Easy Teacher Gifts That Go Over BIG!

June 11, 2014

I am not going to claim that I am an expert on teacher gifts, but since I was a teacher for 8 years, I sort of am ;)…………….. Kidding (not really). But, seriously, I do know what people tend to give teachers, and what teachers already have a ton of. I’m pretty sure teachers could fill a room with mugs, candles, and lotions by the end of their teaching career. And even though it is the thought that counts, why not give them something that’s not just one of a million? Here are some easy teacher gifts that go over big!

Keep it simple with “The Three C’s”:

1. Card – Teaching is one of the most demanding, exhausting, all-consuming jobs in the world. A heartfelt note to the teacher that poured his/her time, effort and energy into making your child a better person, deserves to know they are appreciated. This is virtually free and means so much.

2. Cash – Whoever came up with the idea to have the class contribute to a group gift check is a genius. This is what teachers love the most (after the heartfelt card, of course). Save your money on the mug and start an email chain to collect money towards a Visa Gift Card or other gift certificate. Ten to fifteen dollars per family adds up and is such an appreciated “bonus” to kick off summer.

3. Consumable – I am not talking about boxes of chocolates here. I am talking about things that normal, every day people use in their everyday lives. Things like nice olive oils, or wine (I’ve never met a teacher who wouldn’t love this), or grilling marinades, or potted plants etc…

This year I contributed to the group gift organized by my son’s school and made these little potted plants for the teachers and assistants. And when I say “made”, I mean, I went to West Elm, bought a succulent ($6), bought a chalkboard planter ($3), and wrote a message with chalk. Simple, heartfelt, and not a mug.

I went on Pinterest  thought up some sweet teacher quotes and wrote them directly on the pots in chalk pen.

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And an appropriate sentiment for the teacher who was given a run for her money this school year:

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So that’s what I did this year for the teacher gifts. What are your ideas? Leave a comment – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

(Need more gift ideas? Check out my Father’s Day Gift Guide and GIVEAWAY too!)


  • Courtney
    June 11, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Starbucks gift card inside of there new mugs that you use to get $off and flowers.

    • Courtney
      June 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm


  • Heather M
    June 12, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I think sometimes cold hard cash gets passed over as not meaningful enough but really, sometimes it is the most meaningful gift you can give someone.

  • Gina B
    June 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    OOO, I love these! Things to remember for the future, lol…

  • Heather
    June 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Cute idea, and why didn’t I know you were a teacher?! I like your blog even MORE now, if that is possible.

  • Reesa Lewandowski
    June 12, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    This is wonderful – so concise and easy. Everyone I know, myself included, seem to really stress over this.

  • Kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS
    June 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Super cute! I always give gift cards 🙂

  • Marci
    May 18, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    This is such a thoughtful gift that would make me smile every time I looked at it. All the plants in my house that were given as gifts always remind me of who gave them to me.

  • Sarah
    May 19, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    LOVE THIS!!!

  • Sheila @Pieces of a Mom
    May 19, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I love these chalkboard planters! What a great idea.

  • Jessica Peace-Urgelles
    May 22, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I love those planters, that’s such a cute idea!

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