift card holders!

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Need a teacher appreciation gift idea?

If so, consider making a cute Teacher Appreciation gift card holder using these free printable designs! This is a thoughtful gift for Teacher Appreciation Day which is Tuesday, May 7th! You can also gift it during the holidays or as a sweet sentiment at the end of the school year.

Teachers put an incredible amount of time and energy into our kids. We appreciate them so much! Even a small gift like this can make a teacher’s day!

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Teacher gift cards are always appreciated!

Over the years, we’ve had many teachers (who are also Hip2Save readers) comment they appreciate any gesture. Gift cards make such great gifts for teachers because they can treat themselves to anything.

Whether it’s a coffee, lunch, or perhaps a mini shopping spree with a Target gift card, they’ll love it. If you happen to know their favorites, you can even customize your gift card selection personally!

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Embellishing a DIY gift card holder can be a fun activity the kids can help with!

By the end of the year, my kids usually know which stores and food their teachers enjoy and that’s where we come up with teacher gift card ideas. For instance, we have one teacher who’s obsessed with Starbucks, one who loves to read (Barnes & Noble, here we come), and another who loves Chipotle. If you’re not sure, there’s no harm in sending a quick email to ask!

As a former homeroom parent, I recommend sending something similar to this TEACHER FAVORITES questionnaire to my teachers. It was very helpful during Teacher Appreciation Week to know what each enjoyed!

Click below to print these FREE Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holders:

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FREE Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holders from Hip2Save

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holder


Supplies Needed



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 cardholder.


Tape the 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.

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Hooray for easy and fun teacher gift card holder ideas!

You could always give a plain gift card, but these little printable cards require minimal effort, yet are so fun and EXTRA sweet.

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Looking for more printable gift card holders?

Need more teacher gift card ideas or free printables? Get more design options from our original FREE Printable Gift Card Holders for Teacher Gifts post from several years ago!

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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 44

  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!!

    • Suzanne

      I actually think it is May 2-6 this year.

  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….

          • Wendy

            You should check your district’s policy. They might have a maximum amount so that it doesn’t look like you’re bribing a staff member. I usually do a nice little gift with a $20 gift card to Target. As a teacher of students from a low income area, a handmade card is always appreciated.

        • PrincessMom

          Where on earth did you get a private school for $1800?!? Wow, the one I’m looking at is $13000!

    • Casey

      Yes! Especially if it’s for Starbucks or Dunkin– just enough to treat myself to a latte!

  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. Pamela

    I am a mother of high schooler so I was thinking of email e-gift cards to the teachers if some teachers are not work in the school during Covid-19 – think it is good idea to do that? I would appreciate any feedback or suggestion and thanks.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I actually think that is so thoughtful and generous Pamela 🥰❤️

    • redsoxgirl

      I was thinking the same. So many are working from home! I just wasn’t sure where to do them from?

  9. Pharmchick104

    I actually bought target gc for my son’s teachers during their sale in December, But im trying to figure out how I can give it to them since school is closed for the rest of the year. Im hoping They give a chance to let the kids come back one class at a time to at least say bye.

    • Megan

      Our kindergarteners school is doing a graduation drive thru parade. They will hand out end of year stuff through a window. My middle schooler is having a book return on certain days so we will gift them that way. Maybe your school will do something similar.

  10. Stacy

    With schools closed down for the year this year. I was wondering if you send a gc to the teachers school email address if this is allowed? Don’t want to violate any policy for sending her $20 for everything she’s been doing with this online schooling. TIA.

  11. Ashley

    I work at a preschool. Think of it this way. $5 for dunkin or starbucks could get them a free cup of coffee. $10 to subway could get them a free lunch. You really don’t need to go over the top. We are absolutely thrilled just to see how excited your child is to show appreciation towards us! And remember because we tend to get little gifts year after year a $5 gift card might be put to more use than another coffee mug or another sign.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for you insight Ashley!! 💕🙌

  12. amy knightley

    I love these free printables!! I love that these are for teachers are there any more where they are more generic for others?

  13. Mell

    Hi thank you hip2save for all you do. Was just wondering if in your area teachers preschool at a church and then elementary school the teachers fill out a paper favorite snack favorite candy favorite flower favorite gift card favorite drink schools supplies and monogram? Live in Florida. I have been giving giftcards to kindergarten teacher Halloween Thanksgiving Christmas Valentine’s day st. Patrick’s day Easter 25$ each and usually make a gift basket of items between 20-30$ with. Have never gotten A thank you ever in an email text or note or verbally. Now teacher appreciation week is coming and has the items them want each day skinny pop popcorn Lipton ice tea 50/50 and Publix chocolate covered pretzels, scotch laminating paper scotch heavy cutie packing take white card stock list goes on and on I know teachers do slot and they are appreciated but I paid a fee at the Beginning Of the school year For school supplies plus bought the school supplies And it’s hard to purchase all this stuff but you want your child Child might not be treated as well Song Parents might feel there child might not be treated as well as someone who can afford all this. Just wondering if anyone one else has this going on there school?

    • melly

      How about just a thank you note to them? I give Christmas gifts every year but then at the end of the year I write thank you notes. I sometimes get thank you cards for the gifts but not the notes. I know they’re appreciated though!

  14. Mell

    And one preschool teacher said no mugs or cups of any kind or candles on her paper. I want my child to learn to give to people and appreciate people but giving A gift should be what the gift giver wants to give. Believe me I support teachers. I just thought this is over the top! IMO

  15. Jen

    Does anyone know of any Chick-fil-A printable cards? Our teachers like Chick-fil-A as much as the students. TIA

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Jen! I do see an eGift card option on their site here, if you wanted to check that out. It looks like you can opt for email or text. If you wanted to print it yourself, you might enter your email instead of the teacher’s to do this. 🥰

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