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Gift Ideas For Teachers

Let’s be honest, teacher appreciation day should be every day. If the shutdown of schools across the world during the COVID-19 pandemic has taught parents anything, it’s that teachers truly are miracle workers.

So whether it’s a teacher appreciation gift or a festive Christmas gift, we have some great gift ideas for teacher gifts that’ll show thanks for all that they do for our children — and ourselves.

By Kevin Larue • Published Jan 4 2022

1. Novelty Tape Dispenser

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Come on! Who is ever not going to be delighted to get the gift of an otter who is generous with tape? Fixing torn pages and affixing notes to the wall becomes instantly more fun when this critter is giving a helping hand.

2. Teacher Life: A Snarky Chalkboard Coloring Book

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No matter what age you are, colouring can be therapeutic. But a colouring book that leans into the plight of the modern teacher and offers some snarky, satirical relief? All the better for unwinding!

3. Mokani Desk Calendar

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For all of the help Siri and Alexa have provided to our daily lives, physical organization tools still have their place. And what better place than right there on your teacher's desk? This cute design includes stickers to highlight events such as vacation, party or dentist. No need for absence notes!

4. Luxspire Desktop Succulent Plant Pots

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There's nothing less conducive to enlightening young minds than a dull classroom so brightening things up with a little greenery is always a good idea. These low-fuss, high-cuteness ceramic pots are perfect for some mini succulents.

5. Personal Thermal Laminator

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One that falls into the functional rather than fun category but this really can be a lifesaver for your teacher. The super easy to use Scotch model takes just five minutes to warm up and will protect the most important documents and posters from all those eager hands.

6. Starbucks Gift Card

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You know how badly you need your morning coffee to get the show on the road? Now imagine the show was trying to control, inspire and illuminate 30 hyped-up pre-schoolers. Tip, that's gonna take a whole lot more caffeine. Help a teacher out!

7. Personalized Pencil Packs

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If you begin to sense a trend here towards supplies that's because teachers truly cannot get enough of certain essentials — and not every school budget goes where it needs to go. But personalizing stationary adds a really nice touch.

8. Personalized Spa Slippers

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If thinking on your feet is tiring, then teaching the next generation to think — while on your feet — is prime fodder for foot aches. A multipack of these soft coral fleece slippers will give your weary instructor even more reason to put those feet up once they get home.

9. Lysol Disinfecting Wipes

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Long before the pandemic hit, schools were the original hoarders of some cleaning supplies. And even if a Covid-19 vaccine arrives quicker than predicted, these will still be put to very good use around any classroom.

10. I Wish My Teacher Knew

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When third-grade teacher Kyle Schwartz asked her students to fill in the blank after the five words that form the title of her book, she was astounded by many of the answers. Equally parts inspiring and practical this is a must-read for any educator.

11. Fortem Seat Cushion & Lumbar Support

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If standing all day is hard on the feet then sitting most of the day ain't all that kind on the back and butt either. This lightweight memory foam back support and cushion set will help avoid some serious aches and pains.

12. Wine Club Subscription

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We're human enough to admit there are days when our own kids drive us to drink. So now imagine spending your week with 30 kids that aren't even your own. Wine subscriptions are booming and in the U.S. Winc's curated offerings are particularly highly rated.

13. Personalized Stamp

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A time saver and a fun way to deliver grades or advice to students, these stamps are self-inking too. You can tinker with the patterns, the text and the colours to put together the perfect pack.

14. Masterclass Membership

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Who says the teacher can't keep on learning themselves. And as always, it's helpful when you've got an informed educator. A writing class with Malcolm Gladwell, fine dining with Gordon Ramsey or even Serena Williams' instructing her backhand. School's in session.

15. A Stylish ID Lanyard

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The school board probably provide their own flimsy plastic lanyard but why not take thinks up a notch or two with something more fitting for your favourite educator. The leather pouch has room for four cards as well as a zippered wallet pocket.

16. Vera Bradley Sticky Notes Set

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Filling so many young minds with vital knowledge is no small task. Managing to keep your own clear at the same time is just as challenging. Sticky notes and reminders help and this kit offers nine different shapes and sizes in fun floral designs.

17. Netflix Subscription

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Unwinding and distressing from a day in the classroom with a Hollywood classroom classic? Sure, why not. Whether it's Dangerous Minds, Dead Poets Society of Mr Holland's Opus, there are plenty of school-meets-silver-screen movies to check out.

18. LunchBots Sectional Lunchbox

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The adult at the head of the class has to keep their energy up too. So while the students may scurry straight to the cafeteria, unpacking a balanced afternoon meal in a quiet classroom can be a teaching treat. This durable stainless steel is super slick too.

19. Tea Forte Brewing Cup

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Sure, coffee may be the morning essential for every teacher but an early afternoon tea can help to keep the show on the road through to that final bell. These insulated ceramic tumblers come with an infuser for your favourite loose leaf brew and are very elegant.

20. Bourina Throw Blanket

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Air conditioning systems can be notoriously haywire in lots of schools — too cold in warm weather, not warm enough in cold weather. Having a warm throw that doubles as a blanket could be very welcome either way. These machine-washable designs are very versatile.

21. Amazon Prime Membership

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A super useful gift that in truth can be used for anything will likely come in handy early and often, whether it's for ordering extra supplies for next-day delivery or for more personal use. And of course, it also brings even more streaming options.

22. So'each Tote Bag

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An occupation to wear with pride, being a teacher does also bring a lot of literal baggage though. These great designs from So'each cover all bases however with their sturdy canvas shoulder bags, each finding a clever way to subtly brag about their chosen career.

23. Chesapeake Bay Candle Scented Candle

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Another option that falls into the de-stressing/unwinding bracket and another sure winner, Chesapeake Bay's candles come in a variety of scents. Their Peace + Tranquility is one of the highest rated and its cashmere jasmine aromas will help clear even the most hectic minds.

24. Today I Made A Difference

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Low pay. Long Hours. Why do teachers do all of this again? If your Mr or Miss is in need of reminding just what motivated them to get into education, this 2009 collection is sure to get the juices flowing. Based on the real-life stories of Disney Teacher of the Year nominees, it's honest, inspiring and most of all, refreshing.

25. Subscription to New York Times

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There are a tonne of good reasons to have a subscription to a major journalism outlet (be it local, national or international) right now. But for teachers, the Times' Learning Network is an invaluable resource when it comes time to bring the most current news into the classroom.

26. L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

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There's a whole lot of sanitizing going on these days and even more washing of hands. Being surrounded by some of the most potent germ spreaders on the planet all day likely leaves teachers with drier hands than most. This soothing balm has 20% shea butter and should find welcome hands.

27. I Am Malala

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'The girl who stood up for education and changed the world' reads the subtitle to Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's 2016 memoir. It's about much more than education of course but its constant chorus of hope and truth and focus on the power of education is beyond compelling.

28. Disney+ Subscription

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This is about more than the mouse! While getting access to the full, vast back catalogue of the Happy Kingdom is undoubtedly a boon for anyone in need of a) gentle distraction from themselves or b) a gentle distraction for their students, it's the added bonus of the National Geographic digital offering that appeals here. Tonnes of teaching materials within!

29. Oh! Nuts Chocolate Covered Cookie Gift Baskets

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A shiny red apple may have been the way to a teacher's heart...in the past. But these days, a single piece of fruit might not cut it. These decadent cookies from Oh Nuts should do the job however. With 20 gourmet bites to choose from the only dilemma is which one goes first.

30. Moleskine Journal Set

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There's just something satisfying about the feel of a Moleskin notebook. If your teacher is looking for a more exclusive journal to track the really important stuff, then this could be just the thing. This 3-pack is particularly good value.

31. DoxieBall Basketball Trash Can

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Sometimes it's just about lightening the mood a little. So when the 47th scrunched up piece of paper of the day has to find its way into the trash basket, why not turn it into a challenge? These fun basketball hoops clip on to any size bin.

32. The Ultimate Sharpie Kit

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Can a teacher have too many Sharpies? Let's not ask any more silly questions now! This 'Colour Burst' pack of 24 should keep them pretty well stocked for the duration of the term, no matter how many corrections have to be made.

33. Audible Gift Card

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For some teachers, the last thing they want to do at the end of a school day is read a book. Audible lets them enjoy all their favourite novels in audiobook format meaning they don’t need to miss out on the latest bestsellers. Perfect to listen to during their commute, grading papers or just on a relaxing weekend morning.

34. Best Teacher Carry-All Pouch

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Remind that special teacher in your life how appreciated they are. This Best Teacher Carry-All is perfect to use for a pencil case or to keep all their knick-knacks safe in their purse or bag.

35. School Supplies Essentials Bundle

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Teachers spend so much time and money making their classroom the perfect learning environment for your kids to be able to succeed. And let’s face it, kids lose and forget their school supplies all the time - so why not help your favourite teacher stock up on basic school supplies so that they always have spares when a student needs one.

36. Teacher Appreciation Bar Necklace

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Tell that special teacher in your life just how much you appreciate them with this beautiful personalized necklace. Add a personal touch with their name, a date or a short quote and they can always have that special sentiment close to their heart.

37. Personalized Teacher Christmas Ornament

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The perfect gift for any teacher this adorable Christmas ornament can be customized with their name and/or a date for them to display on their Christmas tree at home or in the classroom!

38. Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote

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Treat your favourite teacher to this beautiful tote bag and wristlet. Perfect for carrying all their necessities to and from class in style.

39. Swig Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Mug

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Let’s face it, being a teacher can be exhausting - that’s why coffee is basically teacher fuel. Make sure they always have a nice warm cup of coffee to get them through the day with an insulated coffee mug. This mug will keep their coffee warm all day and comes in all kinds of cute designs and colours; a gift any teacher will love!

40. Back to School Hello First Day Tee

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Nothing says “Welcome back, class!” better than this cute, custom tee. Pick the colour and grade to suit each teacher in your life and they’ll have a special new tee to help them welcome their students back to school.

41. DIY Mason Jar Pencil Holder

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Every teacher needs a good pencil holder (or a few!). These DIY mason jar pencil holders as easy to make all you need is a mason jar, paints (acrylic or chalk), paintbrushes and sealant. Customize each jar to suit each teacher with any design you please from these cute faces to thoughtful sayings. Head to Pinterest for more ideas on how to jazz up your DIY gifts!

42. RE/AD T-Shirt

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This AC/DC-inspired RE/AD shirt is a great gift for the English teacher or librarian in your life that likes to add a bit of fun to their outfits. This cool tee is easy for them to dress up or down depending on their own personal style.

43. Favourite Teacher Bee Keychain

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Let your favourite teacher know how much they mean to you with this cute keychain. A great gift that they can use for their classroom keys, house keys, and more. It will always remind them that they’re really making a difference in the lives of their students.

44. High School Teacher Lesson Planner

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Teaching kids is hard - teaching high school...well...it requires a lot of planning and patience. This high school teacher planner is a great way for teachers to stay on top of all their lesson plans, meetings and marking.

45. Face Plant Holder

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The perfect gift to decorate their desk or end table. This fun planter not only adds a touch of greenery to their classroom or home but also serves as a resting place for their glasses so they never lose track of where they put them down.

46. Thoughtful Teacher Quote Poster

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Whether you want to honour your favourite teacher as you graduate or they’re about to retire this beautiful quote poster is the perfect thoughtful gift. In the classroom or at home; this poster will serve as a great reminder of why they teach.

47. EXPO Ink Indicator Dry Erase Markers

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The worst part about dry erase markers is they dry out so fast. These dry erase markers feature a see-through base that lets you know if your marker is running low on ink so you’re never stuck trying to write with a dry marker again.

48. Sip by Swell Water Bottle

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This water bottle is a perfect size and shape for tossing in a tote bag or carrying from class to class. The best part, though? It keeps their water cold for hours, perfect for teachers who don’t have much time to slip away and grab a cold drink throughout the day.

49. Classic White Wine Gift Basket

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Teaching can be stressful, that’s no secret. Treat your kid’s teacher to the perfect relaxing night alone or to share with a partner or friend, with this wine and snacks gift basket. The perfect pairing to help them get through writing report cards or marking final exams!

50. Teacher Spa Gift Box

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Nothing says “Congrats on making it to the end of the school year,” quite like a little pamper sesh. This at-home spa day gift box is a great way to encourage teachers to take some time for themselves and relax.

51. Personalized Teacher Notecards

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Whether they’re writing notes home to parents, to other teachers or just saying thank you for any gifts they receive these personalized printable notecards are a thoughtful gift. Print them a stack and send them the PDF so they never run out of their own custom stationery.

52. Crystal Apple Teacher Keepsake

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A great gift for that truly special teacher that’s about to retire or just a teacher you have a lot of gratitude for. This keepsake is a great way to let them know that they’ve always gone above and beyond and you appreciate all that they do.

53. Glossier Hand Cream

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Teachers, especially right now, have to do a lot of handwashing. Help them keep their hands moisturized with this beautiful hand cream from Glossier - a real treat for their skin.

54. Mount It Adjustable Laptop Riser with Cooling Fan

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Teachers spend a lot of time on their laptops - marking papers, writing lesson plans, you name it. Help them stay free from pain and make their desk setup a bit more ergonomic with this adjustable laptop riser.

55. Crayola 24 Box of 24 Count Crayons

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Nothing says you appreciate a teacher more than helping them stock their classroom for their students. This box of 24 packs of crayons is perfect for the elementary school teacher in your life.

56. Teacher Appreciation Mason Jar Candle Pack

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These beautiful mason jar candles will be a cozy addition to their home. With special messages that thank them for all that they do, these candles are sure to put a smile on their face every time they light them.

57. Assorted Animal-Shaped Paper Clips

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Who said paperclips have to be boring? These assorted animal paperclips will add a bit of fun to whatever paperwork they have to do.

58. Starbucks E-Card

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Stuck in online school? That doesn’t mean you can’t still send them a token of appreciation. Gift them a coffee or treat on you with a Starbucks e-card sent straight to their email!

59. Storymatic Game

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Create thousands of unique story prompts with this fun gift. Storymatic can be used as a game amongst friends and family, inspiration for your own writing or as a tool in the classroom. A unique gift they’re sure to love.

60. Chair Green Screen for Video Conferencing

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Help them customize their Zoom backgrounds for meetings or classes with this chair green screen. They’ll never have to worry about what their home office looks like ever again, this chair greenscreen allows them to hide their IRL background and makes it easier to share their screen, put up slides or create fun and engaging backgrounds for their students.