Teacher Appreciation Day Gift Ideas

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Thoughtful and gorgeous gift ideas (and a few craft ideas too!) that are perfect for your child’s teacher on Teacher Appreciation Day.

If ever there was a year to thank your child’s teachers for going that extra mile, it’s 2020! Teacher Appreciation Day is fast approaching (Friday the 30th of October) and is the perfect opportunity for parents to thank the teachers for all the extra time and effort they’ve put into our babies this year.

We’ve put together a beautiful collection of handmade and ready-to-purchase gift ideas for teachers below, and we’re also giving parents the chance to add a FREE personalised label to any drink bottle or cup purchase for their kid’s fav teacher (what teacher wouldn’t love that?!). 

Every teacher is different, so we’ve broken these gift ideas down into six different categories in the hope that you’ll be able to find something that’s perfectly suited to your child’s fabulous teacher.

Gifts For Plant-Loving Teachers

Get crafty and add your own touch to a pot of herbs or some pretty flowers with fabric, ribbon or even a painted mason jar. Another fun option is to get your green-thumb (and maybe tea-loving) teacher a Grow Your Own Tea Kit.

Gifts Made Just For Teachers

Let the teachers know that they’ve made a mark on your children with one of these fun and funky prints. These are also great for last minute Teacher Appreciation Day gift ideas – simply purchase and print!

Handmade Gifts For Teachers

Mason jars are great for homemade gift ideas! Let the kids get to work on making some fun pencil holders or pretty containers that they can fill with lollies (check out these craft ideas and more here). Another great option is a craft kit that includes everything your children will need to make movable wall art, a Shrinkies charm bracelet or even some foil art (check out our full range of DIY kits here).

Gifts For Stationery-Loving Teachers

What teacher doesn’t love stationery?! Instead of giving boring pencils and pens, consider gifting a bright trendy notepad that’s both practical and pretty, or a Happy Desk Calendar that can bring happiness into the classroom all year round.

Personalised Gift Ideas

Nothing says “you’re an awesome, wonderful and caring teacher” like a personalised gift that literally spells that out. These printables are a very affordable way to give a thoughtful gift at the last minute – simply purchase, print and frame. For something a bit different you could also personalise a smoothie or coffee cup (see below). Use the code ‘Teacher’ at checkout to get a FREE personalised label!

Gifts For Arty Teachers

Give your child’s teacher something that they can do themselves. Arty teachers who love to get crafty would love one of our Diamond Dotz kits – they’re relaxing, easy, and pretty enough to pop in a frame and put on the wall when complete. Jigsaw puzzles are another great option, and my goodness there are some gorgeous ones kicking about at the moment!

Gifts For Wine-Loving Teachers

When in doubt about what to get your child’s teacher for Teacher Appreciation Day, we feel one of these wine inspired gifts would be right on the money – lol!

This giveaway has closed – congrats to winners Melinda + Ranee!



The fabulous prize includes: an Ever Eco Insulated Tumbler (592ml) with a personalised vinyl label in their preference of black or white.


Share in the comments below: “Why does your child’s teacher deserve this personalised tumbler?” 

GIVEAWAY TERMS AND CONDITIONS – This giveaway runs in accordance with my disclosure policy, please read the terms and conditions below:

1. Entries must be made on The Organised Housewife blog, comments on social media are invalid.  2. Entries close 11.59pm AEST Wednesday 14th October 2020. 3. One entry per household and open to Australian residents only.  4. This giveaway is a game of skill. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered.  5. Each prize is valued at $33.90. 2 winners will receive this prize, not redeemable for cash. 6. Winner will be contacted by email, please ensure you leave your email address.  7. If we have not received a reply from the winner within 7 days the prize will be forfeited and awarded to the entry judged to be the next best.  8. The Organised Housewife will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winners.

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Jennifer October 13, 2020 - 5:44 AM

Day in day out, she plans, develops and implements learning activities. But most of all she creates a caring, supportive, kind and loving classroom. A classroom that develops the strengths and values of our children. A classroom that focuses on the holistic wellbeing of our children. And for that, I am forever grateful. Xx

Kirsten October 13, 2020 - 7:23 PM

Mrs D deserves a tumbler because she’s had to teach my eldest for 2 years (no easy task) and then there’s a highly likely chance she’ll get my youngest next year. Patience of a saint with compassion and understanding for students who just don’t quite fit. We thankyou Mrs D?

Brianna Roach October 13, 2020 - 5:49 AM

I nominate Brianna Roach. She is an amazing teacher. I had to take a leave to stay home with my son during Covid. She is my teaching partner. She has completely taken over. She goes above and beyond every day. In three years of teaching, she has never taken a day off. She loves her students and our school is lucky to have her.

Jess Frisch October 13, 2020 - 5:57 AM

Mrs Ahern has been the most encouraging, gentle yet firm, ball of energy and colour, in our boys life and has made a rough year with a bad teacher previously, into an amazing year! She has bought the light back into my son and renewed his love for learning and school – we will miss her terribly next year ?

Jaime coleman October 13, 2020 - 7:12 PM

I would like to nominate Ms Mary Rutledge. Mary has been teaching for 30 odd years. I love her no nonsense approach,she has a wonderful understanding of little people’s thought and feelings and the confidence she has built in my 9 year old is nothing short of amazing.
I wish so many more teachers had her ability to transform and mould our children.

Clare October 13, 2020 - 6:03 AM

My daughter’s teacher has spent two terms teaching from her bedroom, all whilst pregnant. I say this lady needs a tumbler with her name on it!

Mel Davis-Gates October 13, 2020 - 7:29 AM

Would love to give my kids teachers a tumbler, they deserve so much for all their hard work, some lovely drinks would be a great start

Karyn Morgan October 13, 2020 - 6:35 AM

My daughter has really developed her confidence and has had such a wonderful introduction to the school year’s, thanks to her wonderful Prep teacher. She works hard and even replies to emails out of school hours. She is an enthusiastic teacher whose passion for teaching is evident in the classroom and she works very hard and plus she has a rep of having the cleanest and tidiest classroom in the school!

Crystal Douglass October 13, 2020 - 6:35 AM

My sons teacher has gone above and beyond during distance learning. She has met with parents and kids late at night that can’t be on during the day, she’s working to make sure all the students in her class have access to Internet and computers. She’s doing amazing teaching social emotional lessons, they have been learning about racism and bullying. We just found out we will be distance learning until at least the end of January, and she does so much work to make sure that her class still gets a feeling of community and belonging.

Kelly October 13, 2020 - 6:39 AM

My son’s teacher Jen Bonte has been the most enthusiastic and fun Prep teacher during Melbourne Covid lockdown 1 and 2! She has managed to keep our kids e gaged, enthusiastic and absolutely loving learning. They had their first day back at school yesterday and my son commented that he had ‘the best day because she is awesome.’

Terina October 13, 2020 - 7:14 AM

My daughters teach Miss Barr, always goes the extra mile to make their classroom look amazingly inviting to the kids but at the same time make it feel like the safest place! My daughter loves her and has really come out of her shell after being part of Miss Barr’s class! I definitely think she deserves a tumbler with her name on it!

Simona October 13, 2020 - 7:48 AM

Absolutely every teacher in Melbourne deserves to be honored. This year has been like no other. Switching from face to face classes, to remote, to face to face with masks, then temperature checks and then back to remote learning. A little special to VCE teachers, they have the added stress and responsibility to give their students in this crazy time, the best possible educational outcome.

Ranee Roper October 13, 2020 - 9:08 AM

During Melbourne Covid lockdown 1 and 2 my sons teacher has been amazing. Making the adjustments needed and making it seems effortless (which we know is definitely has not been). My son is a special needs kid and the care and support shown to him at this time has been so inspiring. He is gentle, kind, firm when needed but most of all connects with not only my son but all the kids. My son really loves his teacher and would love to show him how much he means to him with giving him a tumbler with his name on it. We know he loves his morning coffee. I’m sure he wouldn’t want any gifts which means giving him one would show him how much we all care about what he has down for not just my kid but all the kids in lockdown.

Jodie October 16, 2020 - 7:45 PM

I’m a teacher and I love to see all these amazing comments from everyone about their children’s teachers. I would appreciate if you all would send these messages, if you haven’t already, to these amazing teachers. That would mean a lot. As it has been one of those years. Xx

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 19, 2020 - 1:06 PM

Jodie thank you for sharing this idea with the community – I couldn’t agree with you more! Kat x

Megan Rohleder October 13, 2020 - 8:13 AM

She teaches my six year old triplets, treats them as individuals and has made them individual friends- still staying sane!

Tiffany October 13, 2020 - 9:57 AM

Would love to give this to my sons teacher Mr Morrison. He is not only the teacher but assistant principal and head of all the year 1 and 2. He is also a brand new father after his wife had a baby at the start of the year. He is passionate about sport and really encourages my son who really loves footy

Mary Preston October 13, 2020 - 10:11 AM

Miss J is my hero. She actually cares. Dedicated, empathetic, skilled.

Lee-anne Eathorne October 13, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Mrs McDonnell deserves a big bloody medal and an endless supply of coffee in your cup as she puts up with my 10 year old who does not shut up! His idea of fun is reciting copious amounts of scientific facts on any topic known to man! For putting up with him locked in the confines of four walls for hour upon hour, day after day…….enough said?

Elita Hooper October 13, 2020 - 11:59 AM

My one of my sons teacher drinks 6 cups of coffee a day while he is at school, that’s works out to be one an hour….think he needs one of these to keep it warm

Helen Boyd October 13, 2020 - 12:19 PM

My 9 year old daughter has a medical issue that requires attention every couple of hours. Whilst learning from home, twice, it was easy to tackle this myself but with her going back to school I had anxiety on how this would affect her and her schooling.
Needless to say, her teacher has been amazing. She is on top of it all as well as making her classroom a really fun and enjoyable environment not only for my daughter but all of her classmates. My daughter LOVES going to school and speaks so much about her teacher on a daily basis. She even makes the effort with my other younger, non school age children, which I know will make a positive difference when they embark on primary school as well. Thank you Miss D

Tracey Grose October 13, 2020 - 12:32 PM

Mrs Duncan is a god send! She is the teacher to my 11 year old triplet boys and she is amazing! Two of my boys have autism and she handles them in addition to the other students so calmly. She provides them with tough love and they just adore her. I only wish I could take her to high school with the boys next year.

Nissa Venton October 13, 2020 - 12:46 PM

My son’s teacher had to learn a whole new way of teaching while remote learning. From whiteboards and notebooks to YouTube and one note she has done a fabulous job. She was able to change her way of working from 25 years of teaching in the space of two weeks.

Melinda Walker October 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM

I am so grateful for my daughters Teacher this year! As a year one student who can be quite anxious and then throw in all the changes with Covid, we had so much anxiety around how the year would go! But Miss Black made it so fun for my daughter and all the kids in the class, she taught them resilience and that it’s ok for things to not go as planned! I couldn’t have imagined the year without her! I know the teachers worked extra hard this year and for all of these reasons I’m forever grateful.

My daughter and myself, are finishing 2020 not only smarter but also less anxious and more resilient.

Rachael Maddock October 13, 2020 - 4:33 PM

My son’s teacher, Mrs Burcheri, has displayed an incredible amount of kindness, always starting the mornings with a bright and cheery disposition. When my sons standard of work has fallen a little short of the expected standard, she has offered advice on how he can complete it without leaving him feeling demoralised.

Julia Todd October 13, 2020 - 5:11 PM

Our boys teachers have been so encouraging and supportive during the extended period of home schooling in Victoria. They kept our boys engaged in their schoolwork and adapted so quickly to the situation.

Hayley McKenzie October 13, 2020 - 7:57 PM

My son’s teacher is also an executive for K-2 as well as teaching. Through this year it has been exceptionally been tough for her, as with every other teacher in this craziness. If I win I will also buy one for her offsider as it has been a team effort.

Naomi October 13, 2020 - 8:27 PM

This has been a very difficult year for all teachers this year, especially here in Victoria! All teachers deserve something wonderful and the teacher that has to put up.with my kids all day deserves twice as much (jk my kids are pretty awesome, but still!?)

Karen Woodbridge October 13, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Why? Because Mr Nathan has the patience of a saint! He is the teacher of seven special teenage boys who surprise and challenge him everyday and still he smiles and guides these young men to reach their potential. He deserves this gift for being truely amazing.

Belinda Stanford October 13, 2020 - 10:04 PM

I nominate Janelle Menzies. She was my child’s teacher and now head of curriculum. She was amazing through covid setting up wonderful lesson ideas for the whole school. She is awesome and deserves this.

Deborah Iongi October 13, 2020 - 10:14 PM

My daughters teacher is so special, selfless and kind. She will do anything for her students

Catrina Boreham October 14, 2020 - 10:48 AM

My daughter’s wonderful, patient, selfless teacher who is & has been amazing this year!

Kelly Ogden October 14, 2020 - 1:11 PM

My daughter has struggled a lot through school, from learning difficulties to having no friends. Now, in grade 5, she has come along way in all areas. She even has a small handful of friends & is having her first birthday party since prep this weekend. I don’t know how Ms Clancy has done it, but I think she is the best teacher my daughter has ever had so far. Thank you Ms Clancy! xo

Kelly October 14, 2020 - 1:12 PM

My daughter has struggled a lot through school, from learning difficulties to having no friends. Now, in grade 5, she has come along way in all areas. She even has a small handful of friends & is having her first birthday party since prep this weekend. I don’t know how Ms Clancy has done it, but I think she is the best teacher my daughter has ever had so far. Thank you Ms Clancy! xo

Amanda seymour October 14, 2020 - 2:43 PM

My son changed school last year and had battled with being bullied and very quiet kid.
This year his teacher has been so supportive & encouraging and have a completely different kid. It’s so beautiful to see him happy, confident & content. It takes an amazing, caring teacher to do this!!
So grateful for this amazing teacher, that loves their job.

Amanda seymour October 14, 2020 - 2:44 PM

My son changed school last year and had battled with being bullied and very quiet kid.
This year his teacher has been so supportive & encouraging and have a completely different kid. It’s so beautiful to see him happy, confident & content. It takes an amazing, caring teacher to do this!!
So grateful for this amazing teacher, that loves their job.

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