Back to School Gift Ideas for the Teacher

20 EASY, Inexpensive and adorable teacher gift ideas for the first day of school! Lots of FREE Printables!!**We start school on Tuesday!  Eek!  Someone stop the clock, puh-lease!**

I would like to try to bring a little something to the Happy Buddy’s teachers on the first day, so I have been searching the Internet for inspiration.

As always, I try to look for budget-friendly, EASY options with some serious cute factor.

Plus, I am a teacher, so I only share the things that I would like to receive! :-)

Here are 20 Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas that really fit the bill. :-)

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A pack of EXTRA gum and this clever FREE Printable tag from Sweet Metel Moments.

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A Little Tipsy knows that teachers can always use a bundle of Sharpies.

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This Lightbulb Post-It Gift is only $1 plus the FREE Printable tag from Landee See, Landee Do.

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A small App Store Gift Card and cleverly adorable tag from Everything Etsy would be just the perfect gift.

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Lil’ Luna crafted up this cheerful Ball Mason Jar Gift and FREE Printable tag.

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Love this Tootsie Roll Gift plus FREE tag at The Taylor House.

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How awesome is this FREE Printable Back to School Checklist tag from Hairy Shoe Fairy?!

Chocolate is ESSENTIAL during the first week back!

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Speaking of chocolate, grab a bag of Flips Chocolate Covered Pretzels (nom nom nom) and slap on this FREE Printable tag from Simply This and That.

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Love this FREE Printable tag to attach to the traditional apple over at Positively Splendid.

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The Crafting Chicks featured this creative USB Charger Gift Idea with FREE Printable.

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Washi Tape and a FREE Printable tag jazzes up a recycled tin can over at SNAP.

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Play Create Grow bundled up some much-needed Dry Erase Markers with a cute tag about the new year.

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You can’t go wrong with a gift of a Notepad.

Check out this inexpensive, note-worthy idea from Three Little Monkeys Studio.

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What a happy little Gum Ball Jar and FREE Printable tag from The Diary of Dave’s Wife!

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Would you believe that Laura Winslow Photography found this cute bag in the Dollar Spot at Target?!  FREE Printable tag included on her blog!

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I liked the design on this Thirst Quenching Tag from Fresh Mommy Blog.

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I can’t think of a teacher (unless he’s a he!) that wouldn’t love getting a little something to spiff up her toe nails for the new year.

Reading Confetti shared this idea and a FREE Printable tag!

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A little gift of Soda might be just the caffeine fix your Happy Buddy’s teacher needs to get through the first week back!

The Diary of Dave’s Wife has the FREE Printable.

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Find out your teacher’s favorite treat and attach this FREE tag from The Crafting Chicks.

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Finally, M&Ms are the perfect gift in the Happy Buddy’s opinion.

Thanks to Katherine Marie for the sweet presentation and idea!

Hopefully I will be back with another cute Back to School Teacher Gift and FREE Printable for you later this week!

Happy Back to School Teacher Gift-ing! :-)

*Find even MORE great Back to School Gift Ideas HERE!*

The Wheels on the Bus

The Happy Buddy went through a season where whenever I had to change his diaper, he would turn into a little rotisserie, rolling around and around.

Something had to be done or there was going to be a lot of poop everywhere.

One day I broke out in a rousing rendition of The Wheels on the Bus and suddenly the Happy Buddy stilled.

3,452,895 repeat performances later, that song is still a lifesaver!

As the first day of school approaches, what better way to celebrate than with some school bus-themed crafts and snacks for your Happy Home?

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No Time for Flashcards made this simple Construction Paper School Bus with personalized photos of family and friends peeking through the windows!

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Some of This and Some of That had her Happy Buddies paint an empty egg carton yellow, glue some magazine cut-outs of kids inside, and slapped on a few paper wheels!

They gave these cute Egg Carton School Buses to their teachers on the first day of school!

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After you craft a school bus, you better eat one!

Ms. Marzoni’s Kindergarten Class made these yummy School Bus Crackers out of some grahams, yellow icing, Rice Chex, and mini Oreos.

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Kiboomu whipped up some School Bus Twinkies. :-)

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What an adorable School Bus Cupcake to take into the classroom to celebrate the first week back!

Sizzle ‘N Spice has the simple instructions, plus a few more school bus treat inspirations.

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Looking for a little healthier school bus snack?

Little Page Turners had this cute fruit and cheese School Bus Sandwich waiting for her Happy Buddy when she got home from her first day of school.

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And, finally, many of my Happy Home Readers told me that they make School Bus Cakes to celebrate their Happy Buddies’ first day of school every year!

What a yummy tradition!

Family Fun has a great recipe that will have your Happy Home singing, “The Wheels on the Bus go IN MY TUMMY, in my tummy, in my tummy…” :-)

Happy School Bus Craft and Snack-ing! :-)

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First Day of School Photos

Yesterday we saw 9 different First Day of School Tradition Ideas that will make going back to school an absolute celebration for your Happy Buddy.

I left out one tradition in particular because it deserves an entire post to itself! :-)

First Day of School Photos.

In my high school senior yearbook, one of my friend’s had a special page that her parents bought as a way to showcase their daughter’s educational journey.

It was the most amazing page in our yearbook because this girl’s mom had taken photos of her daughter every year on the first day of school with her fingers holding up the number of what grade she was entering.

Kind of like this…

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What a masterpiece it was to see all of those pictures in one spot – celebrating my friend’s growth each year of her school career!

Happy Home Friends, this is a simple tradition that will be a forever keepsake!

Here are a few inspirations for your First Day of School Photography Session.

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Living Locurto uses inexpensive chalkboards instead of the finger-holding thing for her Happy Buddies’ first day!

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Or you could make your own chalkboard in the shape of a speech bubble like Make and Takes!

ADORABLE!

Find out how to make a chalkboard speech bubble HERE.

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i heart naptime is offering a FREE Printable sign featuring your Happy Buddy’s grade level!

Just print out the correct grade, slap on to a dowel rod, and snap your picture – easy peasy.

And soooo cute.

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After you’ve snapped the First Day Photos – what should you do with them?

Living Locurto shows you how to make a Back to School-themed picture frame that even has a fun fact sheet glued to the back!

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The Crafting Chicks have some brilliant advice on how to be intentional about capturing the excitement of the first day.

I so needed their tips because I am a little lacking in the photography skills department and they make it look so easy!

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And, finally, if your Happy Buddy is bribed with enough candy willing enough, you could have him balance some vintage children’s books and an apple on his head for his first day of school photo and be pretty proud of the results. :-)

Do you take First Day Photos?  I’d love to hear about it!

Happy First Day of School Photo-ing! :-)

First Day of School Traditions

If you want your Happy Buddy to look forward to the first day of school, then make it a celebration!

Simply pick one of the following fabulous First Day of School Tradition Ideas and your Happy Home will be begging for that yellow school bus to whisk them away.

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The Back to School Fairy is one of my favorite traditions.

Your Happy Buddies wake up on the first day of school to a decorated breakfast celebrating their new grade.

Click HERE to read all about this fun tradition as well as print a FREE placemat.

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Here’s just the thing to get your Happy Buddies out of bed on the first day!

Celebrate with a special pancake breakfast like Our Life…So Far.

The special part?

Each student gets the letter or number of their new grade written on their pancake AND they get to eat however many pancakes equal to what grade they are entering (2nd grade = 2 pancakes).

Your Happy Buddies are going to love it when they’re in 12th grade. ;-)

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On the morning of Back to School, Skip to My Lou presents her Happy Buddy with a schultuete.

A what?? :-)

A schultuete is a special First Day of School Tradition celebrated in Germany.

It’s basically a giant cone filled with school supplies and candy.

Sounds like a dream come true to me!

Check out the easy instructions HERE!

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The Homespun Heart makes a special Time Capsule at the start of the school year to record thoughts and enjoyments about each of her Happy Buddies as they enter a new grade.

Click HERE to read more about it AND get a FREE Printable Interview to put in your Back to School Time Capsule!

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How Does She? celebrates the first day with a GIANT cookie.

Um, what Happy Buddy wouldn’t think that to be the most magical and delicious tradition EVER?!

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Mama’s a Mess bakes her Happy Buddy a special cake every year on the first day with her grade decorated into the icing.

The Happy Buddy just discovered M&M’s – life as we know it has changed forever.

I just may have to make this cake for his first day of PreK-2!

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How about having a Magic School Bus visit your Happy Home the night before the first day?

Everything is Pink’s Happy Buddy finds a mysterious giant lunch bag (brown paper grocery bag – love it!) on her front porch that is filled with school supplies and candy.

You can read more about that amazing tradition HERE.

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Family Fun Friday crafted this cheerful banner for her Happy Home’s Back to School Dinner – held the night before the first day.

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Finally, Poca Cosa celebrates the start of a new year with a Back to School Bash complete with class periods (art, home ec, math, science, etc.) and a cafeteria-style lunch!

Adorable.

I hope you found some inspiration here to start a new tradition in your Happy Home!

Happy First Day of School Tradition-ing! :-)