Valentine's Day Gifts for Teachers
Since Valentine’s Day is about gratitude and love, let’s not forget to show some gratitude for our teachers! They give all year long and are so involved in helping to shape the amazing people that we (and our little ones) grow up to be. And there isn’t a teacher out there who wouldn’t love to hear that. So we’ve whipped up some extra-meaningful teacher valentine gift ideas that go beyond apples or candy to say “thanks for all you do…no, really, thank you! You’ve really made a difference.”
To make creative, clever, and cute teacher valentine gifts to give from your kids or to give even if you’re an adult student — meaningful is always more. Thoughtful gifts that include a special valentine’s message for teachers of all kinds are a sure way to give our awesome educators something special to smile about this Valentine’s Day!
One of Our Most Favorite Cute Valentine’s Day Gifts for Teacher
What does a teacher use more than a computer or chalk? A pen, of course. Especially if it has a cute ‘n crafty flower on top! Check out this DIY tutorial for super-popular teacher valentine gifts made with just a pen and colorful Valentine’s Day tissue paper. They’re perfect for teachers at the head of any class. (Pro tip: when it comes to flowers, pink is the color of gratitude, so a pink flower pen is perfect way to say thank you on Valentine’s Day.)
Mini Magnet Canvas
These DIY mini magnet canvases are a bragging right on every teacher’s lounge fridge. Kids can make them with a little adult help using tissue paper, glue, and magnets. Any design goes, and there are tons of tissue paper colors and designs out there to choose from. On Valentine’s Day, they’re a teacher’s perfect take-home token of love and thanks for all they give throughout the year!
A Well-Earned Upgrade From Cafeteria Caffeine
Nothing better than a caffeine treat to make a hard-working teacher happy, right? Help them level up from that coffee concoction brewing in the teacher’s lounge! We’re not talking about a gift card here. Treat Teach to a Valentine’s Day card with a handmade coupon inside — good for a free coffee delivery straight to school — including the part where you personally do the pickup/drop-off from their fave coffee place. Just find out their favorite beverage ahead of time and drop it off next time you’re on your way to the school. Oh yeah, they’re sure to perk up with extra excitement for this super-thoughtful Hearts Day gift!
Creative Tissue Paper Covered Journal
Handmade journals are a thoughtful way for kids, and even older students, to get creative and personal all at once. Start with an unused plain journal, tissue paper and glue stick to craft a personalized cover with the teacher’s name and a colorful, textured cover design. Insert a notecard with a personal Valentine's Day message for the teacher, a quote, or a thank-you for a specific lesson that really stuck. (What a sweet way to know what their students are actually getting out of class.) Don’t forget to add your Valentine’s Day card in there, too. Whether you wrap it or simply add a bow (the cover you created is a smile-worthy presentation already), a journal is the perfect heartfelt gift simply because you took the time to add your own touch.
Regift a Book With a Handwritten Insert
Books are often big lessons in love, gratitude, and giving back. Sharing knowledge makes great valentine gifts for teachers too — as a thank-you, thinking-of-you, or memoir of lessons learned. Find a new or used copy of a favorite book that reinforces something you’ve learned from the classroom. You can cut bookmarks from the front designs of old greeting cards or postcards, and use them to mark and comment on favorite pages or text. Insert a personal forward notecard, maybe quote the teacher and the book — then sign and date it. It will create a personal connection and meaning that will last way past Valentine’s Day.
Ornament Signed By One or the Whole Class
Some valentine gifts are small but hold lots of love. Give a sweet simple thank-you ornament to hang in their car mirror, office, or home. It can be a gift from just one, or the whole class can sign the back with a permanent pen. (Don’t forget to add the class year so the teacher will never forget their sweetest students ever!)
Gift Cards are the Golden Rule!
Don’t know what you heard, but gift cards are always perfect! And they don’t have to be impersonal, especially if they’re wrapped up in something expressive! Drop one along with your Valentine’s Day card inside one of these adorable canvas pouches made just for teachers, and you’re good to go! Great job — who’s a star student now?
A Budget-Friendly Balloon Box Valentine’s Day Surprise
If you wanna make a teacher’s heart really flutter, this one packs a punch. Balloon boxes make budget-friendly, super-cute Valentine’s Day gifts for teachers that also create a fun element of surprise! They’re great as a last minute gift, too, because they’re as quick as a trip to your local drugstore, grocery, or party store. (Call ahead and make sure they have a helium tank.) Just fill up one balloon, or as many as you like, with helium. (You may wish to use balloon weights.) Add a signed and sealed card with a personal message for the teacher (for ideas on what to write, click here), then wrap everything up in a box. When they open it, the balloon pops out and BOOM! Instant smiles. It’s a teacher’s favorite and uber-thoughtful. You can also tell them they’re your “guiding star” using these star confetti balloons for even more of a statement.
Take on Teacher Tasks
If there’s one thing a teacher has less of, it’s time. Offering yours or your child’s can help in so many ways! To show how grateful you are for the time they give, kids and adults alike can make a “promise to help serve voucher” to volunteer alongside them at a school or community event. Kids can also make a book of redeemable coupons to help teacher save them time in class — like helping to pass out supplies or collect papers. (Don’t worry; kids will know what they need!)
Words Go A Long Way
You can’t go wrong with appreciation simply-stated. These fun sentiment blocks reveal messages just for teachers that will sit perfectly atop a desk and sum up the lesson learned — that teachers really do rule! They serve as an all-year reminder for teachers of how much their students appreciate them.
Donate to a Cause
Meaning can be found in such small ways. Even if it’s a few dollars, donate what you can (in their name, if you choose) to a cause that helps teachers or local initiatives in your own school community. Often an email will be sent notifying them that someone has taken this simple step on their behalf — or just let them know! This simple, inexpensive gesture goes a long way in honoring those who give so much.
Favorite Candy with a Cute Candy Dish
If you know their favorite sweets, give a sweet gift to put them in, too! These charming little trays have a simple message for teachers of all types and make for a Valentine’s Day gift that’s both darling and delicious. They also sit perfectly on top of a handmade valentine or card. Sweet, meaningful, and memorable — this gift is a trifecta of all sorts of thoughtfulness!
Old-School Valentines Still Rule
A good old-fashioned, handmade valentine is always a sure win and of course meaningful because it comes from the heart. Whether it’s big and bold, a simple signed handwritten note, or kind words scrolled on any materials you have lying around, say it like you mean it and give a sentimental shout-out to teachers this Valentine’s Day for all they do to make this world a better place!