101 Simple Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas

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Teacher Gift Ideas They Actually WANT

Just wait until you see all of the fun and unique back to school teacher gifts we’ve found. Teachers are amazing people! They work so hard and sacrifice so much for our children. I really don’t think you can ever thank a teacher enough. I know for me, I feel like I owe our teachers the world! Our kids come back from school smarter, more confident, and happier just about every day. And we owe it all to the amazing teachers in their lives. So with “back to school” right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about teacher gift ideas!

And in honor of those teachers we love so much, we’ve rounded up over 100 back to school teacher gifts. However, this list not only includes first day of school teacher gifts. But also new teacher gifts are included, and even end of the year teacher gift ideas. So are in search of back to school gifts or last day of school gifts for teachers? Either way, we have it all in one place!

I am always on the hunt for creative ways to show love to my kids' teachers! So many cute ideas for back to school teacher gifts. #backtoschoolteachergifts #newteachergifts



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New Teacher Gifts

So here’s the best part of this whole post. Most of these teacher gift ideas come with FREE printables!  It doesn’t get any easier than that!  We’ve even divided them into categories for you, including:

So we included ideas for back to school gifts as well as last day of school gifts for teachers. We even have new teacher gifts and just general teacher appreciation ideas! So that way you can show your appreciation and gratitude ALL year long! So are you ready to get started?  let’s begin with…

First Day of School Teacher Gift Ideas

Start the year off right with a small gift for your child’s new teacher! Starting a new year and having a new teacher deserves special new teacher gifts. Have your children help you put together sweet and creative gifts for their teachers. This is a great way for kids to get excited about the first day of school. But also for them to recognize that their teacher is someone to be respected and appreciated! Check out all these first day of school teacher gifts!

First Day of School Teacher Gift Ideas! #teachergifts #teachergiftideas

Teacher Gift Ideas

  1. I’m Doing “Flips” That You’re My Teacher–  So the first item on our Teacher Gift Ideas list is to just grab a bag of Flipz Milk Chocolate covered pretzels and the cute printable tag.
  2. I am “Soda”-Lighted You are My Teacher–  All you need is a bottle of soda pop and the printable gift tag–so clever.
  3. You Were “Mint” to be My Teacher– Certainly a small metal tin, some mint candy like these, and the free printable are all you need.
  4. I’m So Happy to Have a “Berry” Special Teacher–  When it comes to teacher gift ideas, you’ll need a few things. So grab a berry basket, some paper strawberries, candy to fill the berries, and the printable gift tag. Instructions for the cute paper berries are on the site, so get to work!
  5. I’m So Happy I Got the Most “Pop”ular Teacher–  Next, just fill up a popcorn movie bucket with some treats and attach the printable gift tag.
  6. I Couldn’t Have “Picked” a Better Teacher–  So for these cute new teacher gifts, you’ll need a berry basket first. Then grab some strawberry scented soaps and/or lotions, a skewer, and the printable tag.
  7. I’m “Wheel-y” Happy You’re My Teacher–  So easy–a mason jar, some licorice wheels, and a cute tag are all you need!
  8. I’m Total “Bananas” About Being in Your Class–  Another great idea on our teacher gift ideas list!  Cook up some yummy banana muffins and add the printable tag. And they even include a printable recipe for the banana muffins!

Easy Teacher Gifts

  1. Let’s Start This Year Off “Write”–  Another “staple” on our list of teacher gift ideas is this cute notebook! So all you need is a notebook, some pencils, a ribbon, and a printable tag!
  2. Let’s Start Off on the Right “Foot”–  Similarly, stick some nail polish and foot lotion in a pretty package with the free printable gift tag!
  3. If You Give a Teacher a Cookie – A play on the classic (and adorable) children’s book series by Laura Neff, this gift is simple and delicious — and it comes with the cutest free gift tag! 
  4. Can’t Wait to Have “Mounds” of Fun-  Teacher gifts can be tricky, so make it simple! Just fill a mason jar with Mounds candy and then add the printable gift tag.
  5. Hope You Have a “Smooth” Year–  Simply grab a bottle of hand lotion and add a note that says, “Hope you have a smooth year.”
  6. First Day of School Survival Kit–  You’ll need a mini craft organizer a bin like this one. Next, get some treats to fill it up, and a “First Day of School Survival Kit” label.
  7. 2 Things You Need to Survive–  Grab a bag of mini candy bars, a plastic tumbler, and the caffeinated drink of your choice. And then add the free printable tag. Certainly, the cutest most thoughtful gift for new teacher gifts.
  8. Teacher Emergency Kit–  An absolute favorite on our first day of school teacher gift ideas list is this! So fill a small box or container with hand sanitizer, chapstick, mints, and tissues. Next, simply add the printable “Teacher Emergency Kit” label.

More Back to School Teacher Gifts

Yep, that’s right! There are so many great teacher gift ideas out there. We had to add some more for you to choose from. Browse through and try to decide on some fun back to school teacher gifts! Certainly, many of these ideas could also be used as end of school year teacher gifts as well. So keep a list of your favorite and use them throughout the year!

  1. Back to School Teacher Kit– So just pack up a caddy-style container like this one filled with school supplies. And then add items you think the teacher would use and add in the free back to school printables!
  2. School Tools–  First, you’ll need this 3 glass bottle set (or any bottle set or jars). Next, get school supplies to fill it with, and the free printable “School Tools” tag.
  3. First Day of School Teacher Treat–  So grab a gift card, an apple, any small gift, and the printable downloads. That’s all you’ll need to put together this cute, coordinating gift set.
  4. Have a “Bright” School Year–  Wrap up a box of bright colorful Sharpies or highlighters then just add the free printable tag.
  5. According to my Calculations–  All you need is a calculator and the free printable tag. And then you are all set with the cutest back to school gifts!
  6. So Happy to be “Stuck” With You–  To make these cute edible glue sticks you’ll need push-up pop containers and white string. Next, pick up York Peppermint Pieces, glue dots, a cute scallop circle punch, and the printable back to school tags.
  7. My Future is Looking “Sharp”–  Another way to show that teacher gift ideas can be simple is by using a box of new Sharpies. And then attach the free printable gift tag.
  8. Here is to a Good Year–  When it comes to teacher gift ideas, another simple idea is to just attach the free printable candy bar label around a Mr.Goodbar candy bar!

Teacher Gifts for the First Day of School

  1. POP Quiz–  Simply wrap the cute printable tag around a bottle of soda pop! So adorable and so easy for when you’re burnt out but need a cute end of school year teacher gifts!
  2. Thanks for Making Me One Smart Cookie–  This is one of the teacher gift ideas that we can get on board with! Fill a mason jar with cookies, cover the lid with a cute cupcake liner, and attach the free printable tag!
  3. Thank You for Quenching my Thirst for Knowledge– Another favorite with our teacher gifts! Just fill a tumbler with some goodies and attach the printable gift tag.
  4. I’m Filled to the Brim With Excitement–  You’ll need a reusable mason jar cup (or any reusable cup with straw),  individual drink packets, ribbon, and the free printable chalkboard tag.
  5. Cheers to the Best School Year Yet–  So you’ll need is an insulated cup with a straw, some goodies to fill it up with, and the free printable gift tag.
  6. Being in Your Class is a Real Treat–  Simply fill a glass jar or cute container with your choice of a treat. Next, add a note tag that says, “Being in your class is a real TREAT.”
  7. It’ll be a Big Treat Having You as My Teacher-  Fill a plastic tumbler cup with treats, and then attach the printable tag to the straw.
  8. Cannot Wait to Have a “Ball” With You–  You’ll need Ball Jars, chalk spray paint, spray paint, spray polyurethane, twine, flowers OR a box of pencils, and the free printable tag to make this gift.

Even MORE New Teacher Gifts

So here are even more teacher gift ideas here for you! We love all these cute back to school teacher gifts and printables. They make it so easy to put together last-minute gifts. Back to school gifts don’t have to be a lot of work to be meaningful and cute! So let’s get back to finding you the perfect new teacher gifts!

  1. So “Berry” Excited–  Teacher gifts never got tastier! First, just fill a mason jar with berry candy (these Swedish Berries are my fave!) or jam and attach the printable tag with twine or ribbon.
  2. To a Year Full of “Snickers”–  Ok, so maybe teacher gifts CAN get tastier. Fill a cute jar with bite-sized Snicker and Almond Joys then attach the printable gift tag.
  3. With You in “Charge”–  Certainly, teacher gift ideas that are handy AND fun are the best. All you have to do is attach your choice of car charger to the free printable note!
  4. Here’s to a “Clean” New Year–  First, grab a container of cleaning wipes and then attach a note that says, “Here’s to a CLEAN new year!”
  5. Mark my Words-  Tie a bunch of new dry erase markers together and add the free printable tag. So easy!
  6. Looking Forward to Making Lots of “Mum-ories”–  Wrap a pot of mums in burlap and stick the cute printable card in a plastic cardholder.
  7. Roses are Red and Apples are too…–  Just wrap this cute apple poem gift tag around a juicy red apple and you’re set.
  8. Apples for the Teacher–  Fill a gift basket with your choice of apple-scented (or themed) items.  Then simply attach the cute printable gift tag. A classic on the list of teacher gift ideas!

Creative Teacher Gift Ideas

Teacher appreciation week is a great time to use some of these teacher gift ideas to show your gratitude! But, again, we really don’t think you can EVER thank a teacher enough. So feel free to use our teacher gifts throughout the year to show a little extra love. Find out when your child’s teacher’s birthday is to make sure they feel loved. Or send a small gift for the different holidays throughout the year with our list of teacher appreciation week ideas. Every one of these would also work as great back to school teacher gifts!

38 Teacher Gift Ideas For Any Time

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

  1. You are “Tote”ally Awesome–  Whip up this fun tote bag in your favorite fabric (or just buy a cute tote bag) then add the cute printable gift tag. Teacher gift ideas never were cuter!
  2. An App(le) for the Teacher-  Grab an App Store gift card by the checkout and attach it to this printable gift card tag.
  3. You are a FUN-tastic Teacher–  Bake up a batch of these colorful fun cookies! Put them in a little plastic bag, and tie the printable tag around it. Tasty teacher gifts are always a crowd favorite!
  4. You are “Simply” the Best-  All you need is a bottle of “Simply” Lemonade or Orange Juice and the free printable tag.
  5. It’s so “Refreshing” to Have a Great Teacher Like You–  All you need is a cute drink cup, some goodies to fill it with, and the free printable gift tag.
  6. We Need “S’more” Teachers Like You-  Make up a batch of these yummy S’more Oreo Truffles and package them up with the free printable bag tags.
  7. We are so “Fortunate” to Have You–  Keep your teacher gift ideas simple! Some fortune cookies and the free printable note are all you need!
  8. You’re So “Sharp!”–  Fill a jar with some brand new pencils and add the printable label.

  1. The Hi-Lite of My Day-  Package up a pack of new highlighters and tie it up with the printable tag. Above all, functional teacher gifts are where it’s at!
  2. You’re All That And a Bag of “Chips”–  A bag of chips, a bottle of Mountain Dew, and the printable tag are all you need!
  3. You “Color” My World–  Fill a gift bag with colorful treats (colored pencils, crayons, markers, skittles, etc.). Next, add the printable tag on the outside of the bag.
  4. Thanks for helping me “Sparkle”–  Just put some sparkle nail polish in a cute box and attach the printable tag.
  5. I’d “File” You Under A–  A bottle of nail polish, a nail file, ribbon, and the printable gift tag are all you need!
  6. You are the “Key” to My Success–  Certainly, another favorite on our list of back to school teacher gifts! Ship up one of these cute keychains in your favorite fabric (or grab one here) and attach it to the free printable.
  7. Thanks for Every “Piece” of Knowledge–  Fill a mason jar with Reese’s Pieces candy and attach a gift tag that says, “Thanks for every PIECE of Knowledge.”
  8. “Donut” Know What I’d Do Without a Teacher Like You –  Attach these sweet free printables to a box of doughnuts and you’re set!

Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

  1. A Cool Treat for a Sweet Teacher–  Some ice cream dishes (we have these and we adore them!), a frozen yogurt gift card, some ribbon, and the free printable gift tag are all you need.
  2. You’re an “Extra” Special Teacher–  You’ll need some EXTRA-brand gum, a Mounds candy bar, a small bag of nuts, a small bag of Goldfish, a cute container, and the free printable tags.
  3. Thanks a “Latte”–  To make this cute gift card holder you’ll need: a coffee sleeve, white cardstock, twine, a gift card to Starbucks, and the free printable.
  4. It is a “Ball” Having You as a Teacher–  Just fill a Ball Jar with your choice of treat or gift then attach the printable gift tag.
  5. If I can Give You a “Hand”–  All you have to do is attach the printable gift tag to a bottle of hand soap or hand sanitizer.
  6. “Hands” Down the Best Teacher Around–  Of all the teacher gift ideas, this one might be the MOST useful! Attach these cute printable tags to an item. Certainly, hand soap, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, gloves, or even a gift certificate for a manicure would work!
  7. You are a “Fantastic” Teacher–  Simply tie the cute printable tag around a bottle of Fanta soda, and never worry about teacher gifts again!
  8. Teacher’s Treats–  Running out of teacher gift ideas? Fill a glass jar with your choice of treats and attach the cute lid labels on top.


Let your teacher know that you think they are the absolute best and that you really appreciate them! Browse through even more back to school teacher gifts and ideas below. The more ideas the merrier, right? End of school year gifts, or new teacher gifts, these ideas should spark some inspiration.

Funny Gift Idea

  1. Best Teacher “Bar” None–  For this next item on our list of teacher gift ideas, all you need are some candy bars and these printable candy bar covers!
  2. C is for Caffeine–  Just tie this cute tag around a bottle of caffeinated soda and your teacher gifts are DONE!
  3. Best Teacher “Bar” None–  For this next item on our list of teacher gift ideas, all you need are some candy bars and these printable candy bar covers!
  4. You are O”fish”ally the Best–  Simply wrap the printable tag around some Swedish Fish candies.
  5. You are “Scent”sational–  Add this printable tag to a yummy smelling candle or car freshener and you’ll never need anymore teacher gift ideas again!
  6. My Teacher is AW-esome–  Grab some A&W soda and tie this printable tag around it.
  7. You Deserve a “Break”–  Attach the free printable tag to a Kit Kat candy bar and you’re set.
  8. Thanks a “Bundt”ch–  Wrap up a bundt cake with cellophane and ribbon, then just add the printable tag.
  9. Thanks a “Bunch” I Can “Nutella” How Much I Appreciate You–  NUTELLA!! Teacher gift ideas just got a WHOLE lot tastier! A bunch of bananas, a jar of Nutella, and the printable tag are all you need!

Presents to buy for teachers.

  1. You are Gold–  Download and print the free tag and attach it to any gold gift. And just like that your back to school teacher gifts are taken care of!
  2. I Love My “Tea”cher-  If you live in the south, this next item on our teacher gift ideas list is great! Fill up a mason jar with a variety of yummy herbal teas and add a note.
  3. You are the Apple of Our Eye–  All you need is a gift card and the free, darling printables to make this apple gift cardholder.
  4. Make No “Mistake” About It–   You’ll need some erasers, vinyl stencils, acrylic paint, scrapbook paper, and a small cardboard box to make this gift.
  5. Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holder–  Just choose your favorite printable gift card holder and attach a gift card!
  6. Teacher Questionnaire–  This printable worksheet will make it EASY to give teacher gifts throughout the year they really like. And also it will be things they can actually use. So just print it out and ask your child’s teacher to fill it out!

End of Year Teacher Gifts

Let your child’s teacher know how much you appreciate them. Especially all of the time, work, effort, patience, and LOVE they have put into the school year! The end of the year is the perfect time to send a little extra love to teachers. They have been teaching and guiding your kids all year long. So it’s time to show our appreciation with great last day of school gifts for teachers!


23 End of the Year Teacher Gift Ideas

Teacher Ideas

  1. Thanks for keeping me on “Target” this school year–  You’ll need a piece of black cardstock, an Exacto-knife, adhesive, and a Target gift card. Oh and the free printable gift cardholder of course!
  2. Thanks for helping me “Bloom”–  Just put this darling printable tag in a cardholder and stick it in a pot of flowers.
  3. Thanks for Sparking My Creative “Juices”–  For these teacher gift ideas, fill a plastic cup with candy and a gift card to Jamba Juice. Then simply tie on the printable tag.
  4. Thank You for… Making Us “Sharpies”–  You’ll need some Sharpies, an empty Crystal Light container, and the free printable gift tags.
  5. Thanks for Making Me Feel Like a “Star”–  Print off the free Fry Box Template and Movie Gift printables.  Then simply assemble and fill with candy and a gift card to your local theater.
  6. Thank You for Helping Me with my “Bucket List”–  First grab a small bucket, fillers for the bucket (candy, gift card, etc.), and ribbon. Then download the free printable Bucket List tag and that’s all you need!
  7. Thanks for “Bee-lieving” in Me–  One of our cutest teacher gift ideas! Just attach the printable gift tag to the front of a cute bag. And then fill it with your favorite Burt’s Bees products.

What to give to a teacher.

  1. Thanks for a “Picture” Perfect Year–  Attach the printable tags to a treat bag full of popcorn and a movie pass gift card. Teacher gifts can be THAT simple!
  2. Thank You for an App-solutely Fantastic School Year–  Attach an App Store gift card to the free printable and you’re done!
  3. I’m Soda-Lighted You Were My Teacher–  Just tie this cute printable note to a six-pack of your choice of soda.
  4. You’ve Been the “Write” Teacher for Me–  Tie together some cute pencils and a note pad, and add the free printable gift tag.
  5. It’s Been a Real “Treat”–  Fill up a cute jar with your choice of treats and add the printable gift tag.
  6. It’s Been a “Sweet” Year–  Bake a yummy, homemade treat and tie the cute printable tag on top.

Last Day of School Gifts

After a full year of learning, you should definitely say thank you! Here are some more fun end of school year teacher gifts. With so many end of school year gift ideas you should be all set for years to come!

Bus Driver Gift Ideas

  1. You Rule! Thanks for a Great Year–  Buy a new ruler and attach a note that says, “You RULE, thanks for a great year!”
  2. Now That the “Strain” is Over–  Fill a strainer with candy and a gift card. Next, tie with cellophane and a ribbon, and attach the free printable gift tag.
  3. Now it’s Time to Relax–  Fill up a fun daiquiri glass with goodies (candy, a gift card, etc.). After that add a cute drink umbrella and straw. And then tie the printable tag on with twine or ribbon.
  4. “Take 5” For a Job Well Done–  All you need are a bunch of Take 5 candy bars, a jar, and the free printable!
  5. “Orange” You Glad It’s Almost Summer-  Make a quick and easy gift basket full of orange-scented, orange-flavored, and orange-themed items.
  6. “Orange” You Glad It’s Summer–  Fill a mason jar with orange candy slices and attach the free printable tags to the front of the jar.
  7. Teacher Thank You Candy Gram–  All you need is a poster board, some markers, and candy bars to make this fun Thank You Candy Gram.

BONUS Ideas for the Bus Driver

Most people remember to thank the teacher, but don’t forget the bus driver! It’s not an easy job driving those kids all around town. But the bus driver does a great job keeping kiddos safe and should definitely be remembered! So after you’ve found the great end of year teacher gift ideas, check out the bus driver gifts.

12 Creative Gift Ideas for the Bus Driver

What to get for a bus driver thank you gift.

  1. We “Wheelie” Appreciate You– Wrap these cute printables around some Hershey Chocolate Nuggets, throw them in a bag, and add the printable bag topper.   {Check out this fun full-size version of the bus candy bar wrapper too!}
  2. We “Wheelie” Wanted to “STOP” and Say Thanks–  Attach the printable gift tag to your choice of treat and you’re done!
  3. Let’s “Roll” Into School–  Package up a bunch of Tootsie Rolls and tie it up with the cute printable.
  4. Thanks for the “Sweet” Ride Home All Year–  Fill up a small bucket or basket with some sweets and attach a note that says, “Thanks for the SWEET ride home all year!”
  5. Thanks for Making My Ride to School Each Day a “Smoothie”–  All you need is an insulated cup, a gift card to Jamba Juice, and the free printable gift tag!

Back to school teacher gifts.

  1. Thanks for “Meat”ing Us Every Day-  You’ll need yellow, black, and white construction paper, 4 black buttons, a hot glue gun, and a package of sausage to make this clever gift.  (Direction on the site.)
  2. Our Children are in Good “Hands” With You–  Pair this cute free printable with some hand warmers, gloves, hand sanitizer, and/or hand lotion.
  3. Thanks for going the “Extra” Mile” and “Drop”ping me Off –  All you need is some Extra-brand gum, a bag of Hershey Chocolate Drops, some ribbon, and the free printable tag.
  4. Thanks for Driving M&Ms (miles & miles)–  Grab a bag of M&Ms and attach a note. Have it say, “Thanks for driving M&Ms {miles & miles} with me to school!”
  5. School Bus Gift Card Holder–  Check out the tutorial for this darling school bus gift cardholder.
  6. Mr. Goodbar Candy School Bus–  Turn a Mr. Goodbar into a fun candy school bus with some black construction paper and a white paint pen.

Phew!  That should be enough ideas to find gifts for their ENTIRE school career.  You totally love us, huh? So many back to school teacher gifts to choose from!

For even MORE ideas, make sure to follow our “Teacher Gift Ideas” board on Pinterest. We’re always adding to it!

And don’t forget to check out our 25 Fun First Day of School Traditions. AND 30+ Ways to Celebrate Back to School could also be helpful!

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  1. That’s a good and absolutely beautiful gift. I have followed you on Pinterest. Thanks for the amazing ideas about teachers day.

  2. Thank-you so much for this post! I am a teacher, and I would love any one of these gifts. I love that many of them aren’t expensive, just thoughtful. Now, with a daughter going into Kindergarten this year, we are definitely going to be using some of these ideas :).

  3. May I humbly recommend to gift our hard working drivers with a very comfortable and durable work gloves? It’s going to be a great and useful present for them esp. if you make it personal like having their names printed on those gloves. Just my opinion. All your tips here for teachers, etc are lovely. If I was a teacher, I’d love to receive those. Great blog keep it up! 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for all the fun ideas. How do I print off the free printable tags to go with the gift?

    1. You are so welcome! If you click on each idea it will take you to that site with the printable gift tag. 🙂

  5. This is great!! Teachers work so hard, so it’s quite nice when students come with a little gift of appreciation!

  6. Becca, what a fantastic round-up! I would have LOVED any of these gifts when I was teaching! I am going to have my little guy pick out one to do for his teacher this year:) So fun!