Teacher Gifts for the First Day of School

Have you ever been invited to someone’s house and you know you want to make a great impression? More than likely this person has cleaned their home from head to toe, made sure it smelled good, and gone the extra mile to make sure that they look presentable also. Maybe they have laid out snacks, or special touches to make your visit extra nice. If you’re like me, you 100 percent bring an amazing hostess gift. What better way to show your appreciation for them? 

This is what our teacher’s are spending the next few weeks doing for us. They’re making their classrooms picture perfect for our children.

I fully believe that our teachers deserve a “hostess” gift for the first day of school. I know they get paid, but to be honest, I don’t care that this is their “job.” I’m forming a relationship with someone that will be a major daily player in our lives and I want that person to like me. I want them to know that I have their back. To know that I know having all those children all day is HARD. Yes, they chose this occupation but just like motherhood, teaching has its hard moments and sometimes a little sussie goes a long way. 

I realize there are fees, supplies, uniforms and a million other things that you have to do at the beginning of school, but I’m going to give you a few simple and affordable options for you to consider. Nothing like starting everyone’s year off on a good foot and a little appreciation goes a long way. 

Ticonderoga pencils 

These holy grail of pencils are a teacher must have. You want to make their life even more amazing? Take a the time to sharpen them for them! 

Flair Pens

I have been told that these are THE most asked for pens for teachers. Perfect and they come in a variety of fun colors. What teacher doesn’t like fun colors? 

A pencil sharpener 

Guaranteed the one they have will break at some point during the year. Give them a fun surprise that they can tuck away for in case of an emergency. 

Crayon Sharpener 

I didn’t even know these existed y’all! But how perfect for pre-school teachers. 

Survival Kit 

Chocolate, a few oils, some pain killers, gum, wet wipes, a few packs of Emergen-C, and little disposable toothbrushes are all great ideas for a small stash bag. You can find most of these items at your local dollar store. 

These are just great ideas to get you started but let me just throw this out there for you …. no cups. I surveyed my numerous teacher friends and that was the unanimous vote. Also, they all leaned more to the “we love Pinterest but…” side. Most of them said that if they had to choose they’d love you to spend your money on a box of colors than something they’ll eventually throw away that. They love your kids and any super practical item to make their classrooms better was high on their list.

Do you have any really cool and practical suggestions you think a teacher would love? 
Carlie is a divorced mom of five. She moved to Lafayette 22 years ago from a small town in-between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. She has four young adult children from her first marriage that ended after 19 years, Christopher, Cara, Clay and Cade. She has a one year old daughter, Poppy Mae with her significant other, Joey. She is a work-at-home mother who is a freelance writer and photographer/owner of Carlie Anne Collective. Organized chaos and tons of lists are her style. Carlie loves to workout, travel, visit with her friends, bike with Poppy Mae in their neighborhood, attend outdoor concerts, eat out at local restaurants, walk aimlessly through stores looking for good deals and swing in her hammock while chatting about her BST addiction with her online friends. She keeps an active Instagram account as a photo journal of her days.


  1. I get a gift card to target, $20 for homeroom teachers. They buy supplies they need or put it back in their pocket for things they have already bought!


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