Every Christmas season or at the end of the school is year is the scramble for a teacher gift (or more like multiple teacher gifts!). More than likely your elementary kiddo has more than one teacher. Or you have more than one kiddo ;). Either way, shopping for your child’s teacher can be challenging, especially if you are wanting to be thoughtful and creative. Which is why I have put together this guide of unique and creative teacher gift ideas.
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I am a former teacher and have received my fair share of gifts from my students. The best gifts, honestly, are the ones that are intentional and thought out.
I worked in a Title 1 school which meant many of my kids or their parents could not afford to give gifts during the holiday season or at the end of the year. This is COMPLETELY okay! Many times I got just a card from a family. And I must tell you, the words usually written in those cards were more special than many of the coffee mugs or boxes of chocolate I received. (No worries, my husband was incredibly grateful for all the chocolate ;)!)
If I am being completely honest, the most “frustrating” thing about Christmas time or the end of the year gift season, was not getting ANY recognition from a parent. There are a few students I can think of that were SO difficult to work with. Like…sent me home in tears on a frequent basis. What’s interesting is those parents were usually the least likely to thank me for my work with their child.
So all I am saying is, thank your child’s teacher! Especially if you have a kid that has required additional effort for their teacher, thank them! It doesn’t have to be with a gift. Y’all, a card! A card with a hand written note works wonders!
Teacher Gift Ideas
I’ve decided to break this up by price point. That way, you can find something that is in the price range you want to spend. Some of these teacher gift ideas link to things I have personally purchased and/or used in my classroom. Some of them are all also affiliate links (see above for link to disclosure policy).
Let’s get started with the $10 Category and move up from there! Again, remember, it is more about the QUALITY and thought behind a gift to a teacher than the actual gift itself!
Teacher Gift Ideas for $10
- Bring them lunch- I have heard of parents emailing, swinging by in the morning, or calling to say “hey, I am headed to Chick-fil-a for lunch, what do you want?” While this never personally happened to me, OMG would I have loved it! This is a great way to show appreciation for a teacher. We NEVER get to leave our work for lunch, so when we get some fast food in our bellies…it makes us really happy!
- Gift Card to a Restaurant– This is an easy one, and even better if you can find out their favorite local place, then get them a gift card there.
- Weekly Sticky Note Pad ($14)- We have to do lists that are a mile long. This notepad is pretty for a desk but also really functional and practical!
- Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Certificate– Most things on TPT are around $6 to $8, so a $10 gift certificate is a perfect option and something practical your child’s teacher can use for their students!
- The Simply Organized Classroom Ebook ($12)- This is a book all on Classroom Organization and Management I wrote for teachers. If your child’s teacher is a First Year Teacher or relatively new to the profession, this ebook is a great resource for them!
Teacher Gifts Ideas $25 and Under
- Personalized Erin Condren Notepad or Desk Calendar (anywhere from $10-$25)- This is another pretty, yet practical, desk accessory that your child’s teacher can use to help them stay organized.
- A subscription to a service like Prep Dish or Mighty Nest.
- Prep Dish ($14/month) is an online subscription service that sends weekly meal plans and grocery lists. This is a GREAT thing for teachers because most nights we are exhausted from school and the last thing we want to do is think about cooking. Prep Dish allows it’s users to purchase all the ingredients and spend a few hours on the weekend prepping all the meals, so that they are ready to go on the night of.
- Mighty Nest (8.25/month) is also a fun subscription service that sends healthy and green products each month that allow for more green living. I have been a member of Mighty Nest and found all of the products they sent to be useful and practical. It starts at $8.25 a month, so a three month subscription would be a perfect gift that continues to give!
Teacher Gifts Ideas $50 and Under
- Powersheets 6 Month Planner ($42)- Powersheets is a goal setting planner that can be used for school or personal life. I became a Powersheets user in 2018 and it is one of the best investment I’ve ever made. This planner is a great resource for teachers (or yourself ;)!) because it allows you to set practical goals and then helps you break down the steps to make them succeed. I wish I would have had this resource as a teacher because it would have been a powerful tool to help me stay on track with things I wanted to accomplish each year. You can read more about Powersheets and how I use them here.
- A Diffuser ($16) and Oils– It’s no secret that the classroom is FULL OF GERMS! Ugh! But oils are a great way to help fight the crud that seems to surface in the fall and spring every school year. Plus, it can help the classroom smell much better. Parent of a middle schooler?!? This seems like the PERFECT gift! (My favorite place to order oils from is Rocky Mountain Oils, and my go to blend is lemon + peppermint + lavender! A great blend for the classroom- keep things calm, but also prevents icky seasonal allergies!)
- 1:1 Coaching Session ($39)– Again, if your child’s teacher is new to the profession, this is a great resource to help them refine their teaching skills. I offer 90 minute sessions in which we talk about what is going well (and not so well!) in the classroom and strategies to improve it. This is a gift that I would give only if I knew the teacher well. I think it could potentially be taken offensively if given out of context. But, if a teacher knows your heart behind it, I think it would be a really practical gift that they may not be able to afford them self!
Teacher Gifts Ideas $50 and Above
- Jewelry- One year a student got me a pair of Kendra Scott earrings and I still wear them to this day! Jewelry can be kind of a hard thing to gift, but if you pay attention to what your child’s teacher wears, you should be able to get an idea of what her style is. I love the company, Noonday, as it is a company that produces ethically made jewelry (that is CUTE!) and provides fair wages for the women in third world countries creating the jewelry!
- Powersheets Year Long Planner ($58)- This is the exact same thing I mentioned above, but instead of only being for 6 months of the year, it is for the full year!
- Teacher Planner from Erin Condren ($55+)- A good teacher planner makes all the difference and the Erin Condren is my personal favorite! There are a ton of options to choose from and also the ability to gift a gift certificate so your child’s teacher can personalize it to their needs.
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Teacher and Student Gift Guides
This is the third gift guide I have written. If you would like some more ideas for gift ideas, you can check out the posts below.
And, just a quick add on because I literally just thought of it. A gift to the class is ALWAYS a worthwhile investment. Think books, games for indoor recess, or even flashlights for Flashlight Friday (which I reference in this post!)
What do you think? What would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments below or come find me on facebook or instagram and let me know!
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Until next time,
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