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Unique Gift Ideas for Teachers 2014

Updated on November 7, 2014

Find the Perfect, Unique Gift for School Teachers that They'll Love!

This lens features ideas for teacher gifts as well as tips on what teachers always need in their classroom. Get them something that they can use, appreciate, enjoy, and make their teaching experience a little better! Whether it's an organizational tool or a classroom staple, you can get some great ideas on what to get your teacher friend (or relative) here, whether they teach math, science, art, history, music, english or art!

Teachers Open the Door Art Print

Thanks to teachers, we can learn what we love. They give guidance, they show you the way, and they enrich our lives with knowledge, and give hope.

Click any of the teacher gifts below to find thousands more gift ideas for your 1st grade teacher, 12th grade teacher, or anyone in between! There are endless gift ideas to choose from, like #1 teacher coffee mugs, stickers, t-shirts, polos, custom teacher mousepads, stainless steel travel mugs, and much more to choose from! Click below to get started on your search.

Cool Scrapbooks for Teachers on eBay - Give the gift of memories!

What better than to give memories to a teacher, or a scrapbook that they can organize their own thoughts, ideas and photos?

Gifts for English Teachers

They teach your children to read - an invaluable gift!

Whatever you get your child's English teacher is going to be nothing compared to the gift that they are giving your child. The gift of being able to read is invaluable. A child cannot make it far in life without being able to read. Some excellent gift ideas for English teachers can be found below!

Punctuation Poster

Knowledge Unlimited Punctuation, All-In-One Language Arts Poster.
Knowledge Unlimited Punctuation, All-In-One Language Arts Poster.

A must-have for anyone who is particular about their parentheses, question marks, and !!!!


More Unique Teacher Gifts - Inspire, relax, motivate, and show your appreciation!

What teachers really want, like anyone else, is to be shown some appreciation. The amount of money you spend is irrelevant to a teacher. They just want to teach others and help, while knowing that what they are doing is making an impact. These gift ideas are a great way to do just that!

Teacher Bracelet - Expressively Yours

Expressively Yours Teacher Bracelet
Expressively Yours Teacher Bracelet

A wonderful show of gratitude in a beautiful box!


Yellow Perfect Penmanship Letter Tie

Yellow Microfiber Tie | Alphabet Necktie
Yellow Microfiber Tie | Alphabet Necktie

Just like that old yellow lined paper we used to use.



A great way to enhance learning for students while decorating the classroom is to give framed historical art, featuring places, things, and events from around the world.

Gifts for History Teachers

Gifts with historical significance that they'll love!

Chances are, any history teacher is also going to be a history buff! A poster for their classroom will not only help them out, but be great for other students to enjoy and learn from even more! For some cool ideas, check below for Civil War posters, World War II posters and many other unique things history teachers will really appreciate.

Greek Temple of Poseidon Peel & Stick Wall Decal

Wallmonkeys Greek Temple at Sunset Wall Decal Peel and Stick Graphic WM254302 (24 in W x 16 in H)
Wallmonkeys Greek Temple at Sunset Wall Decal Peel and Stick Graphic WM254302 (24 in W x 16 in H)

This is a peel and stick poster that is self adhesive and fully removable. Besides being reasonably priced, you can move it at will. It goes where you go. Available in other sizes.


Show your Appreciation for your Teacher

Teacher thank you cards, mousepads, shirts & more!

Teacher themed totes, t-shirts and much more! A teacher has arguably one of the hardest jobs on the planet! Let them know that you appreciate all that they've done with one of these cool gifts below, or click through an item to start searching for something else.

More Music Gift Ideas on Amazon - Let them kick back, relax, and enjoy the music!

We all love and listen to music, and it's a necessary part of our education! Not all children grow up to become musicians, but those that do need to have that talent fostered and cultivated throughout their educational years. Show your apprecition for your child's music teacher with these thoughtful gift ideas!

World Map Poster

eeBoo World Map Paper Box, 1 EA
eeBoo World Map Paper Box, 1 EA

Just about EVERY teacher in every classroom will need one of these, especially in the younger grades. They're a necessity! If you would like to give a gift to a new teacher (or seasoned) that will go appreciated, this one is it.


Day Planners on Amazon - Perfect for Teachers! Let them organize their day!

Start your own search and see what else you can find on Amazon.

Folders - Teachers always need these!

Organize, organize, organize! If everything is in it's place, you won't be wasting time searching for it!

Gifts for Science Teachers

Whether they're into astronomy, biology, or geology, you can find the perfect gift for them!

Solar systems, biology, frogs, the periodic tables, what's not to like about science? Find the coolest gift for a science teacher right here, with thoughtful t-shirts, unique posters, other gift ideas for science teachers.

Let Them Choose Their Own Gift with a Gift Card! - Teachers might just need some good old self indulgence!

Have a hard-to-shop-for teacher, or just have no idea what to get them? There's nothing wrong with a good old gift card! They always please, and they'll remember it, too.

Ten Things Teachers Always Need for their Classroom - Get them these always needed classroom must haves!

Some of the best gifts you can get a teacher are things that they can actually put to good use in the classroom. Stickers, tissues, scissors (kid friendly), paper, and snacks are all things that they may need to pay for out of pocket. If you buy it, they won't have to!

Fiskars Blunt Tip Kids Scissors, 5 Inches, Assorted Colors, Pack of 12
Fiskars Blunt Tip Kids Scissors, 5 Inches, Assorted Colors, Pack of 12

Fiskars for kids. 12-piece Classroom Pack. No. 5 Blunt-tip Scissors, Assorted colors, left or right handed. Made in the U.S.A. FSK95017097 FSK-95017097 078484095010 7848409501

Pentel Color Pen, Set of 36, Assorted (S360-36)
Pentel Color Pen, Set of 36, Assorted (S360-36)

Nontoxic, water-based. Vibrant fiber tip for both thin and bold lines. Well balanced, easy-to-hold barrel.

Sharpie 32002 Twin Tip Fine Point and Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker, Red, 12-Pack
Sharpie 32002 Twin Tip Fine Point and Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker, Red, 12-Pack

Sharpie Twin-Tip Permanent Marker. Fine and Ultra Fine Tip. Red Ink.

Paper Mate(R) American(R) Pencils, No. 2 Soft Lead, Box Of 12
Paper Mate(R) American(R) Pencils, No. 2 Soft Lead, Box Of 12

American Wood Pencils. Crafted from real wood for easy sharpening, the American Classic is built to be strong and reliable. Quality natural wood pencils with bonded lead for extra point strength. Smudge-resistant eraser.

Teacher Created Resources Gold Stars Foil Stickers (1276)
Teacher Created Resources Gold Stars Foil Stickers (1276)

294 Self-Adhesive stickers per pack. Each sticker is approximately 1/2 inch in diameter. Teacher Created Materials stickers are acid-free. (Per Industry Standards; contact us for technical information.)


Help Teachers Organize with a Filing Cabinet! - A practical, necessary gift to keep everything in perfect order!

For the Nature Loving Teacher! - Give the gift of flowers and plants!

Brighten up their day every day with flowers and plants for their home or classroom! If they're a science teacher that loves all things botanical, or just someone that likes a floral touch to their surroundings, this will do wonders! All women love flowers!

Toysmith Garden Root Viewer
Toysmith Garden Root Viewer

The teacher and students will love to look at this! Catch a glimpse at what is going on six inches under the dirt with this worm's eye view.

Regal Fu Dog design - hand painted oriental vase, 12"H porcelain
Regal Fu Dog design - hand painted oriental vase, 12"H porcelain

A regal Mandarin style Fu Dog design on this oriental hand painted vase. Just add flowers for an instant gift!


Gifts for Math Teachers

Let them express themselves...with numbers!

These cool posters, t-shirts and other gift ideas are the perfect gift for a math teacher. Maybe math isn't your cup of tea, but in the classroom, what better way to get kids motivated than to put math into a slightly different and fun light? And outside of work, they can joke about their love for math and teaching with these funny shirts. Here are some great gift ideas for math teachers:

Teachers are Writing, Typing, Reading and Flipping Papers All Day... - ... that's why they might need something for their wrists!

Teachers' wrists have it tough with all of their daily duties. It can be tasking on the hands, finger and wrists. A little exercise to the hand might be just the thing to help them out!

To Strengthen the Hand

GRIP MASTER Gripmaster 14002-RED Hand Exerciser Red, Medium Tension (7-Pounds per Finger)
GRIP MASTER Gripmaster 14002-RED Hand Exerciser Red, Medium Tension (7-Pounds per Finger)

I own this and have used it for years to combat carpal tunnel syndrome. It works well, and relieves a little bit of stress at the same time! Typing, sitting, and writing all take their toll, so this could be a good way to help them out,


A Teacher Poll

If you're a teacher, what would you rather have as a gift?

See results

Show Your Appreciation for Your Teacher

Teachers help us through life and give us hope...

There's the twelve rules of writing, a unique mousepad, a new poster for the classroom... take your pick! These are all gifts that would show your appreciation for your teacher! The thought won't go unnoticed.

The Only 12 1/2 Writing Rules You'll Ever Need- Poster
The Only 12 1/2 Writing Rules You'll Ever Need- Poster

My favorite is #12.5. The biggest rule is to keep writing!



Persistence Poster 36 x 24in
Persistence Poster 36 x 24in

Nothing gets done without persistence. Also, note the incorrect spelling on Amazon of the title! Bet the English teachers caught it, huh?


Think outside of the school!

Teachers love their jobs, but it's still a job. Unwinding, relaxing and destressing is a must for all teachers. This should give you some ideas on what to get them, too! Get something related to their personal hobby, sport, favorite movie, a wine club membership, or tickets to a game!

Laptops: A Teacher's Best Friend! - Organize the class, create lesson plans and research!

Cool Gifts for Art Teachers - Get a unique gift for your art teacher that's as creative as they are!

Art teachers love creativity, and anything to do with art. Find a gift they'll love that features a classic artist, an artist's work, or something that they can put on their desk while teaching for an even more creative day!

Starry Starry Night (circa 1889 - Van Gogh)

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh Poster Print
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh Poster Print

One of the all-time most famous pieces of poster art ever created, Starry Starry Night is the perfect inspiration for an art teacher's classroom walls.


Albert Bierstadt - Half Dome Yosemite

Half Dome, Yosemite Valley Art Print Fine Art Poster Print by Albert Bierstadt, 36x26
Half Dome, Yosemite Valley Art Print Fine Art Poster Print by Albert Bierstadt, 36x26

One of my personal favorites for art prints is this one by Albert Biertstadt, who belonged to the Hudson River School of painters from the mid 1800's. The detail here is unsurpassed. Half Dome (a granite monolith in Yosemite National Park, CA) itself may not even look as nice on its best day (sorry, Half Dome).


A teacher tip: stay hydrated!

Teachers talk a lot. They have to! It's their job. This uses up plenty of water in your body, so be sure to drink up during the day with enough water. It's also one of the best ways to prevent sickness.

Thanks for Stopping By!


Knowledge Poster 24 x 36in
Knowledge Poster 24 x 36in

Poster features quote - "One's mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes


Have a Better Idea of What to Get a Teacher? - Are you a teacher, or do you know a teacher that you really appreciate? Tell everyone here!

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      6 years ago

      Perfect! This week happens to be Teacher Appreciation week at our school and we haven't yet done anything. Great ideas here!

    • nrichford lm profile image

      nrichford lm 

      7 years ago

      Nice collection of options for teacher gifts.

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      tandemonimom lm 

      8 years ago

      Love your teacher gift ideas! Cupid kiss **BLESSING**!

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      8 years ago

      I'm thinking something red; something creative; something to do with an apple! How about a red apple polisher? Merry Christmas Everyone!

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      Contrice LM 

      8 years ago

      @Leanne Chesser: I surely agree with you. I can not tell you how many pack of sticky notes I use during a school year.

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      Stephen Carr 

      8 years ago from Corona, CA

      Jammed pack with great teacher gift ideas. Love the posters.

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      9 years ago

      I never get gifts from my students. They pretty much quit doing that once they reach high school. It's a bummer. I would love one of those posters.

      Thanks for sharing


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      Leanne Chesser 

      9 years ago

      This is a great lens on unique teacher gifts! The alphabet tie is awesome! I'd add in sticky notes . . . tons and tons of sticky notes (I'm a teacher) :).

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      Holley Web 

      9 years ago

      An extremely nice collection of teachers gifts! My grandmother was a teacher, so I have always held great respect foe them. The Temple of Poseidon picture is gorgeous! ~Blessed!

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      9 years ago from Chicago area

      Some terrific ideas here! 5* and rolled to

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      Cynthia Davis 

      9 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Great gift ideas for teachers! Your lens is featured on Best Teacher Gifts. Kindly stop by.

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      10 years ago

      These are great ideas! I'm always stumped when it comes to finding unique teacher gifts.

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      10 years ago

      Now I'm bummed. High School Teachers rarely get Christmas gifts from their students. I would love to have an apple on my desk. It's sooooo traditional.

      Great lens.

      When my kids were little, their teachers got gifts. I can't imagine teaching a class full of vertically challenged munchkins. I'm rambling...sorry. It's been one of those days.


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      Nickis Trends 

      10 years ago

      Great lens! 5 Stars!


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