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35 Unique Teacher Gifts, Because Teachers Deserve the Best

Show you appreciate all they do with these presents that are perfect for educators.

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When it comes to teacher gifts, if you ask a teacher what they want, they'll usually say something sweet, like notes from their students expressing what a difference they've made in kids' lives. And we know that teachers deserve it — and that they also so much more. Of course, there's nothing wrong with adding a gift card to the note. Gift cards are versatile, teachers appreciate them and you know they'll definitely be getting something they want. They're also easy to adapt to any budget.

Another interesting idea is to have the class put together a Kudoboard. The site allows everyone to upload a picture, video, GIF or note and then delivers it all in one package, so every member of the class can add a little something. It's an easy collaborative project for kids who may still be dealing with remote classrooms or quarantines and who might not get to see each other in person to create or sign a real, IRL card. You can even buy (or download) a poster of the board after it's been delivered.

And, of course, you can always make a personal or class donation to DonorsChoose (if your school participates). On that site, teachers let parents know about specific projects they want funded — things like a new classroom library, a collection of STEM materials or flexible seating options — and parents can contribute directly to those projects, and feel good knowing exactly where their money went.

But, you can do one or all of the above and still feel like you need to give a little something. Whether you're looking for a group gift from the class or just something from your own student, you can make a teacher very happy with one of these creative gifts for teachers from students.

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Best Overall Teacher Gift
Teacher Stamp
PinkPueblo2/Etsy
PinkPueblo

You can personalize the hairstyle and color of the this stamp, plus add accessories like glasses or a tie, to make a one-of-a-kind creation. You can also tweak the text if you'd rather say something like, "Property of Mr. Williams' Classroom."

Personalized Teacher Gift Under $15
"Why You're the Best Teacher Ever" Fill-in-the -Love Book
Knock Knock

This journal's simple prompts make it easy for any student to express what they love most about their favorite teacher — the constant support and inspiring lessons, to name a few. You can also make it a class gift and have every student fill out a page.

Things My Students Said Journal
KennieBStyles Journals
KennieBStyles Journals

Students are going to say some bonkers things over the years. This journal gives your child's teacher a place to write them all down, so they can remember the corkers for years to come. You never know which of your child's quotes might make it in there!

Unique Teacher Gift
Teacher Life: A Snarky Chalkboard Coloring Book
Amazon
Papeterie Bleu
Now 25% off

Grab this for the funny teacher who always colors outside the lines. Its snarky humor says "I feel you" after a long semester.

"Thank You Teacher" Scented Candle Gift
Etsy/LindsayLucasCandles
Lindsay Lucas Candles

It'd be hard for any teacher not to be moved by the quote on this candle. As an added bonus, there's a selection of more than 50 fragrances to choose from, and it comes in three sizes.

Pop Fidget Pencil Case
Tricia
TRICIA
Now 14% off

Teachers are not immune to the mesmerizing, de-stressing act of popping those little plastic pop-fidget bubbles. Not only does this one offer five rows of bubbles to pop, it also holds pencils and pens!

Personalized Teacher Gift
Custom Stamped Teacher Keychain
JazzhandsSupply
JazzhandsSupply

For a small token of appreciation, this keychain has everything it takes to commemorate the year. Each one comes with a ruler charm, an apple charm, a lucky penny (you can get a heart stamped around the year or not) and a custom stamped stainless steel disc with the teacher's name. All they need to do is add keys.

Stationery Set
Rifle Paper Co.
RIFLE PAPER CO.

With spring and summer in the air, get your teacher a note card set to match. This comes with 12 blank, flat note cards with floral designs, along with matching envelopes.

Dear Teacher
HarperCollins/Brave + Kind Bookshop
HarperCollins

If your student is having trouble putting their gratitude into words, this book can help them find just what to say. It's filled with gratitude for teachers, saying things like, "You inspire me to inspire others."

Airpod Case/Micro Bag
F&W Style
F&W Style

Give your teacher an AirPod case so chic, it looks like its own little purse. It has a keychain and a removable shoulder strap, it's made with genuine pebble-grain leather and it comes in five colors.

Unusual Teacher Gift
F in Exams
Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

Richard Benson has seen it all when it comes to test answers, but the witty lines in this book will show him he's not the only one with, um, thoughtful students. The off-the-wall answers here will have your teacher in stitches.

Natural Leather Bookmark
Kingsley Leather
KingsleyLeather

Make your teacher feel like they have a real, fancy home library with this upscale leather bookmark. It also comes in red.

Teacher Gift From the Whole Class
Zippered Tote Bag
Simply Custom Life
Simply Custom Life

With a zippered pouch and a loop for a pen, this tote has room for everything Teach needs to bring to and from class. To make it a great group gift from the whole class, fill it with sorely needed supplies like school glue, crayons and sanitizing wipes, which teachers often pay for out-of-pocket.

Funny Quotes Sticky Note Pad Set
Yes Studio
Yes Studio

Even if your teacher doesn't use these in the classroom, they'll get a kick out of them at home. (Our favorite? The ones that just say "oops.")

Teacher Appreciation Potholder Set
ROYourBoatCreations
ROYourBoatCreations

This is a sweet little gift for a teacher who likes to bake. The set comes with the potholder (in red or black), the spatula and your choice of baking mix. 

Confetti Pencil Case
Yoobi
Yoobi

Sometimes, even when you get a gift card, you want to put it in something fun. This pencil case definitely captures how it feels to finally reach that end-of-year break.

Library Card Socks
Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

Don't forget your favorite school librarian! These cozy socks are great for weekends spent relaxing with a good book. 

Personalized Teacher Gift
Personalized Starbucks Tumblr

If your favorite teacher is a coffee lover (or any cold drink, really), you can't go wrong with this reusable, venti-sized Starbucks cold-coffee cup that comes with a personalized decal. You can also go for the hot version.

Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel
Bath and Body Works
Bath & Body Works

What teachers really want this year? Hand sanitizer. This assortment from Bath and Body Works comes with five scents, so your teacher can keep them strategically all over the classroom.

Teacher Gift Under $10
Pencil Bath Bomb
Etsy/yourstrulyjaden
yourstrulyjaden

No more pencils, no more books ... once your teacher dissolves this pencil-shaped bath bomb and settles in for a nice, soothing soak. The fragrance is citrus and lavender. 

Marvel Tumbler
Corkcicle
Corkcicle

All teachers are super heroes, and you can celebrate the fact with a Corkcicle tumbler with their favorite Marvel character on it. Choose from Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther or Captain Marvel in a variety of sizes.

Personalized Teacher Gift
Custom Pencil Set
Etsy/DiosDesigns
DiosDesigns

With your teacher's name clearly printed on the pencil, there's less of a chance that a student will forget to return these after "borrowing" them. You get up to 256 characters, and you can choose the pencil colors.

Fun Teacher Gift Under $10
Living My Best Life Post-It Notes
Effie's Paper
Effie's Paper

Fun school supplies just make the whole day better. With these sticky notes, little reminders and to-dos take on a more positive cast.

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Best Edible Gifts for Teachers
Candy Tackle Box
Dylan's Candy Bar
DYLAN'S CANDY BAR

After your teacher eats all the candy, they can re-use the tackle box it comes in to sort paper clips and push pins. You can choose between the box of sour belts or a mixed variety of candies.

Small Teacher Gift
Elephant Desk Organizer
COOLBROS

This cute elephant will hold their pens and their phone, for some much-needed desktop organization. There are five different designs to choose from.

Live Bonsai Tree
Amazon
Brussel's Bonsai

Yes, you can order live plants from Amazon! Wouldn't this potted azalea look lovely on your favorite teacher's desk?

Mini Hand Cream
Amazon
L’Occitane

All that sanitizing can make their hands dry. Some L'Occitane lotion can help bring the moisture back while feeling like a 30-second spa trip.

Personalized Teacher Gift
Teacher's Desk Custom Stationery
Minted
Minted

This personalized stationery pairs fun lettering with a cute illustration, so it'll actually feel nice to get a note home from the teacher ... maybe.

Old Books Candle
ForageCandle
ForageCandle

For an English teacher or a bookworm, you can get a candle that smells like a library. This shop also has candles in scents named Reading by the Fire or Lost in the Stacks.

Wireless Charging Station
Tinetton

With so many devices to charge, it's hard to keep them all straight. With this charging station, a teacher can power up phones, earbuds and smart watches all at once.

Champagne Bears Cube
Sugarfina

You might think sending over a big bottle of booze is inappropriate, but you can probably get away with sending in these Champagne gummy bears, which are made with Dom Pérignon. There are two flavors of bears in each package: brut and rosé.

Composition Notebook Tote Bag
Out of Print
Out of Print

Everybody remembers the excitement of a new, blank composition book, and this one can be filled with everything your favorite teacher needs to take back and forth to work. It even has an interior pocket.

Cute Teacher Gift
Personalized "From the Heart" Notebook
Minted

This notebook is the perfect size to stash in a pocket or throw in a bag, and, if it gets lost, the customization on the front will let everyone know who it belongs to.

Small Gift for Teachers
Apple Enamel Pin
Etsy/StudioInktvis
StudioInktvis

Now your most-loved teacher can wear their pride for their profession on their sleeve — literally. This pin comes in one of four colors, and it looks great affixed to a well-loved tote bag.

Weekly Planner Pad
Copper and Brass Paper
CopperandBrassPaper

Give your teacher a chance to look at the week's to-dos with a single glance with this undated weekly planner pad. Each pad has 52 sheets, so it covers a whole year.

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