9 Gifts for Teachers That Really Show Your Appreciation

We can never truly thank teachers for everything they do for our kids, but we can try with these thoughtful ideas.

Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.
December 05, 2019

They spend all day with your kids — listening to their stories and hearts, finding the perfect book or craft to spark their interest, discovering a different way to explain a hard-to-solve problem — and they deserve every bit of love and affection we can give them. This holiday season, show teachers how much they mean to you and your kids. Scroll down to find our top picks for the best teachers around.

Filling children's minds with all the knowledge is tiring work, and she deserves a meal someone else has fixed. Combine this cheeky dish towel with a gift card to her favorite restaurant, and you'll get a gold star.

Buy It

Gourmet candies are never a bad idea. This trio from Sugarfina includes Snowman Gummies, Penguin Polar Mints and Reindeer Treats, all wrapped up in a festive box — no wrapping required.

Buy It

Inject whimsy into your teacher's wardrobe with playful socks. There are dozens of prints to choose from, but we're partial to these polar bears to get him through the rest of winter.

Buy It
$7.52

Teachers love gifts they can use at school, so give them a brand new book to add to their classroom library. For young elementary-age, you can't go wrong with The Bear Books by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

Buy It

Help her stay organized at school or home (and count down the days to spring break) with a beautiful calendar. This soothing watercolor design is accented with gold foil that brings a pretty, feminine accent to her desk.

Buy It

Whether she's sending out thank you notes or scribbling a letter to a parent, a stack of pretty cards is handy to have in her desk. Illustrator Jane Mount took her bibliophile art prints down to card size so that book lovers can show off their passion.

Buy It

Upgrade a teacher's toiletry kit for summer travels with this heathered gray one from Herschel Supply Co. Durable canvas and a waterproof zipper ensure he can pack all his toiletries without worrying about leaks.

Buy It

These alpaca wool gloves will keep hands toasty when working car duty in the morning or if she happens to have the coldest room in the school. Handwoven by artisans in Peru, these are a feel-good purchase that won't go unappreciated.

Buy It
$5-$1,000

The gift that always fits and is appreciated. Gift cards give your teacher freedom to do a little guilt-free shopping or more likely, use it to buy classroom supplies for the kiddos she dearly loves. If that feels too impersonal, pair it with a lovely wine glass or coffee mug.

Buy It
Ultimate Shopping Guide
Ultimate Shopping Guide

Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone

Get insider details on holiday sales and gifting inspiration all in one place. We'll be sharing editors' picks and the best buys for every budget throughout the season.

SEE MORE!

Next Up

15 Gifts That New Parents Actually Want to Receive

They already have the crib, baby monitor and boxes of diapers. So what do you do? Gift them a little something that will help them enjoy some peace of mind, too.

10 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts the Entire Family Can Enjoy

Mark three, four or even more people off your list at once with these gifts the whole family will love.

The Best Gifts From Oprah's Favorite Things 2019

It's that time of year again where Oprah reveals her Favorite Things, including gifts for fashionistas and foodies.

Our Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide: What to Give at Every Age

When your list includes everyone from your newborn niece to grandparents, finding the right present for all can be a task. We've rounded up presents that are sure to put a smile on their face, no matter how young or old they are.

15 Amazing + Unexpected Gifts for When You Run Out of Ideas

Don't know what to get the last person left on your list? Snag any of these stellar finds, all of which are conveniently under $75.

20 High-Low Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Whether you're ready to drop some serious cash on your favorite person in the whole world, or you need some more budget-friendly ideas, we've got you covered. Check out these presents for each person on your list at both ends of the spectrum.

Gifts Under $20 to Buy in Bulk

Whether you're buying for your family or buying for a big group like your colleagues, just about anyone will love these unconventional, affordable gifts.

11 Stocking Stuffers Under $5 for Everyone on Your List

Up your stocking game without breaking the bank.

17 Last-Minute Gifts With Two-Day Shipping for Anyone Left on Your List

Because there’s no time to make a list and check it twice. Bonus: Some of these gifts can be shipped overnight, depending on your location.