This easy coffee teacher appreciation gift is loved by the entire school staff. Grab a cup for your kids’ classroom teacher or a few bags of coffee for the staff room then stick on an adorable free label. Presto… the gift of coffee for all!
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I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was an adult. I was 25, a newlywed, and had recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest. I spent my days locked in a tiny basement office with Cookie Monster Blue shag carpeting telecommuting to my Midwest office.
These major life changes, paired with the iconic foggy winter weather of the Puget Sound, were a recipe for depression… until I discovered the joy of the drive-thru coffee stand!
Gourmet Coffee On-the-Go
The gourmet coffee drive-thru is a Washington state phenomenon that I have never seen replicated. Don’t get me wrong, there are always a few drive-thru windows offering coffee wherever we live, but in Washington, especially the northwest coast, coffee stands are a RELIGION.
Our town of roughly 20,000 boasted more than 20 drive-thru coffee shops. Some were tiny stand-alone shacks or VW buses perched in the parking lot of a bigger business. Others were simple sliding windows attached to larger stand-alone cafes. And a few were famous chains with slick ordering intercoms and a mermaid logo. Each had a special offering, a dedicated customer base, and supremely delicious coffee.
It was in Washington that I discovered the Sugar Baby Latte, the Zebra Mocha, and the Irish Dream. These caffeinated friends got me through my first years of marriage and military life and, a few years later, my children’s toddler years when I was mostly a single parent due to deployments.
Coffee Teacher Appreciation Gift
I no longer live in Washington. Most mornings I drink black coffee brewed in my own kitchen. But I still remember the joy of the coffee stand.
These fond memories may be the reason I love giving coffee as a gift: a simple DIY Sharpie coffee mug, a cup of coffee delivered at the start of the day, a package of homemade coffee shortbread, or a coffee gift card. They’re all perfect for most gift-giving occasions. Plus we all have a different budget so it’s an easy gift to scale.
(Pssst… check out this list of my favorite free printable coffee teacher appreciation gifts. They make gift-giving a snap!)
Is coffee a good gift for teachers?
In my experience, teachers love getting coffee as a gift. They can drink it themselves, share it with a loved one, or put it in the teacher’s lounge for the rest of the teaching staff.
During Teacher Appreciation Week I love sending a few bags of gourmet coffee for a teacher’s gift the whole staff can enjoy. It helps replenish the school’s supply and is a treat for the whole staff. (This year I delivered single-serve pods since our elementary school uses a Keurig coffee maker. Check with your school secretary to see what your teacher’s lounge uses.)
How to Make the Coffee Gift
Know a coffee-loving teacher? Coffee is probably the easiest teacher appreciation gift you will ever make. You need a few boxes of coffee and some fun labels — then download, print, and stick — Presto, the gift of coffee!
- Gourmet Coffee or Coffee Pods
- Avery Labels 8164
- Red Bakers Twine
- Inkjet Printer
- Free PDF coffee labels
- Download the free PDF label.
- Print the labels using an inkjet printer.
- Stick the labels to the coffee.
- Add baker’s twine or ribbon, if desired.
I hope this easy DIY brings a little coffee joy to your favorite teacher. If you like my easy DIY projects, sign up for my free newsletter and never miss an idea or free printable.
Love coffee and cookies? Try this amazing mocha shortbread recipe (with free gift tags).