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Back to School Teacher Survival Kit Gift ~ FREE PRINTABLE!

Kick off the new school year with this back to school teacher gift, a survival kit which is sure to help your teacher make it through that busy first week with a smile!

First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit FREE PRINTABLE ~ Energy (caffeine) + Sanity (chocolate) + Antibacterial Hand Gel  |  {Five Heart Home}When I was a first grade teacher, there were three things I required to get through the first week of school: energy, sanity, and a boatload of antibacterial hand sanitizer. Now that I’m a mom of a first grader, hopefully my kids’ teachers will appreciate these “survival kits” full of the same.

The first week of school is a long one for everyone involved. By the end of the week, the kiddos are worn out from absorbing rules and learning schedules, sitting still and paying attention. The parents are worn out from getting up early and staying up late to make sure that clothes are washed, lunches are prepared, and backpacks are packed.

First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit FREE PRINTABLE ~ Energy (caffeine) + Sanity (chocolate) + Antibacterial Hand Gel  |  {Five Heart Home}And the teachers? Y’all, the teachers have already been up at the school at all hours of the day and night for weeks now, setting up their classrooms and attending inservices. Then the first week of school hits and the actual students arrive, and they need additional stamina and patience to make sure that their new little learners are happy and engaged, that they’re making new friends and following new rules, and that nobody gets lost! It’s a fun but exhausting week, and I think just about every teacher out there would appreciate some caffeine and chocolate to power through it.

As for the antibacterial hand gel? Well, a classroom is not unlike a giant petri dish, so that’s to make sure the germs don’t get the teachers down and we’ll see them back next week.  ;)

First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit FREE PRINTABLE ~ Energy (caffeine) + Sanity (chocolate) + Antibacterial Hand Gel | {Five Heart Home}

To put together my First Week of School Teacher Survival Kits, I picked up some pencil boxes in the school supply aisle at Target for 50¢ each. I used a Starbucks gift card for the caffeine portion of the kit, and I also threw in some decadent chocolate truffles and a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel. You can be as conservative or generous as you wish with the Starbucks card…$5 would score your teacher a caffeinated treat one morning or afternoon, or a higher amount would fuel them over several Starbucks runs. Regardless of what your budget allows, the gesture would be much appreciated.

First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit FREE PRINTABLE ~ Energy (caffeine) + Sanity (chocolate) + Antibacterial Hand Gel | {Five Heart Home}

However, if you don’t want to go the gift card route, there are some additional ways you could use this printable. Instead of putting everything in a box, you could alternatively pick up a 20-ounce soft drink or a bottled coffee drink, tie a chocolate bar and bottle of hand sanitizer on either side with some colorful ribbon, and then use the printable as a tag.

Hence, Exhibit A…

First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit FREE PRINTABLE ~ Energy (caffeine) + Sanity (chocolate) + Antibacterial Hand Gel  |  {Five Heart Home}…and Exhibit B.

First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit FREE PRINTABLE ~ Energy (caffeine) + Sanity (chocolate) + Antibacterial Hand Gel  |  {Five Heart Home}The whole point of any teacher gift is to let our educators know how much we appreciate that they teach and care for our most prized possessions for so many hours of the day over so many months of the year. It’s a gesture that doesn’t need to cost a lot. And oftentimes, a heartfelt, handwritten note is the best gift any parent (or student) can give. I know that on the first day of school, you may not know the teacher yet or have much to say, but a simple We’re so happy to have you as a teacher and we’re looking forward to having a great year with you! is a great first step towards building a positive parent-teacher relationship for the upcoming school year.

And, of course, it doesn’t hurt if you choose to throw in some high quality chocolate with that message.

First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit FREE PRINTABLE ~ Energy (caffeine) + Sanity (chocolate) + Antibacterial Hand Gel | {Five Heart Home}From students to parents to teachers, I hope that everyone has a positive, successful first week of school. Happy School Year!

First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit FREE PRINTABLE ~ Energy (caffeine) + Sanity (chocolate) + Antibacterial Hand Gel | {Five Heart Home}Click HERE to download a high-resolution printable for the First Week of School Teacher Survival Kit!

I printed this printable on cardstock (there are two tags per page) and attached them to my “survival kits” with double-sided tape. Or for my alternative gifts, I punched a hole in the corner of each tag and tied it on with ribbon.

Looking for a fun after school snack for the kiddos? These cute Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins have become a first day of school tradition at our house!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins ~ a perfect after school snack on the first day of school (or any day after that!) | {Five Heart Home}

More teacher appreciation goodies

Teacher Appreciation Free Printables ~ 8x10" print, note cards, and gift tags | FiveHeartHome.com

 

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  1. Found via time to sparkle, love this idea!! Totally brilliant, doable and customizable. Awesome!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m glad you like the printable and hope you find it useful!

  2. Such an adorable idea! I am so doing this!

  3. Super cute idea!!

  4. This is a really cute idea. I’m glad my son’s school starts in a couple weeks; I still have time to pull something like this together! :) Thanks for sharing!

    (stopping by from the Link Party Palooza)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Emily! I know what you mean…school can really sneak up on you. I practically have to start thinking about it in July to get everything done in time!

  5. Hi Samantha! What a fantastic idea – love this! Thank you SO much for joining us and sharing this and your fabulous muffins at Best of the Weekend – pinning to our party board and will be sharing on FB and Twitter tomorrow. Please have a wonderful weekend and hope you’ll join us again next week!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I appreciate everything, Cindy! See you next week for Best of the Weekend again… :) Hope you have a terrific weekend!

  6. Love this! Going to do this for my son’s new 2nd grade teachers. They would definitely love it! What a great idea! Pinning and printing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Gloria! I’m glad you like the printable and will be able to use it! I’m sure your son’s teachers will love their special treats… :)

  7. What a great idea! and it’s easy and inexpensive. I’m a teacher and I would love to get one of these.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so glad you like the idea, Pam! And yes, that’s always my litmus test when I’m coming up with teacher gifts…would I have enjoyed receiving this gift when I was a teacher? ;) Thanks so much for the comment…have a great week!

  8. What a great idea Samantha. I am totally doing this once my little guy starts going to school, a perfect gift. Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturday girl! :)

  9. I love it.. and I would love to get it! School, here, doesn’t start for another 3 weeks, but most of us have been at school this week already!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Megan! I can totally relate to spending weeks ahead of time up at school getting everything ready, and I know most teachers do the same. That’s why I think teachers deserve a little treat and token of appreciation on that very first day… ;) I appreciate you stopping by and hope your upcoming school year is a great one!

  10. Samantha D says:

    What a cute idea!!! School started here last week – but I’ll Pin to save for next year! Love this idea, I’m sure the teachers will appreciate it too!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for the comment and the pin, Samantha! I hope your teachers enjoy this gift next year!

  11. This is a great idea. I am sharing with my daughter & daughter-in-law! I’m visiting from Monday Funday Linky Party.. thanks so much!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Mary! I’m so happy your daughter and daughter-in-law might be able to use this idea!

  12. That is so cute and fun! Very thoughtful, too. :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Jillian! I really appreciate the sweet comment. I hope lots of teachers out there will be enjoying the fruits of these “survival kits” over the next few weeks! ;)

  13. You forgot to show the example of the most “realistic” first week survival kit, the one with a bottle of wine ;)

    Super cute idea, I love it and will probably use it for my daughter’s teacher this year!

    I would love it if you linked up with us this week!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Ha, Randi! I think you’re on to something…you aren’t the first one to suggest that to me. ;) Thanks for stopping by and I’ll definitely check out your next link party!

  14. What a fab article – a great and original idea! Love it x

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks you, Ella Rose! I hope you’re able to use the printable, and if you do, that your teachers love their gifts. :)

  15. Where can I sign up to be your kids’ teacher?! This is adorable!! Any teacher would love to receive this, and that printable is just perfect. Awesome project, Samantha!

    ~Abby =)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so sweet, Abby. Thank you for the kind words! I hope LOTS of teachers get to enjoy this gesture this back-to-school season… :)

  16. This is so cute! And thank you so much for the printable. It’s adorable!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re very welcome, Erin! I’m glad you’re going to be able to use it and I hope your teachers love it!

  17. This is such a sweet idea!
    I will be featuring you tomorrow at the Show Stopper Party!

  18. These are so cute! I would love it if one of my students showed up with this on the first day!

    Lauren @ Imperfect & Fabulous

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Lauren! My philosophy is that one can never go wrong with a teacher gift when it includes chocolate! ;)

  19. Love this! I’m going to make this for my daughter’s teacher and send it tomorrow! Even though it will be Thursday when she gets it, it’s technically still the first week of school! Might be the perfect thing to get her through the last two days of the week!!!!

    By the way, just found your blog and love it! Thank you for sharing your ideas and inspiring such fun and creative projects, recipes, etc…Can’t wait to explore your site some more!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Sarah! I bet your teacher loves her gift (it’s never too late for chocolate!), and I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the blog. Hope to see you back soon!

  20. Amy~Blissful Blonde (@amybblonde) says:

    Great printable! Thank you so much for sharing!! Printed and ready for the teacher :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for the comment and the pin, Amy! I’m sure your teacher will appreciate your thoughtfulness. :)

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