15 Teacher Gift Ideas for Every Budget

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15 Teacher Gift Ideas for Every Budget

Gifting your child’s teacher with a little holiday love doesn’t have to break the family bank. From child-made treasures to gift cards, our friends at VolunteerSpot have put together a terrific list of meaningful teacher gifts for every budget.  

Under $5

  • Hand-made appreciation cards: Teachers always love to hear “thank you;” make it count with a personally decorated card from your child.
  • Certificate of Excellence: Design and print a certificate of excellent teaching from home and decorate a re-usable frame; your teacher will love hanging this in the classroom!
  • Paperwhites: Everyone loves these flowering holiday bulbs.
  • Make-a-Mix: Create a hot chocolate, pancake, or cookie dough mix in a pretty jar. Tie it up with a ribbon, and attach the recipe on a small card.
  • Found Art Ornament: Scour the house for pretty buttons, old costume jewelry, keys, pine cones and ribbon. Have your child decorate a small ornament that can add festive fun to the teacher’s holiday year after year.


Under $10

  • Plate of baked goods: Include the kids in baking and decorating.
  • Book or Music Gift Card: Think Amazon or iTunes so s/he can choose something entertaining to enjoy over the break.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Decorated by your child with paint or permanent marker.
  • Gourmet Chocolate Bars: Wrapped with a pretty ribbon.
  • Surprise Snack: Arrive at the classroom early one winter morning leaving a steaming latte and pastry surprise on the teacher’s desk.

Under $25

  • Gift cards: Treat teachers with something they might not normally buy for themselves, like fancy coffee, movies, a manicure, or a car wash.
  • Warm scarf and hat: For recess duty!
  • Supplies for the classroom: Thing like sticky pads, markers and glue. Include stickers—teachers LOVE stickers!
  • Tickets and discounts: Get tix to local holiday performances for your teacher to enjoy with her family over the holidays.
  • Puzzles and Games: These are great for the classroom when it’s too cold or rainy to go outside. 

Gifts to Avoid:  Teachers report having an overabundance of apple-themed gifts, hand lotion, bath salts, coffee mugs and candles.

 Find loads more great teacher gift and teacher appreciation ideas in VolunteerSpot’s free eBook!