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It’s almost the end of the school year!  I can’t believe another year has gone by and it’s already time for Summer vacation again! 

My daughter had a great teacher this year, so I decided that I’d like to make something special for her. I wanted something fairly easy and inexpensive to make, and definitely something that my soon to be second grader could help with  Since I’m not a very crafty person, I decided to look around on Pinterest for some inspiration and found a whole bunch of great ideas for DIY gifts for teachers. Here are just a few of the ideas I found!

Gift Ideas for Teachers

 Insulated Cups with Straw Flags.  Insulated cups (which can be purchased for $10 or less) are filled with drink mixes such as lemonade or tea and the straw is adorned with a flag with a message of appreciation for your favorite teacher.  There are even printable straw flags available!   This teacher appreciation gift was created Lisa Storms; if you like crafting and DIY projects, you will LOVE this blog!  There are so many great ideas for crafts, gifts, you name it!  This idea was created for Teacher Appreciation week, but it’s a gift that can be given any time. 

DIY Flower Pots.  I think this is my favorite idea, and my daughter and I will probably be making this one for our teacher appreciation gift.  These flower pots were created by Our Family Journey, and all you need is an inexpensive terra cotta pot, black chalkboard paint and yellow paint and your favorite plant or flower to create a cute appreciation gift that your favorite teacher can keep forever. 

Homemade Notepads.  I made this gift for my daughter’s kindergarten teacher last year; it was easy to make and her teacher loved it.  This idea, created by Skip to My Lou, simply uses a blank post it style notepad that your kids can decorate with their own personalized message for their teacher.  Add a few markers and you have a great, functional gift. 

 Post it Present.  This is another great idea using post it notes for gifts, and was created by Paper Wings.  All you’ll need for this gift is plastic frames, scrap book paper and embellishments and post it notes to make a pretty note pad holder for teacher.  This is another gift idea that could be great for any type of event and for anyone special! 

Thank You Candy Jars.  Here’s another idea with free printables!  The candy jar idea was created by Happy Little Art and uses simple jars (that can probably be purchased at the dollar store) filled with Hershey’s Kisses (or any type of candy), and decorated with ribbon, a pencil and  printable thank you labels from Lauren McKinsey Design Blogs


These were just a few of the great ideas I found on Pinterest.  If you’re looking for more ideas, check out these great collections from fellow bloggers! 

Teacher Gifts that Work Year Round from A Night Owl Blog

Teacher Appreciation: 25 Ideas to Thank a Teacher from Spoonful

Teacher Appreciation Ideas from Happy Home Fairy






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Ericka @Chef PickyKid and Me

I love to cook and entertain for family and friends, and I especially love being in the kitchen with my daughter who loves to cook as well. I enjoy making recipes that are easy to prepare and use ingredients most people have in their kitchen. Visit me at!

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