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.
The Best Teacher Gifts
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35 of the Best Teacher Gifts for 2022
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.
- 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!
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!
- 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.
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)!
- 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
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.
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.
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.
- Fat free
- Soft, chewy, bursting with flavor
- No high-fructose corn syrup
- Only 80 calories + 9 grams of sugar per serving
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.
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.
Sticking with the distance learning gifts, a candle is a great way to bring a moment of zen to a teacher’s home.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
If you have a Lego-loving kid, they’ll be excited to give their teacher a personalized Lego mini-figure.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
26. Pom Pom Blanket
Give your teacher a blanket something to snuggle up in, like this cozy pom pom sherpa throw.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
32. Supply Organizer
Give the gift of convenience! This cube keeps all a teacher’s desk supplies in arm’s reach.
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.
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 Guide for Women
- Gift Guide for Men
- Teacher Gifts
- Gifts for Your Sister-in-Law
- Beauty and Self Care Gifts
Gift Guides for Babies & Kids
- Gift Guide for Girls
- Gift Guide for Boys
- Tween Girl Gift Ideas
- Tween Boy Gift Ideas
- Gifts for Toddlers
- Gifts for 3 Year Old Boys
- Ride on Toys for a 1 Year Old
- Best Climbing Toys for Young Kids
- The Best Puzzles for Toddlers + Kids
- Best 1st Baby Doll
- Baby Walker Toys for New Walkers
Special Interest Gift Guides
Want FREE Christmas gift tags? I created 64 beautiful gift tags that can be used not only for Christmas but every holiday! They’re free to download!
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Let’s shower our teachers with extra love this holiday season, the deserve it!
Don’t forget, you can check out all my gift guides here!