We love making homemade teacher appreciation gifts every year as a way to thank our educators for all their hard work. Homemade teacher appreciation gifts don’t need to be anything too complicated. Just a simple gesture of kindness means so much.
These homemade teacher appreciation gifts are super easy to make. They are themed and oh-so-cute to deliver to your favorite teacher. The first is a simple mini cake stand of donuts. You can easily attach this, “We DONUT know what we would have done without you” printable from Happiness is Homemade. You can always make up some homemade gluten-free fried cake donuts like ours or you could just buy your favorite brand at the store.
Next is a basket of apple themed goodies. Attach it with the “You are the apple of my eye” printable from A little Claireification for an extra apple touch. Be sure to get a weaved apple basket so that it looks really in keeping with your theme. Then put in some brown crinkle cut paper to give the basket height inside. Next, just place in your apple treats.
We chose an apple lotion from Bath and Body works and a caramel apple cake mix. If your teacher is gluten-free, make our caramel apple cider cupcake mix and put it in a bag inside the basket with instructions on baking them up. Next we added some Treetop dried apple snacks and of course, a fresh, juicy red apple.
Here are some other great homemade teacher appreciation gift ideas:
- Berry basket with berry goodies instead of apple and this cute strawberry printable from Tater Tots and Jello
- Teacher appreciation crate from Sugar and Charm
- Candy bar gram on poster board
- Gift cards with cheeky little notes attached
- Movie night in basket with their favorite movie, boxed candy and microwave popcorn
- Cookie baking kit with mix, sprinkles frosting and more
- Box of their favorite cookies with the if you give a teacher a cookie printable
- Apple goodie mason jar
- Chalkboard signs
- School supplies
- Ice cream sundaes in a box
This apple themed teacher gift basket is perfect for back to school gifting. Any teacher would love to receive it.You won’t believe how easy this apple themed teacher gift basket is to put together.
You can literally arrange this apple themed teacher gift basket in minutes. However, it looks so classy that your teacher will think it was purchased from an expensive retailer. No need to purchase from Harry and David though when you can put together something like this on your own for a fraction of the cost.
There isn’t a teacher I can think of that wouldn’t love to be gifted this apple themed teacher gift basket. It’s great for the first day of school, as a holiday gift or during teacher appreciation week.
If you can’t find these exact things, get creative and look around your local stores for themed items. The key is to not go overboard on just apple things. Rather, think of other things that remind you of apples. For me, this was easily caramel. In my mind when I think of apples, I always think of caramel. I love that this gave me another direction to go with my gift basket as well.
Of course you will find fresh apples in the basket because they couldn’t be more beautiful. But you’ll also find a caramel dipped apple, caramel popcorn and even socks with apples on them thanks to Dry Sparkling soda. I also had to put in one of their Fuji apple flavored sodas in the basket since our family loves them so much.
Another thing that reminds me of apples is cinnamon. For this reason, I chose to include a cinnamon herbal tea box. I thought a hot cup would be perfect with the caramel dipped apple.
To arrange, start by filling a brown wicker basket or wood crate with brown crinkle paper strips. This creates that farmers market feel. Then simply place your items one by one in the basket changing up height and width so not all the tall things are together.
You can deliver it as is or place a bow of some kind around the basket. If you’d really like to, you can also wrap the whole thing in clear cellophane and tie the top with a ribbon but I actually prefer just gifting it more raw with no cellophane or bows.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this apple themed teacher gift basket. If you’re looking for more, head over and check out our other teacher appreciation gift ideas.
Photos by Amie Pendle