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6 Teacher Appreciation Day T-shirt & Custom Design Ideas

Posted By Kate Degen

Teachers have a hard job, so it’s nice to give them the recognition they deserve. Teacher Appreciation Day is May 7, and it’s the perfect opportunity to say “thanks!” to your favorite education professional. Matching t-shirts for the whole class is a great way to show your appreciation, or you can customize something truly personal for your favorite teachers like a zip up or trendy water bottle. Check out some of our favorite teacher appreciation tees and designs below. They’re sure to put a smile on your favorite teacher’s face.

6 Teacher Appreciation Day T-shirt & Custom Design Ideas

  1. T-shirts
  2. T-shirts are the best way to get your message across. Whether you want to say “thanks!” or “you’re the best!” putting it on a t-shirt will show them how much your class cares. One of our favorite tees for the spring is the tried-and-true Bella + Canvas V-neck. The trendy and super soft fabric is everyone’s favorite, and it comes in men’s and women’s sizes to fit everyone at school school. We love this “I teach, what’s your superpower?” design for your teacher or teaching staff.

  3. 1/4 zips
  4. Quarter zips are always in style and offer a truly polished look, so the teachers in your life will appreciate this premium gift. The Hanes Nano Quarter Zip Sweatshirt is the perfect layering piece to wear in the classroom or for supervising clubs. It’s great for any season so they’re sure to wear it year round. We love this “real heroes don’t wear capes they teach” design. It looks super chic on a navy sweater fleece and is a timeless piece they’ll love–even when you’ve moved on to the next grade!

  5. Water bottles
  6. Teachers need to stay hydrated, too, and they’ll swoon for this 20 oz. Copper Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle with Screw‑on Lid. Its cork lid makes it a trendy fresh take on a copper bottle. It keeps drinks cold for 48 hours and hot for 12, so their drinks will stay fresh even when lesson plans get in the way. We’d add this creative “teach, love, inspire” design on the gunmetal color. This is the perfect thank you gift if you’re ordering for the whole staff—you can even personalize it with your school name at the bottom.

  7. Totes
  8. A gift can be thoughtful, and useful, too, and we think a stylish tote strikes just the right balance for your teacher’s gift. They’ll love carting their books, lesson plans, and lunch in a one of a kind bag. Go for the Lightweight 100% Cotton Tote–it’s water repellent and has an interior pocket for bringing along the essentials, and the patterned top adds a colorful flair all professors would love. They’ll also go cray for this “get your cray-on” design. Any elementary school teacher would love this gift (we sure would)!

  9. Hooded Long Sleeve Tees
  10. The Anvil Hooded Long Sleeve T-shirt is perfect for every season and has trendy touches like the contrast drawcords. Order as few as one in white, black, navy, caribbean blue, and red. The “always write” design is the perfect gift for your favorite English teacher. The dual, punny, meaning may not get you an A, but it is sure to make your teacher smile!
     

  11. Moleskine notebooks
  12. A fun notebook or stationery might just be the quintessential teacher gift. Sure, they might already have some, but who wouldn’t love a brand new Moleskine Hardcover Notebook in place of the school-issued supplies? Spoil the whole staff with this fun “grading things” design, especially if your teacher or staff are fans of the related show. And it’s a nod to all the grading they have to do when class is over. This classic piece works for teachers of any subject and is easy to tote from classroom to classroom with its elastic closure.

    Who is your favorite teacher? What do they teach? Tell us more about your Teacher Appreciation Day plans in the comments below!


Kate wants her work to impact the little but important moments in people’s lives—like birthdays, anniversaries, and family celebrations. She loves coming up with witty copy that might inspire someone to create an awesome t-shirt!

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