A Sweet (and simple) Teacher Appreciation Gift

I have a huge amount of respect for teachers.  My mom, mother-in-law and sisters-in-law are all teachers and I’ve seen first hand how many hours (and dollars) they put in to their jobs.  Next week is national teacher appreciation week so it’s time to share the love with all the fabulous teachers we’ve been blessed with this year.  And what better way to say thank you to an overworked teacher than with a jar of my favorite stress reliever? Chocolate.

The pink message on the jar reads “Because a little chocolate is the best way to say farewell to a very long day.  Thanks for all you do!”  Isn’t that cute?  So simple and so sweet at the same time.  And at less than $4 per jar, you can make enough for all the great teachers in your life.  You can even customize it for each teacher by adding a gift card or heartfelt note from your kids.  Want to make one…or a bunch?  Here’s the tutorial.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

– Small Canning Jar
– 30+ Hershey Kisses
MeckMom Thank You Gift Printable printed on heavy white cardstock (you can find it at the bottom of this post)
– Glue Dots
– 3/4″ Circle Punch
– 2″ Circle Punch (you could you scissors too, but I like the perfect circles the Fiskars punch makes)
– Paper trimmer or scissors
– Ribbon

Step 2: Cut Strips and Punch Circles

Use your paper trimmer to cut the small circles into long strips.  Turn over your 3/4″ punch and center it over a circle.  I designed the circles to be a bit bigger than 3/4″ to give you a little wiggle room in your cropping.

Step 3: Adhere Dots to Kisses

I found the easiest method was to lay out a long tape of glue dots and then press the kiss circles onto the tape.  From there, just peel your circles off the tape and pop them onto the base of the kisses.

Step 4: Toss Your Kisses Into the Jar

I used a half-pint canning jar because I liked the silver lid (and because it looked tough enough to survive a trip to school in my kids’ backpacks).  You can find them in the canning section of WalMart for around $8 per pack of 12.

Step 5: Crop Your Topper, Tag and Notecard

Using scissors or a 2″ circle punch cut out two of the larger circles (again I designed them a bit bigger than 2″ to make for easier cropping).  Use a few glue dots to attach one large Thank You circle to the jar lid.  Use a cute ribbon (adhered with glue dots) to attach the large circle note to the jar.  Use your straight-edge cutter to cut out the coordinating notecard.  Fold along the dotted line.

That’s it!  See?  I told you it was easy.  I love this little printable.  It has so many uses.  I think I may make up a few extras to keep on hand for the next time I need a thoughtful way to say thank you in a hurry.

In honor of teachers everywhere I’m offering this printable free on my site for the next seven days.  After that, it will go up for sale with my other great printables in the MeckMom Etsy store.  So grab it while you can.

My only request is that you post a comment about who you plan to thank with your little jar of chocolaty goodness. Gratitude is good for the soul so give a shout out to a generous person in your life and add a comment below.

*A little note: Please feel free to blog, tweet, facebook or email all your friends about this idea.  I just ask that you link directly to this post in your message – please don’t post the actual printable file on your sites.  Thank you!

*The seven-day free download period has expired. Of course you can still order this cute printable for only $3.95 in my Etsy shop.

Once your payment clears I’ll email the file directly to you (usually within 2 hours).  Feel free to print it as many times as you’d like.  I just ask that you don’t share the file or sell the finished product to others.  Thanks!

I’m joining a few Linky Parties this week…

The Girl Creative



  1. Thank YOU for the cute idea and free printable! I will be using this for 3 school teachers and our piano teacher! So cute!

  2. THANK YOU!!! Maria, you are so darling! I love this idea! I will use it for my kids teachers and also for their primary teachers! They will LOVE this.

  3. These are so cute and such a “sweet” idea…I will be making these for my daughter’s teachers as well as the office staff who do so much for the school! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Thank you!! I’ll use this for preschool and first grade teachers as well as dance teacher. So cute!

  5. Thank you for the great idea and super cute printable! I’ll be putting these together for my little girls preschool teachers. :)

  6. What a cute idea!!! I love it!

  7. Whitney

    Thanks for the cute printable! I will be making one of these for my daughter’s Preschool teacher.

  8. thank you :) am looking forward to making some adorable gifts for my sons kindy teachers

  9. I want to get with my daughter and see about making these for my grandchildrens teachers. What I like about this idea is that it is cute AND what teacher would not want some chocolate!

  10. I will make one for my daughter’s kindergarten teacher, and my other daughter’s preschool teacher! I will probably make a few extras for whatever comes up too!! So cute!

  11. We just moved and I was trying to come up with a thank you for my son’s teacher at his old school. This is perfect! Thanks Meck mom.

  12. Jesi Jury

    Thank you so much for sharing!!! Iam excited to make these for my kids teachers! Great idea!

  13. With the ‘help’ of my 4th grader, I’ll make this for his teacher. She has been absolutely wonderful for him this year! We’ve been so very, VERY blessed to have her. Thanks for the reminder AND the printable!

  14. I’m going to make these for my kids’ teachers at the world’s greatest Montessori :)

  15. Thanks for the great idea! I am going to make one for my daughters teacher.

  16. Alison

    Great idea! I already have something for M’s main teacher, but this would be perfect for the specialty teachers and principal, low cost! Thanks for the idea and printable.

  17. Thank you so much! adorable!

  18. Coralie

    Thank you so much for sharing this! It was simple enough for my kids to do themselves and anything means more when it’s made by the kids. We’re giving them to their teachers. Thanks again!

  19. venetia

    Thank you so much for this simple and cute idea. My 3 year old loved making the jars for her teachers and her 1 year old sister’s teacher. And at 7 1/2 months pregnant I was overjoyed by how easy it was to complete. The teachers loved the jars and we had one say ” It looks too cute to eat”.

    Thank you!!!!!

  20. Julie

    I gave one to my daughters 1st grade teacher and my son’s Preschool teacher. Will also give to my husbands legal assistant on “secretary day.” Thanks so much!!

  21. What brand is the 3/4 inch circle punch and where can I find it? I like that you can see what you are cutting out. Help.

  22. Margot Perry

    I just found your blog through ishareprintables. I also checked out your etsy store, but could not find your Teacher Appreciation printable kit. Love your blog!!!


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