Events and Holidays

Teachers Gifts They Will Love

Whether it’s for the holidays, for Teacher Appreciation Day, or the last day of the school year, giving your teacher gifts is always a meaningful way to say “thank you” and let them know you appreciate all their efforts. But when you’re giving something to your teacher, avoid knickknacks or desk objects like pencils or apples – they probably received a lot of it already. Stop giving them coffee and sweets as well, if you want your gift to be memorable.

Teachers prefer to receive things that are practical, heartfelt, and fall into one of these two categories: something they can use in the classroom or for work or something that makes their life a little nicer. There are a lot of creative ways to thank teachers, so show how you appreciate them by choosing from these thoughtful gift ideas:

Handwritten notes

By far, the best gift a student can give to a teacher is the simplest one. Teachers delight in seeing their students grow and progress, and the thing they treasure the most is a handwritten letter from a student letting them know they made a difference. When mugs get re-gifted, snacks get eaten, and lotions get used – the affirmation that comes from a note, knowing they’ve made a difference in their student’s lives, stays with teachers forever. The key is to keep it heartfelt and personal and don’t fill it with clichés your teachers have already heard a hundred times. Enclose your message in a pretty card to make it even more special.

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Lovepop Flower Basket Pop Up Card

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Unique Greeting Card For Any Occasion: Handmade Flower Design With Real Bamboo Wood

Gift card

Adding a gift card to your note is something that any teacher will appreciate. Teachers will love getting gift cards so they can buy what they really want from it. Students and parents often mean well when they give something elegant and specific, but most teachers actually need unglamorous things. A gift card that can buy coffee, be used at a movie or restaurant, or be used for shopping for groceries, department stores, and Amazon are gifts that are most welcomed.

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Amazon.com Gift Card for Any Amount in a Flower Pot Reveal

Starbucks Gift Cards

$100 Visa Gift Card

Personalized tote bag

Instead of giving a handbag (it can be hard to figure out if a teacher would like a particular style), why not give them a tote bag? Teachers have a lot to bring to and from school, especially when they have folders, lesson plans, and a laptop or tablet to bring to class. They can also use a tote bag for running weekend errands, shopping, or as a summer beach or pool bag. This gift won’t go unappreciated, especially if it’s personalized with their initials or name.

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Mud Pie Initial Canvas Tote Bags

Teacher Crayons Personalized Zippered Tote Bag

ElegantPark Birthday Gifts for Women Personalized Monogrammed Gifts Bag

Markers

You might think that teachers don’t want gifts that remind them of their school day, but they do appreciate getting classroom supplies. When school districts cut budgets, many teachers make up the difference out of their own pockets. Teachers are always running out of markers, and they can get really pricey. You can help out by picking up quality marker sets.

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EXPO 1927526 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers

Quartet Dry Erase Markers

ARTEZA Dry Erase Markers

Planner

Teachers rely on paper planners to keep track of daily schedules and lesson plans. Help them organize their daily life and keep track of assignments and appointments with a good planner.

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Yes Studio Daily Monday Blink Planner with Bookmark

bloom daily planners Undated Academic Year Teacher Planner

Teacher Lesson Planner: Weekly and Monthly Agenda Calendar

A quality water bottle

There are many cute but cheap water bottles out there, but they are usually made of plastic and won’t stay usable for a while. A nice water bottle is a better and more practical gift since teachers need to stay hydrated after teaching and talking. An insulated bottle can keep water cool all day and keep coffee or tea hot.

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S'well Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Zojirushi SM-KC48 Stainless Mug

Takeya Originals Vacuum-Insulated Stainless-Steel Water Bottle

Cookie and muffin mixes

Teachers get a deluge of sweet treats and baked goods during the holidays, and giving them mixes a perfect thing to give so they won’t be pressured to eat it all before ready-to-eat goods expire. Cookies and muffins are the ideal comfort food, and it’s a good thing to give to a teacher with a penchant for baking.

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Stonewall Kitchen Chocolate Chip Cookie Mixes

Duncan Hines Mega Cookie Double Chocolate Chunk Pan Cookie Mix

Udi's Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin Mug Cake Mix

Organizers

Getting organized is an essential thing teachers need to do to make the school day less stressful. Every teacher needs organizers to keep their handouts, personal items, and other student materials uncluttered.

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Simple Trending Desk Hanging File Box Storage Bin Organizer

Blu Monaco 5 Piece Cute Office Supplies Aqua Desk Organizer Set

U Brands Hanging File Desk Organizer

Cozy throw

Give your teacher a cozy and attractive throw for chilly days, and they would love it. Teachers can get cold in their classrooms and faculty areas, and a throw would be very practical. They would also love to use it at home too.

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DII Coastal Herringbone Stripe Woven Throw

Chanasya Textured Knitted Super Soft Throw Blanket with Tassels

MP2 Fleece Heated Blanket Wrap Shawl, Wearable Electric Poncho Throw

Stylus pens and personalized pens

Red pens are for grading papers, but stylus pens and personalized pens are the little things teachers cherish.

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Kate Spade New York Black Ink Ballpoint Pen with Stylus Tip

Dayspring Pens Personalized Deluxe Rosewood Pen and Pencil Set with Case

Sotania Store Personalized Roller Ballpen

Folio

Help your teacher get organized for his or her next faculty meeting by gifting them a folio. You can go for a simple one with a clipboard or go for full padfolios with pockets and slots for items like pens, flash drives, tablets, notebooks, cards, and more.

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Wundermax Padfolio

Kate Spade New York Leopard Print Clipboard Folio

Forevermore Portfolio Padfolio with Zippered Closure

Gifts to Avoid

Teachers would probably appreciate anything that someone has given them, but they receive some kind of things so frequently that they just rather receive something else. Impractical and impersonal gifts must be avoided, but be sure to steer clear of these gifts too – if you want to make sure that your teacher will love and use what you will give.

Mugs

It’s almost cliché to say that teachers don’t want any more mugs with the phrase “World’s Greatest Teacher” emblazoned on it or other education-themed puns. Yes, mugs are practical – it’s just that their cupboards are probably full enough, and these kinds of gifts often end up getting donated. You can give them a techy mug that keeps their coffee hot. Any caffeine-dependent teacher will super appreciate these kinds of mugs.

Apple or education-themed tchotchkes

Many cute teacher gifts are adorned or shaped like apples, or tchotchkes like desk plaque or wall hanging with a quote related to teacher or education. They might love what they do, but at some point, enough is enough of these things since they are a special person besides being a teacher.

Lotions, candles, perfumes, and anything scented

Unless you saw your teacher use a specific lotion or perfume at school every day, avoid giving anything scented. It’s a tricky area as you run a risk of getting something your teacher would not like. And if they don’t like the scent, they would almost always get re-gifted to someone else.

Expensive gifts

Gifts that are over-the-top expensive can fall against the school policy and ethics codes that prevent teachers from accepting gifts worth more than a certain amount. However, students who want to give a teacher an expensive fit can collaborate with other classmates or the whole class to go in and give a gift together.

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