It’s August, which means that it is back to school for most students and educators. The first day of school is always super exciting for everyone involved, and deserves to be commemorated in a special way. Whether you are headed back to school virtually or in person, we have fun gift ideas to make the first day memorable. Keep scrolling for useful back to school ideas for students and teachers (both in-person and virtual). Plus, download our FREE back to school printables at the end of the post.
Back to School Gift Ideas for Students
What are your back to school traditions? On the first day back to school, I cook a special breakfast and set out a fun surprise for each of my kids. This year, I created little gift baskets that were full of age appropriate books and supplies for each of them. Plus, I included a Vanilla Gift Card for them to purchase something special. I love how easy the Vanilla Gift Cards are to use. They are accepted nationwide, both online and in-person, at any retailer that accepts Visa debit cards.
Add to your Child’s Library
I am an avid reader, so to me, books are always the perfect children’s gift. Fill a basket or crate full of grade-level readers or novels to add to your child’s home library. This gift crate was full of an assortment of books for my now 2nd grader.
Back to School Supplies
Whether you are learning in person or from a distance, school supplies are always needed and a welcome gift. Package both useful and fun back to school supplies into a gift crate for your child on their first day of school. Personalize your back to school gift basket with items that appeal to the unique nature of your child. For example, add additional art supplies for your budding artist, colorful patterns and designs for their folders or memo books and personalized items for their backpack.
Back to School Gift Ideas for Teachers
My children love to bring a little token of appreciation to their teachers on the first day of school. They are always so proud to show their thoughtful and personalized gifts. This year, my four children will be distance learning for at least the first semester, making it challenging to provide our customary back to school gifts. But, we brainstormed and were able to come up with 2 useful gift ideas for teachers this year; one for in-person learning and one for distance learning where you may not be able to greet your child’s teacher in person.
Cleaning Supplies and P.P.E. for Teachers
Make your child’s teacher grin from ear to ear with this back to school gift basket full of essential P.P.E. items and classroom cleaning supplies. Each year, cleaning supplies are at the top of many teacher’s lists of requested items. Include items such as facial tissue, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer and disposable facial masks. Then, be sure to tuck a Vanilla Gift Card in any denomination into the basket so that your child’s teacher can replenish needed classroom supplies at their convenience. Vanilla Gift Cards are accepted nationwide anywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.
Distance Learning Back to School Gift
If you are unable to meet your child’s teacher in person for back to school, send a gift electronically. To involve your child, encourage them to create a picture or card that you can photograph and send along with a Vanilla eGift Card via email as an image attachment.
Simply choose the gift amount, the card’s design, add your personalized message (for eGift Cards), then complete your transaction. To purchase your own Vanilla eGift Card, visit https://www.vanillagift.com/.
We hope that our useful back to school ideas provide inspiration for creating special first day memories for your child(ren) or their teachers this year. Best wishes for an amazing school year from my family to yours!
P.S. Don’t forget to download your FREE back to school printable below!