Trying to find the perfect gift for a teacher sometimes feels impossible. What can you give them to express just how much you appreciate all their hard work and dedication? Especially after another tough pandemic year, teachers deserve a huge thank you—which is why you’ll need a gift that’s particularly meaningful, heartfelt, and helpful.
We’ve collected some of the best teacher gifts, including everything from personalized classroom supplies to fancy coffee mugs and more! No matter which subject they teach or what your budget is, our list is here to help you find the perfect gift to thank the teacher in your life.
Teachers are constantly lending pencils to students only to have them disappear forever. A set of personalized pencils engraved with a custom message, like their name or the school’s name, just might remind students to give their writing utensils back at the end of the lesson. These problem-solving school supplies are both practical and cute, which is a winning combo any educator will appreciate.
Another useful gift that teachers will find thoughtful is a personal laminating machine, which they can use to showcase student work, make fun bulletin board designs, or jazz up classroom decorations. The school might have a laminator, but they’ll appreciate the ease of doing it right from their desk or even at home on the couch while they watch TV. This particular one sports a nice pastel pink color and comes with a paper trimmer, ruler, corner rounder, and laminating pouches.
Teachers hand-write lots of notes, especially to students and parents. You likely received one yourself at some point during the school year, or at the very least, you dug one out from the bottom of your child’s backpack weeks after it was sent. Show your teacher how much you appreciate them and their encouraging notes with a set of personalized notepads. There are three sizes, or you can buy all three and save. Notepads can come with or without lines, and there’s an option to tack on matching envelopes.
This adorable journal is the perfect place to jot down insightful, hilarious, and otherwise memorable student remarks over the years. If there’s one thing that makes their job worth it, it’s the precious moments with students, and this gift will help transform those memories into treasured keepsakes. Plus, it’s almost guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone who reads it.
For the teachers with lots of plants in the classroom, this small watering can is the perfect gift. It’s honestly just a pretty gift, but it also has a heartfelt message of gratitude inscribed on it: “Thank you for helping me grow.” Now every time they go to water the plants, they’ll be reminded of how much their students, and especially you, appreciate them.
From books and lesson plans to test papers and pens, teachers are constantly transporting materials to and from the classroom, making this charming book tote a super handy gift idea. The bags are great for any book lover and feature titles like Hamlet, Nancy Drew, Alice in Wonderland, and The Great Gatsby. The square shape adds to the book appearance but also gives your teacher extra room for supplies.
Technological devices have infiltrated the lifestyle of even the most old-school teachers. While they might do all their teaching with pen and paper, their life outside the classroom is probably another story. This catchall charging station provides a place to store knickknacks and keep their smartphone charged and ready for after school. It’s a great gift idea if you want to give them something they’ll use every day.
Give their boring and drab school-issued lanyard a stylish upgrade with this adorable, handmade lanyard that looks more like a cute piece of jewelry than an ID holder. You can pick the cord and bead colors, so it’ll feel extra tailored to your teacher’s tastes. It’s a beautiful little gift they’ll love wearing and using every day.
This splurgy organizer set is the perfect gift for the design-forward teacher. The hand-painted metal shapes can hold important documents and make their desk look like a modern art gallery. If you really want to win the Best Gift-Giving Student prize, throw in some colorful folders as well.
And while we’re on the subject of fancy gifts, the Ember Smart Mug definitely qualifies. This temperature-controlled mug will keep their beverage at the exact temperature they want (between 120 and 140 ºF) and can even be controlled from an app. Finally they won’t have to worry about getting so caught up in their duties that their coffee is lukewarm by the time they sit down to drink it. If anyone needs a midday caffeine pick-me-up, it’s the people who are dealing with our kiddos all day long.
Speaking of caffeine, tea-loving teachers will adore a monthly tea subscription box. They’ll love trying new brews each month, whether they like herbal, green, black, or all three teas. Choose from two, three, or four teas in the box, which equals 14, 21, or 28 servings of tea per month, a.k.a. the perfect amount for sipping away the stress of teaching.
It’s high time teachers get to enjoy hot meals without having to rely on the one old microwave in the teacher’s lounge. With this handy little Crock-Pot, they can heat up their lunch before grabbing the removable container and heading to the lounge or cafeteria. This gift makes for a fun and neat way to upgrade their school lunch game, and they’ll definitely be thankful with each steaming hot bite.
Classrooms are germy, which is probably why every teacher you know has stocked up on hand sanitizer. Make it easier for them to keep the Purell on hand with a pair of cute and charming vegan leather keychain holders. They’re not only super practical and leakproof but quite aesthetically pleasing, and there are lots of options for where to clip them.
If you really want to thank your teacher for all the hard work, encourage them to indulge in a bit of rest and relaxation with this hand-curated care package gift basket. Put together by the Natural Succulents Etsy shop, each basket contains a soy candle hand-poured in LA, a fizzy bath bomb, a box of elegant matches, a vanilla lip balm, fuzzy socks. and a soft, velvet hair scrunchie. You can also add chocolate orange slices, shower steamers, and a face sheet mask. It’s the perfect gift to help them unwind from the stresses of teaching.
This unique candle shop offers something for everyone, whether that’s a Boston Tea Party candle for your history teacher, a Moby Dick candle for your English teacher, or a tar pit candle for your science teacher. Each soy wax candle comes in a relevant scent and is hand-poured in St. Louis.
Since they love reading, treat their bookshelf to some great new stories with a Book of the Month subscription. Pick a 3-month (perfect for summer vacation, just saying), 6-month, or 12-month plan, and let them pick which books they want. Each month, they can choose from five to seven wow-worthy reads already vetted by fellow bookworms. Since they won’t have to spend all that time researching a new book to read, they’ll have more time to actually read and appreciate all that this gift has to offer.
Teachers always bring work home with them (seriously, they go so far above and beyond), and this adorable lap desk will have them grading assignments and writing out lesson plans in both comfort and style. There’s a segment that folds upward so they have a better angle to work, and another segment that lies flat so they can keep their coffee or phone level.
For your favorite gym teacher, tennis coach, or professor with a sweet tooth, might we suggest some chocolate tennis balls? These delectable treats are more than just striking to look at: each one has an outer layer of white chocolate, an inner layer of milk chocolate, and a gooey marshmallow core. The fun tin comes with two balls that they can enjoy while watching a game courtside.
Sometimes a gift for the teacher is really a gift for the students. This handy gadget will let your teacher magnify objects in the classroom and project the footage for the rest of the class. You could probably spend a whole day viewing an otherwise unseen microscopic world, and—if you’re lucky—skip some traditional learning time.
Last but not least, you can’t go wrong with a gift card, especially when it’s paired with a hand-written thank you note. At the end of the day, what means the most to many teachers is knowing that they made a positive impact on their students, so your words of gratitude will mean more than most material gifts. Pair a heartfelt message with a gift card they can use toward school supplies, coffee, or some self-care, and you’ve got a gift they’re sure to love. We might be biased, but a Merriam-Webster gift card sounds like the perfect gift. If not, you can find gift cards for Amazon or Starbucks, or for anywhere with a VISA gift card.