Excited to share some meet the teacher and first day of school gift ideas for teachers with you today!
Summer is coming to an end, and it is bittersweet for sure! So as we prepare to send our kids back to the classroom, many of you asked for ideas of things to gift your child’s teacher when you head to meet the teacher or the first day of school. I would not say it is necessary to get your teacher a gift by any means, but I know as a former teacher, any gesture was ALWAYS appreciated! It is a tough job, and encouragement and support from parents means the world!
I put together some easy ideas that will work for any budget, all with free coordinating instant downloads.
Directions for Printable Tags:
Below each image there is a pdf and jpeg file for each printable.
Download and save the file to your computer.
Print file from your home computer or send to a print shop (Costco, Sam’s, Office Max, etc.) They will look best printed on heavy white cardstock.
Attach the tag with ribbon or glue or tape it on a dowel rod or skewer.
Have your child sign the front and write a note to their teacher on the back.
I ALWAYS saved and cherished sweet notes from students!
Gift Card Holder Printables
There are SO many expenses at the beginning of a school year for a teacher. Most pay for supplies and classroom decor out of their own pocket! A gift card to offset some of these costs, a restaurant gift card so they don’t have to worry about dinner or a gift card to just treat themselves is never a bad idea! This was my favorite gift to receive as a teacher.
Find all these gift card printables here.
Teacher Survival Kit
I made these tags and taped it to a tub I found at the Target Dollar spot! You could fill a tub, basket or just tie this tag onto anything your teacher might need!
A few ideas from my tub: Clorox wipes, kleenex, mints, chapstick, gum, advil, hand sanitizer, pens, stationary, water, snacks, wine…..kidding, sort of!
Cheers to a New Year
While I typically don’t recommend buying coffee mugs for teachers, I do LOVE this Yeti travel mug. It comes in tons of colors with free shipping here.
You can also tie this on your teacher’s favorite Sonic or Starbucks order as a first day of school treat!
Let’s Start This Year Out Write
I searched Amazon and found this cute Erin Condren notepad trio with motivational sayings. The larger two pads also have sticky things on the back so the pad can be stuck to a cabinet or desk! You can find these notepads here.
I also found this more traditional teacher themed set on Amazon that would be cute!
Find it here.
These tags would also be cute tied on any stationary, a notepad, a nice pen set, Sharpies, etc.
Hand sanitizer is always a must!
I got these huge bottles of germ-x here, but any hand sanitizer works! These are a limited time Amazon deal, 4 HUGE bottles for $12, free shipping.
Practical and budget friendly!
One Smart Cookie
I used these tags in the Spring, but changed the saying to fit the beginning of the year!
A sweet treat!
What You’ll Need:
Cookies, homemade or store bought
Plastic goodie bags
Ribbon or string and a hole punch
With you as my Teacher, I’m Sure to Grow
I also used these tags for teacher appreciation in the Spring, but changed the saying to fit the beginning of the year!
A plant or flowers is a great, budget friendly way to make your teacher smile!
What you need:
A plant, flowers, cactus, etc.
A dowel rod or skewer if you want to stick the tag in the dirt or you can tie it with ribbon on the pot
Custom Teacher Sign
My son was SO excited to gift this to his teacher last year!
Be sure to check out these other Back to School posts…..
Back to School Traditions
Find them here.
Breakfast Ideas for Back to School
Find them here.
Cause you deserve a high five too Mama! We made it!
Find the easy instructions and printables here.
I hope these ideas will help you encourage and support your child’s teacher on the first day of school! I promise it won’t go unappreciated! Wishing you the VERY BEST school year!