Back-To-School: 3 New Teacher Gifts {for the Not-So-Crafty Parent}

It’s here: Back-to-School Season! And with it comes a mixed bag of emotions for parents, ranging from “I can’t take the sibling fighting one more day! Teachers, please take them back!” to “It’s been lovely not having to worry about making it dressed, feed, and backpacks loaded with homework folders and lunch boxes out the door by 8:00 am every morning.” No matter your stance on summer break coming to an end and a new school year on the horizon, please please please…

Don’t forget about the teachers!

Teachers enjoy summer break, too, but just as you’re starting your back-to-school to-do list and shopping, they’ve been hard at work preparing for your child’s new school year (whether it be mentally preparing and working at home on a “year at a glance” pacing guide or already back into the classroom setting up bulletin boards for a fresh year). Though it is by no means required or even expected, a simple gift to show your thanks is a huge gift in the heart of a teacher. With your chaotic schedule and lack of time (or, let’s face it, lack of Martha Stewart’s craftiness) to pull off something big and fancy, show your child’s new teacher a little kindness with one of these quick click, print, sign, and go gifts!

Teacher Gift Idea #1: This cup is on me! {Coffee Shop Gift Card}

Teachers live on coffee. And if they don’t, they have some type of energy superpower that needs to be bottled and shared. But really, teachers can enjoy their favorite caffeinated drink or find something they enjoy at their local coffee shop (sweet treat, fancy fun ice water tumbler, etc.) with this back-to-school gift. It’s simple, yet shows your child’s new teacher you’ve got them covered with an extra jolt of caffeine at the beginning of the school year.

Level of Craftiness:           EASY  (Hello, print & go!)

Time Wasted Needed:       5 minutes  (+ trip to buy materials)

Materials Required:          

  • gift card to coffee shop (Starbucks, Peet’s, etc.)
  • This cup is on me!” template
  • cardstock paper
  • tape
  • marker 

Directions for Creating:   

  1. The next time you’re out running errands, swing by your favorite coffee shop (like Starbucks, Peet’s, or something local) and pick up a gift card in your desired amount, as well as any other materials you might need.
  2. Print out the “This cup is on me!” template on cardstock paper. Plain printer paper works, but a thicker paper, like cardstock, will hold up better.
  3. Cut your template out, and have your child write his/her own name (because teachers LOVE seeing kid handwriting!) at the bottom in marker.
  4. Attach the coffee shop gift card to the appropriate area on the template with tape. [I love Washi tape to add a little decorative flair to things. You can find Washi tape in any craft section of a store, and sometimes the Target Dollar Spot has Washi tape, too!]

Et voila! That’s it! Burst of caffeine delivered!

Teacher Gift Idea #2: We’ll be a SHARP BUNCH with a teacher like you! {Sharpie Pens}

Teachers love colorful things, and teachers love pens. From creating to color-coding, they’re always in need of a new pack of Sharpie markers (any size, from ultra-fine point to the basic fine point), and Sharpies are easy to find at any store with school/office supplies. Show your child’s new teacher you appreciate all of their creative projects by gifting them a new BUNCH of SHARPies!

Level of Craftiness:           EASY  (Store-bought, but it’s the thought!)

Time Wasted Needed:       10 minutes  (+ trip to buy materials)

Materials Required:          

  • pack of Sharpies (ultra-fine point or basic fine point)
  • “We’ll be a SHARP BUNCH with a teacher like you!” tag
  • cardstock paper
  • marker 
  • some type of jar, tin, or cup 
  • hole punch 
  • twine, string, or ribbon 

Directions for Creating:

  1. Grab a colorful pack of Sharpies the next time you’re at Target (or any store with school/office supplies), as well as any other materials you might need. 
  2. Add the Sharpies to your jar, tin, or cup. [I always have a few extra mason jars laying around for small gifts like this.]
  3. Print out the “We’ll be a SHARP BUNCH with a teacher like you!” tag on cardstock paper. Plain printer paper works, but a thicker paper, like cardstock, will hold up better.
  4. Cut out the tag, and have your child write his/her own name (because teacher’s LOVE seeing kid handwriting!) at the bottom of the tag.
  5. Give the tag a quick hole punch, and attach it to the jar of pens with twine, string, or ribbon. [And honestly, if you don’t have time for this step, SKIP IT! Just attach the tag to the pack of Sharpies with some tape. It’s the thought that counts, right!?]

And done! Store-bought, but thoughtful, useful, and colorful to brighten your new teacher’s first week of school!

Teacher Gift Idea #3: If You Give A Teacher A Cookie… {Cookie Treat}

Who doesn’t need a sweet treat during the first week of school after summer break!? This teacher gift is a fun play on the hit childhood book, If You Give A Mouse a Cookie, so all teachers will catch onto this yummy back-to-school gift. Make a parent-child bonding activity out of creating this gift by having your kid(s) help bake in the kitchen, or if you’re short on time, hit the bakery at your local grocery store and pick up a yummy cookie or two.

Level of Craftiness:           EASY  (Buy or bake, it’s a piece of cake!)

Time Wasted Needed:       If you’re baking… 40 minutes + cookie cooling time  (+ trip to buy materials)

                                         If you’re buying… 10 minutes  (+ trip to buy materials)

Materials Required:          

  • cookies (homemade, slightly homemade, or store-bought)
  • bag for holding cookies (ziptop or clear treat bag)
  • If You Give A Teacher A Cookie…” tag
  • cardstock paper
  • marker
  • hole punch
  • twine, string, or ribbon

Directions for Creating:   

  1. Cookies! If you find joy in baking, then bake a batch. If your schedule is swamped with other back-to-school to-do’s, hit your favorite bakery (or grocery store bakery) to snag a few.
  2. Put a generous stack of cookies in the bag (ziptop or clear treat bag).
  3. Print out the “If You Give A Teacher A Cookie…” tag on cardstock paper. Plain printer paper works, but thicker paper, like cardstock, will hold up better.
  4. Cut out the tag, and have your child write his/her own name (because again, teachers LOVE seeing kid handwriting!) at the bottom of the tag with a marker.
  5. Give the tag a quick hole punch, and attach it to the cookie bag with the twine, string, or ribbon as you tie the bag shut. A simple bow or knot will do! [And honestly, if you don’t have time for this step, SKIP IT! Just attach the tag to the cookie bag with some tape. Those cookies will be enjoyed by your child’s new teacher either way!]

YUM and done! Sweet treat to show your sweet side and sweeten up that new teacher!

And there you have it, not-so-crafty parents! Three simple back-to-school gifts for your child’s new teacher to show a little kindness and appreciation, as well as to start the school year off on the right foot. Click, print, sign, and go! Happy Back-to-School, parents of school-aged kids!

Looking for more back to school tricks and tips? Check out the video below.

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