The Best Teacher Gifts That Show Your Appreciation
It's never a bad time to show a teacher how much they've influenced you or your child's life. Whether you're looking for teacher Christmas presents or end-of-year teacher gifts, we've got you covered with a wide array of useful and heartfelt presents. Worth noting: Schools have various policies regarding giving gifts to teachers so make sure you brush up on that etiquette before hitting "buy."
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This card game has it all — high stakes poker, dueling outlaws, and a welcome dose of the Wild Wild West — and is sure to become a go-to in the teacher's lounge. P.S. The game was developed by CHICKAPIG creator Brian Calhoun, a celebrated custom guitar maker for everyone from Brandi Carlile to Keith Urban, and Dave Matthews.
BUY IT: $19.99; target.com
Rizzoli Instant Happy Journal
A prompt a day to usher in gratitude and joy.
BUY IT: $16, bloomingdales.com
Chronicle Books Keith Haring Wooden Dominoes
Dominoes with a pop of fun thanks to the colorful designs.
BUY IT: $29.99; bloomingdales.com
For a teacher with youngsters of his or her own, this game is designed for kids ages four and older. Inspired by CHICKAPIG, which was a 2019 Toy of the Year nominee and a "recommended by Mensa mind games" winner, educators will like how this game combines teamwork with critical thinking.
BUY IT: $19.99; target.com
Kate Spade New York Take Note Large Notebook
Monogram alert! A chic way to jot down inspiration and thoughts throughout the day.
BUY IT: $22; bloomingdales.com
ban.do Work Hard, Have Fun Pouc
With "work hard" on one side and "have fun" on the other, a beloved instructor will be reminded on the daily that balance is key.
BUY IT: $14; bloomingdales.com
PackIt’s Freezable Hampton Lunch Bag
A stylish lunch bag that keeps foods cool for busy days in the classroom.
BUY IT: $21.50; amazon.com
Neuhaus Chocolates History Collection
A sweet gift for social studies or history teachers that explores the company's 160 years in business through 14 edible treats.
BUY IT: $30; bloomingdales.com
Honey & Hive Custom Cookbook
Gather up some classmates' families to pitch in on this thoughtful tribute to an amazing teacher.
BUY IT: from $120; honeyandhivecreations.com
YourCover Personalized Best Teacher Magazine Cover
Show a classroom superstar how much they mean to your child with this customized gift.
Buy it: from $9.95; yourcover.com
Personalized Tote Bag
Grab a picture from a favorite class trip or school event and let Collage.com do the rest.
BUY IT: from $15; collage.com
Blue Sky Teacher Weekly/Monthly Academic Planner in Ditsy Dapple Floral
This July 2019 to June 2020 planner makes to-do lists a breeze.
BUY IT: $30.99; amazon.com
Number 1 by Baumbirdy
Pick up a box of 15 gorgeous note cards for your kid's No. 1 fan.
BUY IT: $35; minted.com
minted. Apple for the Teacher by Laura Bolter Design, from $24
An apple as cute as this is bound to keep that cherished instructor smiling for a long time to come.
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Draper James Hey Y’all Ballpoint Pen
A perfect desk accessory to add to a teacher's collection.
BUY IT: $25; draperjames.com
Dear Keaton Scalloped Natural Bone Photo Frame
An elegant way for teachers to keep a photo of their special someones close by during the school day.
BUY IT: $34; dearkeaton.com
YETI Rambler 14-ounce Mug
Because without coffee, even superheroes lose some of their special powers.
BUY IT: $24.99; amazon.com
This desk toy is better than a stress ball — and prettier, too — for when your teacher needs to take a moment to de-stress.
BUY IT: $27.99; amazon.com
Kate Spade New York Silver Wit Bookmark
Perfect for an English teacher, we might buy an extra of this playful bookmark to keep for ourselves.
BUY IT: $30; lenox.com
Gerrard’s Coffee Shop Candle
Grading papers just got a whole lot better.
BUY IT: $20; amazon.com
Cultivated Candle Co. Flower Shop Candle
Or, if a teacher has a green thumb, consider this floral blend.
BUY IT: $18; cultivatedcandleco.com
Teacher's Big Heart Notebooks by Jessie Steury
Besides the notebook version, this sweet gift is also available as an address book or monthly or weekly planner.
BUY IT: from $16; minted.com
Belk Draper James Gingham Totes Y'all Lunch Tote Bag
Totes buying this, y'all.
BUY IT: $28; belk.com
Available in 12 and 20-ounce sizes, teachers will love that this handy water bottle collapses into half its size for days when their bags are packed to the gills.
BUY IT: from $19.95; quebottle.com
A cherished keepsake for a teacher to remember this year's class or milestones in their career.
BUY IT: from $10; chatbooks.com