{Teacher Gift Ideas} Back to School Brainstorm

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Back to school. Those words that fill parents with glee and students a sense of dread that summer is coming to an end. :) In all honesty, I’ll admit that I don’t want school to start so soon!  I’m really enjoying this summer with my kids, the more relaxed schedule, more time spent together, trying to soak up the happy moments and memories we’ve made the last few months (although there are plenty of days I’m ready to ship myself off to the looney bin). But now is the time to prepare for the Back to School craziness that is soon upon us. We’re here to help! Over the next two weeks we will be having our first annual Back to School Brainstorm—sharing lots of ideas and projects as well as some free downloads and printables to help get you and your kids ready for that school bell to ring!

We’ll start with some fun Teacher Gift Ideas today! First, some projects that I have made for my kids’ teachers:

Teacher Treats (in a small, clear plastic craft paint can)

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You can get these small, clear plastic paint cans at various craft stores, I use these for gifts and holidays all the time! I like to make an insert in Photoshop with digital scrapbooking supplies, print it out and stick it inside the paint can. Fill the can with teacher’s favorite treats, and maybe some small school supplies or a gift card. Add coordinating ribbon and you’re good to go! The dimensions for the small paint can inserts are 13.5 in. x 4.25 in. (Scroll down my Mother’s Day post for more paint can insert ideas.)

(Credits: GG Digital Designs)

Cute Treat Box and Candy Bar Cover

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For this project I used a template to create a cute version of a french fry box! I added digital papers and embellishments to personalize it, printed it out and folded it, and filled it with some yummies. You could include gift cards and small school supplies in here as well.

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french fry box

For the candy bar cover, I used one of my own templates that I created awhile back. I love how these turned out! You can totally use your creative brains and completely personalize these gifts for your teachers. I used a Hershey bar for the candy bar, which is the size my template fits. (Credits: Shabby Princess)

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If you would like to download this free candy bar wrapper template so you can make your own wrapper in your photo editing program, please feel free!

Download Link: Candy Bar Wrapper Layered Template

Decorative Magnet Board with Matching Magnets

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A fun little magnet board for your teacher to put favorite photos or quotes or even their “to do” list! You might be surprised but I used actual PAPER for this project! Hee hee. :) Yes, this digital girl does have some fun scrapbooking paper in her craft closet! I just had a small sheet of metal and a wood block with a slit cut into the top (i bought it at a wood craft shop last year). I covered it with paper (you could use Mod Podge) and used spray paint to paint the wood block. Then I used the extra coordinating scrapbook paper to make little matching magnets with round glass pebbles, Mod Podge, and strong magnets secured with E6000 adhesive. You can read this magnet tutorial by Jamie for more detailed instructions. You could also add vinyl lettering to the wood block to personalize it with your teacher’s name or your favorite quote.

Now I want to share some creative and fun ideas I’ve bookmarked from around the internet:

candle teacher gift

Scrapping Is Life: Candle

teacher gift basket

Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink: Teacher Gift Basket

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Bakerella: Candy Apple Cake Pops

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Mishmash: Clipboard Message Center

cute popcorn teacher gift

Emily Giovanni: Cute Popcorn Teacher Gift

teacher supplies box @eighteen25

Eighteen25: Teacher Goody Box

teacher treat jar @eighteen25

Eighteen25: Teacher’s Treats Jar

teachernecklace @creativecrate

The Creative Crate: Personalized Necklaces

Shabby Princess Teacher's Pet Gift Collection

Shabby Princess: Teacher’s Pet Gift Collection

plant and flower gift cards teacher gift

Family Fun: Giving Plant (This might be a good one for the end of the school year or Teacher Appreciation Week)

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Martha Stewart: Monogram Teacher Tote

Teacher-Appreciation-Flowers skiptomylou.org

Skip to My Lou: Teacher Appreciation Flowers and tags (free printables)

littlebirdiesecrets teacher cone

Little Birdie Secrets: Schultute Gift Cone for Teacher

Then here are a few more teacher gift ideas for the end of the school year:

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Bake at 350: “POPular Teacher” cookies

$100 and notes from students

Everything Is Pink: $100 “note” pad ($1 bills and personal notes from students–a combined class gift for teacher)

mint teacher treat bag

Beneath My Heart: Teacher Assort-MINT goody bag

Whew! I think I need a nap now! :)I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas that will help you with your quest for a creative gift for those special teachers in your life! Feel free to share your own ideas with us too!

Comments

  1. says

    Wow. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. Quite a few of the counties around the Atlanta area started back to school today. Time sure can fly…

    suzy

  2. says

    That’s my COUSIN BROOKE!!! You never dissappoint! I love the compilation of ALL those fun ideas. What a great list, I will never have to go anywhere else for teacher gift ideas! LOVE YOU!

  3. says

    These are all great ideas for Christmas as well. We are still in our preschool days. We have a number of teachers from school, MOPS, and Sunday school. I have given gift certificates to teacher supply stores, but I like to add a personal touch. I like the paint bucket idea. Thanks!

  4. Momma V says

    This piece was a GREAT find that was a huge help to me…a mom looking for a quick, easy, inexpensive gift to express gratitude to some fabulous teachers. I appreciate you! Thanks so much for sharing this info and helping this momma out!

  5. says

    These are so great!! I am hosting a volunteer project at my work with 25 coworkers next week and we originally were going to just make appreciation cards, but I think we’re going to combine it with one of these ideas!!
    Thanks!!

  6. emilee says

    HI THERE I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD EMAIL ME A COPY OF THE SCHOOL PAINT CAN INSERT, I LOVE YOUR BLOG I ENJOY READING IT. TAKE CARE HAVE A GOOD DAY!! BLESSING EMILEE

  7. Patti says

    Hi, I love this paint can insert! Do you think you could email me the insert so I could make one for my childrens teachers? Thanks,

    Patti~ (pattiletendre@comcast.net)

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