It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is quickly approaching. Summer will be here before we know it! Now is the time of year many parents want to express their appreciation for their child’s teacher with a gift. It can be hard to know how much to spend or what to buy, especially if you’re shopping for multiple teachers. We’ve put together a list of a few items that are budget friendly and are sure to express your gratitude.

Cold Cup with Gift Card

This is a spin on the standard teacher-themed mug. Stray from the status quo by opting for an inexpensive “cold cup” (holds cold beverages), just in time for warm weather. Place a gift card to a local coffee shop inside the cup for an added bonus.

Custom Cookies

We all love consumable gifts, so why not make it a tasty treat? Contact a local bakery to order custom sugar cookies in a school or summer theme. These adorable treats will be the perfect pick-me-up after a long school year.

Pool Tote

Teachers love the pool as much as we do. Consider putting together a pool-themed tote bag for your teacher’s summer break. Stock a tote bag with a beach towel, sunscreen, chapstick, and a magazine, or any other essentials for poolside lounging.


Need a sentimental idea that’s also budget friendly? Have your child create a masterpiece for his or her teacher. Purchase an inexpensive frame to highlight a drawing or painting. Don’t forget to have your little artists add their autographs!

Thank You Card from the Heart

In our opinion, this gift trumps all. Write a heartfelt thank you card that lays out the specific ways a teacher has impacted your family. Help your child add a line or two as well, and consider passing a copy of the note to the school director or principal.

How will you be thanking your teacher this year?