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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 Hanes Nano-T. The trendy and super soft fabric is everyone’s favorite, and it comes in men’s, women’s, and youth sizes to fit everyone at school. We love this “I teach, what’s your superpower?” design for your teacher or teaching staff.

  3. 1/4 zips
  4. Sweater fleeces are all the rage right now, so the teachers in your life will appreciate this premium gift. The Charles River Quarter Zip Sweater Fleece Pullover 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. IIts 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. You can even personalize it with your teacher’s class 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 Large Gusseted Patterned Top 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. Canvas pouches
  10. It doesn’t matter your age–a stylish pencil keeper or pouch is always a coveted item. The Small Natural Canvas Pouch with Colored Zipper is the perfect size for your teacher to store their pens, phone, charger, and more. The pop of color on the zipper makes the classic canvas stand out–match it to your school colors! This “always write” design is so fun for your writing or English teacher, and we love how all the colors come together.

  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? We love 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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