21+ Clever DIY Teacher Gift Ideas that Aren't Mugs

Teacher gift ideas like cute printables to go with flowers, sticky note holders and bath bombs

If you are looking for easy, DIY gift ideas for teachers, you are in the right place!

If you have friends who are teachers you probably know: they have no shortage of mugs.

With the popularity of reusable plastic straw cups, most of them have started growing quite a collection of those as well.

So what's an appreciative family to do?

Most of us agree that we want to give our teachers something they will both like and actually use. 

Here are 21+ ideas for DIY teacher gifts that they are sure to love. There's a big variety here including things that are inexpensive, upcycled, personalized and more.

I'm sure you'll find the perfect DIY teacher gift idea for Christmas, the first day back to school, the end of school or just because!

21 Unique Teacher Gift Ideas to DIY

adorable upcycled planter kids crafts
Turn an Empty Can into a Giftable Planter
{from Creative Green Living}

After making the adorable planter from an old can, pop in a plant like an herb, succulent or pansy.

Extra credit: Attach a tag or note thanking him/her for helping you "grow"

Personalized Sticky Note Holder
{from Paper Wings}

These sticky note holders are so stinking adorable. They are also something your teacher is sure to use!

Extra credit: Write a note on the top sticky thanking your teacher for "sticking with me" through the year.

Hot chocolate bombs are all the rage this year. These can cost $5-$13 each in stores or on Etsy but they aren't hard to make! Whip up a batch for your teachers and school staff. You can even customize them with their favorite flavors by adding things like candy canes or caramel inside.

These hot cocoa bombs are naturally gluten free so they are perfect even for teachers with food sensitivities.

Use Fat quarters to make this easy apron
{by Paige Ronchetti for Creative Green Living}

Especially great for home economics, art or cooking teachers.

Extra credit: Use fabric markers to write a note on the lining signed by your student

Upcycle a mason jar as a vase for flowers. Easy kids craft.
Vase from a Mason Jar + Fresh Flowers
{by Jenny Raulli for Skip to my Lou}

Fresh flowers are a simple gift that most teachers love. They also have a finite life span and won't create clutter.

Extra credit: Be sure to download the printable tag in that photo by clicking on the link above!

Fun printable for gifting gift cards to teachers
Gift Card (with cute printable)
{from Fabulously Frugal}

Teachers love gift cards because they can spend them on exactly what they need most. 

Whether your teacher love Starbucks, Jamba Juice or Target, the girls at Fabulously Frugal have a cute printable card idea to accompany your gift card

Cute tote bag for gifts, to use as gift bags. Easy assembly.
No-Sew Pocket Tote Bag
{from Creative Green Living}

Unlike mugs, one can really never have enough reusable bags!

Extra credit: Include a gift card for a place she can take her bag shopping. Popular choices with teachers are learning supply stores, the dollar store, office supply stores and Amazon.

Cute tin for movie lovers
{from The DIY Mommy}

Now that school is out, teachers can do more exciting things with their evenings than grading papers - like enjoying a movie!

Put together a gift basket with some organic candy (Organic Chocolate from Ocho Organics is a CGL favorite!) and a gift card to your local theater

{from Creative Green Living}

More versatile than a mug and less toxic than a plastic straw cup, a glass water bottle is a portable way for your teacher to enjoy their favorite cool beverage.

Extra credit: Write a clever tag or note thanking her for helping your student "quench their thirst" for knowledge.

This edible chocolate flower arrangement is a great gift giving idea
Edible Chocolate Flower Arrangement
{from Tikkido}

If your teacher loves chocolate, this is sure to be a hit. Not only is it clever - but it's edible and there's no guilt about not keeping a sentimental gift forever and ever.

Extra credit: Tie a gift tag around the jar with a note of thanks for helping your student grow.

This thoughtful stationary gift is great to show teacher appreciation
Stationary "Take Note" Teacher's Appreciation Gift
{from Where the Smiles Have Been}

The sweet stationery set will bring a smile to any teacher's face. When you ask what they always need do you know what they say? They say paper and pens!

Gather these thoughtful gifts in their favorite colors or favorite theme and put a homemade touch with the free printable and cut file!

This DIY bath bomb makes a great gift
Fresh Avocado DIY Bath Bomb - Inspired by Lush
{from Creative Green Living}

These homemade bath bombs use avocado along with coconut oil and essential oils that still capture the same scent profile as the Lush AvoBath recipe. Help teachers soak their stress away!

Great gift idea for the first day of school for new teacher with free printable
Cute First Day of School Gift
{from Hunny I'm Home}

This is a great way to start a new year with a new teacher! This sweet and thoughtful gift idea comes with a printable tag. Make a great first impression and bring a smile to your teacher's face.

Luxurious green tea bath bomb makes great gifts
Relaxing Green Tea Bath Bomb Recipe
{from Creative Green Living}

Teachers would love this thoughtful homemade bath bomb. What a great gift to give your favorite teacher!

This luscious bath bomb made with relaxing green tea will leave your skin feeling soft. Relax, breathe, you've got this! 

This DIY beauty spa kit will make anyone feel pampered
DIY Beauty Spa Kit
{from Francine's Place Blog}

This spa kit is bound to make any teacher feel pampered. This is a great last-minute gift idea for a skincare addict.

Included are DIY bath salts, DIY body scrub, DIY rosemary toner and mist, DIY lip balm, DIY body oil, and some DIY face serum. Make your teacher feel extra special this holiday season. 

Printables make appreciating your teachers easier
Teacher Appreciation Printables, Perfect for Gift Cards!
{from Leap of Faith Crafting}

These darling appreciation card printables will make giving a gift card a sentimental feel. Praise your teachers and let them know how much you appreciate them!

easy succulent project for teachers and others
DIY Succulent Project
{from Pink Fortitude}

These beautiful little succulents can honor your teacher in an upcycled way. This simple DIY project will help her remember your kiddo every time she sees it! It would be great on a window sill or a teacher's desk!

Easy body scrub smells like cinnamon and coffee makes great gifts
DIY Exfoliating Coffee and Sugar Scrub
{from Creative Green Living}

This handmade body scrub is a perfect way to help a teacher feel like they've had a day at the spa.

This scrub smells like yummy cinnamon, sugar, and coffee. This is scrub is an all-natural way to exfoliate and moisturize your tired skin.

This DIY elderberry syrup can help keep you healthy
DIY Apple Cinnamon Elderberry Syrup
{from Healthy Christian Home}

The elderberry has been studied extensively in Scandinavian countries and has been shown to help keep you healthy by preventing healthy cells from getting infected during cold and flu season.

With teachers being around our germy young ones, they may appreciate this Apple Cinnamon Elderberry syrup to help boost their immune system all year!

This DIY birth month flower necklace can make anyone feel special
DIY Resin Made Birth Month Flower Pendants
{from Sustain My Craft Habit}

These beautiful pendants are relatively easy to make but will last for years to come. It's a unique take on personalized jewelry that isn't another monogram.

Did you find an idea you love? Be sure to pin it to save it for later!

21 of the best DIY teacher gifts. These are perfect for Christmas, first day back or school or the end of the year. Show appreciation to your favorite teacher with these easy, handmade gift ideas including several cheap ideas you can make with dollar tree materials. These unique ideas will definitely make you stand out. #creativegreenliving #teachergifts #giftideas #DIYgifts

Carissa Bonham, author, owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living

About the Author:

Carissa is an award-winning green lifestyle writer and mom of two active boys. The owner and lead writer for Creative Green Living, she most recently won the "Best Green Lifestyle Blogger" award at ShiftCon 2019 in Atlanta.

Her goal is to empower families to make healthier, more sustainable choices that are beautiful and delicious! 

She is also the author of Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017), Proven Techniques for Keeping Healthy Chickens (Skyhorse, 2018) and The Little Green Book of Mothers' Wisdom (Skyhorse, 2020). 

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1 comment

  1. Hi Carissa - I love all of these DIY teacher gifts. PINNED! Thank you for including my DIY succulents. My heart is full of gratitude. Hugs, Holly


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