Can it really be time to find unique gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week already?

As far as worthy causes go, this one ranks right up there. Consider the time – and out of pocket money – that our teachers spend on our kids, and it’s a no brainer that the least we can do is deliver a little token of our appreciation.

This year, forget the apple-themed mug or plate of brownies. Here are gift ideas for every teacher on your list; some made by hand and perfect for individual gifts, and others bought with love from the whole group.

The Elementary School Teacher

Pen holder made from colorful crayons

Color us crazy, but what could be cuter than this soup-can-turned-pencil-holder? Clean and take off the label from any metal container. Use a hot glue gun or another strong adhesive to glue crayons to the can, and tie with a pretty ribbon. Fill with flowers for a cheerful presentation or, better yet, top it off with school supplies for next year. Markers, sticky notes, pens or pencils always come in handy.

Tip: Make sure the top is not sharp. Cans with a pull-tab open work best.

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several colorful kid friendly poufs in red, green, and orange displayed on hardwood floor and on a white bookcase.

Give a teacher an extra special shout out from the whole class. Adorable poufs are a cheerful addition to the room and provide the perfect seat for story time.

A Little Something for Everyone

Once the kiddos hit middle school there can be up to seven teachers each year! For a simple and affordable gift, purchase a pack of sticky notes – staples in any teacher’s supplies list – and add a personal note.

Plant leaf inside a frame with matching decor surrounding it

What could be better for the science teacher than a DIY pressed plant gift that brings the wonder of nature inside? Perfect for nature lovers and you might want one for yourself!

Book holders in an all white room in front of a black and white image of a plant with succulents next to it.

If DIY is not your thing, how about a little chemical reaction? Science teachers will get a charge out of these clever bookends.

The Math Teacher

Mug for a math teacher

The solution for the problem of what to get the math teacher is simple – a DIY mug with his or her favorite math saying.

Brown industrial desk lamp on top of a brown wooden desk.

Or, maybe the class will want to shed some light on the subject with the old school charm of this pulley lamp.

For the English TeacherDIY bookmarks with fancy jewels at the end of them placed in books.

You’ll get high marks with these charming bookmarks. Personalize by using charms specially chosen for your teacher – embellished baubles attached to a velvet ribbon will live comfortably inside the pages of Jane Austen, while a sports-themed charm on a grosgrain ribbon will be a home run for the sports fan.

Learn how to make them here.

TIP: You might even want to present the bookmark inside a new book, or with a gift card to a bookstore so she can pick out her own beach reads.

Gift box full of different bath bombs for relaxation.

Or give her (or even him) the gift of relaxation with easy-to-make bath bombs. In fact, this is one gift we think ANY teacher will love!

Follow this link for instructions.

For the History/Social Studies Teache

History teachers bring the past to life, now you can show the love in the present with old world map coasters. Use antique printable maps and easy to find supplies to make this simple and affordable gift any teacher would love.

For a patriotic nod from the whole class, this American flag will sit proudly on the wall of any US history classroom.

For the PE coach

DIY baseball and football designed clipboards

What do you give coaches who have all the whistles they need? How about a clipboard cleverly covered in duct tape! Duct tape is available in so many colors and patterns. Simply pick the sport and choose colors. For football, wrap the clipboard in brown tape, then cut thin strips of white duct tape and arrange to look like the stitching on a football.

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For the Art and Music Teachers

Silver desk lamp on a desk

What fun would school be without subjects like art and music? Shine a spotlight on your favorite music, drama, or art teacher with this fun table lamp.

For the Office Staff

Of course, what’s a school without the administrators and office staff to keep things humming? Show your appreciation with these adorable mini-planters that you personalize with a permanent marker and bring to life with tiny succulents or air ferns. What could be cuter or easier?

Kitty designed pot planters.


Not all ideas for unique teacher appreciation gifts are material. You could consider donating to a charity that you know is near and dear to your teacher’s heart. If there’s a health issue you are aware of that has touched her life, organizations that fight specific diseases are always welcome, while a donation to an organization that helps kids is always appropriate.