20 Adorably Charming DIY Teacher Gifts

Whether it’s an end-of-the-year thank you, birthday present or for Teacher Appreciation Day, creating something by hand to show your gratitude to your teacher. From treats to desk trinkets, there are so many wonderful gifts to decide on when finding the perfect one.

There are gift jars, a gift box, gift mugs, a monogram wreath, a crayon candy dish and a crayon chalkboard sign. The chalkboard style is also used on a cool globe idea and a cute planter. Not to mention, one of my favorite ideas: watercolor gift bags. And maybe we can help make that choice a bit easier with this list of 20 adorably charming DIY teacher gifts!

1. You’ve Blown My Mind

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Thank your teacher by letting them know how they “blew you away” with all the great knowledge they shared with you. Grab a mason jar and fill with gumballs and add this printable appreciation gift tag. Plus, you can make it extra special by filling it with gumballs in their favorite colors or adding a gift card to their favorite restaurant or place to shop.

2. Excellent Teacher

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Chocolate is always a great gift to give and even more special when it comes from a student. Decorate a plain box with these fun labels and fill it with a chocolate surprise like these Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs.

3. Chalkboard Globe

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Teachers open the world to their students so why not give them a gift that can last a lifetime. Let them know they mean the world to you by repurposing an old globe from a yard sale or thrift store, painting in chalkboard paint and decorating with maps, words, phrases, etc. They will love to display it in their classroom for years to come.

4. Succulent Pots

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Fresh flowers are always a great gift to give to anyone and this succulent pot is perfect for your favorite teacher. These super chic succulent pots that will add a breath of fresh air to the classroom, personalized with a bit of paint! Use chalkboard paint to decorate the pot or write some sweet notes send to your beloved teachers.

5. Air Freshener

Surviving A Teacher’s Salary gives us an incredibly unique idea that involves creating a homemade air freshener! And that means that your classroom will be a bit more refreshed than before! This beautiful (and fragrant) homemade air freshener not only is inexpensive but makes a great thoughtful handmade holiday gift. You can also create it to add on to a gift as a gift tag and give it to your teacher!

6. Watercolor Gift Bags

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These watercolor gift bags are so sweet and when filled with beautiful flowers, make a great gift. Grab your watercolor paints and let the kids use their imagation to create a beautiful masterpiece on white paper sacks. Once they dry, fill with fresh cut flowers and surprise your teacher with this special, one-of-a-kind gift.

7. Pencil Vase

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If you are needing a great DIY Teacher Gift this Pencil Vase would be perfect. It’s full of teacher appreciation and charm, you just have to find out how to make it after the jump. And don’t forget to fill it with flowers!

8. Lantern Teacher Gift

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Sharing a little DIY teacher gift idea today!  I love these lanterns and I made this little printable to go along with it.  “Thank you for being a light in the life of a child.” This would be great thankful saying to give your teacher at appreciation week, or a the end of the year, or anytime you just want to let the teacher know you appreciate and value them! I also always love to include a gift card for each teacher.  

9. Hands Down Gift Idea

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Germs are everywhere, especially in school. Hand soaps and sanitizers are a very popular gift idea throughout the school year but, when you add this ” hands down, best teacher around” free printable tag, it makes a perfect gift to show your love and admiration during teacher appreciation week.

10. Soda- Lighted You’re My Teacher

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Looking for an unique and creative gift idea your teacher will love? They will be “soda-lighted” when you surprise them with their favorite soda drink as a gift. Plus, don’t forget this adorable free printable gift tag, it is printed to look just like notebook paper.

11. You’re The Highlight Of My Year

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Teachers love getting school supplies as gifts, especially if it’s something in high demand like markers, pencils and even highlighters. Make a fun and cute gift idea by printing out this free printable and attaching to a few highlighters. They will love to know that you loved being in their class this year.

12. Ruler Wreath

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Crafts Unleashed gives us a great idea for a wreath that we could all easily DIY for our teacher! Made with rulers and a bit of personalization, we’re sure she would love to spruce up her classroom door with it!

13. Tote Bag


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Tatertots and Jello show us how to create something extra-special for a teacher that needs some extra tote material. Dragging books and supplies here and there, one of these bags can come in handy!

14. Personalized Calculator

Any math teacher would be thrilled to receive this adorable, personalized calculator. Check out the details over at Positively Splendid and put your own together!

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15. Pencil Flowers

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Create some adorable pencil flowers, ending in a bouquet, like this set from Whipperberry. Presenting these to your teacher would not only make her feel special but take her breath away that you spent so much time on her!

16. Ruler Ribbon

Love the Day has so many great ideas with printables to go with them – making it easy to wrap and tag them. Check out this great idea when gifting rulers or something as adorable as ruler ribbon!

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17. Chalkboard Monogram

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Similar to the chalkboard mason jar, grab your teacher’s initials and create a monogram that he/she can design and utilize a bit. Find out the details at Maison de Pax.

18. Candles

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A clever tag and a usable gift – although at home – this “Scentsational” idea is brought to us by It’s A Fabulous Life. Learn how to personalize your own candles or just snag a few at the store.

19. Toe-Tally Awesome Teacher Gift

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This is such an easy, fun gift! All you need is: some cute nail polishes, some nail polish remover wipes and whatever else you think would be perfect for her. You could even include some clippers, a file, lotion or a gift card for a pedicure. Then, print your tag, slip the goodies in a bag and attach the tag with some cute ribbon.

20. Sweet Lemonade Teacher Gift

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This is the final DIY teacher’s gift in a list, if you are like me, we forget stuff sometimes. No, no how did this happen I thought, then the little voice of Pinterest past popped into my head and said drink cups. I just use some lemonade mix, some cups and downloaded and printed these straw flags, and all 30 minutes required to complete this DIY teachers gift idea.

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