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Best Gifts for Teachers Straight from the Horse's Mouth

Updated on June 25, 2014

Say Thank You to a Teacher with a Gift They Really Want

I've compiled some of the best gifts for teachers straight from the horse's mouth.

I have several family members and friends who are teachers, so I decided to take a poll. I asked "What are good gifts for teachers?"

The consensus was that gift cards were some of the best gifts for teachers. A gift card allows the teacher to splurge, maybe on the classroom for supplies they need to do a better job teaching and maybe on themselves as a treat.

I've also added some tangible items that any hard-working teacher will appreciate. Say thanks to your child's teacher this holiday season and give a gift they can use. Gift Cards - In a Greeting Card - Free One-Day Shipping

Gift Cards Are Welcome Gifts for Teachers

Gift Cards - Amazon Sells Gifts Cards in Any Denomination

Amazon is the go-to place for online shopping. And Amazon gift cards come in any denomination.

When you give a teacher an Amazon gift card, they can treat themselves to just about anything whether it's a new bathrobe or a new set of cookie sheets or an emergency kit to keep in the car.

Give a gift card and give the gift of choice. $50 Gift Card in a Black Gift Box (Classic Black Card Design) $50 Gift Card in a Black Gift Box (Classic Black Card Design)

Let your child's teacher choose what gift they need or want.


Make a Handmade Card or Gift with Your Child for Their Teacher

Make a Thank You Card with Your Child - to Give the Teacher

Buy a ready made pencil holder or make a pencil holder with your child as a gift for their teacher. Include a potted plant or other thoughtful gift tucked inside to brighten the classroom all year long.

Make a handmade card for your teacher with your child. This was the number one mentioned gift that teachers said they liked receiving!

Avoid Coffee Mugs & Apple-Themed Items

One person commented that they knew a teacher

who had received an abundance of

coffee mugs and apple-themed items.

Two teachers agreed that these are not

the best gifts for teachers.

What you might think is cute may end up

as a dust catcher.

A thoughtful gift that is useful is a better option.

Let Your Child Make a Card

for That Special Teacher

Many of the teachers I spoke to said that they cherish handmade cards that students made for them through the years. Assemble the card making supplies for your child and let them spend an hour making a card that shows they care.

The card along with a small gift is a nice way to show how much their hard work and extra effort means.

Any practical gift for the teacher that they can use in the classroom is sure to be appreciated. Some examples include:

~ dry erase markers

~ boxes of tissues

~ art supplies that will get used like markers, crayons, scissors, paper

~ requested books or worksheets to be used by students

Avoid trite and cutesy gifts that will sit around and collect dust. The teacher will thank you!

Give Expo Markers - Or Other Classroom Supplies That Get Used Up

My daughter teaches high school calculus. She said a great gift would be Expo markers or some other classroom supply that the class goes through quickly. Most teachers have to buy these types of supplies themselves.

Ask your child's teachers what they run out of all the time and give them a useful gift that they need to teach your child.

Gift Baskets Full of Goodies for the Teacher

Gift Baskets Make Great Teacher Gifts

Find out what your teacher likes and give a gift basket full of wonderful goodies.

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Are You a Teacher? If So, What Gifts Do You Appreciate? - Are You a Parent? What Do You Think Are the Best Gifts for Teachers?

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    • hkhollands profile image


      5 years ago

      High school teachers typically don't get as many gifts as elementary school teachers; however, small gifts are very appreciated. Gift cards are an excellent choice; this year, I received a much appreciated gas card from a parent. I cherish notes written to me by students; those truly are the best gifts of all.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      When I was a kid, I don't remember giving the teacher a gift at Christmas. Sometimes Mom would send flowers picked from our yard to the teacher in the spring.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      As a former teacher, I always appreciated any handwritten note from students and parents! Classroom supplies are wonderful because those are often purchased by teachers not the schools. Gift cards to bookstores or DVD rentals would be great!!

    • Scraps2treasures profile image


      6 years ago

      I have to agree with the gift cards. Also a lot of my teacher friends (elementary school) like to receive books for the classroom so they don't have to purchase them out of their own pocket.

    • BestRatedStuff profile image


      6 years ago

      Such great ideas, gives pause for thought. Gave me a few good ideas for my kids teachers.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Great choices... I tend to lean toward gift cards along with a thank you note for the teachers in my world....


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