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.

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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.

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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.

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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 polar bears to get him through the rest of winter.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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$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.

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