As the daughter and daughter-in-law of lifelong teachers, I know first hand just how much money teachers invest in their own classrooms out of their own pockets. So as our kids head back to school, teacher gifts that help offset any of that expense are immensely appreciated. And the best part? An extra pack of dry erase markers or highlighters doesn’t cost you that much, but collectively, they make a huge difference to your teacher and your child’s classroom.
Skip the First Day of School Apple for the Teacher
Back in the one-room schoolhouse days, students and their families were responsible for taking turns giving room and board to the teacher… and out of that legacy, the tradition of gifting an apple to the teacher was born. But today, I promise you, teachers would much rather you spend a few dollars on extra school supplies for them and your child’s classroom.
Back to School Teacher Gifts
For those of us who work in a corporate setting, you may be surprised to know that a teacher’s copy room is not equipped with an endless closet of school supplies. Every teacher reaches into their own pockets to supply (and re-supply throughout the school year) their classroom. Markers, art supplies, tissues, glue sticks and paper are among the most needed and requested classroom supplies.
And what costs your family just a few extra dollars while you are doing your back to school shopping, can cost your child’s teacher 20+x that when trying to keep up with the supplies for the whole classful of students. So this back to school, give gifts to your child’s teacher that they truly need.
This week, as my oldest heads to Meet the Teacher before her first day of Kindergarten, she is taking in packs of highlighters and dry erase markers, along with a cute card!
FREE Back to School Gifts for Teachers Printable Cards
Want to add a cute and personalized touch to your first day of school gift for your teacher? Download our FREE first day of school teacher gift printables – print them on white cardstock, fold in half, and let your child add a personalized note for their new teacher.
It’s a great opportunity for your child to tell their new teacher a little bit about themselves, as well as demonstrate their writing and literacy skills. Choose from two cards with fun puns to go with either highlighters – “Hi, I am deLIGHTed to be in your class this year!” or “The impact of a great teacher can never be ERASED” – which is a great option for dry erase markers, packs of pencils, or even extra packs of erasers!
To get your cards, just click Add to Cart below. Complete the checkout process (don’t worry, these are FREE, no charge!), and you can download your cards instantly from the Order Confirmation page.
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More Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas
Want some more cute and affordable, first day of school teacher gift ideas? Check out some of our favorites below.
- DIY Teacher Gift Classroom Sign | Mama in the Now
- Pop Up Apple Card for the Teacher | The Soccer Mom Blog
- Back to School Coffee Gift for the Teacher | Coffee Cups and Crayons
- Back to School Elmer’s Glue Stick Wreath | I Heart Crafty Things
- Back to School Teacher Gifts for Under $10 | The Realistic Mama
- Sharpie Bouquet Teacher Gift | Fantastic Fun and Learning
When do your kids head back to school this year? What would you love their new teacher to know about them? For more great Back to School Teacher Gifts, be sure to follow our Room Mom Ideas and Back to School boards on Pinterest.