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It is coming up to the end of the school year. And just like at the end of term or Christmas, the question is… Do you buy the teacher a present? I think it is nice to actually hand make a gift. And it is an even better idea if money is a bit short, or you are counting the pennies. So here are some brilliant ideas for teacher gifts that you can make or sew.
Teacher Gifts That You Can Make Or Sew
It has been a really strange few months. Here in the UK, we haven’t even seen the inside of school or nursery since the middle of March due to the ongoing pandemic. I doubt E will go back to school until September.
But I will still give the teachers a gift. They have been working hard sending work out throughout the pandemic, and it has been good to get phone calls and updates every so often. I do think that they deserve a little ‘thank you’ for all their work.
Should You Give A Gift At All?
There is always the question to be asked whether you should give a gift at all? After all, teachers do get paid. And I will say that they certainly don’t expect one. My OH is a teacher, and he does get some gifts. It is never expected, but it is totally appreciated.
But to me, nothing is more appreciated than a hand made gift, as it shows that some thought, time and care has gone into making something truly special. So here are my own personal recommendations for the best gifts that you can make or sew to give a teacher.
Why not give your favourite teacher a new notebook, planning journal or diary? And as a personal touch , you could make one of these fabric bookmarks to keep their place within their book. Make it in a cute or funky fabric that your favourite teacher would love!
Maybe not one for the male teachers.. But any lady teacher with long hair would love one of these fabric hair bobbles made in a personal fabric, or in their favourite colour. And they are so easy to make.
These are a brilliant idea for holding all sorts of small items. Not only good for EarPods, they can hold loose change, USB sticks, and can attach to a lanyard to be an extra useful pouch everyday. Any teacher will love these!
See my tutorial for how to make these hexagonal ear pod holders.
Teachers love a nice hot cup of tea right? So why not give them somewhere to rest their mug with these lovely fabric coasters? And they are such an easy make.
See my tutorial to see how to make your own.
Another great idea, you could make one of these in a funky cool fabric, and then gift it with a chapstick. Even teachers need soft lips!
What if you can’t sew? Well there are a couple of ideas for things to make. And even small children can get involved with these.
Firstly, salt dough ornaments. These are so easy, and can be decorated in so many different ways. I actually love using nail polish to decorate the hardened dough.
See how we made these at Christmas. But recently we made everyday ornaments, that would make brilliant small gifts.
Another easy craft that can be used to make presents are these super cute bath bombs. Make them with your teacher’s favourite scent, and they will be so pleased to get these!
Hand Gel Holders
Everyone knows that children are a bit snotty and unhygienic! (Especially in kindergarten/nursery) So why not make one of these lovely hand gel holders, and gift them complete with a little bottle of hand gel. Your teacher recipient can have the hand gel with them for easy access at all times. Plus again it can clip to a lanyard or belt loop. Such a useful gift.
Nothing is more wasteful than wrapping paper, right? It just gets torn up and thrown away after the present is unwrapped. So why not make a reusable wrapping in the form of these ultra useful drawstring bags? So pretty, and so different. Any teacher will be so pleased to get a present wrapped up in a bag that can be used in so many different ways.
Finally, any teacher will be thrilled to receive a handmade card. This year we have used simple stick on elements to make our hand made cards. But why not look at a couple of posts we have made when we made other types of card?
Plus in a card you can also give your teacher a voucher.
Have you seen this printable from Jasmine at FeelingNifty? It’s a perfect idea for if you want to give your teacher a coffee voucher!
In these peculiar times, I am going to add the following item to the list.
Here in the U.K. it is about to become mandatory to wear face coverings whilst on public transport. And so I think if you can sew face coverings, they are a great present for anyone who cannot make them.
I have been sewing the Olsen Mask pattern, but here is my mask pattern with a filter pocket.
So, will you be giving your teachers gifts this year? And will you make anything from this list? I would love to hear your thoughts. Comment below, or find me on social media.
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