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10 Gifts For Teachers This New Year (That They’ll Actually Want)

10 Gifts For Teachers This New Year (That They’ll Actually Want)

I taught in a first grade classroom for a year before I had my daughter and then, decided to stay home with my kids. So I’m extremely grateful and aware of all the gifts for teachers. The parents of the children in my class were very generous and supportive and one way they showed it was by giving me gifts for all the major holidays. Needless to say I was spoiled!

When I got home with my “loot”, I had gifts that I preferred over others.  So, I have compiled a list of 10 gifts for teachers that I can guarantee you they will actually like.

Getting your child’s involved in a gift for their teacher is a great way to teach them how important it is to give back. Here are 6 other ways to teach your child the gift of giving.

10 Gifts For Teachers This New Year

As a former teacher, I definitely had gifts that I preferred over others. I have compiled a list of 10 gifts for teachers that they will actually like.

Classroom supplies

No matter what point you are at in the school year, teachers can always use and will always appreciate extra classroom supplies like markers, hand sanitizer, dry erase markers, tissues and craft supplies. When teachers run out of the supplies that they collected at the beginning of the school year, they’re often left to purchase items out of their own pocket so you’re saving them a trip to the store and a few bucks!

New water bottle or customized coffee mug

Teachers are always running from one end of the school or the other during the day. Having a nice mug or water bottle is helpful for transporting water to keep hydrated or their much needed coffee- the elixir of life!

Quality lotions or hand soaps

Quality lotions or soaps are a great gift because they’re items that people don’t normally splurge on for themselves. Try a lavender aromatherapy lotion or soap for a dose of peace and calm during a busy work day.

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Fruit basket

Teachers are always getting sweets! They’re delicious and thoughtful but unhealthy. Try ordering a special fruit basket or make one yourself. Your child’s teacher will love having healthy options to choose from.

Potted plant

Potted plants, air plants, and succulents are great gifts that teachers can bring home or use in the classroom. It’s always nice to bring a little bit of outside indoors. Just make sure you purchase a plant that is easy to maintain.

Gift card for an evening out

Treating your child’s teacher to a night out with their partner or significant other is always a safe bet. Consider purchasing a gift card that can be used at multiple restaurants if you don’t know their favorite places to eat out.

Name plaque for the classroom door

One option to consider is making or ordering a custom name plaque for the classroom. This is a gift that your child’s teacher will use and hold onto for a long while!

10 Gifts For Teachers This New Year (That They’ll Actually Want)

Warm scarf or gloves

When I was teaching one of the families purchased me a scarf as a Christmas gift.. I remember being surprised because it was unexpected but I still have the same scarf and it is one of my favorites (four years later). Cozy accessories are a welcome gift this time of year!

To do list stationary or monthly desk calendar

Often the school will provide the staff with calendars but they’re not exactly the prettiest to look at. It is such a treat to have stationary or desk calendars that are pleasing to the eye. This gift is one that is useful will get used many times a day!

Embroidered tote or lunch box

When I was student teaching, one of my students purchased me a large canvas tote with my initials to carry my supplies in to and from school. I used it for the remainder of the school year and still have it on hand as an easy grab bag. A large, insulated, quality lunch box is another valuable gift that comes in handy when carrying your lunch from home 5 days a week!

Alise Durkota
Alise Durkota
Alise is a mother of two who loves the slow, small town life. She is a teacher turned stay at home mom who loves cooking, her husband, going on long neighborhood walks, just about any baked good (with coffee) and playing with her children. She has a passion for all things childhood development, teaching, and learning.