20 Teacher Appreciation Gifts That Are a Total A+
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Teachers have one of the most important jobs in the world: They shape our kids’ minds, and with that, the future of society as a whole. So it makes sense that at the end of the year, as well as before the winter holiday season and on Teacher Appreciation Day (mark your calendars, that’s May 7!), they’re bombarded with gifts. And while every gift is appreciated, some are more useful and cherished than others. Herein, we’ve rounded up the best teacher appreciation gifts every teacher will love. From automatic hand-sanitizer dispensers to candles and cards, you’re bound to find an incredible gift for your child’s teacher on this list.
A Starbucks Gift Card
$10+; buy now at starbucks.com
Give your child’s teacher a much-needed pick-me-up with a simple Starbucks gift card. Carol Kaune, a third-grade teacher from South Carolina, says that while this is a common gift to receive, it’s always welcome.
A Set of Personalized Pencils
$10; buy now at orientaltrading.com
Every teacher knows that classroom pencils (especially those coveted #2s!) frequently disappear without a trace. That’s why both your teacher—and their ever-shrinking pencil collection—will thank you for this personalized teacher gift.
Purell Instant Hand-Sanitizer Dispenser
$11; buy now at samsclub.com
There might be no place with more germs than a school. Help your favorite teacher keep themselves and their students healthy with this instant hand-sanitizer dispenser. They’ll never have to pass a bottle of hand sanitizer around the room before lunch again!
Perfectly Posh’s Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme
$10; buy now at perfectlyposh.com
With all those efforts to keep their hands germ-free, teachers also run the risk of drying out their skin. So this season, gift them a luxurious hand lotion. “I love Perfectly Posh’s Big Fat Yummy Hand Cremes,” says Angela Kirk Gerber, an elementary school media specialist in Oklahoma. “Not only do they smell wonderful, but they also help me fight back against dry skin from all my hand sanitizer use.”
A Relaxing Coloring Book
$8.99; buy now at amazon.com
With pages that include quotes such as “Keep calm and pretend it’s on the lesson plan” and “Happiness is a three-day weekend,” Teacher Life: A Snarky Chalkboard Coloring Book is sure to provide laughter and relaxation for your favorite teacher.
A Personalized Candle
$24; buy now at amazon.com
The amazing thing about candles is that you can never have too many. “Lighting a candle is a great way to relax away from school and work,” says one fourth-grade teacher in New York. Take it a step further with this personalized option.
Canon SELPHY CP780 Compact Photo Printer
$155; buy now at amazon.com
Make it easy for your teacher to hang as many photos as possible with the help of this compact photo printer. It’s one of the pricier items on this list, which means it’s a great teacher appreciation gift to split several ways with other class parents.
One of their favorite books
$18; buy now at barnesandnoble.com
Nothing says thoughtful like gifting your child’s teacher a copy of their favorite book. Include a personalized note inside the front cover for a special touch. Whether they keep it for their own personal library or add it to their classroom collection, picking out a book with your teacher in mind shows how much you appreciate all they do.
YETI Tumbler with Lid
$49; buy now at amazon.com
Most teachers usually have a cup beside them throughout the day. Whether they’re sipping on coffee, soda, or water, it helps to have a high-tech bottle that can keep their beverage at a desirable temperature all day long. That’s where this stylish YETI tumbler comes in. Your child’s teacher will never have to drink room-temperature water or lukewarm coffee ever again.
A DIY Stress-Relief Kit
$45; buy now at etsy.com
Complete with soaking salts, hot chocolate, and honey sticks, this stress relief kit—or, in a teacher’s case, survival kit—from Etsy is sure to make them feel appreciated and relieved.
Posters and classroom decorations
$15; buy now at redbubble.com
Classroom décor is always welcome. “I love when I receive pictures and posters to brighten up the walls of my classroom,” says Abby Marchione, a music teacher from Pennsylvania. “It makes me smile and think of my students every time. I’m a music teacher who appreciates a good laugh, so this poster would make an awesome addition to the collection.”
Perch Biggy Magnetic Container
$15; buy now at the containerstore.com
If there’s one thing teachers know, it’s that staying organized is extremely difficult—and sometimes, practically impossible. These magnetic containers from the Container Store make things a bit easier by allowing teachers to remove and rearrange them on any metal locker or cabinet. Now that’s a practical gift.
Brother P-Touch Label Maker with Bluetooth
$100; buy now at amazon.com
A teacher’s organization efforts are never quite complete. Offer some help by gifting a teacher this versatile wireless label maker. Complete with pre-designed label templates, this gift is sure to make your child’s teacher all the more grateful. (Plus, it’s another one of the best teacher appreciation gifts to split with a group!)
A Funky Felt Letter Board
$19; buy now at amazon.com
Felt letter boards are all the rage in classroom décor. Gift your child’s teacher this modern felt board so they can play around with their creative side and make their classroom even more Pinterest-y than it already is.
24 Pack of Paper Mate Pens
$20; buy now at amazon.com
From grading to grading to even more grading, teachers go through a ton of pens. Not to mention the ones they’ve misplaced and the ones that mysteriously go missing. Show your appreciation by giving them back all they’ve lost with this amazing 24 pack of felt-tip pens.
Zyllion Shiatsu Back Neck Massager Pillow
$50; buy now at amazon.com
Being a teacher means standing a lot, which is why a good massage will never go to waste. Bring the spa to them with this massager pillow designed to target the back and neck.
Decoy Sonoma County Chardonnay
$20; buy now at decoywines.com
Even your favorite teacher needs to un(wine)d from time to time. And if you (the parent) are able to hand this gift directly to them at pick up or drop off, it’s a perfectly acceptable teacher gift. This bottle won’t break the bank, but it will have your favorite teacher singing your praises.
Ghiradelli Chocolate Array Gift Basket
$54.95; buy now at amazon.com
Speaking of unwinding, another guilty pleasure for teachers is chocolate. From Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to Twix Bars, there is really no way to go wrong. However, if you’d like to step up your gift giving for a truly special teacher, send a Ghiradelli gift basket.
Beginner’s Yoga Starter Kit
$29; buy now at amazon.com
After a while, teachers begin to see the same gifts—pens, mugs, chocolate—again and again. Get them something unique this year with this beginner’s yoga starter kit. The ultimate relaxation exercise, yoga can help them clear their mind in the comfort of their own home. It might even become their new favorite hobby!
For most teachers, it’s truly the thought that counts—and that means a handmade item from a parent or student will always make their day. “The genuine notes from parents and students expressing their gratitude; the flea-market or yard-sale finds of my favorite characters or animals and the handmade gifts are all my favorite. It shows me they took the time to think of me and let me know how much I mean to them,” says Kristine Pencille, a second-grade teacher from South Carolina. Write a thoughtful card or let your child create something themselves. We guarantee their teacher will give every homespun teacher appreciation gift a place of honor.
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