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DIY Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas for Under $10

Most schools require new students to bring in school supplies, so why not make a little more fun these gift ideas for teachers. Turn a boring school supply list into an adorable DIY Back to School Gift Basket with these teacher gift ideas for under $10.

DIY Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas for under $10 Basket

We are officially in Back to School crunch time. The aisles of stores are packed full of school supplies and everywhere I look there are reminders that in less than 2 weeks my oldest baby will be a Kindergartner. It’s hitting me hard. At the beginning of the Summer I couldn’t wait for her to start school – I was so excited about all the new things she would learn in Kindergarten and how much independence she would start to gain with the new year of school, but now… Oh now, I just want to keep my little Sophia home forever!

But alas, she will be heading to Kindergarten in just a few weeks and I’m trying to get as excited about it again as she is. We just found out yesterday who her teacher will be so that was definitely a cause for celebration and after a quick peek at her school supply list, we decided to make it a little more fun by adding in a few gift ideas for teachers with them!

Teacher Gift Ideas for Back to School and School Supplies

What to Include in Teacher Gift Ideas for Under $10 Basket

I decided to include some fun extras to help her teacher make it through the year. I have quite a few friends who are teachers and know that they are always buying extra pencils for their classrooms. I also know how many gifts teachers get, so a small pack of blank cards for a quick Thank You card, a pocket calendar [totally obsessed with this adorable one!], and a notepad seemed like the perfect items to toss into our basket too.

School Supplies for Teachers

Last but not least was the addition of Disinfecting Wipes, which are on our school’s classroom supply list and I completely understand why. Before I became a Mom, I was a Child Care Center Director and know just how dirty and “germ-y” everything in a classroom can be. I also know that you don’t really have a ton of time to wipe down a classroom from top to bottom everyday, especially while the kids are present which makes these disposable wipes very handy for teachers.

While our school requires that the cleaning wipes be the Clorox brand, you can always choose a more eco-friendly option if it’s not requirement at your school.

Seventh Generation Multi-Surface WipesSeventh Generation Multi-Surface WipesCaboo All Purpose Bamboo Cleaning WipesCaboo All Purpose Bamboo Cleaning WipesCleanzEX Eco-Friendly, 100% CottonCleanzEX Eco-Friendly, 100% CottonMrs. Meyer's Clean Day All-Purpose WipesMrs. Meyer’s Clean Day All-Purpose Wipes

I also love that these wipes canisters can be upcycled and reused in so many different ways! One of my child care employees used to collect them and use them for storage containers for craft supplies. It’s also great to know that the wipes they require are made from recyclable number 2 class of HDPE, if you don’t have a way to re-purpose, you can recycle them!

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Fresh Scent and Citrus Blend, 225 CountClorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Fresh Scent and Citrus Blend, 225 CountAT-A-GLANCE Academic 2 Year Monthly Pocket Planner, July 2017 - June 2018, 3-5/8AT-A-GLANCE Academic 2 Year Monthly Pocket Planner, July 2017 – June 2018, 3-5/8C-Line Reusable Dry Erase Pockets, 9 x 12 Inches, Assorted Primary Colors, 10 Pockets per Pack (40610)C-Line Reusable Dry Erase Pockets, 9 x 12 Inches, Assorted Primary Colors, 10 Pockets per Pack (40610)Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 16-Pack, AssortedExpo Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 16-Pack, Assorted

If you’re like me and on a time crunch and a budget with school shopping looming ahead, it’s easy to create a DIY Back to School Basket with teacher gift ideas for under $10! Looking at the pictures reminds me how surprised I was that I was able to create these gift ideas for teachers, with some required school supplies, for just under $10! If you don’t have to shop completely online, I definitely recommend hitting the Dollar Spot at Target [don’t you LOVE that section?!]. I picked up all of the stationary items and the cup there!

DIY Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas

What items would you include with your school supplies for fun ideas for teacher gifts for Back to School?

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Rosie

Monday 10th of August 2015

You put together such a nice package and so thrifty - nice job!!

Ann

Thursday 6th of August 2015

Wow, in all the years that I've been teaching, I have never received a gift at the beginning of school! That's very nice of you!

Dorothy Boucher

Friday 31st of July 2015

What a fun way to say Hello and put a smile on your teachers face, I wish they would also include principals and other staff members on this,, after all they do work hard to :)

David

Wednesday 29th of July 2015

What a great back-to-school gift for Sophia's teacher! I know she will really appreciate it. We use Clorox Wipes all the time around the house, so I can only imagine how helpful they are in the classroom, too! #client

Amber Ludwig

Tuesday 28th of July 2015

Super cute!! So generous of you!! I think a lot of people forget how much work being a teacher is and how little they are compensated!! I bet this will brighten her teachers day so much!! And yay for the clorox wipes!! Those are my go to germ ridders!!