65 Best Teacher Gifts (What They Really Want)

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65 Best Teacher Gifts (What They Really Want)

This post is all about teacher gifts. With the holidays coming up it's time to start thinking about what to get your children’s teachers.  Teachers always work hard but this year they're facing so many challenges and are working harder than ever.  So, I've found ideas that are meaningful, personalized, funny, cute and that show appreciation for all the hard work your child’s teacher does. I also found some ideas that are super easy and even a few DIY ideas. Read to the end to find out what teachers have said is the number one gift idea.

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Meaningful Teacher Gifts

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I love this idea because a plant is a great accessory to brighten up a teacher’s classroom. Click the link above and you can have them customize the plant sign to whatever you'd like it to say.

WHERE TO FIND | TEACHER GIFT BOX

This cute box comes with a teacher shirt, a bracelet and a mug.

 

WHERE TO FIND | SASSIEDESIGNS

Isn’t this box beautiful? You could fill it with homemade or store-bought goodies. This would brighten their day for sure!

WHERE TO FIND | TEACHER PENCIL BOX

I love a gift that is sentimental but also useful!

WHERE TO FIND | TEACHER GIFT BOX SET

This is a spa gift set with words of thanks and appreciation for your child’s teacher.

DIY Teacher Gift Ideas

The next few ideas are perfect for the DIYer. If you love to sew or paint or do any craft, you can get your hands on then why not make your kids’ teachers their gift this year? Check out my favorite ideas to do just that below.

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Here's a cute idea for the DIYer. I love the little mouths on these guys. This would be a cute desk accessory for a teacher.

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Here's a pretty DIY idea. Paint a plain clipboard from the dollar store and then customize with the teacher’s name. Teachers always need more clipboards.

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Here's another one for the DIYers. Check out the link above and you can find a free pattern for this cute pencil cup sleeve.

Unique Teacher Gift Ideas

These next gifts are unique and creative ideas that I never would've thought of but I’m glad some one else did. Get inspired to get something very unique for your child’s teacher this year.

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She took an ordinary bouquet and added pencils, what a cute idea! Love this, the other items are from Target.

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Teachers always need more bookmarks. I love these one because they're not only pretty, but they have positive sayings on them.

Gifts to Show Appreciation

These teachers are helping our kids hours a day molding their little minds. They have to be filled with patience, love and understanding to do this work. Let’s show them some appreciation! Below are my favorite gifts that do just that show appreciation for the teachers in your child’s life.

WHERE TO FIND | A GOOD TEACHER CANDLE

Not only do these candles look gorgeous but they smell amazing too and she has tons of scents to choose from and different sizes too!

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What a cute idea. You could pick up a small plant anywhere in a pretty container and then order a custom planter stem and you have a very thoughtful gift.

Teacher Shirts

Teacher shirts make great gifts because teachers love a cute teacher tee to add to their school wardrobe. Below are some of my favorite designs. They are all available on Amazon Prime in more colors click the links below to check them out.

TEACHER SHIRTS | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | FIRST I DRINK THE COFFEE…

TWO | 4TH GRADE IS MY JAM

THREE | TEACHER SQUAD

FOUR | BLESSED TEACHER

FIVE | TEACHING MY TRIBE

SIX | YOU MATTER

You can find more teacher tees here.

Jewelry Gifts for Teachers

WHERE TO FIND | TEACHER NECKLACE

Sometimes the packaging is just as important as the gift itself. Love this!

WHERE TO FIND | TEACHER NECKLACE

Here's another example, these meaningful words would bring a smile to any teacher’s face.

WHERE TO FIND | PERSONALIZED TEACHER NECKLACE

I love this necklace, it's delicate and pretty. The icing on top is how sweet the custom packaging is.

Daycare Gifts

WHERE TO FIND | DAYCARE WISH BRACELET

Can’t forget our daycare providers. Here's a sweet gift to show you're thinking of them too.

Preschool Teacher Gifts

WHERE TO FIND | PRESCHOOL TEACHER WISH BRACELET

Here's the same idea as above but especially for the preschool teacher.

Teacher Gifts For The Coffee Lover

Is your child’s teacher a coffee lover? Probably, they need a lot of caffeine to do what they do! They'll love one of these awesome ideas that are perfect just for the coffee lover!

WHERE TO FIND | PERSONALIZED COFFEE CUP

Who wouldn’t want their own personalized Starbucks cup in their favorite color? Plus, these are cheap too!

Teacher gift ideasWHERE TO FIND | TEACHER MUG

Here's a meaningful mug that you could fill with treats, a gift card or just give as is.

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I like the cute sayings on these and what a great idea to fill with some K-cups! Here are some similar Rae Dunn mugs.

WHERE TO FIND | PERSONALIZED TRAVEL MUG

Women like things that are pretty with our names on it. It’s just a fact, win, win here!

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These pencil cup holders are so adorable but even more I love the package that says, Thanks a latte for being an awesome teacher. Thank you for all you do. Here’s a little gift to expresso my gratitude!

Personalized Teacher Gifts

WHERE TO FIND | PERSONALIZED TOTE BAG

Teachers always need more bags for all the stuff. I especially love these ones because they can be personalized and have a classic look.

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WHERE TO FIND | TEACHER NAME WOOD SIGN

These would look awesome in a teacher’s classroom!

WHERE TO FIND | PERSONALIZED TUMBLER

Personalized tumblers make great teacher gifts. They can have their favorite beverage by their side at all times.

Teacher gift ideas

WHERE TO FIND | ROUND METAL CUSTOM DOOR SIGN

This modern custom metal sign would look great on a classroom door.

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I love these pretty custom water bottles!

WHERE TO FIND | FONTGARAGE

These custom teacher signs would look cute in their classroom!

WHERE TO FIND | CUSTOM TEACHER SIGN

Here's another pretty custom sign that would like nice on a teacher’s desk.

Teacher Cookies

Beautiful cookies make great teacher gifts. If you are a baker, then you can create your own cute teacher cookies and place them in a pretty box or tin. If you're more like me, then you might be going to your favorite bakery and having them create the perfect teacher cookie for you. Below check out some amazing teacher cookies that any teacher would love to get.

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These personalized pencil cookies were placed in a tin pencil box. What a sweet idea!

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Check out her blog to find tutorials to make awesome cookies like these. Plus, love the saying “cause teachers can’t survive on apples alone.

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You can order these teacher cookies sets from the link above. She only has a limited supply though. What a creative idea and it comes in this pretty box with a thank you note!

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Another awesome cookie idea just for teachers!

Cute Teacher Gift Ideas

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These are pretty pencil cases that you could fill with something little or leave as a standalone gift.

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How sweet is this mini vase? It would melt the heart of your child’s favorite teacher.

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More pretty pencil cases for all the pens, pencils and markers that teachers have. They would also be cute travel cases.

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Here's a pretty teacher gift idea, click the link above for the details.

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These bars of soap are so amazing I probably wouldn't want to use them!

Teacher gift ideas

 

WHERE TO FIND | TEACHER NOTEBOOK

Notebooks are always handy for a teacher. Just one of those things you always need more of. I love the sweet saying too.

End of the Year Teacher Gift Idea

WHERE TO FIND | PERSONALIZED TEACHER ART

This would be an awesome end to the year teacher gift from the class.

Funny Teacher Gifts

Teachers have to play and have a little fun too! These next gifts are for the teacher with a sense of humor. These are fun gift ideas sure to put a smile on their face.

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WHERE TO FIND | TEACHER WINE GLASS

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Ok, this may be my favorite. Yes, this is a cookie. If you have one of those kids, you may want to give this to the teacher at the beginning of school year. You may need them on your side!

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Name me a teacher who doesn’t need this.

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Its really all a teacher needs.

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This is a perfect Teacher coffee mug for the teacher that periodically needs caffeine. I can’t think of one that doesn’t.

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For the teacher that needs a little help before and after school, which is every teacher ever.

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This one has a little extra something for the best teacher ever.

Gift Basket For Teachers

Another fun idea is to create a personal gift basket for your child’s teacher. I love to go to T.J. Max or Target and get cute items that I think they would like and put them in a pretty basket. You can even have your child help you pick out the items for the basket to make it even more special.

If you're not sure what to put in it, nice pens, little notebooks, plants, treats, or pretty mugs or tumblers are always a hit. Below are some ideas of pretty curated teacher baskets to give you a little inspiration to create your own personalized teacher gift basket.

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This lucky teacher got cute plants, a pretty tumbler, gel pens, a bath bomb and a cute notebook.

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This teacher got all sorts of beautiful and personal goodies in a pretty tin.

Pre-made Teacher Gift Boxes

If you don't want to do the create your own gift box thing there are tons of options for pre-made gift boxes especially for teachers.  My favorites are below.

teacher appreciation gifts

WHERE TO FIND | CUSTOM TEACHER BOX

You can select an option that comes with a stylish shirt and a custom tumbler.  This one also includes cute pencils, sticky notes and a cute little pin!

teacher appreciation gifts

WHERE TO FIND | SUCCULENT TEACHER BOX

This teacher box comes with a pretty succulent and a soy candle, which you can pick from tons of scents, an adorable set of matches with succulents on them, and a card.  You can choose to add-on several items including bath bombs, earrings or a bag.

teacher appreciation gifts

WHERE TO FIND | PANDEMIC TEACHER BOX

Only this year can you get your teacher the pandemic teacher gift box which includes a distance learning tumbler, a pandemic t-shirt, a bracelet and more!

Boxes & Bags for Teacher Goodies

Below are some cute boxes and bags that you can put little teacher goodies in. Two and three below are actually made of paper and you download them print them off and then fold them to create these adorable little boxes that would be perfect for a small gift like a teacher’s favorite candy.

TEACHER GIFT IDEAS

TEACHER GIFT BAGS & BOXES | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | TEACHER CUSTOM MINI TOTE

TWO |PRINTABLE PAPER APPLE BOXES

THREE | PRINTABLE PENCIL BOXES

FOUR | TEACHER SURVIVAL KIT SUPPLY BAG

Practical Teacher Gifts

If you want to get your child's teacher a practical gift that they'll use how about a printable teacher planner.  What's great about this gift is it is very flexible.  So, they can print only the pages that they want.  This is a great end of the year gift to help them get ready for the next year.  Every teacher would welcome the gift of a little more organization.  These are my creation, so I think they're cute, but I'm biased!

printable teacher planner

PRINTABLE TEACHER PLANNERS | FIND THEM HERE

Gift Cards for Teachers

So, I polled teachers and the number one response for their favorite gift is...drum roll please...gift cards!  This is because they can pick out what they want or something that they need for the classroom.  I also asked what their favorite gift cards were, find out the answer below.  Ok, so we know they love gift cards, but sometimes I like to give a little more than a gift card or at least present it in a cute unique way. Check out the ideas below to do just that.

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I love how they put the gift cards and other goodies in these pencil holders that the teacher can use in the class.

So, are you dying to know what gift cards teachers want most?  Check out below I put them in order of most requested.

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#1 | Amazon or Target

Amazon Bookmark Gift Gard or Amazon Flower Pot Gift Card

#2 | Starbucks

#3 Restaurant Gift Cards

Cheesecake Factory  | California Pizza Kitchen

#4 | Lunch Gift Cards

Subway

#5 | Sweet Treats

  Coldstone

Like I said I like to add a little something to the gift card or find a fun way to display it.  Check out below my favorite finds for gift card holders and pencil holders that can hold a gift card or small goodies.

Teacher gift ideas

GIFT CARD HOLDERS | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | MY CHILD MIGHT BE THE REASON YOU NEED COFFEE

TWO | PURPLE PENCIL CUP

THREE | FLORAL PENCIL HOLDER

FOUR | DISTANCE LEARNING GIFT CARD HOLDER

FIVE | PRINTABLE GIFT CARD HOLDER

SIX | CACTUS PENCIL HOLDER

Now you've seen 65 awesome teacher gifts. Your child’s teacher works hard, and a meaningful teacher gift is a great way to show your appreciation. Any of these gifts would be perfect for back to school, Christmas, birthday, an end of the year gift, for teacher appreciation week or any time to just say thank you. What're your favorite gift in the list?

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