7. Bright Miniature Potted Plants

Nothing livens up a desk like little potted plants. Succulents are great plants because they require little watering in case you have a busy teacher. I honestly think this would be a great “first day of school” gift for your teacher, so they can keep on their desk all year long. Small potted plants can be found out your dollar store, and acrylic paints are usually less than $1.50 at craft stores. Simply tape off the area to be painted and get to work. You can take it one step further with a cute flag note like in the photo above. has the step-by- step for this cute gift, along with oodles of printables and other crafts you don’t want to miss.

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8. Multi-Purpose Decorative Frame

Teachers love matching their classrooms to the seasons, and this gift will help them do that with style. Purchase an inexpensive frame and simply make different printables for each holiday. Your artwork can be free if you print at home, or just pennies per page if you print on a nice printer at Costco or the like. Add some cute twine and you have a creative and usable gift! has all these printables so head over and get making your frame!


9. Sharpie-Filled Water Bottle

Talking and teaching definitely takes a lot out of you, and that’s why staying hydrated makes giving a water bottle as a gift an easy choice. You can find tons of cute options at dollar stores, or when you buy in bulk on Amazon. Add in some Sharpie markers and you’ve got one happy teacher! You can find discounted packs of Sharpies around back to school time shopping, or buy a larger pack that may cost more than $5, but when split between several teacher gifts makes the price just right!

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10. Wordle Cloud Hot Chocolate

Teacher gifts don’t have to be complicated or expensive to be meaningful. We love this idea of using a word cloud (which you can make for free on Wordle) involving words that remind you of your teacher and then using it as a cover on a tin of hot chocolate. It’s super simple but the words will speak volumes.

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood

Editor at Red Tricycle
I'm a born and bred Southern California native and currently the editor of Life As Mama and a writer for Red Tricycle . I get to share my life with my husband of 13 years and our beautiful, 5-year old daughter. In my free time you'll catch me cheering for the Dodgers, cooking, baking, reading, crafting and probably watching a little HGTV!

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