20+ Thoughtful DIY Christmas Gifts for Teachers (That They’re Sure to Love!)

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Whether you’re in need of gift ideas for that special teacher in your life, or just trying to thank your child’s teachers for being extra resilient this year, we’ve got you covered!

From crafty to edible homemade gifts, we’ve compiled ideas from over 20 bloggers who have pumped out incredible DIY projects that would make excellent Christmas gifts for teachers.

Come along as we introduce you to some innovative DIY gift ideas (some of which can be used for various people on your Christmas list this year)!

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DIY Crafty Christmas Gifts for Teachers

It’s a known fact that teachers are some of the craftiest, most artistic people in the world. Thus, any of these crafty gift ideas will be bound to impress them! Try your hand at these gift ideas (or bookmark them for later), and take pride in knowing that the vast majority of these are extremely simple and won’t damage your wallet.

Homemade Christmas Wreath

This Christmas, surprise a teacher with this beautiful handmade wreath that can be reused every holiday season! Plus, you can add your own personal touch to this traditional holiday decoration by adding some things that are meaningful to both you and the teacher who receives it.

Click here for the tutorial via Luv Ashland.

Christmas wreath
Photo via Luv Ashland

For a different take on the DIY Christmas wreath idea, check out this apple grapevine wreath. Click here for the tutorial from Confessions of an Overworked Mom.

Apple grapevine wreath
Photo via Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Gift Card Snow Globe

This is a snow globe with a twist – it’s two gifts in one!

For the truly special teachers in your life, make these gift card snow globes. Who knew that something as basic as a gift card could look so much more beautiful when placed into a snow globe?!

Click here for the tutorial from Homemade Lovely.

Giftcard snowglobe
Photo via Homemade Lovely

For another take on this, try making a mason jar snow globe topper. Click here for the tutorial from Homemade Lovely.

Photo via Homemade Lovely

Personalized Tote Bag

We all know that teachers love carrying around books and lots of supplies, so why not make them something they can truly use on a daily basis?

This tote bag can be made with Sharpie oil-based paint markers, a pencil, and template (provided in the article). It’s a very inexpensive, meaningful gift that you can personalize with any message you wish!

Click here for the tutorial from Leap of Faith Crafting.

Sharpie tote bag
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Peppermint Shower Streamers

Teachers have a high-stress job and need time to chill out and unwind. Popping a couple of these peppermint shower streamers will help make their Christmas extra relaxing!

Click here for the tutorial, via Stress-Free Christmas.

peppermint shower streamers
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Live, Love, Teach Graphic T-Shirt

This handy tutorial for a “Live, love, teach” graphic t-shirt made from a Cricut machine is simple, fast, and very budget-friendly! It’s unlike any other gift, they’ll always think of you when they wear it, and it’ll truly make their Christmas even more special.

Click here for the tutorial from Mission to Save.

teacher graphic tee
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Apple Block Decor

With some leftover scrap wood, this article shows you how to make adorable DIY apple decorations that any teacher would love to display in her classroom or own home.

Click here for the tutorial, via Sustain My Craft Habit.

Photo via Sustain My Craft Habit

Vintage Christmas Tree

This DIY craft is a creative gift for teachers that they can display every holiday season. With a little bit of lace, sparkle, and tan aesthetic, these give off a beautiful Victorian-inspired look.

Click here for the tutorial from Hip Homeschool Moms.

vintage tree
Photo via Hip Homeschool Moms

Mittens Gift Card Holder

Make these cute handmade mitten DIY gift card holders using colorful cardstock paper. Not only will they be great DIY gifts for teachers, but it’ll be a unique way to present a gift card that’s usually just slipped into cards!

Click here for the tutorial, via Merriment Design.

Gift card mitten template
Photo via Merriment Design

For another really cute handmade teacher gift, you can also try this cute glitter Christmas gift card holder with a Cricut machine! Click here for the template and tutorial here, from Artsy Fartsy Mama.

Photo via Artsy Fartsy Mama

Ball Mason Jar Gift Tags

This Christmas, give teachers these ball mason jars filled with cookies (or a snack of your choice) and these gift tags with a creative play-on-words.

It’s a simple, inexpensive gift – and what type of teacher doesn’t appreciate puns?

Click here for the templates and tutorial, via The Country Chic Cottage.

Ball mason jar
Photo via The Country Chic Cottage

Secret Elf

For a spin on the “Elf on the Shelf” trend, why not give your teacher a little surprise array of goodies that they can display at home or in the classroom? This tutorial comes with free printable gift tags and gives suggestions for making this handmade Christmas gift truly exceptional.

Click here for the tutorial, via Artsy Fartsy Mama.

secret elf gift idea
Photo via Artsy Fartsy Mama

Printable Coloring Gift Boxes

These free printables are the most inexpensive gift boxes to package something special in for your teacher! They look absolutely adorable when colored in with Sharpies, and they’ll give a handmade touch to something if you’re having your kiddies gift it to their teacher.

Click here for the printables and tutorial, via Artsy Fartsy Mama.

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Photo via Artsy Fartsy Mama

Felt Flower Magnets

These felt flower magnets are the perfect handmade gift for teachers this Christmas. They come together easily, and even the kids can help make them! They’re small, simple, and teachers will love these little gifts to decorate their classroom or home.

Click here for the tutorial, via Chaotically Yours.

felt flower magnets
Photo via Chaotically Yours

Thanks a ‘Latte’ Gift Tags

These cute DIY gift card holders are a thoughtful and creative way to say thanks to all the dedicated and hardworking teachers. Also learn about four innovative ways to dress up your gift card to make it even more special!

Click here for the printables, via Feeling Nifty.

Starbucks gift tags
Photo via Feeling Nifty

Orange Coconut Sugar Scrub

This orange coconut sugar scrub is the perfect inexpensive DIY gift for teachers. Plus, you can create different scents by using various oils and herbs. Mmmm mm!

Click here for the tutorial, via Hip Homeschool Moms.

orange coconut sugar scrub
Photo via Hip Homeschool Moms

For an alternate take on a sugar scrub, check out this article from The Wallet Moth. Click here for the tutorial.

Sugar scrub
Photo via The Wallet Moth

Mason Jar Lid Ornament

This handmade ornament is a great gift for teachers who love adorning their trees with memorable keepsakes. Best of all, you might not even need to run to the store for any supplies to make this simple project!

Click here for the tutorial, via Girl Gone Mom.

Mason jar lid ornament
Photo via Girl Gone Mom

Beach Christmas Ornament

This is an easy gift that kids can make for their teachers from shells they collected, or easy items from the dollar store. It takes mere minutes to assemble one, and they’ll be cherished every time your teacher decorates their Christmas tree!

Click here for the tutorial from Coastal Wandering.

Beach ornament
Photo via Coastal Wandering

Beeswax Wraps

Looking for a practical DIY Christmas gift for teachers? Beeswax wraps are becoming more and more of a household item to replace foil and saran wrap, and make a great gift too! Learn how to craft fabric into these nifty, useful wraps that can be used for a variety of ways to store food!

Click here for the tutorial via Reduce, Reuse, Renew.

Beeswax wraps
Photo via Reduce, Reuse, Renew

DIY Christmas Cushion

This DIY Christmas cushion is made from fabric scraps and a few sewing patterns (provided in the article), and it makes an ideal gift for special teachers.

This gift is far more thoughtful than an average pillow, since you’ll be sewing handmade designs into the center and using bright pieces of fabric to round everything out. It’s the perfect gift to show a teacher that you appreciate all of their hard work!

Click here for the tutorial from La Creative Mama.

Christmas pillow
Photo via La Creative Mama

Eucalyptus Bath Salts

These Eucalyptus bath salts make the perfect Christmas gift for teachers, especially with their wintry minty-green and aqua vibe. They’ll also help teachers ward off potential colds and stress during the holidays!

Click here for the tutorial from Hip Homeschool Moms.

eucalyptus bath salts
Photo via Hip Homeschool Moms

Marbled Nail Polish Mugs

These easy DIY marbled nail polish mugs make the perfect homemade gift for a special teacher. It’s a simple craft done in a few minutes that looks like it took hours of work, and your recipient will be sure to make great use of it.

Click here for the article, via Strength and Sunshine.

Photo via Strength and Sunshine

Note Cushion

For those teachers you really connect with, why not make a note cushion? These are long-treasured traditional gifts that will continue to bring joy long after Christmas. Some teachers even keep theirs in the classroom for years to come!

Click here for the tutorial from The Thrifty Issue.

Photo via The Thrifty Issue

Rose Gold with Rose Petal Bath Bombs

Teachers will love this aromatic and heavenly bath bomb for Christmas. Plus, it’s a highly inexpensive DIY gift that looks like something straight out of Bed, Bath and Beyond!

Click here for the tutorial via Adventures of a Military Fam of 8.

Rose gold bath bomb
Photo via Adventures of a Military Fam of 8

Apple Silhouette Mason Jar

This mason jar flourished with an apple silhouette is the perfect DIY Christmas gift for teachers. Pop some crunchy candy or healthy snacks inside, and you’re all done!

Click here for the tutorial, via A to Z for Moms Like Me.

Apple mason jar
Photo via A to Z for Moms Like Me

Grapefruit Bath Salts

This Christmas, give teachers the gift of relaxation and revitalization with these incredible grapefruit bath salts! They’re therapeutic and will leave the bathroom smelling better than it was left.

Click here for the tutorial, via Adventures of a Military Fam of 8.

Grapefruit bath salts
Photo via Adventures of a Military Fam of 8

Glass Pebble Magnets

Glass pebble magnets are the perfect inexpensive DIY project for a teacher’s Christmas gift. Just use a photo or print of your teacher’s favorite thing(s), and you’re all set!

Click here for the tutorial, via Love Our Real Life.

Glass pebble magnets
Photo via Love Our Real Life

Wrapping Paper with Personalized Poem

Everyone might be giving gifts all packaged and wrapped up nicely… but why not give teachers the actual wrapping paper, along with tape and a personalized poem? They’ll be sure to use it, and the printable poem gift tag is a nifty little touch.

Click here for the tutorial from A to Z for Moms Like Me.

Wrapping paper gift
Photo via A to Z for Moms LIke Me

Thankful Tumblers

This Christmas, why not show your teacher how thankful you are for her with these creative tumblers? Fill them with all sorts of knick-knacks and finish them off with a printable gift tag (and a suitable pun) to make your teacher feel extra loved.

Click here for the printables, via Mission to Save.

Photo via Mission to Save

Water Bottle Printable

Check out this clever way to bundle a water bottle with a pack of mint chewing gum for a truly ‘refreshing’ Christmas gift for teachers! The beautiful printable included in the article adds the finishing touch to this thoughtful holiday gift.

Click here for the tutorial and free printables, via Mission to Save.

water bottle gift for teacher
Photo via Mission to Save

‘Udder’ly Smooth Hand Cream

This punny hand cream is the perfect inexpensive gift for teachers. Check out this ‘moo’tivational, adorably creative printable gift tag that Mission to Save includes with her gift idea.

Click here for the printables from Mission to Save.

hand cream gift
Photo via Mission to Save

DIY Edible Christmas Gifts for Teachers

Everyone loves gifts, and even more when they’re in food form! Check out these delicious recipes that will double as great homemade Christmas gifts for teachers.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

These chocolate chip oatmeal pecan cookies are the perfect blend of flavors to give to a special teacher this Christmas! They pack a bit of oat-y chewiness, pecan crunch, chocolate gooeyness, and a small touch of cinnamon that adds some zing to each mouthful.

Click here for the recipe from Bake or Bust.

chocolate oat pecan cookies
Photo via Bake or Bust

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bites

Give your teacher what they really want this Christmas – chocolate! These fun chocolates are easy to make and topped with holiday flair in the form of pomegranate, pistachio, and other festive goodies.

Click here for the recipe, via Feasting Not Fasting.

chocolate pomegranate bites
Photo via Feasting Not Fasting

Chocolate-Salted Caramel Truffles

These chocolate-salted caramel truffles are the perfect homemade gifts for teachers!

They only require seven ingredients and will absolutely melt in your mouth. There are even suggestions for substituting these truffles with hazelnut, rum, and coconut, so the baking ideas are simply endless.

Click here for the recipe from Nutmeg & Vinegar.

Chocolate caramel truffles
Photo via Nutmeg & Vinegar

“You Inspire Excellence” Printable for Lindt Bars

For a play on words using the wrapper of a chocolate Lindt bar, show your teacher this Christmas that you truly appreciate her with this creative printable! This is a teacher appreciation gift printable tag that you can stick on a Lindt bar wrapper for an extra sweet gift.

Click here for the printable, via Mission to Save.

Lindt bar teacher appreciation gift
Photo via Mission to Save

Rudolph Hot Chocolate

This Rudolph hot chocolate mix with a printable gift tag is an adorable DIY homemade gift for any teacher.

They only require a few ingredients, and the gift bags are the perfect shape for Rudolph’s head – all you need to do is add his antlers, eyes, and nose, and you’re all set! This also makes an adorable gift for the little ones in your family.

Click here for the tutorial and free printable from Ottawa Mommy Club.

Rudolph hot cocoa
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Pumpkin Spice Toasted Pepitas

Teachers will love this delicious snack when you package these up and gift them! They’re great as a snack or as a complement for desserts, salads, and baked treats.

Click here for the tutorial from Tasty Galaxy.

Pumpkin spice toasted pepitas
Photo via Tasty Galaxy

Custom Music Mold Chocolates

Piano and voice teachers will especially appreciate these cute novelty pianos made out of chocolate. Other ideas include treble clefs, music notes, and sharps, all handcrafted into delicious chocolate!

Click here for the recipe from B4 and Afters.

music chocolates
Photo via B4 and Afters

If a teacher loves trumpets or jazz, give them these custom trumpet chocolates. Click here for the recipe from B4 and Afters.

Trumpet chocolate mold
Photo via B4 and Afters

Peppermint Meringue Cookies

These peppermint meringue cookies are perfect for teachers who love sweet treats. Plus, they’re flourless, so they’re ideal for anyone following a gluten-free Christmas diet!

Click here for the recipe, via Encouraging Moms at Home.

peppermint meringue cookies
Photo via Encouraging Moms at Home

We hope you enjoyed this roundup of DIY Christmas gifts for teachers!

As always, if you have any suggestions for other creative handmade gifts for teachers, drop a comment below and let us know! We’re always looking for innovative, inexpensive present ideas that will guarantee to delight our well-deserving teachers.

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