Another school year in the books, another nine months of dealing with shifting quarantine rules, mask-wearing, COVID-related staffing issues and constant hand-sanitizing — on top of all the normal teaching, classroom management and everything else that teachers do. If ever there were years to go all-out on the end-of-year teacher gifts, it's the last few. As this school year comes to a close, it's never a bad thing to make sure your child's teachers feel appreciated.
But what to give? Sometimes, teachers will outright tell you: If you head to DonorsChoose, sometimes teachers list the supplies they need for their classrooms, or the projects they want to fund, and you can give directly. But if they don't have any projects listed or you want to send in a little something anyway, these are our favorite end-of-year teacher gifts. Some are practical classroom items, some are personalized and some are just for fun, but they're all meant to bring a little extra joy as your teacher heads off for vacation. Give them individually, or get everyone involved and make it a class gift, and you're sure to find something that'll make your teacher say, "A+!"
When it comes to teacher gifts, gift cards for places like Amazon really are appreciated, and they ensure that your teacher can get something they truly want. But if it feels unimaginative, you can always pair it with a heartfelt note on a big, splashy card, like this pop-up one from Lovepop.
Since the thought really does count more than the gifts, have your student fill out the prompts in this fill-in-the-blank book. Or, you can do it as a class, and have every student fill out one page.
Everyone knows the secret to tackling a to-do list is to have a pretty planner to write all the tasks down in. This one has space for schedules, priorities, checklists and shopping lists while still maintaining a summer vibe.
You can personalize everything about this stamp, from the look of the teacher (add glasses, facial hair or a tie), to the font and message. They'll enjoy adding a personal touch to all of their assignments.
At the end of the day, anything you can give a teacher to relax is appreciated. This book offers coloring sheets with funny phrases like, "Thursday feels like Day 4 of a hostage situation."
Time to start working on those lessons for next year! This notebook is a great place to jot down ideas — and the personalization ensures that no one else with mistake it for theirs.
First-day-of-school photos get all the glory, but end-of-the-year photos show how much they've grown. Gift your teacher with a personalized poster of the entire class. You can get this in a range of sizes, from a desktop 5" x 7" ($24) to a huge 40" x 54" poster ($230). If you can swing it, you can make it extra special by getting each kid to sign their photo.
Students steal pencils from teachers all the time. Pay them back — with upgrades — with this Kate Spade mechanical pencil set, which comes with pretty gold dots.
Since every teacher is a "multi-tasking educational rock star," this hat could really fit any one of them. But you know if your teacher fits this cool, trucker-hat vibe.
This book details all the different ways a teachers affect the lives of their students. Have your student add their own thoughts as an inscription or on a card.
If you're looking for just a little something to go with that thank-you note, this notepad lets teachers see their week at a glance. Summer plans sorted!
Hopefully, vacation means your favorite teacher will get to travel, so a voyage-themed gift might be welcomed. Cadence's capsules let travelers store TSA-approved amounts of anything from pills to lotions to jewelry, they're magnetic so they all stick together in a honeycomb shape and the labels are also magnetic. You can get them singly or in themed bundles, or get a gift card so the can pick out their own.
Send your teacher home with a sweet note of thanks. Each set comes with one potholder (with one of three messages), one rubber spatula and baking mix.
Every teacher can use another plant for the classroom. Buy a cute, easy-to-care for succulent online at a local flower shop, and you can make it pop with this customized wooden tag. Note: This one also works for after-school babysitters, nannies or other caregivers.
Teachers are always sending notes home, so they appreciate customized stationery with their name and class on it. These notes come on thick card stock, and you can get them in one of six colors.
True fact: Teachers never have enough tote bags. Have the class chip in on this tote, then fill it with the teacher's favorite snacks for a going-home treat.
With this pencil set, the next time a student asks to borrow a pencil, they'll get a little reminder about some oft-broken grammar rules. You can also go with a personalized pencil set to make for a nice, full pencil cup to replenish the one that's been depleted throughout the year.
Teachers can jot down all of their ideas for next year in this handy notebook. At 5.5" x 8.5" and with 50 sheets of paper, it's the perfect size to keep stashed in a bag.
Now, your teacher's coffee cup won't be jumbled up with all the reusable tumblers in the teacher's lounge. You can choose the color for the ring around the coffee logo, and then add the teacher's name to the side. These cups are made by adding permanent adhesive stickers to a reusable plastic tumbler.
If everyone chips in, you can get this thank-you-in-a-box teacher gift. A personalized 20 oz drink tumbler, a t-shirt, a "Teacher off Duty" neoprene can holder, a "Chaos Coordinator" pencil set, a set of two "#TeacherLife" sticky notes and a "Teachers Are Awesome" enamel pin, all in a white gift box.
This sticky set says what your teacher really feels, from "heck yes" to "oops," with an extra-large "the struggle is real" to-do list. The set also comes with three medium notepads and four sets of assorted adhesive page markers.
Show your teacher she's the sharpest by putting her name on an oversized desk pencil. You can customized the wooden sign, and choose if you want to go for a regular or distressed look.
This book compiles the funniest, weirdest, wrong test answers ever put to paper — which means lots of laughs for teachers, who've all had a student say something out of left-field.
What a teacher really needs after this year? A minute to breathe and unwind. This candle, which smells of revitalizing eucalyptus, can help. Aromaology's candles are all made from soy wax in small batches.