Inexpensive, yet meaningful, teacher gift…


Hey ya’ll!

I’m sure many of you are like me…trying to think of gifts to give to my sons’ teachers (on a very limited budget, that is).

I need two gifts for Jonathan’s teachers, two for Luke’s teachers, one for the librarian, the gym teacher, the music teacher, the enrichment teacher, etc.

Adam has two teachers, plus a music teacher, plus two Mom’s Day Out teachers…

Eli has two Mom’s Day Out teachers, plus a music teacher…(WAIT, that’s me!)  Skip that one.

Does your list look like this?  Shorter?  Longer?

Well, here is a little gift that is inexpensive but thoughtful for some of the teachers on your list.

It’s a Teacher Assort-“mint” Bag


Here is what the poem says on front…

Thanks for your commit-"mint" to help me learn.
Thanks for your encourage-"mint" to always do my best.
Thanks for your involve-"mint" in my life.
Thanks for your invest-"mint" of time and energy
    to make school such a great place to be.
Thanks for making each day an enjoy-"mint".
Thanks for helping to create a nice environ-"mint"
    for me to learn and grow.

Everything you have done this year
    has really “mint” a lot to me!!!

All you need to make these little bags are a variety of “mint” candy…


I spent under $14.00 on this candy at Walmart.  I was able to make 8 bags with this, which makes each bag around two dollars to make. 

I filled some plastic bags (that I already had) with the candy and tied a ribbon around the top (that I already had).  :)


Here is what the back looks like…


I KNOW there is a much cuter way to wrap these up, but I was just using what I already had on hand.

I printed the poem out on my computer and cut around it with scalloped scissors.  Then I just glued it to a piece of red paper and taped it to the bag. 


Like I said, if you want to get fancy and use really cute bags, ribbons, and labels, you can.  I know you fabulously “crafty” women could come up with some great ideas. 

And if you do, share them with me.  :)

The great thing about these bags is that you can easily add a gift card to the inside of the bag to make the gift a little more “meaty”.  If you know what I mean…

As a former teacher, I love little gifts like these.  They may have not cost a lot to make, but the thoughtfulness is worth more than money! 

I was thinking about doing a spur of the moment linky party for other great teacher gift ideas.  Would anyone come?

I’ll let you know if I do!

Have a blessed day!


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  1. Love this idea Traci! Thank you so much for sharing! Your blog is such an inspiration, and I love seeing what you come up with next!

  2. I love this idea! I am going to do it with my grandaughters. I enjoy your blog, especially "Wednesdays with Wanda".

  3. i love this idea!!
    I know those teachers will be blessed by this very thoughtful and heartwarming gifts!!

  4. Thanks Traci! I'm gonna Bookmark this post and refer to it next month when I need a gift idea! I thought of you a lot on Sunday and prayed that God gave you peace and a nice day with your family.

  5. Love this idea!

  6. That is too cute!! Any teacher would love that! Love ya girl

  7. This is a perfect gift! Love the sentiment! Teachers really appreciate the thought and gratitude!

  8. DO IT!!! That would be a linky blog that everyone can use!!



  9. Perfect! Was wanting to do a little something for my son's preschool teachers, and this fits the bill! Thank you for sharing and your blog is just lovely :)

  10. Traci, this is a fantastic idea!!

  11. Very cute idea.

  12. This is a GREAT idea! I'm definitely using it. Thank you.

  13. Love this cute idea…saving this for future reference!

  14. What a darling idea. Be blessed. Cindy

  15. As a former elementary music teacher, I think it's really sweet that you are giving a gift to your boys' music teachers. Very few parents would remember me at Christmas and the end of the year – this is so thoughtful of you!

  16. Anonymous says:

    I love it….what a great idea!!! thank you thank you thank you friend.

  17. How cute!! I bet this "mint" alot to their teachers.

  18. i really like this idea. i'm going to do this for my kids' sunday school teachers! totally budget friendly, that's what i need.

  19. Very cute idea. It seems we are always looking for a cute, cheep gift. This one is perfect.
    Thanks for sharing.

  20. I am no longer a teacher but I am a principal and I would LOVE this a lot. Thanks a "mint" for the idea!

  21. As a Preschool teacher I know how much I would love this- great idea!

  22. I love this idea. I have been racking my brain to come up with something inexpensive. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I'm doing it too. Love the idea. I also just bought some individually wrapped mint tea bags to include in mine.
    Thanks for the fab idea.

  24. I'm always looking for ideas for teacher gifts. This one is super cute! And I stumbled upon it just in time for the end of the year! Thanks.

  25. What a minty fresh idea!!!
    Great idea to share…Thank you!
    d from HomeHaven

  26. love this idea, I will definitely be "borrowing" it! Thanks for sharing!

  27. My husband would have been thrilled if I received this gift from a student. Sadly, I don't like mint.

  28. Hi Traci-

    I just wanted to let you know that I linked to your post. . showed a few pictures too. . I was doing a post on Creative and Thoughtful, yet Inexpensive Gift Ideas. . and highlighting some of my older posts. .and some personalized sand buckets I just made. . and I remembered that I had bookmarked your post. . it fit in perfectly so I included it. Here is the link if you want to check it out:

    I love those "pun on word" gifts. . they make me smile. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy your blog.

  29. hi traci,

    i found your teacher gift idea while searching. loved it…and therefore had to use it! you can see my version on my blog at:

    thanks for a great idea!

  30. I will definitely use this wonderful idea this week for my son's preschool teachers, thank you!

  31. Thank you for sharing this idea! Here is how I used it for my daughter's therapist

  32. This is a fantastic idea – I used it myself for my son's preschool teachers!

  33. This idea is absolutely adorable. Your poem is amazing! Thanks for saving me a bunch of time and for helping me put a smile on our teachers’ faces. Here’s our version:

  34. This is a really cute idea! I AM a teacher and I’m going to make these for a couple of my mom volunteers!

  35. Thank you! I’m involved with groups of women both for work and in church settings that these will be great for!

  36. Emily Klinker says:

    Thank you so much for this creative idea! I am going to make these for my volunteer catechists!

  37. Kim Sandling says:

    Thanks for sharing! I made a store run this morning and put these together when I got home. Now I’m all done and ready for teacher appreciation day! Thank you!!!!!

  38. Thanks for this idea…Ii changed it a bit and came up with 23 different ” mint” phrases for each of our 23 students. Then each one brought 1 mint flavored gum, candy, mint or tea of their choice along with a note with their phrase on it. She loved it…here are the phrases I used:

    (Ava) Thank you for all the special Mo “mints” you’ve made for us this year
    (Dylan) Thank you for giving us such a nice Environ”mint” to learn and grow.
    (Andrew) Investment Thank you for your Invest “mint” of time and energy to make our classroom so much fun.
    (Mia) We’re all in Agree “mint” that you’re the best teacher ever.
    (Lizzie) Thank you for your Commit “mint” to help me learn.
    (Christian) We’ve all had so much Improve ”mint “ since you’ve been our teacher.
    (Sakauri) Thank you for your Involve “mint” in my life.
    (Anthony) Thank you for being the Instru “mint” of our learning.
    (Antonio) Thank you for all the Achieve “mints” you’ve helped me make.
    (Enoch) Thank you for the Excite”mint” you bring to each lesson.
    (Ember) Thank you for the Encourage “mint” to always do my best.
    (Jake) You are a Testa “mint” to what a great teacher can do.
    (Alexi) I would like to Comple ”mint” you on being such a great teacher.
    (Carrie) Thank you for making each school day an Enjoy “mint”.
    (Brooke) Just wanted you to know your teaching has caused the Enlarge “mint” of my brain
    (Danail) Thanks for all of the Entertain “mint” you provide to help us learn.
    (Devin) I’d like to take a Mo “mint” to thank you for being such a great teacher!
    (Ellie) I would like to provide some Acknowledge “mint” of what a great teacher you are.
    (Braxton) Thank you for the Enrich “mint” you have brought to my learning.
    (Patience) I’m giving you my Endorse “mint” as the best teacher ever.
    (Osirus) I’d like to make a State “mint” – You’re Awesome!
    (Grace) I just have to Com “Mint” on what a great teacher you are!
    (Ethan) You were “Mint” to teach.

  39. Thanks for sharing this, it’s an excellent gift on a budget. I purchased a cheaper $3 jar from Wal-Mart to put my mints in and it was perfect for a year end gift. THANKS!

  40. Cathleen says:

    Thanks so much for this great idea! It was just the kind of thing I was looking for. I always get stumped by teacher appreciation week. I do larger end of the year gifts and still want to give something small during the appreciation themed week. The problem is coming up with something budget friendly and not lame. I made 25 of these for my kid’s teachers. The teachers have loved them! Thanks again!

  41. Thank you for this wonderful idea! I used it for teachers at my church. I just said “Thank you for your commit-“mint””
    Here is my version:

  42. I love mint flavored treats! :)

  43. Hi! I am about to start my new position as Recruiting Manager for the company that I have worked for for about 5 years. I am looking to put together a gift bag that would be motivational/inspirational/goal setting for the team that I am about to manage. Any ideas?

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  45. Has to say thanks for posting this idea. I used it for my husband’s Admin’s for Administrative Professionals Day by changing some of the words and putting all the mint items in a nice glass jar for their desk. It was PERFECT!!

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