Can you believe it’s already time to send the kiddos back to school? I know I can’t. At the beginning of the school year I like to send my son to school with a small gift for his teachers . I don’t want it to be something they will end up throwing in a drawer somewhere. When school first starts you don’t know the teacher yet, so it’s hard to make sure they’ll like the gift you send. I’ve gotten Starbuck’s gift cards, and I despise coffee! So as a back-to-school teacher’s gift I tend to stick to things I know they need and/or can use. Last year I created a super cute free printables (updated 2022) that says, “Here’s soapin’ for a good year!” for you to attach to a bottle of hand soap.
This year I created a gift basket filled with school supplies that teachers frequently run out of. My grandmother and mother were teachers, and I know that teachers often have to use their own money to replace these things. Teachers, like cops, don’t make enough money to have to pay for supplies out of their own pocket, so I thought that a gift of supplies would be much appreciated.
Supplies you can add to a back to school teacher’s gift:
- pens & pencils
- glue or glue sticks
- index cards
- antibacterial wipes
- hand sanitizer
- Expo markers
- grading pens (red)
- Ziploc bags (quart or gallon)
- filler paper
- crayons & markers (lower grades)
- Walmart or Target gift cards
- paper towels
Assemble the Gift Basket
I chose to use our school colors in the gift basket, blue and gold. I bought a blue bin from Dollar Tree and placed a layer of tissue paper in it so that the items sit up higher. It looks a lot cuter than just being able to see the tops of packages of supplies. This way you can also see what is in the basket in a glance.
The number of sheets of tissue paper that you use will depend on the weight of your items. In mine I used five pieces at the bottom. Crumple up each piece of paper just a little and place it in the bottom of your basket or bin. Continue crumpling and layering until you have the height you need. My tissue paper took up about three quarters of the bin before I put anything in it.
Now add the supplies to the teacher’s gift basket. Starting with the largest items first is the best and easiest way to do it. I added my box of tissues first. Next arrange your other items around the largest. I like to have everything showing. That way everything can be seen and identified at a glance. I moved my items around like a hundred times, so feel free to organize and re-organize, then do it again, ha!
Print & Attach Gift Tag
Finally you will need to print and attach the free printable gift tag that I’ve created for you. This is for personal use only, do not sell the tag or create a basket to sell with the tag on it. I would love for you to share it with friends or family by sharing this post with them. Use the button below to download and print. You can use regular paper, but cardstock holds up a little better.
Trim the excess paper from around the gift tag, and attach it to your basket or bin. I used hot glue to attach mine, but you could use tape as well.
Get ready to give your back to school teacher’s gift to your teacher!
Now your gift basket is complete! My son’s school has a meet the teacher night where we find out who his teachers are and we drop off his supplies, so I will bring the baskets then. With a boy, heaven knows that if I sent it with him, by the time it got there the bow would be missing along with a few supplies and half of the tag would be ripped off! If you have to send your gift with your child, place it in a large reusable bag so they can just put it on their shoulder and not worry about carrying it gingerly.
I hope that you will use this gift tag and send a kind and thoughtful back to school gift for your child’s teacher this year. I would love for you to pin it so you can come back to it later and use it again, and for you to share this post on social media for your friends and family to use!
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