Thanks a “Latte” Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea with FREE Printable Card Templates

Teacher Appreciation Day is May 8, 2012 this year.

When I was a teacher, one of my favorite gifts to receive by far were gift cards – Starbucks being the most coveted.  Inspiration for this project came from eighteen25.  My friend, Nicole, whipped up the templates below for us.

These cards are a fairly simple gift to assemble.  They print in a 5×7 size and you can print them at home or from the photo finishing company of your choosing.  I printed my cards on matte finished photo paper and they came out a tad flimsier than I had in mind.  I remedied this by using double-sided tape and affixed the photo paper to card stock.  You can skip this step altogether simply by printing your cards out on a thicker card stock.

I bought Starbucks gift cards for each of Lily’s teachers (though you could certainly substitute any coffee shop’s gift card).

Click on any of the 8 templates below to get a full sized version of the card.  To save the full sized version on your computer, just right click over the large image and choose “save as.”

To complete these cards, draw a line wide enough to fit a vertically placed gift card and cut that line.

Make sure the card fits!

Next, you’ll need one of those “oh-my-God-this-drink-is-burning-my-flesh-protector-thingers.”  I was displeased to discover that Starbucks prints this super annoying time stamp right smack dab in the middle of their cardboard sleeves.  Grrrrrr.  I had to cut around the time stamp.  Then I affixed the cut piece to my card, Starbucks logo down, with double-sided tape.

To finish off my cards, I wrapped a long strand of hemp around each one a couple of times (twine would work great as well), tying the ends in a small bow.  I will let Lily sign each of the cards before we deliver them.

Finished products!

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  • Great Idea! Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      You’re welcome!

  • Kimberlee1581

    How much should each card be worth?

    • Anonymous

      Totally up to you! I think anywhere in the $5 – $20 is appropriate, but this one is an “it’s the thought that counts” gift – I don’t think the amount matters much. I’m thinking I’ll do around $10 per gift card with some flowers.

      • Kimberlee1581

        ok, one more thing now that I’m at my computer and not on a mobil device. Is there anyway I can get this templet emailed or any other place I can get it? My computer is not being very agreeable with this. When I click the templet I like it won’t open it.

        • Anonymous

          If you tell me which color combo you like best, I can email you the file. 🙂

          • Kimberlee1581

            I like the pink polka dots with the solid print. I greatly appreciate it!

  • Kathleen Benner

    Oh my gosh, Devon, I LOVE this idea!!! I was thinking of doing it with the Henning’s coffee shop since it’s down the street from my boys’ school, but they don’t offer those cardboard protector things anymore because they have some fancy insulated cups now!! Wonder what else I could use??

    • Anonymous

      Glad you like it! You could totally just stop into Starbucks if there’s one near you – they keep the insulated cardboard sleeves near the “drink pick up” area.

    • Jen M.

      I love this too, Kathleen! Guess you beat me to it:):)! They will love it! ~Jen M.

  • Jerannamak

    Hi, I too am having trouble getting the images to load. When I click on the image to make it larger it just opens in another window with only a small box on the upper left corner of the page with a red “x” in it. Could you email me the pink dots background one too and the brown diagonal stripe as well?

  • Susie

    Great idea! I also can’t get the files to open…could you please email me the brown stripe one? Thanks so much!

  • Sheri DeSimone

    Great idea! Love it. I can’t get it to open either. Bummer.

  • Jessica

    I love the black and green version – is there any way you could email me the file?

  • April

    Love these!! Did you print on regular paper or card stock?

    • MamaCheaps

      I used card stock! 🙂