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It's May which means it's almost time for summer vacation! Here are my top 10 frugal teacher appreciation gifts.

It’s May which means it’s almost time for summer vacation! Before you head off to the beach, park, or splash pad, remember to take some time to say thank you to the person who has stood along beside you in rooting for kid this year: their teacher. Now, most teachers probably have enough mugs to host coffee for the entire school, so let’s try to think outside the box.

Here are some fun teacher appreciation gits for your public, private, home school co-op, or Sunday School teacher.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

fruit basket

Fruit Basket

Teachers get tons of baked goods and candy, so even it out with a basket of healthy fruits. You can get a cute basket from the Dollar Tree and stock-up on fruit that is on sale. Don’t see a basket you love? You could also use a small plastic storage bin. It will be cute and come in handy later! You can even throw in some vegetables if you want.

baking gift

Oven Mitt Filled With Goodies

Grab an oven mitt and fill it with pencils and pens or kitchen items. You can then tie it with a cute ribbon and add a card saying, “I have to ad-mitt you’re a great teacher!” This entire gift could easily come from the Dollar Tree for less than $5. For cute oven mitt options (including the cupcake oven mitt pictured), be sure to check out Flirty Aprons.

beach trip

Beach Tote

Teachers get summer vacation too! Fill a beach tote with a magazine, pair of flip flops, sunglasses, and more. We can find many of these things on sale (think Target and Drugst0res) and they will come in handy when the teacher gets to relax in the sun.

For a cheaper version, wrap a beach towel and magazine or flip flops together with a wide ribbon.

candle gift

Hand Soap or Candle

Every teacher deserves a little pampering! Get them a yummy smelling hand soap or candle. Bath & Body Works and The Body Shop often have great deals on these items.

smores

S’more Gift Set

Put together everything your teacher needs to make s’mores! Grab some chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. For a gluten free version, we use Rice Krispies treats. You can put it all together in a cute bag or tie it together with a ribbon.

You can also use the item search to see where the ingredients are on sale.

gift card deal

A Letter & Gift Card

Have your child write their teacher a thank you letter. They could mention fun things they did this year, things they have learned, and ways the teacher has helped them.  Throw in a $5-$10 gift card to Starbucks or Target and you have a perfect gift.

Remember, if you buy a gift card at Bi-Lo or Kroger you can to earn fuel perks!

bracelet

Jewelry

You can never have too much jewelry! Bellechic has designer inspired bracelets for usually around $10 shipped!

dog gift

Unique To Your Teacher

Many teachers share fun things that are going on in their lives with their students. This may be a new baby, new puppy, or fun vacation they plan to take. Talk to your kid to see if his or her teacher has mentioned anything. This is a way to get them a fun and practical gift they’ll love. For example, get the teacher a dog bed or toy for the new puppy.

movie kit

Movie Night Kit

Put together everything your teacher would need for a movie night in! Include a movie, popcorn, and candy. If you don’t know what movie they would like, include a gift card to a local theater or a Redbox gift card instead.

holly jolly

Holly Jollies Cookies

If you love to bake, my go-to recipe is Southern Plate’s Holly Jollies. They’re quick, easy, and do not even require you to use your oven. Put them in a cute tin pail (found in the Dollar Section at Target) and you are set!

What is your favorite teacher appreciation gift?

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    • Connie

      After my child makes sure their teacher likes strawberries we give a gallon of fresh local strawberries which comes in a round plastic basket with a handle. The basket can be returned for $1 off on next purchase.

    • jen

      The hard part about teacher gifts is allergies so it is always good to see if they are allergic to any foods or scents. One of the best gifts I received was a plastic bowl filled with a movie gift card, microwave popcorn and a couple of small cokes. It was a perfect movie night gift.

    • esyke623

      As a former teacher, I love these ideas! I know first-hand that many teachers pay for almost all of their classroom materials, posters/decorations, and even sometimes books for the students, themselves. I’d like to add a suggestion to the above list, which is great– the things I always treasured the most were hand-written notes from my students. I think a heart-felt note from your child to his/her teacher would make a treasured gift!

      • April Stroud Roberts

        Whew. I spend so much on my students—supplies, novels they request, etc. You are right!

    • Amy Arvin

      I absolutely loved fun gifts, like a movie kit. However, I (personally) loved gift cards the most. What teacher can’t use a gift card to Target, Starbucks or Amazon? Even the teacher store since teachers spend so much of their own money on supplies. It doesn’t have to be a big gift card either – it is all truly appreciated.

    • Nick

      Well…I guess us male teachers get left out lol

      • jlinsey

        Do you not watch movies, cook, wash your hands, go to the beach, have animals, drink coffee, eat treats, s’mores or fruit? Only female oriented gift I see is the bracelet, I think she did a great job going gender neutral.

    • Becky

      I have been a teacher for many years and have to agree the best gifts are the personal notes and gift cards. My family loves to see what cards I will get! We always get to slurg and go out to eat or go shopping!

    • April Stroud Roberts

      Consumables are best if you don’t know the person’s habits. I would likely end up discreetly giving most of the other items away to others.