Another school year has come and gone and it’s time to think about end of the year teacher gifts from students. While store-bought gifts are always appreciated, there’s something extra special about handmade tokens of appreciation, especially if it’s useful.

DIY teacher gifts not only show thoughtfulness but also allow you to personalize your gratitude in a unique way.

In this blog post, we’ll explore thirteen creative and useful DIY gift ideas that are perfect for saying thank you to teachers and staff at the end of the year.

Easy DIY End of the Year Teacher Gifts


I imagine when you’re the recipient of end of the year gifts from students, while you appreciate the gesture, you’ll love it a lot more if you receive something useful.

I’m compiled list of 13 useful and cute end of the year teacher gifts that you can make at home. We’ll highlight a few favorites and then we’ll get into the meat of the posts.

End of the Year Teacher Gift: Personalized Pencil Holders

Give your teacher a stylish and functional addition to their desk with a personalized pencil holder. You can easily transform a plain tin can or jar into a work of art using paint, washi tape, or fabric.

Add their name, a motivational quote, or decorate it with fun patterns to brighten up their workspace.

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Teacher Survival Kits: A Beginning or end of the Year Teacher Gift Must-Have

Put together a thoughtful teacher survival kit filled with items to help them recharge over the summer break. Include essentials like tea bags, chocolates, hand sanitizer, sticky notes, and maybe even a gift card to their favorite coffee shop.

Package it all in a mason jar, canister or decorative box, and don’t forget to include a heartfelt note expressing your appreciation for all they do.

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DIY Chalkboard Inspirations: Functional and Cute

Encourage your teacher’s creativity with a DIY chalkboard that they can use to jot down reminders, inspirational quotes, or even doodle during their free time.

Repurpose an old picture frame into a chalkboard by painting the glass with chalkboard paint.

You can add a personal touch by decorating the frame with colorful designs or patterns that reflect your teacher’s personality.

End of the Year Teacher Gifts


Here’s a list of awesome, useful ideas for end of the year teacher gifts. Beneath it you will find photos of each gift idea in addition to a link to where you can find the “how-to” instructions and free printables if applicable.

  1. Handwritten Thank You Note: A heartfelt letter expressing gratitude for their guidance and support throughout the year.
  2. Personalized T-shirt or Hoodie: Every teacher needs a cool teacher themed shirt or hoodie to wear. This one is easy to with the Free SVG and a DTF transfer that will work on any color shirt.
  3. Homemade Cookies or Treats: Bake a batch of homemade cookies, brownies, or other treats and package them in a decorative box or tin.
  4. Customized Pencil Holder: Decorate a tin can or jar with paint, washi tape, or fabric to create a personalized pencil holder for their desk.
  5. DIY Chalkboard: Repurpose an old picture frame into a chalkboard for the classroom, perfect for writing reminders or inspirational quotes.
  6. Succulent Planter: Plant a small succulent in a decorated pot or mason jar, adding a touch of greenery to their classroom.
  7. Homemade Bath Bombs: Create luxurious bath bombs using simple ingredients like baking soda, citric acid, and essential oils for a relaxing treat. After a long school year, teachers will need a nice relaxing soak in the tub.
  8. DIY Bookmarks: Make personalized bookmarks using cardstock, ribbon, or tassels, and decorate them with quotes or drawings.
  9. Handmade Journal: Create a custom journal using decorative paper, cardboard, and binding materials, perfect for jotting down notes or lesson plans.
  10. Teacher Survival Kit: Fill a mason jar with small items like tea bags, chocolates, hand sanitizer, and sticky notes to help them get through the school day.
  11. Decorative Mason Jar Vase: Paint or decorate a mason jar and fill it with fresh flowers or artificial blooms for a cheerful addition to their desk.
  12. Personalized Keychain: Make a keychain using beads, charms, or polymer clay with their initials or a meaningful symbol.
  13. Homemade Scented Candles: Create aromatic candles using soy wax, fragrance oils, and wicks, adding a cozy touch to their home.
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Teacher Gift Ideas for the End of the Year

These DIY teacher gift ideas are thoughtful gestures to show appreciation for their hard work and dedication to education.

As the school year comes to an end, take the time to show your appreciation for the hard work and dedication of your teachers. Let’s celebrate our educators and thank them for making a difference in our lives.

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