Gifts for Teachers that they will appreciate

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Teachers put in so much extra time and effort for our children during the school year that it’s a thoughtful gesture to give them, teacher aides and other members of the school staff a little Christmas gift at the end of the school year. Most commonly teachers receive coffee mugs and candles as gifts. I know a few teachers and they say they are appreciative, but there are only so many coffee cups one needs.  I have put together a collection of gift ideas that any teacher will appreciate.

You have made a mark

Last year my youngest teacher went the extra mile for her and I truly appreciated what she did to help boost my daughter’s confidence in all areas of learning and within herself.  I created this sentiment, which is printed on standard white paper and then used to wrap some sharpies or highlighters, because I am sure teachers appreciate stationery, so they don’t have to purchase any out of their pocket for the following year. I coupled this with one of my calendars (details below). Purchase sentiment printable here. 

Magic Beans

Give a unique gift that shows your true appreciation. This collection includes four beans laser engraved with the words Caring, Wonderful, Dedicated, Passionate, Patient, Nurturing and Thank you! As the beans grow the words will emerge letting the recipient know just how valued they are. The perfect gift to say thanks!  Available online here.

Cookies in a jar

Christmas Cookie Mix in a Jar is a fabulous homemade gift idea, giving time poor teachers the ultimate yummy treat to bake up and make their own batch of Christmas cookies (or biscuits). Check out my super easy recipe here. 

Christmas Cookie Mix in a Jar is a fabulous homemade gift idea. Look no further for a creative handmade gift idea for your friends, kids teachers, family, neighbours, work colleagues. The gift of a DIY kit, so they can make their own batch of Christmas cookies.

Elf on the Shelf

Teachers have so much fun with Elf on the Shelf in their classroom, it maybe too late for this year, but it’s a lovely idea to give them for their future students.  Each morning, the Scout Elf returns to the classroom and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to start their day by searching for the Scout Elf each morning. Available online here. 

Kinder Craze shares how she introduces the elf to the classroom here.

Bath Salts

Give your tired teacher the gift of relaxation this Christmas with some homemade Citrus Bath Salts. Homemade Bath Salts are really easy to make and make a lovely gift.  View my super simple recipe here.

Thank you for helping me grow

A label to add to a beautiful pot of flowers (can use any plant really, a succulent for a male teacher perhaps).  Tape label to a ruler and stick in a pot with a ribbon around it.  A lovely little gift. Label available in my shop as an instant download.


Thank you for brightening my day

Fill a jar with some colourful lollies or chocolates, cut out the label and place in the mason jar lid. Label available in my shop as an instant download.

{The Organised Housewife} Teacher Appreciation Gift - Bright day m&m jars 2

The Organised Housewife 2018 Calendar

Every year is an opportunity to set new goals and aspirations, form new habits and start fresh. It is a chance for all of us to reflect on the year that has passed and improve for the year ahead. Calendar available here.

Neon Dipped Pots

These neon dipped pots require minimal effort for maximum results. Simply dip the terracotta pots in your favorite bright paints, add the petite plants with little note. Idea found via Hellobee.

Neon Dipped Pots

A Great teacher pirnt

After all they do for our kids, it’s really hard to find the right words to thank a teacher. This print tells them just that, a great teacher opens minds, inspires dreams, builds confidence and shines a light on the path towards leading a great life. Teacher print and Coach print available in my shop as an instant download.


Personalised Teacher Appreciation Print

A unique personalised teacher print to frame and give to him/her as a gift. Available in my shop.

{The Organised Housewife} Thank you Teacher Print

Bliss Balls

for the health conscious teacher.  Fill up a jar of homemade bliss balls and tie a little bow around it. View bliss ball recipes here.


Gift Cards

Are always appreciated and allows them to purchase something that they need.

Memory Jar

For all those times when teachers feel overwhelmed and overworked, this class memory jar is the perfect way for the kids to show their appreciation. Each student writes down his or her favorite memory of the school year, or a message to thank the teacher, and the class fills up the jar with positivity! Idea found via Steamy Kitchen.



Download and print the FREE Teacher Appreciation Card so your kids can show they are thankful for the time and support their teacher gives. Download here. 


Popular Essential Oils

I know many teachers that like to diffuse essential oils in their classroom, staff room and at home after school.  This Introductory Kit is very popular, these oils can be diffused in the classroom to help calm the children and help eliminate any anxious feelings, in the staff room to help reduce the stresses of the day and at night to relieve headache tension and help them get a good nights sleep.

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PURCHASE FROM MY SHOP – $35.33 RRP + postage. This offer is available for a limited time as I don’t normally sell oils in my shop, but going to trial how this offer goes.  Purchase from my shop here.

What do you like to give your child’s Teacher?

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Tash November 10, 2017 - 6:40 AM

Last year my youngest gave his teacher a bag filled with highlighters, blu tack, a oil diffuser and bath salts. She absoutley loved it.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 10, 2017 - 2:22 PM

love it, practical and restful in one gift!

Excited Mum November 10, 2017 - 7:53 AM

I have had a personalised Christmas ornament made with”for (teacher name) 2017″

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 10, 2017 - 2:21 PM

that is such a sweet idea!

Sherry November 13, 2017 - 8:18 AM

Want the truth? Those teachers will ohhh and ahhh over the ornaments, but if you really appreciate them, go for gift cards for anywhere. How big of a tree would a teacher have to have for say 20 kids per year for 20 years? Hate to brust everyones bubbles. just being honest. Teachers spend so much of their own money on supplies, gift cards will truly show you value and understand them

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 14, 2017 - 11:57 AM

Thank you for sharing your suggestions Sherry
After 20 years of teaching, I’m sure you have received many beautiful gifts

Melanie Scott November 11, 2017 - 9:35 AM

I ordered a teacher-themed notepad for our teachers, personalised with their names. 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 14, 2017 - 11:53 AM

That’s lovely Melanie

Karen November 11, 2017 - 1:14 PM

I am getting my kids to buy a book they love to read, putting a ‘this book has been donated to Mrs ……. class library by ………. I’m a teacher myself and it can be hard to keep a stock of books in the classroom for the students to read. Especially ones that are appealing to reluctant readers.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 14, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Oh wow I love this idea. So practical

Tracy November 11, 2017 - 1:14 PM

As a teacher, all those ideas sound amazing. Where I teach we get a lot of chocolate….there’s only so much one person can handle and share with their family!!! I don’t know a teacher that doesn’t love stationery, and the idea of a succulent plant that doesn’t need a lot of time and attention, but looks amazing are super duper ideas!
Can I make just one small suggestion? Make sure your precious teacher is not sensitive to “smelly” things before giving things like essential oils or hand creams etc. This from someone who ends up having to give those things to someone else, because my nose and skin are sensitive.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 14, 2017 - 11:56 AM

Thanks Tracy for sharing your thoughts. Some great tips to be aware of

Sarah November 13, 2017 - 9:53 AM

Can i ask, and i dont mean to be rude, when it became a thing to give teachers a present? No one did it when i went to school, but now i read its common place. I have a son starting school next year so i just wonder do you give every year or just good teachers? Would a heartfelt card be ok? My famliy doesnt do many presents even for the children because we dont like materialism and consumerism. Thankyou for your thoughts.

Tamara November 13, 2017 - 8:26 PM

I agree Sarah, I’m thinking just a hand made thoughtful card is on my ideas list.
We aren’t much of a gift giving family.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 14, 2017 - 12:00 PM

I believe it is purely a personalised thing. When my kids were little we often grew a lovely bond with the teachers as did the kids and it was our way of saying Thank you. But it is purely up to the each family. I think a heartfelt card is still a beautiful gesture of saying Thank you

Farah Dyer-Steel November 16, 2017 - 8:17 PM

I ordered the magic beans last night. Can’t wait for them to arrive. As our boy has autism, I particularly want this gift for the special needs aide who has been with my boy since the very first day of prep, now that he’s preparing to leave for high school next year. This wonderful woman has been there every step of the way and he would not have succeeded as well as he has, without her.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 20, 2017 - 10:49 AM

Oh that is beautiful Farah. I hope your son enjoys giving this wonderful gift to his teacher


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