Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas + FREE Printables!

Aug 7, 2020 | Baby and Kids, Lifestyle

We are so lucky to have such good teachers that spend so much time prepping and teaching our kids, both in-person and online. These teacher gift ideas will really make the grade for the kids headed back to school!

Back to school teacher gift ideas and free printables for under $5, from Fun Cheap or Free

Can you believe we're already heading into a new school year? Even if that may look a little different this year… Regardless, we like to bring our kids' teachers a little something special on the first day of school, just to thank them in advance, for the long and crazy year ahead.

We gathered up some of our favorite gift ideas and printables for teachers so you can find the perfect gift idea! Teachers put a lot of time and effort into helping our kids grow – it's worth it to find a gift that is both practical and meaningful to them!

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These teacher gift ideas are all simple, easy, and super affordable! But more importantly, these gift ideas will help our teachers get the school year off to a great start. Well, let's get to it!


Gift card printables from Amazon, Coldstone, Walmart, and Target, from Fun Cheap or Free

We made some gift card printables specifically for Back to School – these are perfect for letting teachers know how excited you and the kids are to start the year with them!

All you have to do is buy a $5 gift card for your favorite donut place, ice cream or drink shop, restaurant, or even stores like Amazon, Walmart, or Target. Attach the gift card to one of these printables, have your kiddo sign the card, and you're good to go!

Back to school gift card teacher gift cards idea from Fun Cheap or Free

BAM! It doesn't get much easier than that!

Need some more ideas?? Check out these teacher gifts we've rounded up from the interwebs… there are some extremely creative people out there and so many amazing resources for you!


Jars of Candy, from Fun Cheap or Free
Photo Cred: Skip To My Lou

Skip To My Lou has some of the cutest teacher gift ideas! Our favorites are the cute candy puns that you can print out and attach to jars of candy. It lets teachers know that you're excited about having them as your child's teacher and gives them some treats to snack on when it's been a long day in the classroom. Aren't those so stinkin' cute?! It's such an easy way to show your appreciation! Just grab a mason jar, some ribbon, candy, and the printables, and you're good to go!

Another fun candy teacher gift idea comes from Eighteen 25. They have such a cute teacher's emergency stash idea! All it takes is a bead organizer, ribbon, candy, and the printable. Super simple and super cute!


Smart School House Clorox Wipes Gift Tag from Fun Cheap or Free
Photo Cred: Smart School House

If you want to help your child's classroom to stay germ-free, then this idea is for you! These disinfecting wipes printables are the cutest from Smart School House. All you need to make this cute teacher gift idea are some disinfecting wipes, the cute printables, and some double-sided tape (or even some regular tape rolled over).

Life Anchored has an adorable tag that goes on a bottle of hand sanitizer. We obviously are all about our kids using that hand sanitizer in school, so we're happy to gift a bottle to their teacher! The cute tag says “Raise your hand if you're ready for a great year!” So cute and punny, right? Just grab the printable and a bottle of hand sanitizer and you have an easy teacher gift!


Sweet Rose Studio Pencil Bouquet from Fun Cheap or Free
Photo Cred: Sweet Rose Studio

Sweet Rose Studio has an adorable idea for gifting writing utensils to your child's teacher if you're not super crafty. Just grab some pencils, pens, or Sharpies, the printable, and some ribbon (or twine, string, anything that you have lying around the house!) to make a cute little bouquet!

Skip To My Lou has another idea that we couldn't help but share! All it takes is a square sticky note, some tape, and the printable and you've got a cute and practical gift idea that the teacher can use every day.

If you love giving pencils to your child's teacher, then this gift idea from Tilly's Nest is for you! Make them apple mason jar pencil holders by painting a mason jar red, cutting some leaves out of green colored paper, attaching them with twine, and filling them with pencils. Super easy and very practical for the classroom!

If you want to give your child's teacher some highlighters as a gift, then The Crafted Sparrow has you covered! Just grab some highlighters, this cute gift tag, and some ribbon and you're all set.

The Suburban Mom has a really cute Sharpie gift idea that is super practical. All you need are a few Sharpies, twine, and this cute printable and you're set!


The Turquoise Home Plant Teacher Gift Idea from Fun Cheap or Free
Photo Cred: The Turquoise Home

How cute is this printable from The Turquoise Home? Grab a small succulent from Walmart or your local plant store, a small 4-ounce mason jar (if you're anything like me, you have one of these lying around your house because they're great for storing all of the little things!), a toothpick, and the cute printable. Bonus points if you have some paint lying around that you can quickly put on the jar to make it extra cute!

City Farmhouse has another plant gift idea that is sure to make any teacher smile! She uses a wooden ruler (such a perfect idea for a teacher, right?), a clothespin, a lavender plant, a cute pot from the Dollar Store, and a printable to make this gift. It's super easy and super cute!

Don't forget to grab our gift card printables if you want to send a little something extra to make your teacher's day! Do you have any teacher gift ideas that you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments!

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Happy school days!


  1. LILLY

    Hi Jordan,
    i´m a huge fan of your way to live frugal. I love your website and I enjoy your youtube sessions as well! Thanks for sharing so much tips and tricks to spend less. It´s a big motivation for me and my family to see, that you can have a happy and good life without spending tons of money! Lots of good wishes from Germany to Oversea 😉


    • FunCheapOrFree

      Aw thanks so much Lilly, and hello to Germany!!


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