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Teacher Appreciation Ideas: Creative Ways to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week


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Teachers are some of the most underappreciated people out there. They shape young minds daily in the classroom and have profound impacts lasting a lifetime. That’s why the first full week of May is dedicated to teacher appreciation across many schools. It’s the perfect opportunity to show your favorite teacher some love!

Every teacher deserves a little sweet treat for all their hard work, so we’ve cooked up a batch of fun and easy DIY gift ideas to make your teacher smile. From thoughtful cards to crafty decor, these teacher appreciation ideas are great for kids and classrooms on a budget. And the best part? You don’t have to wait until May to surprise your school’s best teachers with these thoughtful gestures. Any day of the year works when you want to show a sweet teacher you care.

We know coming up with clever teacher appreciation ideas can be tricky. But have no fear! We have you covered with awesome gift suggestions, free printable templates, and simple step-by-step directions for fantastic DIY presents your teachers will adore. Follow along to find great ideas to brighten your favorite teacher’s day at school!

October 5th, World Teachers Day, is just around the corner. You don’t have to get a panic attack because SwagMagic has got you completely covered!

Did you know you can create your own branded swag store, choosing your preferred unique gifts and tagging them with your branded design and colors with SwagMagic?

This way, teachers can choose from the store, and parents or students can get them gifts in their hearts. How nice does that sound?  

Delicious Snack for Teacher Appreciation Week

If this is your Teacher is a person who always has a snack in their bag, then they will love this pack of interesting snacks from SnackMagic. This pack gives you the option to shop from a variety of available snacks from over 300 brands.

You can stock up on rare, rare snacks and send them directly to your Teacher!

What’s more, SnackMagic makes it even easier by creating delicious bundles with snacks that go well together.

Curate the perfect box of handpicked gift they’ll love and send joy their way

snack box with swag

Wallet Organizer: Best Teacher Appreciation Idea

How about a new wallet for that Teacher that is always organized? This Herschel Roy Wallet by PCNA is perfect. It’s a bi-fold and has multiple storage parts in it. 


Wooden Puzzle Best Gift for Teachers

Price: $26.50

This heart-shaped Goodfaire puzzle is an intriguing gift. It also doubles as an aesthetic wooden furnishing, so it can be placed in a corner in the Teacher’s space, and it can also be used as a puzzle.

Wooden Puzzle
Wooden Puzzle

Notes Marker: Practical Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea

Price: $7.25

This PM-701 black-inked permanent marker is a perfect gift for the Teacher who loves taking notes. It has a fine bullet point and can be refilled with PM-701.

Set of colorful permanent markers
Set of colorful permanent markers

Transit Backpack: Teacher Gift Idea

Price: $118.00

This modern transit backpack is designed for easy commuting. It has a dedicated compartment for a laptop and plenty of other storage spaces to contain other materials. 


Gourmet Dishes for Teacher Appreciation Day

How about a tray of assorted dishes? Superior Dishes have a variety of mouth-watering dishes from different world-class vendors. Send a link to your Teacher and let them pick the content of their tray, and have it delivered specially to them.

Birthday Cake to Celebrate Teachers Birthday

Price: $85

Everyone loves a cake on their birthday. This cotton cheesecake by Cotton Blues will stay in your Teacher’s memory for a long time.

Cherry cake. Russian cake
Cherry cake. Russian cake

Picnic Bag: Teachers Really Love

Price: $62.92

This collapsible picnic bag by Koozie is a worthy gift for your Teacher. It is modern looking and has a heat-lined compartment and a built-in bottle opener to give you easy access to your food and drinks.

A Collapsible Picnic Basket is a good teacher appreciate gift idea.

Brass Keyring Gift Tag

Price: $17.80

This Obie Keyring by ORIGAUDIO is the perfect gift for this Teacher. It has a brass ring that holds the keys securely and allows easy attachment to a loop or backpack. You can add some spice by customizing the keyring. 

Blank keyring
Blank keyring

Game Board to Raise School Spirit

Price: 24.98

If your Teacher loves board games, this signature kit from ORIGAUDIO will work fine. It contains cards, dice, and dominoes neatly packed together in a portable kit that can be carried on trips. 

Backgammon, dice and chips closeup on game board. 3d illustration
Backgammon, dice and chips closeup on game board. 3d illustration

Silver Necklace: School Year Teacher Gifts

This engraved silver bar necklace made by SwagMagic gives off a minimalistic, subtle, yet elegant look. If your Teacher is more of a minimalist, then this gift is perfect for her. 

Yoga Mat: Perfect Teacher Appreciation Week Idea

Price: $89.47

The exercise lover will appreciate this foam yoga mat from SwagMagic. The mat is printable, so you can make a nice customized print on it. 

A yoga mat is a good teacher appreciate gift idea.

Customizable Magnet for the School Staff

How about this customizable magnet by Laser Cuts Line for your Teacher that is a fanatic? You can make a neat print of anything the Teacher loves; showing characters, football club, or a sweet ‘thank you for teaching me’ note.

Curated Snack Box with Thank You Note

If you are uncertain about what to choose, this Teacher’s appreciation curated box by SnackMagic will do the trick. The box is loaded with several mouth-watering goodies, and it is certainly a way to say thank you. 

A curated box from SnackMagic is a good teacher appreciate gift idea.

Power Bank: Teacher Appreciation Day Gift Idea

Price: $78.20

This 400 mAh power bank by PCNA is perfect for this Teacher. It can provide additional 38 hours of power.

Power bank
Power bank on yellow background

Luggage Tracker

This Bluetooth luggage tracker is perfect for the Teacher that always travels. With the BeagleScout tracker by Powerstick, you can stay connected to your luggage and never lose track of it. The Bluetooth app increases the signal when you are close to your luggage. 


Cooking Spices

Spiceology has a gift pack with a variety of spice flavors. There is a seafood spice pack, popcorn spice pack, veggie lovers pack, and other varieties of spices. This pack is perfect for the Teacher that loves cooking. 

Box of Cookies

Price: $51

Everyone loves a box of delicious cookies, and you can get this from The Dirty Cookies

Fall cookies with candy
Fall cookies with candy

Teacher Appreciation Gift Card 

A gift card is one of the best teacher staff appreciation ideas to give teachers the flexibility to buy what they want. Whether it’s for classroom supplies or a special treat, a gift card enables school teachers to get something useful. This small gift makes a thoughtful thank you for all their hard work educating students.

School Supplies

Every teach needs extra school supplies, so giving some during Teacher Appreciation Week is always useful. From pencils to paper, craft items to staples, teachers and support staff can never have enough basics for creative lessons and activities. This is one of the most practical ideas for teacher appreciation that directly enables learning.


Luncheon Box

Price: $25.69

Nothing feeds the soul like good food! A DIY luncheon kit with sandwiches and snack items gives hardworking school teaches some delicious fuel. Making a portable meal and treats shows teachers how much you care by giving them time to relax in the teacher’s lounge. It’s a tasty, feel-good way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.

Sarada Bento Lunch Box

Gift Card Holder

A handmade gift card holder adds a special touch for giving gift cards or cash. Let your creativity shine by designing something unique with free printables or decorative supplies. It’s one of the most thoughtful DIY teacher appreciation ideas to present your gift in a memorable way.

DIY Teacher Appreciation Kit

Pamper teachers with a spa-themed DIY appreciation kit! It could include scented lotions, bath bombs, candles, or other relaxing treats to help them unwind after a stressful day. Show teachers self-care appreciation with this creative idea tailored to comfort and restore. What teacher wouldn’t love that? Best ideas for teacher appreciation week. 

Tote Bag

Price: $37.38

Finally, a customized teacher tote bag enables staff to lug work and supplies in style. Decorate it with students’ drawings, inspirational quotes, or fun fabric patches to create a useful, feel-good gift. It’s a DIY idea that combines creativity and function for maximum teacher appreciation!

All Over Print Tote Bag

Chocolates as Sweet Treats

Price: $57.00

No matter what you make or buy, including some sweet treats like chocolates always delights! A small candy or baked goods token reminds school staff that students recognize their nurturing role and want to give them something sweet in return. It’s a classic way to show your teacher you love and appreciate them. 

Perfect Size Gift Assortment image

One-time Setup for All Your Gifting Needs

With SwagMagic, any school can set up a personalized swag store for teachers and students to order gifts. This way, teachers can make personalized orders, and will no longer need to be stuck with gifts they do not want.

Also, students and parents looking to gift teachers no longer have to come up with a blank brain when making ideas for the Teacher’s gifts.

Thrill your teachers with our packs of a variety of gifts and make teacher appreciation week more exciting. Ready to start creating your store? Find us here 

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