Best Teacher Gifts: What To Buy For Your Kids’ Teachers (2021)

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.

Woman holding Christmas gifts

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!

30 of the Best Teacher Gifts for 2021

Best Teacher Gifts: What To Buy For Your Kids' Teachers (2021)

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1. Yeti Cup // 2. Snacks and Drinks (My Pick: Wiley Wallaby) // 3. Local Products (My Pick: MN Magnet Set) // 4. UGG Slippers // 5. Candle // 6. Fun Pens // 7. Notecards + Stamps, Etsy // 8. Teacher Stamp, Etsy // 9. To Do List // 10. L’Occitane Hand Cream Set // 11. An Everyday Tote (My Pick: Madewell Canvas Transport Tote) // 12. Personalized Coaster, Five Elements Home Essentials // 13. Necklace, Etsy // 14. Personalized Mini-Fig, Etsy // 15. A Cute Plant and Pot (My Pick: Geometric Pattern Pots) // 16. Cozy Socks, Nordstrom // 17. Pencil Bag, Etsy // 18. Ring Dish, Etsy // 19. Olive and June Nail Polish // 20. Rose Quartz Facial Roller, Nordstrom // 21. Pom Pom Blanket, Pottery Barn // 22. Story of My Life Activity Journal // 23. Portable Charger // 24. Soothing Tea and Tea Infuser // 25. Lanyard, Etsy // 26. Bookish T-Shirt, Out of Print // 27. Supply Organizer // 28. Hand Sanitizer Holder // 29. A Note of Thanks // 30. Gift Cards

1. 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 Cup

Yeti Cup

  • Comes with YETI MagSlider Lid, which uses magnets to keep drinks in
  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher safe
  • No sweat design
  • Double-wall insulated

2. 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.

Package of Wiley Wallaby red licorice

Product Pick: Wiley Wallaby Classic Red Licorice

  • Fat free
  • Soft, chewy, bursting with flavor
  • Eco-friendly
  • No high-fructose corn syrup
  • Only 80 calories + 9 grams of sugar per serving

3. 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.

Minnesota magnet set of 3

Product Pick: MN Magnet Set

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

Bonus: use the code “PAISLEY” for free shipping!

4. UGG Slippers

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

Black Ugg loafer slippers

UGG Slippers

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

5. Candle

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

White Illume Candle

Illume Candle

  • 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.

6. 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 markers in a variety of colors

Fun Pens

  • Set of 12 felt tip markers
  • High pigment
  • Smear resistant
  • Water-based ink

7. 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.

Dip dyed hello notecards

Hello Notecards

  • Box set of six
  • Dip dyed by hand
  • Letterpress printed in cool gray ink

8. 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.

Customized teacher stamp

Teacher Stamp

  • Size: approximately 1.875″ x 1.875″
  • Wood mounted photopolymer stamp
  • Designed and made in the US

9. 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 notepad

To Do List

  • 52 tear off sheets
  • Undated
  • Different sections to keep you organized
  • Measures 7″ x 10″

10. L’Occitane Hand Cream Set

If you live in a cold weather locale, you know hand cream is a must during winter – especially this year with the extra vigilant hand washing. 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 of 3

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

11. An Everyday Tote

Think you haul a lot of stuff around? Try being a teacher. This Madewell carry-all tote keeps papers, projects, lunch and everything else a teacher needs for a day in one place, with an interior zip pocket to keep the essentials – keys, wallet and phone – organized.

Canvas tote

Product Pick: Madewell Canvas Transport Tote

  • Made of a durable canvas with leather straps
  • Available in several colors
  • 12 1/4″ h x 11″ w x 5 1/2″ with a 8 1/4″ handle drop

12. 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.

Resin coaster with school supplies inside, customized with teacher name

Personalized Coaster

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

13. 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. 

Necklace with a card that says "teacher, thank you for all the time you have invested in my child. You will forever hold a special place in our heart."


  • Choose from different color stones
  • Choose gold or silver stainless steel
  • 18-inch chain
  • Card can be customized to say teacher’s name

14. Personalized Mini-Fig

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

Lego Mini-Fig personalized with teacher name and features

Personalized Mini-Fig

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

15. 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.

Set of 3 black and white pots

Geometric Pattern Pots

  • 3.2 inch pots
  • Ceramic with bamboo tray
  • Set of 3
  • Geometric designs

16. 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.

Soft socks

CozyChic Socks

  • Polyester/spandex
  • One size
  • Two color options
  • Machine wash

17. Pencil Bag

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

Leather pencil bag with initials on tag

Pencil Bag

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

18. 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!

Clay ring dish with pencil stamped in the middle

Ring Dish

  • Polymer clay
  • 2.75 inches wide
  • Hand marbled
  • Pencil stamp or customize with initials

19. 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!

Fall collection of Olive and June nail polish

Olive and June Mani System

  • Poppy polish bottle handle
  • Cuticle care
  • 6 fall colors
  • Nail polish remover pot

20. 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 facial roller

Rose Quartz Facial Roller

  • Made of natural rose quartz
  • Cruelty-free
  • Gives relaxing facial massage
  • Roll over face in outward direction

21. Pom Pom Blanket

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

Stack of pom pom blankets

Pom Pom Blanket

  • 4 colors
  • 100% polyester
  • Machine washable
  • 50 x 60 inches 

22. Story of My Life Activity 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.

The Story of my Life journal

Story of My Life Activity Journal

  • 204 pages of writing prompts
  • 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Acid-free, high-quality paper
  • Lined paper

23. 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

Portable Charger

  • 2 USB ports
  • 26,800 mAh
  • LED lights to show charger’s battery level
  • Can charge phones 6 times on one charge

24. 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!

Loch Ness monster tea infuser

Tea Infuser

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Silicone
  • Long handle
  • 3 color options

25. 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 floral, customize one with the teacher’s name, or find one that aligns with their interests.

Lanyards with various floral patterns


  • Choose a floral print
  • Breakaway clasp
  • 19 inches long
  • Designer cotton fabric

26. 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!

T-shirt with Pigeon from Mo Willems books

Bookish T-Shirt

  • Unisex
  • Indigo
  • Cotton/poly fitted
  • Pigeon art by Mo Willems

27. Supply Organizer

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

White cube supply organizer

Supply Organizer

  • Holds sticky notes, sticky tabs and paper clips
  • 3.4 inch cube
  • Black or light gray
  • Refills available

28. 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.

Pink leather case with hand sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer Holder

  • Set of 4
  • Leather case
  • Refillable bottle
  • 4 colors

29. 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?)

30. 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.

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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!

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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