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Teacher Gift Ideas Under $10

Updated on June 17, 2014

Gift Ideas for Teachers - Under $10

Shopping for a gift your child's teacher can be tough. Here you will find a selection of gift ideas for teachers and they are all $10 or less! Any of the gifts on this page would make a great present for any teacher. You don't have to spend a lot of money to make a teacher feel appreciated and valued.

I hand picked each gift on this page. Who am I to suggest gift ideas for teachers? I'm a certified teacher. I taught 10th grade English before becoming a stay at home mom. Below you will find tips on selecting great gifts for teachers as well as find great gift ideas for teachers.

Gift Ideas for Teachers

Shopping tips for buying teacher gifts

First of all, if you are shopping for a gift for a teacher, whether it be a Christmas gift, appreciation gift, or a birthday gift, let me just say a giant thank you on behalf of all teachers. So many parents over look buying a teacher gift these days and some sort of token of appreciation for all that we do as teachers really goes a long way to lift our spirits and motivate us to continue teacher your children.

Second, let me put your mind at ease...we don't expect you to buy us an expensive gift. Just about anything at all will do. Even a coffee mug full of Hershey kisses makes a fabulous teachers gift! That's why here I've put together a selection of gift ideas for teachers that are all under $10. It's not the amount of money you spend that counts when selecting a teacher gift. It's just the simple fact that you appreciate what we do.

When selecting a gift for your child's teacher, be sure to remember that they are people. That may seem like a strange thing to say, but it seems like parents and students forget we teachers are normal human beings after we leave the classroom. So, please do not buy educational materials. Most teachers are very picky about their educational materials any way. One class at my daughter's school all chipped in and bought their teacher a printer for her classroom. They spent $120! That was an expensive gift, but school stipends pay for office supplies and equipment. That teacher would have rather had a $20 tote bag that was hers to do with as she pleased than a $120 printer for her classroom.

That being said, while we are people and not just teachers, we do love teacher stuff! We can't get enough of it. Teacher pens, trinkets, boxes, vases, picture frames, you name it, we love it!

Another great teacher gift idea is a tote bag. When I first started teaching, straight out of college, young and into fashion, I noticed all these teachers carrying tons of "teacher" tote bags. Sometimes 3 to 4 on each arm. I thought they were ugly. I had a leather alligator print briefcase that was far more in fashion. Before the end of my first year, I too had multiple totes on each arm. Totes are perfect for carrying grading from school to home and back again. Multiple totes help us keep each assignment separate.

A final super safe gift idea for teachers are coffee mugs. Something about teaching and coffee just go together. I never drank coffee before I taught and now I'm hooked for life. All the other teachers drank coffee with their special mugs on their desk and the aroma of coffee coming from the teacher's lounge was more than I could resist. Some of the teachers that have been teacher for years and years have a shelf full of coffee mugs given to them by students and they rotate which one they use each day.

Teacher Gift Idea Under $10 - Teacher bracelet under 10 dollars

What teacher wouldn't love this gift? This charming gift bracelet says "teacher," "wisdom," and "inspire." It costs less than $10 and will show your child's teacher just how much she is appreciated.

Great Gift Idea for Teachers! - Personalized picture to hang in her classroom

This is adorable and under $9! It is a customizable teacher print for elementary teachers. You tell them the school name, whether the teacher is male or female, and the teachers name. Then they personalize the picture just for your special teacher.

This is a really neat gift for any teacher. He or she will enjoy hanging this print in their classroom year after year.

Teacher Charms and Pins - Charms and pins make great teacher gifts

One thing just about every teacher loves is stuff that says "teacher" on it. We love teacher pins and teacher charms. We wear them to workshops and inservices. All of charms and pins make great gift ideas for teachers and they are all under $10!

Angel for Teacher Wings & Wishes Angel Tac Pin
Angel for Teacher Wings & Wishes Angel Tac Pin

This sweet pin reminds us that all teachers are angels.

Lapel Pin - Teachers Make the Difference
Lapel Pin - Teachers Make the Difference

Teachers love school themed pins to wear to school or to decorate their totes.

Sterling Silver Apple with "Special Teacher" Charm
Sterling Silver Apple with "Special Teacher" Charm

She can add this sweet charm to her necklace or bracelet.

Favorite Teacher Heart Apple Sterling Silver Charm
Favorite Teacher Heart Apple Sterling Silver Charm

Is she your child's favorite teacher? Let her know it.


Teacher Coffee Mugs Make Great Gifts - Most teachers love coffee mugs

I never drank coffee before I taught, but somehow teaching and coffee go hand in hand. All the teachers kept a warm cup of coffee going on their desks throughout the day and soon I had to join in.

If you're having trouble with a good gift idea for a teacher, you can't go wrong with a coffee mug.

A+ Teacher You're Terrific Coffee Mug in Gift Box
A+ Teacher You're Terrific Coffee Mug in Gift Box

Remind her how great you think she is.

'World's Greatest Teacher' Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Mug
'World's Greatest Teacher' Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Mug

If she's a coffee lover, she'll get a lot of use out of this travel mug.


Teacher Gift Ideas for Their Desk - Teachers love keepsakes for their desk

A teacher's desk is their own personal space. We love to have keepsakes to set out to personalize our desks.

Pencil Shape Planter/Vase For Teacher,Classroom, Student, Home Decor
Pencil Shape Planter/Vase For Teacher,Classroom, Student, Home Decor

She can keep all of her pens and sharpies close at hand.

Teacher Glass Cube
Teacher Glass Cube

She'll think of your child every time she looks at this attractive paper weight.

Teacher's Apple Photo Frame "A+ Teacher"
Teacher's Apple Photo Frame "A+ Teacher"

She'll enjoy displaying her child's picture in this frame.


Most teachers simply appreciate any token that shows they are valued.

Did You Find Good Gift Ideas for Your Child's Teacher? - Are you buying a gift for a teacher this year?

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      6 years ago

      These are great ideas! Chocolate's always good...


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