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Teacher gifts with the homemade touch

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By GreatSchools Staff

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Here are directions for two simple, but special homemade gifts:

Laminated bookmark

Most teachers like to read and often encourage their students to read, so what better gift than a handmade bookmark!

Materials needed:

  • Colored paper
  • Glue
  • Colored markers
  • Colored yarn
  • A hole punch
  • Scissors


Cut a piece of colored paper into a strip, 8½ by 2 inches. With colored markers, write a special message or draw a picture. You can also add stickers or a photo. Take your bookmark to a print shop and have it laminated. Punch a hole, centered at the top, with the hole punch. Make a tassle by cutting three strands of colored yarn and feeding them through the hole. Then tie a knot.

Snowman card

A homemade card for your child's teacher makes a great personal gift. It also gives your child practice in the skills of cutting, drawing and writing.

Materials needed:

  • An 8½-by-11-inch piece of card stock or construction paper
  • A piece of heavy white paper and small pieces of black, orange and red paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • A pipe cleaner or two twist ties
  • Markers or crayons


Fold the piece of card stock or construction paper in half. Tear or cut three white circles from the white paper for the snowman's head and body. On the head, use the hole punch to make two tiny black eyes (or draw two eyes), cut out or draw a red mouth and use the orange paper to make a carrot-shaped nose. Glue the circles to form the snowman on the front of the card. Before the glue dries, tuck the pipe cleaner or twist ties under the middle circle to serve as the snowman's arms. Cut out a small, black hat and paste it on the snowman's head. Help your child write a holiday message inside.

Comments from readers

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"Lame article - just focused on little kids. Do a better more thorough job and include middle and high school kids too. "
"I had no problem figuring out great gifts for my children's teachers when they were in elementary school. We almost always gave class gifts that combined gift cards with some kind of art project made by the class. They were always appreciated. But now that my children are in high school and each child has 8 different teachers plus a counselor, and there are other faculty and staff members I'd like to recognize with a gift, it is much more difficult, not to mention expensive. Does anyone have any ideas (other than gift cards or homemade treats) specifically for high school teachers?"
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"My son's teacher has two children of her own...I offered to make her a homemade dinner on a particularly busy pre-Christmas weekday. She absolutely loved having dinner ready when she got home...I simply took my crockpot to school, plugged it in and put a salad and dessert in the fridge...all she had to do was load up her car at the end of the day and her evening was free to do other things. She LOVED it! It's going to be my new 'standard' Christmas gift. (Plus, I doubled the recipie and filled a second crock pot, which I kept at my house for our dinner too!)"
"I usually make gift baskets with several things in them from goodies you eat to supplies you use & I've found some great poems on the internet for teachers, so I'm going to make plaques for the teachers to put in their classrooms, you can buy or make inexpensive plaques print the poems on nice paper, add it to the plaque & then make it personel to match the teacher, the family members I've made for loved theirs it reflects them."
"Thanks so much for these ideas. I have been racking my brain for something personal to do and these have given me great ideas. Thanks so much."
"Great Tips ! One idea we have done for teachers is just getting treat bags, some unique (wrapped) candies, chocolates, little debbie cakes, and coffee bags, tea bags, and cocoa. we place an assortment in the bag, usually we include a pen and pad of sticky notes too. Even if any or all of the treats are not to the taste of the teacher, they could use at their home for guests . we have also put them in a small basket or glass bowl to have them use for serving."
"I am always looking for something to say thank you to our childrens' teachers. Every year, I really enjoyed the ideas shared in this article and I will be using and passing them along too. Something from the heart goes a long way!! "
"Any ideas for 'thank yous' to house parents, advisors, special teachers, for a full scholarship student at an exclusive boarding high school. Obviously, we have so much gratitude to express for the wonderful opportunity offered our daughter but not much extra money."
"great ideas! thanks so much! I so tired of just giving the gift card and I know they don't want anymore plaques, statues, cups, etc."