Over the past several years, I have posted many free printable teacher appreciation gift tags, along with a few cards. This week, I decided to highlight the work of some of my favorite printable bloggers. Teacher appreciation week is not until May, but it isn’t too soon to start getting ready. Years ago, I was both a K-12 substitute teacher and a college instructor, but I have never worked full time in K-12 schools. I therefore did a little research on what today’s teachers like best, and hands down it was a handwritten thank you letter. So I recommend starting with that. Help your child to write one (or draw a picture if they are young) and then add a note of your own, mentioning specific ways your child grew under their guidance.
If you want to add a small gift to your heartfelt note, then there are loads of ideas out there on Pinterest and blogs. The top items are supplies for the classroom and gift cards. Food and personal gifts, such as lotion and hand soap, come after that. I recommend gifting those types of presents only if you know the teacher’s tastes and preferences well. Once you have decided what to give, you truly do not need to buy printable gift tags, as there are many completely free printables out there. If you do not have a printer, it generally costs a dollar or less to have a full sheet of tags printed on cardstock at a local office store.
And without further ado, here are my favorite free printable tags and cards for teachers:
School supplies are always in short demand. Dress yours up with these adorable tags from Skip to my Lou.
This “fun facts about my teacher” printable will help your child craft the perfect teacher appreciation letter. Download from The Girl Creative.
This gift is unusual enough that teachers are not likely to receive too many. Lanterns are always useful on the outdoor deck or when the lights go out. Download the free printable from The Crafting Chicks.
This mason jar idea from Burlap & Blue is so cute. Follow the instructions to decorate the jar, then insert a gift card and/or treats.
This gift tag plays on the classic kids knock knock joke. Growing Up Gabel suggests gifting an orange peeler and orange with the free printable, but you could also try using with a Terry’s Chocolate Orange or orange scented candle.
Now that I have cut back on professional manicures, I run through nail polish super fast. This manicure kit idea from Mama Cheaps is great for the teacher who enjoys a little pampering.
There are so many gold gifts out there that would go great with these teacher appreciation tags from Kiki and Company. I especially like the idea of giving a pack of gold pens that teachers can use for grading or classroom art projects.
I love Krispy Kreme doughnuts. If you are looking for a group gift for school staff, look no further than a box or two of doughnuts from a local bakery, and add this tag from Happiness is Homemade.
These little s’mores snack jars for teachers from Hunny I’m Home are just delightful. You can also use them with s’mores kits.
I included another mason jar idea because these printable gift tags from Somewhat Simple are just so pretty. Fill the jars with notes from children or a sweet gift.
I’ve designed several thanks for helping me grow / bloom tags over the years, and I never get tired of seeing what other designers come up with. These bright pink watering cans paired with a trailing vine are sure to brighten your teacher’s day. Get the tags from Hip2Save.
Markers run out quickly in the classroom. Teachers will always appreciate a new set or two. Pair them with these Thank You for Making My Year Just Write tags from I Should Be Mopping the Floor.
I adore the modern apple boxes from Oh Happy Day so much that I included them even though they are not really a card or gift tag. Download the free printable template and then fill them with a few gummy worms.
There is something so nostalgic about a jar of colorful bubblegum balls, so I just had to include it and these “You’ve Blown My Mind” tags from 30 Days.
These Best Teacher Ever medallions from No Biggie are so elegant and can go with any gift. I like that they can be customized for staff other than teachers, such as the librarian or principal.
There are few people who do not love nachos. You can really have fun creating a basket with everything teacher needs to indulge. Visit See Vanessa Craft to download the free printable.
This bunch of yellow tulips really has me longing for spring. They are a beautiful teacher appreciation gift, especially with this kraft paper Thanks a Bunch for Being a Great Teacher tag from Simply Kierste.
Everyone loves a piece of cake, whether it is homemade or store bought. These cheerful gift tags from Positively Splendid can be used for teachers or anyone you wish to thank.
Anything coffee or tea related, especially in the form of gift cards, is sure to be put to use. I like the hand drawn look of these black and white tags from A Hundred Affections.
I love the elegance of these gift card holders from Pretty Providence. You can add a quote from your child, and even have them write a longer note or draw a picture on the back before they deliver it to their teacher.
The typography on these “We Are in Good Hands with You” tags from The Idea Room is outstanding. Pair them with a nice bottle of hand lotion or hand soap.
This teacher survival kit idea was born out of 2020, and I expect everything in it will be appreciated for years to come. Get shopping ideas and download the free printable from The Savvy Sparrow.
Scissors are another item that seem to always disappear or become dull. A new pair would help the teacher replenish her supply. Find instructions for creating a glittery handle as well as a free printable from Persia Lou.
Make Bake Celebrate includes a matching tag to download and use with her adorably nerdy “smart cookie” template.
This printable from Positively Splendid can be a gift tag and a bookmark in one. Gift it with an Amazon gift card or needed book for the classroom.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor created these cute card templates for EOS lip balms. Give them to every school staff member on your list.
I could not resist the typography and pretty florals of this thank you teacher card. Get the free printable from Smiling Colors.
Caramel apples are my all time favorite fair treat. You can bring that deliciousness to your teacher with this free printable from Lia Griffith.
These succulents in painted mason jars from Lolly Jane will look darling sitting on the teacher’s desk, and your child will enjoy planting them.
Circling back to school supplies, this colorful rubber band ball is useful and inexpensive. Keep it in mind for a fun rainy day DIY and add the free printable from Tried and True Creative.