25 Gifts for teachers to show your appreciation

Teachers deserve the world for their hard work and dedication. Whether it’s for Christmas, Teacher’s day, the end of the year, or just because, we have curated the best gifts teachers really want. You’ll find classic gifts for teachers such as school supplies as well as more unique gifts to show your appreciation and thank the teacher in your life.

Most gifts listed below are inexpensive, you can mix and match to make a gift basket if the whole class is pitching in and you want to gift something special to your favorite teacher. Don’t forget to add a card to your gift with a handwritten thank you message.

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School supplies gifts for teachers

Teachers always need more school supplies, if you are looking for a practical teacher gift, then it’s a good option. We have listed below a couple of cute options the teachers in your life will surely appreciate.

1 – Teacher Notepad and Daily Planner

Help them stay organized with this Teacher Notepad where they can keep track of everything they have to do. It’s undated so nothing will go to waste. It’s a super practical thing to have for people who tend to forget things or just need a bit of help getting everything done on time. It’s also a great way to boost productivity.

2 – Undated Academic Year Teacher Planner & Calendar – Lesson Plan Organizer

A planner dedicated to teachers, this organizer will make a teacher’s life much easier. The designs are super cute and teacher-themed with inspirational quotes. You can choose from 4 different front page design.

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In addition, to regular daily and weekly pages, it comes with a bunch of pages teachers will love having (personal info page with yearly mission statement, “Info for the Sub” page, student information pages, contact logs, website logins page, field trip planning page, graph paper pages, grade book spreads, and more).

3 – Meme Reward Stickers for Teachers

Bring some laughter into the classroom with these Meme Reward Stickers for Teachers. With over 200 funny meme stickers, this pack will make an awesome gift for teachers. They can use them when they grade papers and assignments, to make their students laugh and to become the cool teacher.

It’s perfect for middle-school and high school teachers as students in this age range usually love memes.

4 – Cartoon Animal Sticky Notes

These animal-shaped sticky notes are just adorable and will make a perfect inexpensive gift for the teacher in your life. With 8 different designs, the sticky notes also come with animal-shaped paper clips for a bundle set teachers will appreciate.

5 – Book of Sticky Notes: Notepad Collection (Sloth Lazy Days)

A teacher can never have too many school supplies – and you can’t go wrong with this sloth-inspired sticky notes book. Teachers too need some time for themselves, remind them that it’s okay to slow down. Help them plan their day without forgetting to include some me-time in their busy schedule. Bonus – the book and notes are super cute!

6 – Bamboo Wood Desk Organizer

Teachers are busy people and they need to keep their desks organized and neat. Help them keep their sanity with this Bamboo Wood Desk Organizer. A practical gift for teachers as it will help them have everything they need at the same place and keep their desk clutter-free.

7 – Instant Happy Notes Boxed Calendar

Bring some joy to your kids’ favorite teacher with this Instant Happy Notes Boxed Calendar. With 365 inspirational messages, discover a new funny illustration, inspirational and motivational quote, or simple affirmations each day to bright up your day and find some happiness.

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Teachers will love this motivational desk calendar, the perfect blend of usefulness and cuteness. It will definitely bring a smile to their faces.

Teacher-themed gifts

You can never go wrong with novelty gifts, one can never have too many key chains or mugs, it’s a great way to show your appreciation with a special gift, made exclusively for teachers. These personalized gifts for teachers are the perfect way to say thank you – and are also perfect if you are looking for budget-friendly gifts.

Keep in mind, that each year, teachers are probably receiving a couple of mugs and key chains.

8 – Magnet Gift Sets for Teacher

A cute little gift for the teacher in your life, these magnets will look adorable on the classroom’s board – or they might love them so much that they take them home. You can also divide the set and gift one magnet to each of your kid’s school teachers.

With inspiring quotes, they make an inspirational gift to show your appreciation and thank your kid’s teacher for their hard work.

9 – Kate Spade New York Canvas Book Tote

You cannot go wrong with this Kate Spade Tote Bag. Useful and meaningful at the same time, teachers will love this gift. Tote bags are versatile and can be used anytime, for school, shopping, going to the beach… It’s a wardrobe essential that blends well with a casual style.

10 – SassyCups Best Teacher Ever Tumbler

The perfect gift if you want to convey a thoughtful message, show your appreciation with this Best Teacher Ever Tumbler. Cute and practical, it will make life easier, allowing your kid’s teacher to always have their favorite drink with them. It will keep drinks just the right temperature for longer than a regular cup.

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It comes in two colors, blue or pink, and includes a straw and a splash-proof lid.

11 – Teacher Key Chain

A cute little gift made especially to show your appreciation to your teacher. It’s pretty and they’ll be reminded of you every time they use their keys. It features an inspirational quote about being a teacher and a trinket. It’s small enough so keys will still fit into a pocket.

12 – Yoda Best Teacher Ever Mug

For the Star Wars fan and the geeky teacher, this Yoda Best Teacher Ever Mug will make a funny gift. They probably won’t have this one in their mug collection!

13 – Teacher Appreciation Mug Gift Set

If you want to go the extra mile and go beyond the classical mug gift, this set will surely please the teacher in your life. In addition to a cute mug for teachers, the set includes sticky notes, a writing pad, a pen, and a jumbo gold paper clip, all wrapped in a nice gift box.

14 – Customized Water Bottle

Help reduce waste with this Customized Water Bottle. Personalize it with your favorite teacher’s name to make it extra special and help them stay hydrated with this small gift.

You can choose from several colors, all customizable, and all dedicated to teachers.

15 – Willow Tree You’re The Best! Angel, Sculpted Hand-Painted Figure

These little figurines by American artist, Susan Lordi, are all the rage at the moment and are best-selling gifts. It’s a unique gift teachers probably won’t already have. Hand-made, it symbolizes thankfulness and appreciation for all their hard work.

16 – Teacher Life: A Snarky Chalkboard Coloring Book

A funny gift, perfect if you want to make them laugh, this Coloring Book is all about that teacher’s life. Coloring books for adults are a great way to relax and unwind after a hard day at work. It helps increase focus and reduce stress, especially when it comes with funny quotes about being a teacher.

17 – Personalized Candle

Handcrafted in the US, add a thoughtful personal message to this candle to thank the teacher in your life. It’s perfect if you are looking for something sentimental.

18 – Personalized Pencils

Every teacher will tell you, there’s nothing worse than students borrowing pencils and never returning them. Fix that with these personalized pencils, add their name, and maybe something like “please return to…” so they never lose a pencil again.

Books for teachers

It might sound a bit cliché, but teachers usually like to read, here’s a couple of books they’ll love reading and appreciate receiving as a gift.

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19 – Teacher Misery: Helicopter Parents, Special Snowflakes, and Other Bullshit

Give a good laugh to the teacher in your life with this book. Written by Jane Morris, a New York Time’s bestselling author, Teacher Misery is about all the hardships of being a teacher. The author share anecdotes and story about her life as a teacher. The book is just hilarious and most teachers will relate to it.

20 – 180 Days of Self-Care for Busy Educators

When your job is taking care of others, you often forget to take care of yourself. Instead of getting them lotion or something alike, help them learn how to prioritize their well-being.

The book includes daily self-care strategies and techniques, each corresponding with a week of the school year. There’s a theme attached to each week, ranging from creativity and inspiration to relationships and time management

21 – F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

Another hilarious book for teachers, the funniest (and wrongest) test answers are featured in F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers. When faced with a question students don’t have the answer to, some decide to be creative, and end up in this book that teaches you F doesn’t always mean failing, it sometimes means funny.

22 – America the Beautiful: A Story in Photographs

For the teacher who likes to travel, this coffee table book will be a source of inspiration for their next trip. It includes beautiful photographs and stories about America’s most important places one should visit in their lifetime.

23 – Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle

A kindle is always a great gift for people who like to read, lightweight, practical, it allows you to have thousands of books within reach at all times. As this is a pricier gift, it’s a good option for when all the class is pitching in and you want to make a group gift.

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If your teacher already owns a kindle, you can gift them a Kindle Unlimited membership (6, 12, and 24-month plans) that will give them access to millions of ebooks, audiobooks, and podcasts.

24 – Audible Plus Membership

Audible Plus gives you access to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, and originals via the app. It’s easy to use and perfect for busy teacher, they can listen to books on their way to school, at the gym, while shopping…

You can choose to gift 1, 3, 6, or 12 months.

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