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10 End-of-Year Teacher Gifts Anyone Can Make

Create a fun, fast DIY present with your kids to show their teachers a little gratitude and appreciation at the end of the school year.

Gabrielle Blair via Design Mom

Monogrammed Mugs

Initialed mugs from Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom are an inexpensive homemade gift that can be personalized for any teacher. Fill with homemade hot cocoa mix, a selection of fancy teas or coffee, or a pretty vintage spoon.

Courtesy Giggles Galore

Precious Flower Pot

Give thanks for the growth at the end of the year with a hand-painted pot. This makes for a fun, homemade weekend craft from Giggles Galore that your kids will enjoy creating for their teachers.

Gabrielle Blair via Design Mom

Personalized Soap

Hand soap is a classroom staple. Dress up a bottle with this easy tutorial from Design Mom where you remove the label and replace it with this free label template from

Pauline Molinari of

Cookie Jar

Do like Club Chica Circle and make a teacher appreciation cookie jar! Print a label from her website, then knock out a batch of your family’s famous chocolate-chip treats. (Extra gift credit: Include the recipe!)

Jacinda Boneau of Pretty Prudent

Cute Cake Stand

Try this sweet DIY from Pretty Prudent. Using a thrifted candlestick and plate plus some scrap fabric, you can make an adorable cake stand for under $5.

Jodi Durr at Meaningful Mama

Bead Bowls

Spend some time with the kids making Perler bead bowls, suggests Meaningful Mama. Teachers can use these homemade gifts as a prettier way to stash supplies in the classroom next year.

Meera Lee Patel

All-Natural Stationary

Perfect for an English teacher, hand-dipped cards add a touch of hue (and scent) to cream-colored cardstock. Follow the tutorial from my book InstaCraft to create easy all-natural blueberry dye.

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

Just The Perfect Jar

For a sweet and small thanks at the end of the year, stash mason jars with school supplies, cookies, air plants, or anything else your child’s teacher would love. Visit The Country Chic Cottage for fun (and free) printable labels.

Jamielyn Nye from I Heart Nap Time

DIY Caramel Dip

This tasty treat from I Heart Naptime turns an easy caramel dip recipe into an update on the classic apple gift. Here, you use a mason jar, a Granny Smith apple, a clear bag, and some twine to tie it all together.

Courtesy Bethany Gronberg

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Follow Bethany Actually and, with your supervision, your child can concoct a personalized brand of extract that makes for a special gift for any teacher who loves to bake.

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