Ten free Cricut templates and tutorials to help you make the perfect back-to-school or teacher appreciation gift.
Make a handmade teacher appreciation gift with ten different free SVG files and tutorial
As the end of the school year approaches, I'm working hard on making all of my teacher appreciation gifts.
I have a kindergartener, a first-grader, and a second-grader. We really lucked out with some truly incredible teachers this year and I wanted to do something extra special for each one of them to show them just how much they mean to us!
My mother, mother-in-law, and father-in-law are all school teachers and I know just how much time and effort goes into their jobs. Not to mention how much money they spend out of their own pockets on classroom supplies.
There are countless late nights, phone calls, meetings, trips to the store and so much more that goes unseen. Giving a heartfelt gift at the end of the school is the least we can do to say thank you!
I'm rounding up my favorite Teacher Appreciation gift ideas in this post to help you make a thoughtful gift to show your gratitude!
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Layered Apple Mandala
It's hard to figure out what to give as a teacher's gift throughout the year. Often times you have to think of a teacher's gift for back to school, a holiday gift, and an end-of-the-year gift.
There are a lot of amazing ideas out there, some store-bought, some handmade. I wanted to contribute a DIY teacher gift with this layered apple mandala design.
You could even turn this layered mandala into a card for a thoughtful handmade gift!
Coffee Gift Card Printable
One of my favorite things to do each year is send a few fun gift cards to my children's teachers. It's an easy way to say "Thank You" for all that they do!
I'll definitely be sending a few of these during teacher appreciation week!
School Themed 3D Layered Alphabet
I designed these School-Themed 3D Layered Alphabet cut files with both teachers and students in mind. Included with each latter is an apple as well as a ruler, pencil, crayon, or stack of books.
I think it's important to create a space where children are encouraged not only to learn but to experiment, to question, wonder and most importantly to be kind and know that they are loved!
This cute faux chalkboard is so bright and cheery and I hope it will bring a smile to each child when they see it in their classroom!
Coffee Gift Card Holder
Just change the colors of cardstock, and this file works perfectly for a teacher appreciation gift.
I send these cute little gifts to my children's teachers throughout the year and even drop a few off at the school's front office for a fun little pick me up.
I designed this DIY Alphabet Mandala as a fun and easy way to personalize decor. This 8 layer mandala can be personalized with your teacher's first initial and favorite color.
School Bus Gift Card Holder
Ready to start your school year off, right? Or looking for a thoughtful teacher appreciation gift for the end of school? Your teacher is sure to love this handmade school bus gift card holder! It features a hidden pocket for a gift card with a tear away tab.
Apple Gift Card Holder
Looking for a thoughtful gift idea for back-to-school or teacher appreciation? You’re in the right place! Your teacher is sure to love this adorable apple gift card holder.
Backpack Gift Card Holder
Give a thoughtful handmade gift with this 3D backpack gift card holder. It’s a great way to start the year off with something your teacher actually wants and will definitely use! Hide a gift card inside of the backpack and include a hand written note inside of the pocket.
Crayon Gift Card Holder
Give a thoughtful handmade gift with this crayon box gift card holder. It’s a great way to start the year off with something your teacher actually wants and will definitely use!
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Such great ideas thank you
Catherine clay says
This has set my adhd hyperfocus brain off amazing
Everything your making makes me want a cricut even more than before.
I am right with you on this. Definitely covers me when my brain is like alright let’s go to the next thing
LOVE LOVE LOVE these ideas
I love these! I have plenty of Mamas in my life and these are perfect!
Love these ideas
Seeing these projects makes me wish my girls were still in high school.
Victoria Garza says
Love these ideas for teachers!
This is so cool
Okay, so obsessed with all of these ideas!
I think this will become my next hobby.
Joanne L says
Gift card ideas are great!
cool ideas! thank you for the inspiration
Lisa Heinz says
Wish we had Cricut when I now 35 year old daughter was in school.
Lacci White says
Such great ideas!
very neat ideas i need to get more crafty!
Amazing ideas thank you!!
Danielle Anderson says
Such cute ideas! Doing the coffee gift card holder!
I absolutely love the idea of giving a teacher a classroom board like this!
So many cute ideas! Can’t decide which one to make!☺️
shiela cushenbery says
May have to take up cardmaking now! Love these ideas.
Love all your ideas!!
Silvia Vanessa Lamb says
I'm a teacher and these are fabulous teacher gift ideas!
Felicia Keech says
I am currently making a few different things for my son's teacher
Suilytza Rivera says
I’ve always had the idea of doing something like these for when I have kids in school. Teachers deserve way more credit than they are given.
Love all that you do. Thank you so much
angie knapp says
I made my son's teacher a tote bag with her name and the words difference maker across three linked apples in htv for teacher appreciation day!
My daughter is a teacher and this is a great idea
Loved using my Cricut for staff appreciation gifts when I was an administrator.
I love these ideas for quick little gifts and pick-me-ups!
Lori Montague says
Love teacher gift ideas. My mom was a teacher and so I always try to give gifts at the end of the year.
Julie A says
So many awesome ideas!
Sherri Prestwich says
Thank you for all your great ideas!
Julie A says
So many awesome ideas! Any teacher would love one of these for a gift
Julie A says
Such great ideas! Any teacher would like one of these for a gift
Kim Gaede says
love several of these ideas, great for a lot more than just teachers, thanks!
Gigi Gonzalez says
Love you content
Love the gift card holders! I have used them as Thank you gift to customers.
Some great ideas for the teachers! I totally think they are generally undervalued for their hard work.
I wish I had a cricuit to make such beautiful things when I was teaching.!
Great idea ! ❤️
Love all the great ideas!
Sara Quitno says
Such great ideas
Gail Stone says
Great ideas that emanate loads of personality!
Shirilee Harvey says
Your full of fun and amazing ideas
Kristin Bublitz says
I love these ideas!
This is amazing!
I love love love all of your amazing ideas!
I love them all but my favorite is the coffee cup gift card holder
Sarah Scott says
I love the coffee printable! Such a cute way to make a gift card more personal!
Thanks for these, my mum is a teacher and I think she would love some of these and to give to some of her work mates as well
Jessica Ashworth says
I’ll have to find other people to make some of these for as my kids are older and no need for a teacher gift. So cute!!
Love these ideas! So cute!!
Teachers are great! Thank you for these great ideas!
Guadalupe Gonzalez says
I really miss working with the school district. The gifts have really stepped up lots with so much creativity.
The gift card holders are super cute!
So sweet and kind ❤️
Such cute ideas! I wish I was crafty!!
Kimberly Duerson says
I love these ideas!! My youngest is a Senior and I can’t wait to try these out ~ I’m going to miss creating such gifts.
As a teacher I would love and appreciate any of these.
Kathedria Rideau says
Such great ideas!!!
Molly O'Rourke says
These are adorable. Any teacher would love them!
Such fun ideas to celebrate our fabulous teachers! I especially love the Layered alphabet!
So many fantastic ideas! Thank you!
awesome website! thank you so much for sharing your craft!!!
these are all adorable
Cindy Matson says
Shirley Jones says
Your work is so AWESOME
Shirley Jones says
Thanks for sharing. Love it!
Miss Sam Nicholson says
These projects look like so much fun! I can make all sorts of things to send friends and family!!
We don't have an actual Teacher Appreciation Day in Trinidad & Tobago but we've all had teachers who inspired us & our kids. These are such amazing ideas, I love them!
Sue D says
Great variety of ideas.
Thank you for all the great ideas
Michelle Jenkins says
Thank you for new wonderful ideas
Great ideas. I want to make my granddaughter’s teacher a thank you gift for guiding her through kindergarten. My granddaughter is also autistic.
Thank you for all the lovely ideas, can’t wait to try them!
Robert Lozano says
LOve all the inspiration!!
Liz O says
Awesome ideas! I am way behind this year with TA gifts, I will catch up this weekend and send them a bit late! These are wonderful thank you!
Elizabeth Grevelding says
Laura H says
Love the layered alphabet!
Love your ideas. And thanks for thinking of the teachers. Our son is a teacher and does so much for his students!
I love these ideas! Finding teacher gifts gets old, something for their classroom walls is much better’
These all look amazing
These are such great ideas! I can always come here & get inspired.
TONYA Porter says
There are so many great ideas! Thank you for sharing.
Sarah Byrne says
Perfect ideas!! Gonna try to make a few!
Melissa Mckinstry says
Such great ideas
Alexis Y says
Love these ideas! I love to make gifts for others!
Love all these ideas!! Thank you!!!
Love the ideas!
I am a teacher and these are such fun gifts
So many great ideas. Where to start first...Oh my!
Diane R says
Love these ideas. Thanks for posting.
Thanks for all of the cute teacher appreciation ideas! I will be trying to make a few of them!
Elaine Lozano says
Don't know what to make first!!
Joan Schmidt says
Great ideas! I love the Mandala!
Love the coffee cup gift card holder. Wish they had Cricut machines when my child was in school.
These ideas are so cute
Vonda Boze says
I absolutely love all these ideas. My daughter isn’t in school yet but I’m totally saving this for later.
These are all such good cute ideas!
Great ideas. Thank you!
Your flowers have inspired me to decorate my entire classroom in flowers!
I love these projects
Theresa Lohmann says
You have such fabulous ideas!!!
That little coffee cup with the heart could have so many other uses too! All so cute!
such great ideas! Coming back to this for sure!
Marcy Rappaport says
These are wonderful ideas any teacher would love to receive. Thank you for sharing.
Judith Mor says
I love the coffee one! That's cute and useful 😀
Donna Evans says
These are great ideas for home schooling
What sweet ideas.
My children and I are brainstorming ideas for end if the year teacher gifts right now.
Patrice Carter says
Wish I had these ideas when my boys were little!
Nice feature thanks for taking the time to make a video!!
Showing appreciation is so important! Kindness is always good! Thanks for the projects.
Just want to say that I'd love to win. Thank-you for being amazing!
Great ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!
Elaine Gasaway says
Nancy Ruess says
You make sewing zippers in so much easier, and give me the confidence to try! Thanks for your ideas!
Jennylyn Gross says
Love these ideas
Cynthia Perez says
I love your ideas! They inspire me all the time.
Beverly Petty says
I love all the things you do. i bight just have to brekout my cardstock.
I wish Cricuts existed when I was a kid.
Thank you for these ideas 🙂
Lovely ideas!! Can't wait to me able to buy my own cricut!!
Jan D says
Have always wanted to have one of these - thank you for a chance to win one!
Jaye Smith says
So creative. Wonderful ideas!
Thank you for these ideas!
Sue Braam says
Hannah Driscoll says
You have such great ideas. These are so cute. Love that they can be made on the older version of Cricuts. Thanks for the ideas.
I don't have kids, but these are all really cute.
kris tsoukalos says
so many new ideas. thank you!
Denise Revoy says
I like the coffe card holder the best
I also like the layered letter
Love these, especially the gift card holder.! Super cute.
Tamrey Davis says
So many great craft ideas!
Jen Jen says
Love your work and thank you for sharing!!!
Debbie Nicholson says
Thank you for sharing this nice collection of gift ideas
Sandra Dufoe says
These are some amazing ideas.
Barb Z says
Kim, I Live your website & have gotten. & used many ideas! Would you consider sharing some teacher appreciation Ideas for those of us who don’t have a Cricut? Things we can sew or perhaps put together with felt? Loved the coffee cup gift card holder but, alas, no Cricut. My grandkids always have awesome teachers & these type of things are something I can do to help from afar! Thanks!