Teacher Appreciation Gifts in a Bucket

1-photo (29)-001It is Teacher Appreciation week, we typically go all out to show our children’s teachers how much we appreciate the job they do. This week was no acceptation. The school my children attend had given a list of something to give your child’s teacher each day. We were not prepared on Monday to follow that list so I asked my boys if they’d rather give one big gift rather than five small ones, they both liked that idea. Here is what we came up with for them…

The entire basket and contents cost less $25 each including the gift card.

In this basket with the note I included with each item is…

  • Coffee mug & Starbucks $10 gift card– For the gift card I found a free printable from Skip To My Lou.

 Mug with note

  • Candle“You light up our world!”


  • Hersey’s Symphony Bar“You’re the sweetest teacher!”

Chocolate bar

  • Reese’s Cups“There are a million Reese’s why you are a great teacher!”


  • Hand Lotion- “I’ve got to hand it to you… I think you’re GREAT!”


  • Nail Polish & Mini Pedicure Kit“Thanks for adding color to my life!”

nail polish set

  • Candy Tulip“Thank you for helping me blossom!”



  • I chose the thank you quotes to use with each gift. I found a couple quotes I used at The Crafty Side of Me blog. Using Microsoft Word I used a cute font for each quote and put a border around each. Then printed on a thick paper, cut them out and punched a hole in the cards I was tying to the gifts. (**Note: I did not punch a hole in the candy bar & Reese’s cards because I taped them directly to the package.)

Notes & string

  • The bucket I purchased at Target in the dollar section (it was $3 but I noticed Dollar Tree has a similar bucket for $1 it is slightly smaller though). I added some tissue paper I had on hand to the bottom of the bucket.


  • I purchased the candles at HEB this week on a BOGO sale so each candle cost $3.50. I found the lotion and candy tulip at Dollar Tree for $1. The candy bars, mini pedicure set, and nail polish I purchased at Target for $1 each. I also purchased the mug at Target in the dollar section for $3. Then I included the $10 Starbucks gift card that I purchased at Target with the mug.

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From start to finish this gift took me 1 hour, not including purchasing the gifts which I did during my weekly shopping and errands. My children’s teachers sent notes home saying how much they loved their gifts.

Thank you!



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