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Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Show them that you appreciate all they do for you with a simple project.

A Happy Surprise

Sometimes a gift means a little more when it arrives unexpectedly. Surprise your teacher with a little gift whenever you are feeling thankful. Because when you think about it, any time is the right time to express your gratitude. Teachers work hard all year long and a simple gift can help encourage and motivate them, no matter when you decide to give it.


It’s the Thought…
When it comes to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects remember that it’s the thought that counts. Gifts don’t have to be expensive to show that you care. Sometimes the most touching gifts are the ones you make yourself. We’ve brought together some ideas to help you show your teacher how much you appreciate their hard work. It’s up to you to use your imagination to choose which gift to make and how to decorate it. Doing nice things for the people who help you shows that you care and helps encourage and motivate them to keep up the good work.


Appreciation Ideas

Here are some simple DIY projects that you can do to show your teacher that you value what they do.



  • Thank You Cards
    A “Thank you” can go a long way. Here are some Thank You card templates to help you craft the perfect message.
  • Supportive/Positive Message Cards
    Everyone needs encouragement, even your teacher! Give your teacher some positive words for all the helpful things your teacher has done for you.
  • Insert Photo Template
    The old saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes a happy picture can say it all! Our photo template helps you make a picture into a nice little gift.



  • Mason Jar Gifts (food, candy, dessert, and etc.)
    Placed baked cookies or candy into a Mason Jar. With a ribbon and/or string attach any necessary instructions. Don’t forget to attach a gift tag!
  • Plants
    A small plant can bring a little life to your teacher’s desk and make the classroom seem more friendly.
  • Classroom Materials
    A set of new pencils, grading makers, chalk, or other classroom materials is a great idea. Make it more fun by placing the new materials in a fun jar or bin to make your gift more unique and provide extra storage for your teacher.
  • Lottery Ticket
    In many states, Lottery tickets are sold to help fund education. Buy your teacher a Lottery ticket and help fund your own education. Be careful though. If they win, you might get a new teacher!
  • Favorite Beverage/Food
    Spend a few days watching what your teacher likes to drink or eat. Write down notes and see if you can figure out what their favorite is!



  • A Gift Card with a Thank You Card
    A gift card to a local coffee shop or your teacher’s favorite store with a DIY Thank You card could be a fun way to show appreciation.
  • Bouquet (fun template to mount multiple gift cards to)
    Ask your friends if they want to help you make your teacher happy. Joining together you can each buy a gift card and create a gift card bouquet. The more people who join, the more your teacher will really feel their work is appreciated.


ORIGAMI (to accompany card/gift card)

  • Apple
    An update to the classic, spend some time to fold an apple for your teacher. Sometimes gifts that take a little time are the most touching.
  • Heart
    Nothing shows you care like a heart. You can cut a heart shape out of paper and write a note on it or, if you want to make a big impression, learn how to fold a heart out of a single piece of paper!


Most teachers love to read, so a simple gift that can help them is a hand-decorated bookmark.



PENCIL VASE (with flowers)
A simple vase or pen/pencil holder made out of pencils is a thoughtful little project that your teacher can really use!



Make a nice collage out of photos and scraps of paper to capture your feelings and share them with your teacher. It’s a great way to make an artistic gift to show your thanks.



A gift doesn’t have to be big to make a big impression. Sometimes the simplest things work best. Give your teacher an apple, a pear, an orange or your favorite fruit. Remember, it’s the thought that counts!

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Teacher Appreciation Ideas