Every year it seems like I struggle to find the perfect teacher gift.  I want it to be adorable and wonderful but also inexpensive. Here is a great idea for a teacher gift that delivers on all counts!  Your kids will enjoy helping you make it, and teachers will love fighting germs in the holiday spirit.  Perfect!

Supplies Needed:

  • hand sanitizer
  • Goo Gone or other adhesive remover
  • red paper
  • white paper
  • black paper or ribbon
  • alphabet stickers (or a label maker if you have one)
  • glue or adhesive
  • duct tape
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge (optional)


  1. [optional] Remove all labels from your hand sanitizer bottle using Goo Gone or other adhesive remover.  Make sure your bottle is completely dry before proceeding.
  2. Cut red paper to fit snugly around the bottle and secure with glue.
  3. Cut a strip of black paper or ribbon to fit around the bottle as Santa’s “belt”.  Secure with glue.
  4. Cut a strip of white paper to fit around the bottom of the bottle in a scallop pattern.  You can freehand this or use special scrapbook scissors or cutters to create the scallops. Place on the bottom of the red paper and secure with glue.
  5. Cut a square of duct tape for Santa’s “belt buckle”.  Cut a smaller square inset and stick on over the black ribbon/paper.
  6. Using a label maker or alphabet stickers, put “Santa-tizer” on the top of the bottle, above the red paper.
  7. Optional – If you want to make the bottle more durable, cover the paper and label/stickers with a coat of Mod Podge.

Thanks, Beth

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13 thoughts on “Make Santa-tizer, the Perfect Teacher Gift!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love the electrical tape idea!

  2. Just curious what brand you used? The shape of the bottle and white pump make it perfect and I am thinking this would be super cute for my craft fair at an elementary school. All the bottles I am seeing are a colored pump and/or weird shaped bottle

  3. I love this! We are making beaded book marks, bubble magnets, books and hand sanatizer gift baskets for teachers this year. I will have to do this to my sanatizers. Too cute. I have the one that came with little samples free, I can see those as elfs. Fun! I’ll send picks and final costs to share when they are done.

  4. Anonymous says:

    As a teacher, hand sanitizer is useful but we have tons of these provided by the school or the students since it’s part of the school supply package at the beginning of the year. The best gifts that parents give us at school are cookie tins with homemade cookies in them.

  5. When I have kids, I’m going to keep the tradition of what my mother used to get for my teachers. A bottle of booze!

  6. I am a teacher and I think this is very cute. My kids are in high school or I would think about making some of these.

  7. Renee Locke says:

    seriously who wants to recieve hand sanitizer as a gift. Its more like a gift for the desk than for the teacher. Teachers deserve a non school related gift just like anyone else. Its a cute idea to decorate your hand sanitizer for your own bathroom but spare the teachers such terrible gifts.

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you ever considered a career as a Walmart Greeter?

    • Irene Tiefenthaler says:

      I’m a teacher and I would love this! We go through gallons of this stuff and this is so cute. The last thing a teacher wants is something for the “teacher.” I have way too many apple things.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m a teacher and I would love this gift! Our school does supply sanitizer but this is way cute! It is something the kids and I use all throughout the day so it is practical and adorable!

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is adorable! It is a great idea for all the FREE hand sanitizers that Rite Aid gave away this year!

  9. Awesome! I always want to buy the smelly hand sanitizer from Bath and Body works, but they can’t use it in class because you need water to rinse it! This is just perfect! And you can decorate for any of the holidays!

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is WAY cute!