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We all know how hard our teachers have worked this past year. Some of us parents have experienced first-hand how difficult it can be to keep those younger students on task. I know I have! Teaching is a job that can mold our future leaders and hopefully make our world a better place. Yet often they go unrecognized. Sometimes the smallest gestures of gratitude can go a long way. I have created some fun and fairly easy personalized projects with the help from my Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut EasyPress 2. These can be given to teachers (or personalized for anyone really) on Teacher Appreciation Day, the last day of school, Christmas, or just because and they won’t break the bank. After all, it truly is the thought that counts. Here are few personalized teacher gift ideas on a budget.

1. A Special Apple

I found these adorable ceramic apples at the dollar store if you can believe it! I thought they would be so cute with some sort of quote for our teacher to put on her desk. You could also add his/her name to it to make it more personalized.


I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Premium Vinyl in white and Cricut Transfer Tape. I also sealed with matte Mod Podge but this step isn’t really necessary.

2. Pencil Holder

I Also found this small square vase from the dollar store. This can be used for just about anything, including paper clips, crayons, erasers or treats. I chose to add some colorful pencils just because I think it looks pretty.


This is an SVG file I downloaded and cut with my Cricut Explore Air 2. I also used Cricut Premium Vinyl in black, red and green (for the apple leaf) along with Cricut Transfer Tape. I sealed this with Matte Modge Podge and but I ended up wiping it off with Acetone nail polish remover because it made the vase look too opaque.

3. Before School/ After School

These just depend on the relationship you have with your child’s teacher I guess. But I think it’s a cute way to show them that they definitely deserve that glass of wine after a long day of teaching. This would go very cute with my next gift idea.


Both the ceramic mug and stemless wine glass are from Dollar Tree. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Premium Vinyl and Transfer Tape. I have also found that using Cricut Iron-on works well on glasses and mugs.

5. Survival Bag

This is another fun way to show that you appreciate your teacher’s efforts. It would also make a great holiday or birthday gift for any wine drinker in your life! Add a bottle of wine and a personalized wine glass, and you are all set!


Cricut Beverage Bag Blank, a lint roller, my Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut EasyPress 2. For the design I used Cricut Infusible Ink which gives it that vibrant color.

6. Cookie Making Kit

How adorable is this?! A simple oven mitt transformed into a bag of baking goodness. The personalized touch makes it extra special.


The oven mitt, whisk, cookie mix and spatula are all from Dollar Tree! For the design, I used Cricut Iron-on Vinyl in white glitter, my Cricut Explore Air 2 and my Cricut EasyPress 2. This one might be my fave and for a total of only $4 in addition to the Cricut supplies I already had on hand, this adorable gift can be personalized for just about anyone.

What is your favorite gift idea? I love receiving feedback and I LOVE experimenting with my Cricut machines and supplies!

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