Summer Tote Bag Teacher Gift & Free Printable

What teacher wouldn’t love a cute tote bag filled with summer goodies to send them into summer?  I posted last week about making a framed fingerprint craft for the teachers, and I’m bundling that into a fun summer tote bag.  My son’s preschool class decided to contribute to a group gift from all the children, so we were able to put together a nice assortment of goodies.  If you’re doing a gift from just your child, you could scale this idea back to a smaller bag with a couple of items inside.

I started with these cute monogram tote bags from Kirkland’s.  The metallic gold on these bags makes them look like they cost a lot more than $15!  They’re big and roomy and would be perfect for taking to the beach or pool.  The ties on the side are a cute idea too, since they can slim the bag down or allow it to open up for lots of cargo.

Next, I added matching cosmetic bags ($5 from Kirkland’s) with a travel bug spray perfect for a purse ($4.40 from Target) and a fun lip balm with SPF in a tropical scent ($1.99 from Target).  I’m also adding in a Target gift card with the leftover collected funds.


These big notepads were too cute to pass up at Kirkland’s ($6).  They’re large enough to handle a note to a friend or a grocery list, and the design and gold edging is so pretty!


What summer tote bag is complete without a beach towel?!  These Tommy Hillfiger towels have a colorful tropical leaf design and are so soft!  $12 at Marshall’s made them a good deal!


I loved that these little candles came in fun summer scents ($4 from Target).  There were several to choose from, but these were my favorites.  Fun!


Here’s what everything looks like all together.


To tie it all together, I made these gift tags and printed them on some pink card stock I already had.  Download the free gift tags in PDF format here.



These bags are stuffed and ready for the last day of school!  If only I was ready for school to be out!! 😉