easy teacher money gift

This week we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week at our school, so I wanted to share an EASY and quick teacher appreciation gift idea that you could put together pronto! My mom gave me this idea last year and it was a big hit: a pad of cash with a tag that says “A little gratuity. . .a lot of GRATITUDE!” Clever, right? :)

I love giving teachers treats and other goodies, but sometimes it’s nice to give them some money to spend wherever they want! I know a lot of teachers buy supplies for their classroom out of their own pocket, so this might be a big help. This would be a great gift to do as a group of parents or even as an entire class.
easy teacher money gift idea

All you need is a few items:

  • A “pad” of one dollar bills: We just went to the bank and they have pads of one dollar bills, kind of like a notepad where you can “tear” off the money one bill at a time. (I know Zions Bank  in Utah does this, not sure about other banks.) Each pad comes in $100 amounts. You can break them up into smaller amounts at home and end up with a few smaller pads depending on how much money you wanted to give as the gift. If your bank doesn’t have this option, you could always get some crisp $1 bills and simply make a stack of them and wrap them with ribbon or twine.
  • A gift tag
  • Cello Bag and ribbon

I created a new tag this year to print off and stick onto the gift bag. I’ll add a personal note to each tag and have my kids sign them too.

teacher-gifts-tag (I used digital scrapbooking graphics from Crystal Wilkerson to create the tags.)

I have them available as a FREE PRINTABLE. Just click on the link below to download. It is a zipped file that you can save to your computer for you to print out on 8.5 x 11 inch paper or cardstock, cut out and attach to your gift.


Personal use only, please.


We have several other TEACHER GIFT IDEAS, if you’re looking for more ways to give your teachers a token of your appreciation this week! Here are a few of them:

Mini Oreo Apple Pops

Cleaning Supplies for Teacher

Beadboard School Supply Caddy

Or I also have a bunch of ideas saved on my Pinterest Board: School is Cool if you wanted to check those out as well, and Cindy at Skip To My Lou has a ton of awesome ideas from her Teacher Appreciation series. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! :)

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  1. So cute. I love the school supplies caddy. I just adore this all. You are one talented group of girls. So glad I got to meet you at SNAP!

  2. I have really been loving all of the great teacher appreciation ideas I have been finding. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

  3. it’s so beautiful
    everything is beautiful here
    Sylvie from France

  4. Kristie Says: May 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm


  5. Such thoughtful and practical ideas…super cute, too! Hooray for teachers!

  6. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 2 post on May. 08, 2012. Thanks again.

  7. Anjanette Says: May 8, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I am a teacher and I would love to get the cash! I already have tons of cute teacher stuff, but I am always buying more books and apps and things.

  8. What a great idea!!! Love it!!! thanks for sharing!!

  9. These are so cute! Thank you!

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