10 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.

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April 27, 2021

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. For Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7!), show teachers how much they mean to you and your kids. Scroll down to find our top picks for the best teachers around.

Gourmet candies are never a bad idea. This trio from Sugarfina includes champagne bears, peach bellini and rosé-flavored gummies, all wrapped up in a sweet, floral box — no wrapping required.

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$20 - $36

Satisfy her sweet tooth with an assorted cookie tin from sweet-meets-savory shop Milk Bar. These cookie cornucopias cover all the bases: fruity, corny, chewy, crispy, fudgy and salty-sweet.

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$14.95 (Set of 20)

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.

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Nothing helps reset and refresh quite like the scent of lavender. Created with essential oils and natural ingredients, this bedtime gift set comes complete with a lavender-scented pillow spray, a soothing, fig-scented roll-on oil and a silky-smooth eye mask. What a luxurious way to drift into a state of total relaxation.

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$29.99 - $59.99

Show appreciation with these lush succulents from Lula’s Garden. Arriving in a sleek, modern gift box that doubles as the planter itself, these easy-care greens can be watered right in the box. It even comes with a cheerful sleeve to show your appreciation in style.

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Customize this punny card, then download and print from Etsy in minutes. Complete the sweet gift by attaching an eos Lip Balm.

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Inject whimsy into your teacher's wardrobe with playful socks. There are dozens of prints to choose from, but we're partial to these library card socks to celebrate his most beloved titles (and the ones he's yet to crack).

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$20

Say “thank you” with a gift that also comes with a side of relaxation (especially if you pair it with a bottle of wine). This nine-ounce soy candle from Sweet Water Decor smells incredible with notes of tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, limes and a base of exotic mountain greens.

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

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$11

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.

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From $10

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 them to buy classroom supplies for the kiddos she dearly loves. If that feels too impersonal, pair it with a lovely coffee mug.

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$9.99 (Set of 4)

She needs all the caffeine she can get. Attach a gift card to her favorite coffee spot to keep her sharp and energized on those painfully early mornings.

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