Looking for free printable back to school teacher gift tags? Well, you’ve come to the right place! One of my favorite things to do at the beginning of a new school year is to send in extra supplies to the teacher.
As a bonus, my daughter loves bringing in a teacher gift on the first day. I think it takes the edge off the first day jitters and gives her something to be “in charge of” that morning.
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What Kind of Back to School Gifts Should We Send to Teachers?
The best teacher gifts are the ones you know he/she will actually use! When choosing a gift for the 1st day, I always like to send something the teacher either needs or wants for their classroom.
Did you know that teachers often pay for classroom supplies out of their own pocket?! 😮 This is the LAST thing we want teachers to do, since, I think we can all agree, teachers are wildly underpaid.
As a room parent, it’s important to rally up the parents throughout the year to support the teacher as much as possible so she isn’t digging into her own salary to provide a better experience for our kids. But for now, we’ll focus on small, inexpensive teacher gifts we can send as individuals on the 1st day of school.
In this post, we’ll give the teacher some of the most requested teacher gifts we’ve seen on our teacher questionnaires and a few we know teachers simply love to receive.
Useful Tips for Printing Teacher Gift Tags
Before we start printing our tags, I want to give you a few quick tips I’ve learned from printing hundreds of tags over the years to help you print better tags.
1. Use Matte Photo Paper
To get the best results when printing these teacher tags (or any gift tags), I always use ultra white matte photo paper. This brand is my favorite. The $5 box lasts forever, even for someone who prints lots of tags like me!
2. Be Aware of Printer Settings
When given the option, always print tags on the highest quality setting available on your printer. This will give you darker blacks and better colors on your tags. You can often adjust the print quality on your computer.
For example, when using Adobe Reader to print tags, I can access the printer quality by selecting File > Print. Then by clicking on the “Printer…” button in the regular Print window.
From there, I can select Best from the printer “Presets.”
Your options may look a little different than mine, so check your printer’s instruction manual (or website) to see how to adjust printing quality if this doesn’t work for you.
If you’re in the market for a new printer, this is the one I used for these tags. It stores a TON of ink, so I don’t ever have to worry about buying cartridges.
3. Tools to Make Your Tags Look Professional
I used a few simple tools for making my teacher gift tags look more professional.
- Hole Punches – I used a standard hole punch for the large tag (on the tissues) and a smaller 1/8″ hole punch for all the other tags. This is totally optional, I just like to have smaller holes for smaller string.
- Paper Trimmer – I LOVE my paper trimmer because it gives me perfectly straight lines. But it’s also optional. A steady hand and a pair of sharp scissors works just fine!
Now, let’s make some cute back to school teacher gift tags!!
Facial Tissues (aka Kleenex) Teacher Gift Tag
One thing is undeniable — you can never have too many boxes of tissues in a classroom. So, if you want to make sure your back to school gift is extra useful, get a pack of tissues. They WILL get used!
This back to school teacher gift tag makes a fun play on words and states that “Everyone nose how excited I am to be in your class!” Get it?! 😆
For this teacher gift, I bought 2 boxes of Puffs tissues in the flat box size. Then, I taped them together to make a cute package. Next, I threaded 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon through the two holes I punched on the tag (using a standard size hole punch) to tie the boxes together with a neat little bow. You’re done!
Flair Pen Tag for Back to School Teacher Gift
One of the most requested supplies we see on our teacher questionnaires is definitely Flair pens. I know several teachers who exclusively use these popular felt tip pens and never ever use “regular” pens!
For this tag, I found these new Flair colors called Retro Accents. Teachers who love Flair will appreciate these new colors, trust me!
For this one, I used blue and white bakers twine to secure the tag that says “A little Flair to show you how excited I am to be in your class.” 💃
I used the 1/8″ hole punch to punch the hole in this tag.
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Another school supply I often see on teacher questionnaires is Post-it notes. Post-it notes are great because they are useful AND inexpensive (I spent less than $3 on the pack below!).
This free printable tag has room for your child to write in his or her name, so the teacher will know who it’s from!
In addition to being super affordable, Post-its come in multiple colors, shapes and sizes to keep things fun. I found this variety pack on Amazon, and honestly, I might keep it for myself. 👀 I love all the bright colors!
To secure the printable tag on the packaging, I used two pieces of double-sided tape. If you’re worried about the tag falling off or getting caught on something in your child’s book sack, feel free to add more tape.
Ink Joy Pens
Teachers do A LOT of writing. From grading papers, jotting down lesson plans or writing notes to parents, there’s a reason why teachers love their writing utensils so much! Another popular gift request from teachers is Paper Mate Ink Joy pens.
Like the Flair pens, I used the blue and white bakers twine to secure the tag. This one says “This year is going to be colorful with you as my teacher!” I’m impressed with the variety of colors included in this pack. Who knew there was a brown gel pen!
In conclusion, I hope this post gave you some good ideas on what back to school teacher gift tags you can print and use this school year! I know your child’s teacher will appreciate the gift you choose to send.
If you’re looking for more ways to spoil the teacher on the first day of school, check out this post on how to host a back to school teacher breakfast (editable invitation included!).
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