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The Best Gifts for Teachers

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Gia R.

Staff Writer

Gia R. is from Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated with two business degrees. While studying, her short nonfiction story was published in 2018 in Write On, Downtown, an ASU journal. Since then, she taught preschool students abroad. Now back in AZ, you’ll find her writing, reading, and adoring digital art.

Teachers. They do so much. Whether they’ve been teaching for two years or 20, it’s not an easy job. Each day brings its own challenges, delights, and surprises. From personal growth to sweet anecdotes, the profession can bring many rewards. No day is the same. No class is either. Teachers are creators, organizers, mentors, and leaders. Sometimes they are therapists and peacekeepers. With busy days, we can forget how much of an impact they have. We can forget about all the things they do.

As a teacher, I hope you don’t forget. I hope you see all the things they do and how it affects you, your kid’s, or your family’s life. I hope you see the impact and honor it. It can be hard voicing your appreciation, but you don’t always have to use words. A thoughtful gift can help you say what you want to say. 

I put together a list of goodies that can help you do that this holiday season. This list is for those who work with a teacher or want to show their appreciation for their teacher or their child’s teacher. When it comes to this profession, it’s hard for things not to get personal. Teachers spend countless hours with your kids! Whether they teach little ones or big ones, they have weathered every storm and still remain soft to nurture the curiosity and wonder in their students. Because of this, I wanted to pick gifts that were more personalized. Etsy still is my go-to for quirky items that have a personal touch. With that in mind, take a look at what the teacher in your life might like, want, or need for this holiday season!

Best gifts for teachers

picture of Teacher sweatshirt gift

Keep the teacher in your life cozy and warm with this personalized sweatshirt. You can personalize it! $30+

picture of wooden teacher desktop sign gift

Here’s a good one for new teachers. They probably don’t have a cute desktop sign yet! $25

picture of teacher affirmations gift

Time for a reset. Many teachers like a visual reminder. These teacher affirmation cards have a little stand too. $20

picture of personalized teacher lanyard gift

Teachers have all those keys. There’s no escaping it. Give them a customizable lanyard that’s a bit cuter than the standard one they’ve been using. You can choose the bead and tassel color! $18

picture of personalized teacher notepad gift

Teachers write so many notes in a day! It’d be nice if they didn’t have to sign their name on every one with these personal notepads. $8

picture of cute teacher tote bag gift

Don’t want something that’s personalized? Gift this spacious tote bag. $26

picture of "Thanks for putting up with my kid" candle gift

Here to help you say something that many of us are thinking. Say it with a scent! This funny candle comes in different sizes and scents. $12-24

picture of teacher pencil holder gift

Keep the desk organized and tidy with this pencil holder that can act as a sign too. $30

picture of funny teacher reward stickers

Teachers like stickers too. I would enjoy a good laugh if I received these silly reward stickers. There’s some with a few swear words, but there’s a clean version too! $2-4

picture of teacher memory book gift

This is a great place to keep all those silly scenarios, hilarious one-liners, and wonderful moments that happen during a school year. Help the teacher in your life upgrade from their notes app to this teacher memory book. $27

picture of personalized wooden teacher bookmark gift

Teachers are also bookworms. Give them a little something special to put in between those pages. Personalized wooden teacher bookmark $7

picture of tote bag that says "teacher? I prefer the term educational rockstar" gift

Teachers, AKA educational rockstars, should be reminded of all that they do with this cute tote bag. $25

picture teacher wristlet gift

Do they already have a lanyard? Or they don’t like using it? You can get them this teacher wristlet! $6

I hope you got a few ideas for the teachers in your life. Show your appreciation this season!