35 Best Teacher Gifts: What To Buy For Your Kids’ Teachers (2022)

Teachers deserve the best, and at the very least they deserve a thoughtful, useful gift this holiday season. They have proven to be some of the most patient, flexible and kind humans on the planet, especially given what they’ve had to deal with over the past few years!

Whether your kids are in preschool, middle school or even college, a sweet note and token of your appreciation for teaching your little – and not so little – ones won’t go unnoticed.

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But before you give them another coffee mug, let me help! I’ve asked some of my very own teacher friends for gifts that they actually want to give (although so many said any gift is so appreciated!!).

Here are some of my favorite teacher gifts – many of them recommended by teachers themselves!

This post is split up into two parts. The top part is a full list of all the gift ideas for you to quickly scan. Click on any item to shop it!

If you want more details on any of the items, keep scrolling! We have more info about every item further below on the list.

Happy shopping!

The Best Teacher Gifts

Product Name Product Image Primary Button
For the Film Fiend
For a Moment of Calm
For Immune Support
For Their Personal Library
For Their Sweet Tooth
To Quench Their Thirst
Snacks to Keep at Their Desk
Local Products
To Put Their Feet Up
For Some Relaxation
For Grading Homework
For Writing Messages
For Some Easy Encouragement
For the Scheduler
For Their Hard-Working Hands
Everyday Tote
For Their Desk
For a Little Sparkle
For the Lego Fan
Cute Plant and Pot
To Snuggle Up at Home
For Their Important Tools
For Safe Keeping
For the Colorful One
For Their Skin
A Snuggly Blanket
For Their Life Story
To Keep Them Charged Up
For the Tea Drinker
For a Fun But Practical Accessory
For the Reading Teacher or Librarian
For Their Supplies
To Keep Them Healthy
For Their Personal Library
To Quench Their Thirst
To Put Their Feet Up
For Some Relaxation
For Some Easy Encouragement
For the Scheduler
For Their Hard-Working Hands
For a Little Sparkle
To Snuggle Up at Home
For Their Important Tools
For the Tea Drinker
For a Fun But Practical Accessory
For the Reading Teacher or Librarian

35 of the Best Teacher Gifts for 2022

the ultimate gift guide for teachers

1. Movie Night Popcorn Gift Set

What’s better than a movie night at home on a Friday night, especially after a long week teaching a bunch of wild kids! Gift your favorite teachers this set of popcorn kernels they can pop on the stove and seasons they can use on popcorn or anything else.

Movie Night Popcorn and Seasoning Set
$22.00 ($1.01 / Ounce)
  • White Cheddar, Sweet & Salty Kettlecorn, Chili Lime, Buttery Caramel and Sizzling Sriracha gourmet popcorn seasoning.
  • We only use the best popcorn kernels - Non-GMO Project Verified and grown in the Midwest USA. Light, crunchy and delightfully tasty!
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12/03/2022 06:55 am GMT

2. Aromatherapy Balms

Teachers can bring these mini aromatherapy essential oils wherever they need them. They’ll especially love the de-stress and focus options while at school!

Aromatherapy Balm Gift Set Tin
$19.80 ($19.80 / Count)
  • TRAVEL SIZE AROMATHERAPY BALM SET: Our 5 favorite pocket size therapy balm sticks in a re-usable travel tin including: SLEEP WELL, DE-STRESS, FOCUS, HAPPY and ESCAPE. Use as an instant stress-fix on the go.


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12/03/2022 08:10 am GMT

3. Emergen-C Vitamin C Powder

You know teachers are always trying their best to dodge the viruses flying around the school. Help them with their mission with a box of Emergen-C (or whatever you like best for immune support)!

Emergen-C Vitamin C Powder
$10.88
  • 30 Count Super Orange-flavored Emergen-C 1000mg Vitamin C Powder for Daily Immune Support (1), Caffeine Free Dietary Supplements with Zinc and Manganese (2), B Vitamins and Electrolytes
  • B vitamins for energy support and electrolytes to help replace those lost through perspiration (1)
  • Dietary supplements that support immune health with more vitamin C per serving than 10 oranges (2)
  • Dietary supplement that supports immune health (1) with antioxidants such as vitamin C, zinc and manganese, as well as having B vitamins and electrolytes
  • 1,000 mg vitamin C packets with delicious and refreshing natural orange flavor and natural sweeteners


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12/02/2022 02:25 pm GMT

4. Personalized Stickers for Books

Teachers fill their rooms with their favorite books from their own collections. Make sure all their books make it back to them with these personalized stickers.

Custom Book Labels
$15.95
  • Personalized with your name or teacher's name
  • White MATTE finish


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12/02/2022 06:20 pm GMT

5. Chocolate-Covered Cookies

You can’t go wrong with consumable gifts! Teachers can eat them, share them with friends and family, or set them out in the teachers lounge.

6. Yeti Cup

Coffee is a lifeline for most, but especially for early rising teachers! Imagine trying to teach not just your child but 20 to 30 children without coffee. Impossible. Buy the mug.

YETI Rambler Tumbler
$35.00
  • Comes with YETI MagSlider Lid, which uses magnets to keep drinks in
  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher safe
  • No sweat design
  • Double-wall insulated
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12/03/2022 07:16 am GMT

7. Snacks and Drinks to Keep in Their Desk

Lunch breaks may or may not happen for teachers on any given day, and more than a few teachers told me that they always have snacks in their desk! Nobody likes to be hangry and you especially don’t want your child’s teacher hangry while they’re trying to teach.

Product Pick: Wiley Wallaby Classic Red Licorice
$24.64 ($0.62 / Ounce)
  • Fat free
  • Soft, chewy, bursting with flavor
  • Eco-friendly
  • No high-fructose corn syrup
  • Only 80 calories + 9 grams of sugar per serving


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12/03/2022 08:45 am GMT

8. Local Products

Win/win: support a local business and show your local love to a teacher! If you’re from Minnesota check out this MN Made gift guide for tons of great ideas.

Product Pick: MN Heard Here Magnet Set

I love this trio of magnets, especially because it has classic regional sayings that my non-native Minnesotan husband just never understands. 😉


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9. UGG Slippers

Is your child’s school distance learning? Keep your kids’ teacher’s toes nice and toasty warm with these UGG Slippers.

UGG Slippers
  • Flexible rubber sole
  • Indoor/outdoor versatility
  • Warm and comfy
  • Variety of colors


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10. Candle

Sticking with the distance learning gifts, a candle is a great way to bring a moment of zen to a teacher’s home.

Illume Candle
$22.80 ($1.98 / Ounce)
  • Bergamot, clary sage, vetiver
  • 100% all-natural with no artificial or synthetic fragrance or color
  • A blend of pure essential oils and all-natural elements
  • Burn time: 60 Hours
  • Fill weight: 11.5 oz.


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12/02/2022 02:25 pm GMT

11. Fun Pens

Make grading papers fun again! These colorful felt tip markers will help make an otherwise mundane task fun and maybe even almost exciting.

Felt Tip Marker Pens
$8.23
  • Set of 12 felt tip markers
  • High pigment
  • Smear resistant
  • Water-based ink


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12/02/2022 06:40 am GMT

12. Notecards + Stamps

In this go-go-go world, there’s something so special about a handwritten card sent in the mail – you just need all the materials on hand. Make sending a note easy for your teacher friends with a set of notecards. Just don’t forget the stamps.

Personalized Hello Note Cards
  • Box set of 10
  • Personalized with name
  • Choose your colors


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13. Teacher Stamp

Give a gift that keeps on giving! This fun personalized teacher stamp is available in male, female, Spanish teacher, superhero teacher options and more! Customize the accessories, the hair and text.

Teacher Stamp

Size: approximately 1.875" x 1.875"

Wood mounted photopolymer stamp

Designed and made in the US

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14. To Do List

A simple pad of paper will help keep any teacher a bit more organized and a little less scattered throughout the day!

To Do List
$9.99
  • 52 tear off sheets
  • Undated
  • Different sections to keep you organized
  • Measures 7" x 10"
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12/03/2022 03:25 am GMT

15. L’Occitane Hand Cream Set

If you live in a cold weather locale, you know hand cream is a must during winter – especially when you work in a school and are washing your hands all the time. This L’Occitane Hand Cream Set, which includes Almond Delicious, Shea Butter and Lavender, is my absolute favorite.

If you have multiple kids with multiple teachers, split up this trio into several little gift packs.

L'Occitane Hand Cream Set
  • Trio of hand cream favorites
  • Paraben-free; phthalate-free
  • Perfect size for throwing in a purse or keeping in a desk drawer


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16. An Everyday Tote

Think you haul a lot of stuff around? Try being a teacher. This adorable Kate Spade canvas tote keeps papers, projects, lunch and everything else a teacher needs for a day in one place. And who could appreciate a stack of classic books more than a teacher?

Kate Spade Canvas Book Tote
$28.00
  • Made of a heavyweight canvas
  • Interior pocket
  • 14" x 13.5"


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12/02/2022 01:45 pm GMT

17. Personalized Coaster

Rather than adding to your teacher’s mug collection (but hey, who doesn’t love a cute mug?), give them a place to set it down! These personalized coasters from Five Elements Home Essentials are cute and perfect for a teacher’s desk.

Personalized Coasters
  • High-quality resin
  • Include paper clips, crayons, pencils, erasers, and push pins
  • Customizable name
  • Choose colors for a small fee
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18. Necklace

This simple but sparkly necklace is a great way to say “Thank you!” Perfect with T-shirts or dresses and every style, your kid’s teacher will appreciate this new wardrobe staple. 

Teacher necklace
  • Choose from different color stones
  • Choose gold or silver stainless steel
  • 18-inch chain
  • Card can be customized to say teacher's name
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19. Personalized Mini-Fig

If you have a Lego-loving kid, they’ll be excited to give their teacher a personalized Lego mini-figure. 

Personalized Mini-Figure
  • Customize figure with hair, hats, face, and clothes
  • Personalize with teacher's name
  • Made from up-cycled Lego pieces
  • Hand engraved


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20. A Cute Plant and Pot

Bring a little green to the classroom or your teacher’s home! Pick out a succulent and plant it in a cute modern planter or have your child paint a pot for a sweet, handmade gift.

Geometric Pattern Planters
$18.99 ($6.33 / Count)
  • 3.2 inch pots
  • Ceramic with bamboo tray
  • Set of 3
  • Geometric designs
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12/03/2022 05:35 am GMT

21. Cozy Socks

When your kid’s teacher puts their feet up at the end of the day, make sure they have some cozy socks to make them even more comfortable. The Barefoot Dreams socks are as soft as the beloved blanket.

CozyChic Socks
  • Polyester/spandex
  • One size
  • Multiple color options
  • Machine wash


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22. Pencil Bag

Get a simple but beautiful leather pouch for your teacher to carry pens, pencils and other supplies. This one is also customizable.

Pencil Bag
  • 9 color options
  • Stamp the leather tag with initials
  • Handmade
  • 100% leather


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23. Ring Dish

Sometimes teachers need to take off jewelry for science experiments or hands-on activities. Give them a place to put it with a ring dish for their desk!

Apple Shaped Ring Dish
  • Customizable color and text
  • Resin
  • Hand made


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24. Olive and June Nail Polish

Teachers’ hands are front and center much of the day, so why not help them keep their nails looking their best with a mani system from Olive and June? Bonus: The fall nail polish colors are named after school subjects! 

Extra bonus: use the code Jenb20 for 20% off a system!

Olive & June Mani System
  • Choose a mani system, press-on nails or just your favorite color of polish
  • 7-free polish
  • Cuticle care
  • Poppy polish bottle handle
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25. Rose Quartz Facial Roller

If you think your kids are giving you wrinkles, imagine what all those kids are doing to their teachers! A rose quartz roller can help teachers relax and reduce puffiness, fine lines and dark circles.

Rose Quartz Crystal Facial Roller
  • Made of natural rose quartz
  • Cruelty-free
  • Gives relaxing facial massage
  • Roll over face in outward direction
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26. Pom Pom Blanket

Give your teacher a blanket something to snuggle up in, like this cozy pom pom sherpa throw.

Cozy Pom Pom Sherpa Throws
  • 4 colors
  • 100% polyester
  • Machine washable
  • 50 x 60 inches 
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27. Autobiography Journal

Teachers spend all year thinking about your kid; give them the chance to think about themselves and their own lives! This journal provides prompts to help teachers write their own life story, a gift they’ll treasure for years.

Promptly Journals, An Autobiography Journal
$36.99
  • Prompted journal
  • Divided into different sections for different stages of life
  • Bound in leatherette
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12/02/2022 11:30 pm GMT

28. Portable Charger

If you’re looking for a practical gift to show your appreciation, a portable charger will make sure your teacher’s always charged up and ready to go. A teacher can keep this in their bag so they’re never low on battery or take it with them on a hard-earned vacation!

Portable Charger Power Bank
$29.95
  • 2 USB ports
  • 26,800 mAh
  • LED lights to show charger's battery level
  • Can charge phones 6 times on one charge
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12/02/2022 06:15 am GMT

29. Soothing Tea and Tea Infuser

After a day of lessons in front of the class, a teacher could use something soothe a sore, scratchy throat. Pick out some loose leaf tea (maybe chamomile!) and pair it with a cute tea infuser!

Tea Infuser
$16.95
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Silicone
  • Long handle
  • 3 color options
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12/02/2022 01:05 pm GMT

30. Lanyard

If teachers at your kid’s school wear their IDs or keys around their necks, a cute new lanyard would be both practical and thoughtful. Choose a pretty beaded or floral one, customize one with the teacher’s name, or find one that aligns with their interests.

Beaded ID Badge Lanyard
  • Lots of color mixes to choose from
  • Lightweight
  • 18.5 inches long


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31. Bookish T-Shirt

Get your favorite teacher a T-shirt with a reference to their favorite book. The teacher will be excited to wear it, and it’ll get the kids excited about reading!

Elephant and Piggie Read T-Shirt
$35.95
  • Unisex
  • Indigo
  • Cotton/poly fitted
  • Elephant and Piggie and Pigeon art by Mo Willems
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12/03/2022 04:40 am GMT

32. Supply Organizer

Give the gift of convenience! This cube keeps all a teacher’s desk supplies in arm’s reach. 

Supply Dispenser
$21.99
  • Holds sticky notes, sticky tabs and paper clips
  • 3.4 inch cube
  • Black or light gray
  • Refills available
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12/02/2022 03:15 pm GMT

33. Hand Sanitizer Holder

Teachers need to keep hand sanitizer handy to stay healthy. These keychain hand sanitizer holders are cute and make sure clean hands are never too far away.

Hand Sanitizer Holder
$6.99
  • Set of 4
  • Leather case
  • Refillable bottle
  • 4 colors
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12/02/2022 10:10 am GMT

34. A Note of Thanks

More often than not a simple heartfelt “thank you” goes 1,000 times further than any gift could. (Though a gift is nice too, so why not both?)

35. Gift Cards

  • Amazon: Instead of playing the “will they like this gift or not?” game, get your teacher friend something you know they want. An Amazon gift card is always useful, or ask if they have a wishlist you can shop.
  • Target: Need I say more?
  • Spa or nail salon: Teachers are selfless, and deserve a day (or at least an hour!) to pamper themselves.
  • Restaurant: Simultaneously support a local restaurant and give your teacher an excuse for a night out.
  • Coffee shop: Always a delight to receive.

The Ultimate Gift Guide List

Want even more gift ideas for everyone on your list? Head to one of these!

Gift Guides for Grown Ups

Gift Guides for Babies & Kids

Special Interest Gift Guides

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Let’s shower our teachers with extra love this holiday season, the deserve it!

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About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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