Best Teacher Appreciation Week Freebies & Deals of 2022

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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! 🏫🚸📚

Teacher Appreciation Week 2023 is Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 12. Many restaurants and retailers are 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 2022. Check back as National Teacher Appreciation Week 2023 approaches. We’ll be sharing all the best offers, promos, and deals for educators as soon as they’re announced!

THANK YOU, teachers, for all you do!  💖

Costco shop card on counter for teacher appreciation week

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 20% off Teacher Appreciation gifts in 2022.

In 2022, Crayola offered everyone 20% off all products from its Teacher Gift Ideas category page. To claim this discount, shoppers simply had to enter a promo code at checkout.

bagel sandwich and coffee from Einstein Bros.

Einstein Bros. Bagels celebrated with 20% off e-gift cards. 

For Teacher Appreciation Week 2022, Einstein Bros. Bagels offered 20% off e-gift cards so you can save a little money andtreat your favorite teacher to breakfast.

mini sundae from Freddy's

Teachers could get a free mini sundae from Freddy’s.

During Teacher Appreciation Week 2022, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers gave teachers a FREE single-topping mini sundae. This offer was valid for Dine-In or Drive-thru orders only, and guests had to present a valid school ID.

In 2022, teachers could snag a free chocolate chip cookie from Great American Cookies.

For Teacher Appreciation Week 2022, teachers got a free Original Chocolate Chip Cookie with any purchase at Great American Cookies. This offer could be redeemed in-store only, and valid identification was required.

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Educators got 6 free cookies from Insomnia Cookies in 2022.

During Teacher Appreciation Week 2022, all teachers got a FREE 6-pack of Classic cookies with a $5 in-store purchase at Insomnia Cookies. This offer was available to all daycare, preschool, K-12, or higher ed. educators or staff members employed by a school or daycare. Proof of employment was required in-store.

toasting with 2 milkshakes from Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets gave teachers a free milkshake with purchase in 2022.

In 2022, teachers with a valid ID received a free Original or Deluxe Shake with any in-store purchase at participating Johnny Rockets locations.

Teachers could bring a friend for BOGO ice cream at Marble Slab Creamery.

During Teacher Appreciation Week 2022, teachers could get a buy one get one free small ice cream at Marble Slab Creamery. This offer was valid in-store only, and proper identification was required.

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Educators got a free dessert at O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar.

In 2022, O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar gave teachers a free dessert with the purchase of an entrée and a valid ID or badge. This offer was valid for dine-in only.

Office Depot Basket

Office Depot gave teachers 20% off + 20% back in rewards.

Through June 25 of 2022, teachers who are Office Depot Rewards members got 20% off their qualifying in-store purchase plus 20% back in bonus rewards with this coupon at checkout.

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Potbelly Sandwich Shops gave teachers a free cookie or soft drink.

In 2022, Potbelly offered all teachers a free cookie or regular-sized soft drink when they ordered any entrée. To claim this offer, educators had to show their work ID or badge to the cashier.

Everyone could score a $5 burger from Smashburger on Teacher Appreciation Day.

On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, Smashburger discounted all Single Classic Smash Burgers to just $5. Guests could receive this discount at all participating locations, in-store, online, or through the Smashburger app, with a promo code. This promotion was for everyone (not just teachers), and The Smoked Bacon Brisket Burger was excluded.

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Sonic Drive-In treated teachers to a free cheeseburger.

On Teacher Appreciation Day of 2022, Sonic thanked teachers by offering them a free cheeseburger with any purchase. This offer was available to any teacher enrolled in the Sonic Teachers’ Circle, a free rewards program exclusively for educators available through the Sonic App.

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Staples gave teachers a FREE Teacher Gift Box.

During Teacher Appreciation Week of 2022, Staples honored teachers with a FREE Teacher Gift Box (valid in-store only). This freebie included Sharpie highlighters, glue sticks, stickers, 25 thank you cards, exclusive coupons, and more.

Even better, parents and supporters could also earn 20% back in Classroom Rewards on in-store purchases all week long!

Teachers got a free entree with their purchase from Tijuana Flats in 2022.

On Teacher Appreciation Day 2022, Tijuana Flats gave educators a free entrée with the purchase of $2.79 or more. To claim this offer, teachers had to show their ID and mention a promo code  at checkout in-store.

breakfast on Whataburger tray

Whataburger gave teachers free breakfast items and 25% off merch.

During Teacher Appreciation Week 2022, Whataburger offered free breakfast for teachers with valid ID from 5 AM to 9 AM all week long. Teachers could also get 25% off their retail purchases from the Whatastore with a promo code.

boneless wing meal from Zaxby's

Zaxby’s offered BOGO Boneless Wing Meals to teachers!

On May 3, 2022, teachers could buy a Boneless Wing Meal and get one for free at participating Zaxby’s! To redeem this offer, educators could order in person, online, or via the app. 

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

These educator discounts are available all year long!

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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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