The end of the year scramble for teacher gift ideas can always be a hassle. It’s 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 gifts your child’s teacher will love!
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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 school with a lower socioeconomic status. Parents were working two or three jobs to make ends meet. Many times I got only 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 gift 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 handwritten 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.
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 $15
Hand Delivered 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
We have to do lists that are a mile long. This notepad is pretty for a desk but also really functional and practical! I personally use it and absolutely love it!
Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card
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!
Classroom Organization Ebook
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!
Mercy Candle Co
My favorite candle company is this company right here! They make beautiful smelling candles that LAST!
Their candles aren’t cheap, but they smell delicious and give back to charities so I highly recommend grabbing some of these for the favorite teachers in your child’s life!
You can also sign up for their email list because they do sells quite frequently.
Teacher Gifts Ideas $25 and Under
Erin Condren Notepad
These two products, the Personalized Erin Condren Notepad or Desk Calendar, are a super practical and pretty product any teacher will love. Be sure to pay attention to the color theme in her classroom to help you pick out the best one for her.
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.
Books for the Classroom Library
Teachers are always looking for new books! You can head to my Amazon Page to see some of my top recommended books for the classroom and for teacher education.
Wrap two or three books up in a bow and be ready to see one happy teacher!
It’s time to step up your photo-taking-game! Taking photos in the classroom is a great way to capture memories and share stories with parents of what is going on in the classroom. It doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming!
Teacher Gifts Ideas $50 and Under
PowerSheets Half Year Goal Planning Journal
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 investments 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.
Diffuser and Oils
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.
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!
Teacher Gifts Ideas $50 and Above
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
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!
Erin Condren Teacher Planner
I have LOVED all of my Teacher Planners from Erin Condren. 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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Until next time,
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