“A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.”
It is almost the time of the year to get something special for your teacher! Other than your parents, teachers are the ones who open the door of knowledge and values for you.
It can be mind-boggling to prepare something for someone who you see 5 days a week but have not much knowledge about. So, we have done a survey with a group of teachers to find out what they like to receive from their students for Teacher’s day! Guess what came on top of the list of gifts? DIY or handmade gifts! Teachers love to hear the thoughts and feelings from their students. So, you’ve got your answer.
DIY gifts are creative, heartfelt, and affordable too. We have found a few simple DIY gifts ideas that will still warm the heart of your teacher.
#1 Handmade Cards
There really is no denying that a handmade card goes a long way, as knowing someone has taken the time to make you something special is always heart-warming.
A simple way of making cards is to decorate the front of the card with watercolour florals using watercolour brush pens. Watercolour brush pens allow you to create unique styles like dainty florals and hand lettering that can be used to make cards, invitations, and art prints.
These pens have the versatility of traditional watercolour packed into one easy-to-carry body. These pens allow you to use techniques that you never really get to play with using the typical alcohol-based markers or gel pens: dreamy blending, colour washes, gradients and soft ombres.
Check out these tutorials on creating your own floral arts and calligraphy.
Materials you need:
Free Calligraphy Practice Booklet
Free Calligraphy Practice Booklet
Do not have the artistic flair or in rush for time? Don’t worry, you can choose one from our collection of beautiful Teacher’s Day cards.
#2 Keepsakes Photo Album
A lot of memories are created throughout the academic year. A compilation of all your classmates or course mates’ photos and personal messages as a keepsake photo album for your teacher will be super touching.
(Available in other colours)
#3 Handwritten Letter to your Teacher
Prefer a simpler way of saying thank you to your favourite teacher? A handwritten letter will be simply perfect. Include some sweet messages that will you unforgettable in the mind of your teacher:
- If there were no teachers, all other professions would not exist.
- Dear Teacher… I may forget what you’ve said, but I’ll never forget how you made me feel.
- An awesome teacher is hard to find, difficult to part with and impossible to forget.
- Teacher change the world, one child, at a time.
- Dear teacher, thanks for not making us learn the way you wanted to teach but teaching us the way we wanted to learn.
(Available in other designs)
#4 Bake your own cookie
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients for 12 big cookies
- ½ cup granulated sugar(100 g)
- ¾ cup brown sugar(165 g), packed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter(115 g), melted
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour(155 g)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 4 oz milk or semi-sweet chocolate chunks(110 g)
- 4 oz dark chocolate chunk(110 g), or your preference
Total Time 1 hr 5 min
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
- In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars, salt, and butter until a paste forms with no lumps.
- Whisk in the egg and vanilla, beating until light ribbons fall off the whisk and remain for a short while before falling back into the mixture.
- Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula (Be careful not to overmix, which would cause the gluten in the flour to toughen resulting in cakier cookies).
- Fold in the chocolate chunks, then chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. For a more intense toffee-like flavour and deeper colour, chill the dough overnight. The longer the dough rests, the more complex its flavour will be.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Scoop the dough with an ice-cream scoop onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving at least 4 inches (10 cm) of space between cookies and 2 inches (5 cm) of space from the edges of the pan so that the cookies can spread evenly.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges have started to barely brown.
Let them cool completely before packing into a cute and beautiful box!
Follow us on our Instagram for our upcoming video on IGTV that will guide you step by step on baking the yummy mini cookies that will be most memorable for your teacher.
Happy Teacher’s Day in advance to all the teachers out there!
Written by Chloe Huang