It’s finally here! Stress no more. Use my teacher-approved guide full of gift ideas for teachers!
It’s usually this time of year when I start getting asked by my friends about what kind of gifts teachers love most. I get it, I AM a teacher and I still struggle getting the perfect gift that says just the right thing!
As a teacher, I know that when my students and their families bring me a gift it comes from a wonderful place of love and gratitude, no matter what the gift is. So not to worry, truly the best gift ideas for teachers are the ones that come from the heart.
But, as a parent, I now realize just how hard gift ideas for teachers really are. It’s like you get stuck wanting to find the gift that really says, “thank you so much for showing up for my kid day in and day out. Thank you for putting up with them when they’re having a bad day and thank you for loving them like your own.”
Truth is, there really is no perfect gift to give a teacher to thank them for all of the hard work and dedication they put in on a daily basis (this truth I speak from both a parent and an educator’s point of view).
I put this list of gift ideas for teachers together to be a resource for you to help with your shopping this holiday season.
So, my first piece of advice is going to be to check with your PTO and your room parent (if you have one). Typically this person will have a list of the teacher’s favorite things. This will help give you an idea of their interests and anything you may want to avoid. And, if your student is an older elementary kiddo or in middle or high school, then they can definitely do some research on their own and ask their teacher about some of these things as well.
Gift Ideas for Teachers
I constantly am using notepads to jot down lists or things I need to remember. I love having a personalized pad to use when I write little notes to my students or when I am out of hall passes.
I prefer to use my personalized pad over just sticky notes for things like this because sticky notes tend to get lost among papers.
This simple personalized notepad from Etsy is another great option! There are so many to choose from on Etsy!
I will speak from personal experience that as a teacher, I have a natural love for pens of any assortment of colors. Life isn’t as fun without an array of colors from which to choose. There are lots of pen sets that offer a rainbow of colors, but these Flair Pens are my favorite.
They are much like a skinny marker but with more precision like a pen. I’ve yet to meet a teacher who doesn’t love these pens!
Succulent or indoor plant
Plants are natural air purifiers and can help provide a more cozy and home like learning environment for students. A small succulent or indoor plant is a fun way to give a gift that will last.
Some plants will come with a clay pot, but others may need to be planted. Consider taking this opportunity to find a unique planter to place the succulent in. You could even have your child decorate the planter as a way to incorporate some DIY into the gift.
I am constantly washing my hands to try and keep the germs at bay while at school. So needless to say, that means my hands get really dry. I keep a really good hand lotion on my desk at school in an effort to keep them hydrated.
I love the Hempz Lotion and get mine from Beauty Brands. Beauty Brands carries a lot of other great hand lotions too.
Obviously, you will want to be sure your teacher wears earrings before purchasing a gift like this.
If she does, then buying her a simple, trendy pair of earrings is a great gift that is different than what others might give. I love the teardrop leather earrings made by Nickel and Suede (also a local Kansas City company) and the beautiful and unique earrings from Eb. and Co.
Candles are a great gift because they are relaxing and are something that most people love. Don’t try to get too crazy with the scent selection if you go this route, though. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to candle scents – but there are some fairly neutral scents to go with.
My advice would be to stick with a vanilla, or baking scented candle. And don’t just go to a department store like Walmart or Target. Choose a small or local owned shop that sells handmade candles. My favorite locally sourced candles come from Leavenworth at Candle Queen Boutique. But I also really love Antique Candle Co. candles.
Don’t underestimate the value in a handwritten note or letter. We can often forget the power our words have to give affirmation and express love towards others.
Take an opportunity with your child to write down all of the things they love about their teacher. Ask them to think about some of the things that their teacher does for them on a daily basis and make a list of those things. This is a great chance to practice the lost art of a handwritten note.
Even as a parent, a handwritten note expressing your gratitude toward your child’s teacher is such a special gift to a teacher. These are small deposits that go a long way!
Other Ideas for Teacher Gifts:
Gift cards to the teacher’s favorite restaurant
Movie gift cards
Gift basket with a few of their favorite snacks and soda
Starbucks gift cards
Sweet Treats like bundt cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes
Bringing them lunch from their favorite restaurant (this takes a bit of planning but it is a huge win from the teacher perspective, we love getting a special lunch!)
Are you a teacher? Do you have a favorite gift idea that could be added to this list? I would love to hear from you!
While you’re here, don’t forget to check out my round up of holiday decor picks! No time to read it now? No worries, pin it for later!