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Teacher Appreciation “Creative Juice” Gift Idea and Printable!!

I think it’s always fun to give teachers a gift that they can use during the summer on their time off.  And coffee gift card gifts are great — but what if your teacher doesn’t drink coffee??

We love smoothies and I thought it would be great to use a play on words with juice and a gift certificate to a juice bar.

Here’s what I came up with (also with a little help from my husband and his mad Microsoft Publisher skillz). We moms are so busy, this is an easy gift to make and show YOUR child’s teacher(s) how much you appreciate them!

Here’s what you do:

  • Print off the printable below.
  • Cut out the tags.
  • Punch a hole in the corner of the tags and string ribbon through.
  • Have your child sign their name.
  • String the tags through the ribbon and tie on the cup.
  • Fill the cup with candy and a gift card.

I bought the plastic, reusable cups at my local grocery store — in the “seasonal” aisle.

You can find them online at most stores like Sears or Pier1 from between $3-5 each.

(Update: Looks like Scribd is having problems, so here’s a direct link to download the printable PDF file, which looks like this:)

Tatertotsandjello.com Teacher Appreciation Labels (Final)

Do you have any teacher gift ideas YOU like to give?

Leave your ideas and/or links in the comments. I would love to see YOUR ideas!!


PS — Be sure to check out Skip to My Lou for more gift ideas in Cindy’s Teacher Appreciation Series!!


  1. Thank you! I went searching for teacher gift ideas to accompany the Jamba cards I got them. This is perfect!

  2. Rebekkah says:

    I love this idea!

    One year for Teacher Appreciation Week, I bought a bunch of sand pails. I filled them with art supplies for the teachers to use and made signs that said, “to show how much we dig you!”

  3. Such a fun idea! I will feature it on my site. Thank you for sharing.

  4. such a fun idea! thank you so much :)

  5. Thank you so much for this! It was just what I needed to say thanks for the summer and looking forward to fall. PS I found it on Pinterest linked incorrectly and did comment with a link to your blog.

  6. Melissa says:

    I love this idea! I’m totally going to use it for my daughter’s preschool teachers! Thanks for all your work in making these cute tags! I love talented/creative people!

  7. Can I just say you have the cutest blog ever! Thank you for ALL of your great ideas. Quick question… Do you have a suggestion on a great home printer? My printer is very sad and won’t print the way I want it to. Thanks!

  8. libbywilko says:

    Thanks ! Such a great idea.

  9. LOVE this!

  10. Thanks for this idea!! I did this and the teachers loved it!! Thanks for the free printable!!

  11. What kind of candy is featured in the Teacher Appreciation Cup?

    I Love My Baby’s

  12. This is a simply Perfect gift for teacher! I’m so glad I have Family Kitchen on my FB page, they brought these last minute Teacher Appreciation gift ideas to me via Tatertots & Jello! :):);) What a cute name btw! I’m definitely making/giving this as a gift to my daughters teacher! I can pick up these items at my local chain store, & even get a gift certificate at Mcds for the smoothie which is in the same vicinity! Thank you, Thankyou!
    I Love My Baby’s

  13. I made these for my nieces and nephew to give to their teachers this week. They had fun helping me create them. Thanks for the great idea and printable. We also covered some notepads with cardstock and decorated the front.


  14. Love the fun colors! I’m a big fan of teacher appreciation. I just did enough hand sanitizers (made boxes & labels) for the entire middle school. See some of my current and past ideas here:

  15. so cute and easy! I’ve gotta do this one.

  16. Hi Jen! This project is absolutely beautiful! I love the bright colours and the cheeriness of the whole package…so fun to look at! I adore it! Your work is amazing and you are so very talented! Wishing you a wonderful week! Happy Mother’s Day! Angie xo

  17. Lindy@ItsyBitsyPaper says:

    This is soo cute! I hope you’ll consider linking it up to my Teacher Appreciation Linky Party!


  18. carol murphy says:

    Hi! I love this idea! My son and 6 friends are going to “go in” on a gift card and cup for their 4 teachers. Perfect! Where did you get the cute string?

  19. I’m dipping fortune cookies half-way into chocolate & then packaging them into a take-out box with a not about how *fortunate* we are to have them as our teachers.

  20. Hi ladies!!

    the site where I uploaded the printable is down, so I added a direct link to the printable in the post.

    Thanks for all of the lovely comments!!


  21. Nicole W. says:

    This is just too cute!! Thanks so much for sharing.

  22. What a darling idea! I’m a teacher and would love to receive this as a gift:)
    I did get a red cup like this for valentines day with individual crystal light packets inside with the tag, “Thanks for Quenching my Thirst for Knowledge!” Darling, too:)

  23. As a teacher, I LOVE this idea! We never remember to drink enough water! I own that bottle in blue, and all the kids know it’s mine. It’s the BEST.

  24. Jen-

    I love this idea! I am not a coffee drinker, so I understand the disappointment in a Starbucks card. My kids love them though because it means they will get to go for Hot Chocolate and a treat!

    I have a bunch of Teachers Gift ideas that have been posted on my blog this week and last week. Go take a look around.


  25. This is darling! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Michelle says:

    Love, love, love the idea. I’m having trouble printing the printable. Can you advise please!!!

  27. What a GREAT idea! Love this! I tried downloading the tags, but for I can’t open it…bummer!

    • Hi Amy!!

      The site where I uploaded the printables is down, so I added a direct link to the printables in the post. Just click on it and it will take you right to them :)


  28. This is a really cute idea. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Just came up with this idea for Teacher Appreciation Week…


    Thanks for letting me share!

    stephany @ home is what you make it

  30. Such a creative and thoughtful gift project!

  31. Sarita says:

    My lovely DIL has one more year until she gets her master degree in education. I’m saving this This to use sometime during her first year of teaching. Thank you for all that you share.

    Birthmothers never forget

  32. Oh, too cute! I haven’t used my MS Publisher for anything “designy” in awhile…might have to give it a try. :) Love this idea. :)

  33. I love those cups! They sell them at the Joanns (the fabric shop, I know kinda rando) where I live, and they are often on sale. Also, many of them are dishwasher safe! Score!!


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