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Unique Gifts for Teachers

Updated on January 31, 2015

A Way to Say "Thank You"

Teachers work hard and deserve to be recognized for everything they give to their students. If you're here, you probably feel the same way. Giving your teacher a gift at Christmas or the end of the year is a nice way to say thank you for all that they have done for you (or your child).

As a supply teacher, I have seen a wide array of "#1 Teacher" or "Teachers are the best" memorabilia around classrooms. It's obvious that teachers enjoy them since they are displayed around the classroom. If you're searching for a unique gift for your teacher, you're sure to find some great ideas here.

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Teacher Tote Bag

As a teacher, we have to carry around lots of materials, especially between work and home. It can get tricky to keep everything organized and in one piece. A tote bag is a great way to transport everything we need each day. This inspiring teacher tote bag is large and durable, so it will last a long time, even under the strain of a few books. Plus, it has small compartments to keep pens, stickers, or anything else that can be easily lost. It's the perfect inspirational and practical gift for a teacher.

Mugs for Teachers

Coffee (or tea) is a must for most teachers. Sometimes what we need most is a mid day cup of coffee. It gives the energy needed to give the most to the students. A bright and colorful mug can be a great gift for teachers, especially when they need a boost near the end of the day.

3dRose InspirationzStore Typography - Keep Calm and Pretend its on the Lesson Plan - funny teacher gifts - teaching humor - humorous fun - 11oz Mug (mug_157780_1)
3dRose InspirationzStore Typography - Keep Calm and Pretend its on the Lesson Plan - funny teacher gifts - teaching humor - humorous fun - 11oz Mug (mug_157780_1)

So many times, lessons don't go as planned, no matter how much work we put in to them. Sometimes its a great opportunity for a teachable moment, but there's always the problem of how to fit in what you were actually supposed to teach. This mug will make any teacher smile as they think about the times when lessons take on a life of their own.

Because I Am The Teacher Coffee Mug/cup Great Gift For Teacher
Because I Am The Teacher Coffee Mug/cup Great Gift For Teacher

Sometimes this is exactly what we have to say to students' questions. This mug should get a good laugh out of your child's teacher and brighten their day year round.


It's said that teachers have the most unpaid overtime hours of any profession.

A Special Thank You

Thank You: (a book for teachers)
Thank You: (a book for teachers)

If you're looking for a special thank you gift for your teacher, this book just might be right. Everyone likes to be appreciated and this book is a great way to show your teacher how much you appreciate everything they have done. It takes a lot of work to be a teacher and a special thank you is always nice.


An Inspiring Teacher

Teachers can have an amazing impact on their students, sometimes more than they realize. This video shows the story of a teacher who had no idea how much he had affected the life of one of his students. It's an emotional story and you're sure to shed a few tears. If you or your child has a teacher who's made a positive impact, make sure to let them know. That one conversation may mean more than you know.


Teachers always need notepads. Whether it's full pieces of paper or small post-it notes, they are endlessly useful. They're great for reminders, labelling, or giving quick notes to students or colleagues.

Fruit Memo Pad: Green Apple
Fruit Memo Pad: Green Apple

Everyone knows you're supposed to bring an apple for the teacher. Now you can bring an apple that will be useful and never go bad.



Teachers go through an endless supply of stickers, especially with younger students. They're great for tests, assignments, or homework completion. A lot of teachers also use them for recording charts or student planners. This means they'll use a lot of stickers over the course of the school year, so giving your teacher some stickers as a gift can help them replenish their supply and make sure they don't use their own money for them.

Awesome Assortment: SuperSpots® & SuperShapes Stickers Variety Pack, 5100 Stickers
Awesome Assortment: SuperSpots® & SuperShapes Stickers Variety Pack, 5100 Stickers

With over 5000 assorted stickers, this pack will last your child's teacher for a while. The're sure to appreciate it!



Teaching takes a lot of time. Between planning, teaching, marking, and helping students, there isn't much time left over. Stamps are a great way for teachers to save a bit of time and students love the colorful messages on their homework.

If you're looking for another way to show your appreciation, volunteer in your child's classroom. If you have the time, come in and read with students or help with special events. An extra hand is always appreciated!

Do you have an inspiring story about a teacher? Let me know here. Or, share an idea for a gift.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      The teacher wine glasses are so cool!