Giving a gift to a teacher at the end of a term or a school year is a lovely way to thank them for their hard work, especially if it is a child’s favourite teacher. There are a great many gifts you can buy, but it is so much nicer to receive a home made gift. How to make a homemade gift for your teacher?
Let us count the ways!
What Can We Make For Teachers?
Making a gift that they will use that is related to their profession is always a great idea, and shows that you are thinking of them and you care about them:
- Make a book mark out of buttons. This simple gift is just buttons stuck to a piece of cardboard, or sewn onto a piece of fabric. They can mark their register, keep their place in their book – and think of you when they use it!
- Sticky note holder. You can easily find a plain sticky note holder and decorate it yourself – this is both a useful and a thoughtful gift for your teacher.
- Print off an inspirational poem about a teacher, and put it in a nice frame. Or, if you feel up to it, you could write your own poem for that extra personal touch.
- Wrap up chocolates in the pages of old books. Don’t destroy your classroom textbooks to do this, but if you find an old book that the dog has ruined, this can make great wrapping paper for a teacher.
- Give them a personalised notebook. They need to keep notes on lesson and classes, so design them a pretty notebook that they can use in their job, and remind them of you when they use it.
- Make a crayon wreath. This is great for primary school teachers especially, and perfect for that end of year gift. They look amazing hanging up anywhere, and they are super easy to make – all you need is crayons, an embroidery hoop and glue!
- Create a pretty pen holder. All you will need is a jar and some decorative craft items, to make your teacher a nice pen holder that will make them smile.
If you want a few more inspirational ideas, have a look at this little video for some great ideas for home made gifts for your teacher:
There is literally no one who doesn’t like cake, right? With this in mind, whipping up a batch of fairy cakes for your favourite teacher is the best idea!
- Preheat the oven to 180C/160C/Gas Mark 4.
- Mix together 100g of caster sugar and 100g of soft butter (the butter must be soft or it won’t mix well).
- Beat this mixture until it is light, fluffy and pale in colour.
- Gradually sift in 100g of self raising flour, holding the sieve high to allow air to enter the mix.
- In a separate bowl, beat together 2 eggs and 1tsp of vanilla extract until fully combined.
- Mix the eggs into the dry mixture, stirring well to ensure the whole lot is completely mixed and combined.
- Divide the mixture between 12 paper cases in a 12 hole bun tin, scraping the mixture off the spoon with a knife.
- Place the tray into the oven and bake for 20 minutes until well risen and golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Mix together 200g of soft butter and 200g of icing sugar. Add food colouring if you wish.
- Place this mixture into a piping bag, and ice your cakes however you wish – maybe with the name of your favourite teacher, if you can fit it onto 12 cakes!
Drawing or painting a picture for your favourite teacher is a lovely, personal way to say thank you for all their hard work.
You can either design a simple “Thank you” card, or draw a picture of some of your favourite memories of them.
Have a think about their hobbies – what do they like?
- If they like scrabble, why not design a card using scrabble tiles?
- Are they a fan of walking? Draw a picture of their favourite boots!
- For teachers who are fans of pets, try your hand at drawing different animals.
- Teachers who enjoy the great outdoors would surely love a picture inspired by nature.
This is a lovely, simple idea for a great and memorable gift for your favourite teacher – and it won’t break the bank!
Simply buy a plain picture frame and decorate it however you fancy. You can paint it, stick on sequins, even get fancy and stick on pretty fabrics.
You can give this frame as it is for them to immortalise their own memories, or you can add a picture of yourself with said teacher.
If you are part of a large class, try taking a group photo and adding it to the frame, so your teacher will remember your class for the rest of time.
If you are a crafty person, making something that your teacher can keep for years as a practical gift is a lovely idea.
You can knit a scarf to keep them warm, mittens to keep their fingers from going blue as they hold the chalk, or a hat to keep them warm on the way to school.
A little jar filled with crochet hearts is a fantastic idea; your teacher can keep them and think of you, or hand them out to other classes as rewards for hard work.
Making a thoughtful, home made gift for a favourite teacher is a lovely thing to do. It really shows the appreciation, even more than something you can buy ready made.
Hopefully the above ideas will give you a bit of inspiration for how to make a home made gift for your teacher, and inspire them to carry on teaching for another year!