7 Fun, Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

By: National School Choice Week Team

Last Upated: April 29, 2021

This year, teachers have gone above and beyond to adjust to the ever changing educational environment. They have transitioned into remote learning in the midst of the previous school year; and, now, they are working to find the best ways to teach in safe, hybrid settings. 

Yet, despite all the commotion, teachers still found avenues to keep their students engaged, successful and happy through it all– which is more than deserving of a celebration! 

Teacher Appreciation Week, which lands on May 3–7, is the perfect opportunity to show your gratitude for all the hard work that teachers do. While there are tons of ideas on the web on how to thank a teacher, we have compiled a list of some fun, easy teacher appreciation gift ideas!

This week, we appreciate the things – some big and some small – that so many teachers do every day to help kids.  Often, these things are outside of any written job description, but these actions build bonds of trust between educators and families that help facilitate learning. ~Andrew Campanella

Check out National School Choice Week President Andrew Campanella’s thoughts on Teacher Appreciation Week and how it’s about more than just saying thank you!

1. School Supplies

As it gets later in the school year and markers begin to dry out, supplies are a great way to show your appreciation for all that teachers do!  But, do you know what is better than supplies?  A supply cake!  This is a great way to turn ordinary school supplies into a fun appreciation gift; and, it is super easy to make.  We also have #schoolchoice supply gift tags to enhance your cake decorating skills.

supply tags

Download your school supplies gift tags!

2. Best Teacher Award

Are you looking for a more sentimental way to thank a teacher?  Nothing shows your appreciation more than giving a ‘Best Teacher Award’!  These awards are a fantastic way to get your child more involved in the Teacher Appreciation Week celebration and are for those who want a more personalized touch.


Download & print your teacher awards!

3. Food!

The true key to unlocking anyone’s heart is food!  Food is a simple yet thoughtful way to show your appreciation for all that teachers do.  Add one of our food-inspired gift tags to your present to make this gift even sweeter!


Download and print to add to  your gift!

4. Specialized Thank You’s

A simple “thank you” truly goes a long way, but we’ve got some creative ways to give the message a little more ‘umph’.

  • Social Media Post

Social media posts are a fun, simple way to let the world know how much you appreciate your teacher!  If you want, you can add personal photos or handwritten notes to the post.  We have put together some sample posts that you are welcome to use and edit to your liking:

Great teachers turn any subject into something that is easy to understand and fun for all! We thank all of the amazing teachers for the work they do. #ThankATeacher #schoolchoice Click To Tweet

Thank you to all the teachers that work every day to ensure that millions of children are successful and happy in their lives! #ThankATeacher #schoolchoice Click To Tweet

A critical part in what makes a school choice option fit for a child is an AMAZING teacher that works alongside them. Thank you to all teachers for the hard work and dedication you put in everyday! #ThankATeacher #schoolchoice Click To Tweet

  • Thank you Rocks

Remember when our friends at Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School painted rocks to spread the word about school choice?  Well – this is a super fun way to tell your teacher how much they rock!


  • Car Parade

A car parade is a cost-effective way to go big for the Teacher Appreciation Week celebration.  With washable window markers or chalk markers, you can write kind messages on your car for teachers to read when you arrive at school.  The best part about this gift idea is that you can ask other parents to join your parade!



5. Plants/Flowers

Plants and/or flowers are a great way to showcase your gratitude while brightening a teacher’s classroom or home.  These gifts can also act as great tools for the classroom: they can be used for instructional purposes while teaching students a lesson in responsibility!

6. A Teacher Book

You can showcase how your teacher stands out from the rest by making a book on why they are the best!  We have a singular, printable sheet that can be filled out with tons of reasons on why your teacher is the best. And, after it has been decorated, it can be easily cut and folded into a book!


Download the Upper Grades Teacher Mini Book, Lower Grades Teacher Mini Book, and Teacher Mini Book Directions!

7. Gift Cards

Lastly, gift cards are great tokens of appreciation!  They are versatile – practically any business accepts gift cards – and, with our custom National School Choice Week gift card holders, they make the perfect gift for teachers!

Thank a Teacher Gift Card Sleeves

Download the full set of gift card sleeves here!


Did you use any of these easy teacher appreciation gift ideas?  We’d love to see!  Share them on your favorite social media channel using #schoolchoice.

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