10 Quick Teacher Gift Ideas For $10 Or Less That Teachers Love

There are a couple times a year you need teacher gift ideas. Now is one of those times. you can either start the year off right with a gift showing them how much you appreciate their work or give them a gift to say thank you for the time and care they give.

Are you looking for quick teacher gift ideas on a budget that teacher love? Includes small and large items to show your appreciation for all their hard work

These teacher gift ideas don’t have to be pricey, high-end or gourmet. Most teachers appreciate the little stuff you do as well because any little bit helps and shows them appreciation for their hard work.

10 Teacher Gift Ideas For $10 Or Less

1.Gift Cards

Never underestimate a thoughtful gift card -fast food, grocery store, bookstore, Starbucks, teacher supply store, etc..  Teachers work long hours and dip into their own pockets quite often, give them a hand with a little plastic to lighten the bills.  Tuck one in a coffee mug or cup with a straw from Dollar Tree as a holder.

2. School Supplies

Again, teachers dip into their own pockets oftentimes to provide supplies for the class. Fill a gift bag with crayons, pencils, erasers, and other items or create a bouquet of supplies using rulers as flower stems and tuck into a pot.

3. Plants

Plants clean the air and are just pretty to look at.  Create a stunning desktop display with a little soil and a succulent in a fish bowl or mason jar. Plants like succulents are a great idea since they don’t have to be watered as much. If you need to know how to care for succulents, check out these gardening tips!

4. Candy Jar

We all need a little sweetness in our life! Buy a cute jar with a lid and a couple bags of individually wrapped candy, something like mints or chocolate for those afternoons when they need a pick me up.

5. Manicure Supplies

Tuck clippers, a nail file, a travel sized hand lotion, and a pretty polish in a jar, small basket, or gift bag.


6. Baked Goods

Homemade brownies or mini muffins with a nice note can make a morning or afternoon sweeter and more enjoyable. Sometimes the hours make things like baking impossible to do during the week, your gesture will be appreciated!

7. Movie Night

After a long and sometimes stressful week, a movie can be just the thing a teacher needs to unwind. Make a simple basket with a box of microwave popcorn, a couple packages of candy, and a gift certificate for a few Redbox movies!

8. Coupon Book

Teachers love help in the classroom. A great way to extend your help is to create a cute handmade coupon book offering your services for collating, stapling, tearing out workbook pages, on field trips, reading to small groups, etc.. Let them know what days are good for you to be available to help. This one’s a freebie for you that they will love!

9. Soaps and Sanitizers

Give them the gift of cleanliness, include a box or two of tissues, hand soap for the bathroom, and sanitizer for teachers desk to fight off germs during cold and flu season.

10. Books

Pick up a few leveled reader in your child’s range and gift them to the teacher for her classroom library. This is another way to help them from dipping into their own pocketbooks. Last year my son’s teacher had a wishlist up at the book fair and I let him pick out several books to donate, 3 readers were right around $10.

If you need more ideas for teacher appreciation, check out more ideas for teacher appreciation over on Mom’s Confession.

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