Teacher Gift Ideas On A Budget


This is a repost from last year, but I wanted to share this idea for  Teacher Christmas Gift on a Budget.

I have received quite a few people who are looking for budget minded Christmas gifts for teachers. I know that teachers prefer to receive items like gift cards, but  many of you are working on a very limited or no budget. Some of you only saved catalinas, ECB or UPR – perhaps even your stockpile.

There was a great suggestion on Facebook I wanted to share.  I think this is a GREAT idea if you don’t have the money to buy a gift. Nicole said that many teachers have to buy supplies for their classrooms.  I quickly made this basket from items in my stockpile.  Items you might want to include:

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Gum
  • Post It Notes
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Notebooks
  • Lysol Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Sharpies
  • Crayons
  • Hand Soap
  • Lotion
  • Glue Sticks

You can use a basket or a tote.

These were all items I had on hand. If you can afford it, perhaps a $5.00 gift card to a coffee shop or a book store. This may not be the perfect gift, but it something they can use – and you can afford.

Reader Beth suggested that if you can not afford a gift, perhaps a letter of appreciation. You could put it on cute Christmas stationary.

There are a ton of great ideas here on Facebook – check out over 75 suggestions.

Do you have any gift ideas?



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  • This is a terrific idea! I always felt teachers required more appreciation than they always get. They put so much of themselves into their work, and leave a real impression on our children. A great gift, also, I think, is a personalized wind chime, on which you can engrave names dates and personal messages. I think a personal gift is always a great choice, especially for people who take such a personal interest in our children, and make such a difference.

  • SherrieB

    A great reason to stock up on Staples deals in August-September even if you dont personally need the items. You can make a much nicer gift than you thought when you shop you’re own stockpile. I love the addition of gum/mints!

  • Megan

    I am a teacher and I would love this as a gift or anything similar. Paper towels, notecards, and expo markers would be a great items as well depmeding on your stockpile. By this time in the year our classroom stockpiles are almost empty.

    • karen

      I am currently an administrator in a building where teachers have access to supplies and don’t need to buy them. My most memorable gifts as a teacher that I received were bath and body seasonal hand soaps (#Something I wouldn’t buy myself); Beautiful handmade ornaments, or fleece scarves and/or gloves (Since I Had recess duty). Old Navy was selling fleece scarves for one dollar on Black Friday last year.
      Most teachers have their own home or apartment, so don’t forget household presents too. Walmart clearance after christmas includes spoon rests, calendars, and Lowes recently sold poinsettia plants for 99 Cents. Hope these ideas help!