Want to show your child’s new teachers just how much you appreciate them? Give them gifts that they can actually use! Don’t worry, you can still make them yourself with these fun back to school crafts!

This back to school season, give your child's teacher a gift that they'll really appreciate! Check out these ideas that benefit your child's new teachers and save them money on classroom supplies!

Can you believe we’re talking back to school season already? I feel like summer just started! Let’s be honest, we all want to get on the good sides of our kids’ teachers, right? The best way to do that: give them gifts that they can actually use throughout the year.

I have a few teacher friends. It’s staggering, the amount of their own money they put into their classroom. My thoughts (and I hope this doesn’t offend anyone): save the super cutesy teacher gifts for the end of the year. Start the school year off with fun yet functional gifts that actually benefit the classroom. Check out a few of my favorite ideas.

Fun & Functional Teacher Appreciation Gifts

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Pencil Holders

These pencil holders and desk organizers on their own are cute and functional teacher gift ideas. Fill them with small supplies to take the “wow” factor even further.



The pencils that make up this  Colored Pencil Vase  from Thrifty Jinxy are useful on their own.


Crafts by Amanda always has the cutest stuff, and these colorful pencil holders are no exception.


Aren’t these mason jar desk organizers from The Country Chic Cottage so classy (pun intended).



Another cute one by Crafts by Amanda, this R2-D2 pencil holder is perfect for guy teachers. It adds a fun touch to the classroom too.

Things to put in your pencil holders include:

  • Pencils (obviously): including standard #2 pencils and colored pencils

  • HighlightersDIY Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas That They'll Actually Use in different colors (and with different sized tips)
  • Glue Sticks
  • Erasers DIY Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas That They'll Actually Use
  • Dry Erase MarkersDIY Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas That They'll Actually Use (a lot of classrooms use whiteboards instead of chalkboards)
  • Crayons (for younger elementary grades)
  • Colorful paper clipsDIY Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas That They'll Actually Use


These include small memo pads for jotting down quick notes to larger notebooks that can either be used by the teacher or donated to kids in need.


Upgrade a plain notebook with a few simple supplies and this decorative notebook tutorial from OurFamilyWorld.


These little memo pads from the Country Chic Cottage are perfect for jotting quick notes on.



Another super cute memo pad idea, this one from Organized 31 actually walks you through making the notebads from scratch.


Everyone needs Post-It Notes, right? Here’s a cute way from The Educator’s Spin on It to gift them to your child’s elementary school teacher!

Supply Crates

If you really want to go all out, put together a stylish crate filled with supplies for your child’s teachers. Here are a few of my favorite ideas, then read on for things to include in the crates.


Sippy Cup Mom always comes through with such creative and stylish ideas. I love her Create caddy!


How gorgeous are these paint can teacher buckets from The Magic Brush?


Another cute idea from Sippy Cup Mom, this teacher’s crate is perfect for elementary school classrooms.

If your budget (or crafting skills) doesn’t allow for more extravagant crates filled with supplies, Artsy Momma has an easy DIY school supplies idea that anyone can pull off.

What to put in your crate:

What are your favorite fun & functional back to school teacher gift ideas?