Great DIY gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week earn you an A for effort

With Teacher Appreciation Week, it’s time to celebrate some of our favorite people in the world. Even this homeschooling mama has loads of teachers, coaches and instructors in my kids’ lives, making this a week I care a lot about too.

And while Teacher Appreciation Week starts today, don’t worry; you have all week to help your kids do one of these great (and mostly free!) projects. Just make sure you turn it in on time.

teacher gifts: teacher  survival kit from modern parents messy kids

Modern Parents Messy Kids has some great ideas for creating a Teacher Survival Kit with items you’ll find at your local Target or office supply store. Pull it all together with their free printable bookmark (top) and label, and you’ve got something way more useful than another “You’re #1” coffee mug. My only suggestion? Add something chocolate.

Teacher gifts: DIY message cube

I like so many of the 20 (!) crafty Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas that have been running on Skip To My Lou. One of my favorites is the smart Homemade Note Pads by How Does She? I appreciate the step-by-step tutorial for us craft-phobics, and the kids would love decorating the sides of the pads.

teacher gifts: DIY printable apple gift tags

Though the gift tags from Chickabug Blog could become anything from cupcake toppers to tags on a gift bag, I love seeing them hanging from the stem of a bright red apple. And if you can sneak into the classroom a little early, hang their tiny pennant banner from the front of the teacher’s desk for a little public display of affection.

printable teacher gifts: Thanks a latte card

A hastily-grabbed coffee gift card is one of my go-to gifts, and I just adore how eighteen25 has taken something so ho-hum and made it super-special looking with this Thanks a latte card.

printable note cards for teachers

Though none of the above crafts are crazy-complicated, there are weeks I’m lucky if I have time to shower never mind create a homemade teacher gift. So while I’d still have to hit “print” to create these Printable Note Cards from Anna and Blue Paperie, I think I can handle it. ($8 for custom PDF)

For even more ideas, check out last year’s Teacher Appreciation post.


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.


  • Thanks so much for featuring my Teacher Survival Kit. And I agree – everything’s better with chocolate ;).

  • Reply May 3, 2011


    WOW! Thanks for mentioning us! It’s pretty cool to be on cool mom picks! Thank you!!!

  • Reply May 11, 2011


    These are such good ideas. It is good to know that you don’t have to spend a fortune. My children seem to have so many teachers!

  • Reply March 26, 2014

    Anissia Goodwin

    I really wanted to use the bookmarks but when I tried to download the template it took me to a google log in page. :( these look great but I can’t get to them. Any suggestions from anyone?

    You might just screenshot it and print it yourself, or create your own using a service like Let us know if either of those work.

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