It’s nearly the end of term, and you and your child may want to give a small gift to their teacher as a thank you for all the hard work they’ve put in over the year. Although most teachers are sure to love a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates, they’ll be touched if your little one makes them a homemade gift. It’s something they can treasure forever – and what’s more, it won’t break the bank to make a personalised teacher gift. It’s also a great way for you to keep the kids busy with an afternoon of crafting fun. We’ve put together a guide to our favourite homemade gifts for teachers, from personalised cards to cute momentos.
Thank you cards for teachers
There’s nothing nicer than a homemade card – it’s simple, won’t take up lots of space in your teacher’s house or classroom, and will provide hours of fun for your little one.
- Finger painting is always an easy, fun activity. Using a selection of brightly coloured paints, get your child to make a rainbow of fingerprints across the front of a white card. Then use a thick marker pen to write out THANK YOU in the coloured fingerprints.
- Why not give your child’s teacher a gold star for all their hard work? All you need is some star shaped cookie cutters, PVA glue, glitter and black card, then follow these easy instructions for a unique card they’ll love.
- If you don’t have the time to get the craft box out, then this cute apple card is a great alternative – just print it off and get your child to write their own message of thanks inside. Easy!
- Apples have long been associated with teachers, and apple stamping is a really easy, fun crafting activity for kids of all ages. You’ll need a blank card in any colour, red and green paint, an apple and a brown marker pen. To make an apple stamper, just slice your apple in half down the middle, dip in in paint, and stamp it onto the card. You’ll be left with a beautiful apple shape, and all that’s left to do is draw on the stalk. Your little one can go wild with the design – either stamp a single apple, a row of apples or choose a more abstract pattern.
Homemade gifts for teachers
If you’re looking for gift ideas for teachers which are personal, you can’t go wrong with homemade gifts. Our ideas are lots of fun to make, and any teacher would be delighted to receive them.
- An easy but effective gift idea is to make up a couple of sweetie jars. Save up some old jam jars, and fill them with classic sweets –bon bons, pear drops or rhubarb and custard sweeties are always a tasty choice – then use old scraps of patterned fabric to cover the lid. Secure with a colourful piece of ribbon, and hope that teacher will share them out among the class!
- Or why not fill up those jars with some homemade jam? Help your child make this super easy strawberry jam recipe, and get them to make some colourful labels – perfect if you have several teachers to give gifts to.
- If your child’s teacher is a tea or coffee addict, they’ll need their very own mug for the classroom. These paint dipped mugs will look stylish on any teacher’s desk, and they’re easy enough for kids to make without any adult assistance.
- Why not spend an afternoon in the kitchen with your little ones? They’ll love baking and decorating cakes, and if you whip up a batch of cupcakes or traybakes, they can be shared out in the staffroom – or with the class. These lemon cupcakes are easy to make, and kids will enjoy decorating them with sprinkles and sweeties. And who doesn’t love chocolate brownies? Pop these in a tin lined with pretty paper, and you’ll have a simple, thoughtful and inexpensive gift for teacher.
- Washi tape is a fantastic way of prettying up regular household items to make a beautiful gift. Dig it out of the craft box to make these cute washi tape pencils – and you could even make a washi tape tin to put them all in.
- Teachers often have to spend their own money on supplies for the classroom, so helping to replenish some of these would be a much-appreciated end of year gift. Stock up on sheets of cute stickers (like these little star stickers or educational number stickers), post it notes and maybe even a new story book for next year’s class, then tie it all up with a colourful ribbon.
- You could also put together a relaxation kit for teacher. Find a nice box or basket, then fill it up with little bits and pieces – you could go shopping with your child and let them pick out some miniature toiletries, sachets of tea, coffee and hot chocolate, a fancy packet of biscuits, some lip balm, hand cream. Any teacher is bound to appreciate some R&R after a long term at school!