20 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 19, 2022

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. Show teachers how much they mean to you and your kids. Scroll down to find our top picks for the best teachers around.

Elevate the everyday routine with a beautiful, personalized notebook. Handmade in New York City, this journal comes with 176 gold-gilded perforated papers and is refillable once every page has been used.

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Pair the refillable journal with other stylish office supplies. With classrooms full of the same dry-erase markers, pencils and erasers, it'll be a nice break from routine to have a set of sophisticated pastel highlighters.

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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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Take their lunch game to the next level with this high-quality minimalist silicone bowl. The roomy design easily totes salads, grain bowls, pasta and more; plus, the bowl is microwave and dishwasher safe. Lunch breaks may be mere minutes, but at least your teacher can eat in style.

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We have a local boutique that puts together the best gift baskets and boxes for our teachers, and I love that this Etsy shop does the same thing no matter where you live. This lovely collection of herbal tea, artisan biscotti and honey has all the essentials your teacher will need to have a cuppa at tea time.

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From $24

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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After a long day of teaching kiddos, teachers need every moment of relaxation they can get. This fan-favorite scalp massager has 12 individual massage points and a vibrating head to provide the ultimate massage outside of a spa.

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$11.09 (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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This is one of my all-time favorite stocking stuffers and hostess gifts, but I also think it makes a great teacher gift. Either paired with a fragrant candle or in anticipation of the many she'll get from other parents, give her this chic USB lighter. The eco-friendly lighter uses a flameless butane-free ignition and charges through a USB port.

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Created with essential oils and natural ingredients, this bedtime gift set comes complete with calming Goodnight Mist, moisturizing Sleep Well Body Butter and rollable Sleep Well Oil Blend. What a luxurious way to drift into a state of total relaxation.

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From $32.99

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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Enhance her dress-down days with this fun shirt, featuring every kid's favorite teacher: Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus. Available in over a dozen colors and a large range of sizes, the sweet gift is a gentle reminder to "Take Chances. Make Mistakes. Get Messy."

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This adorable lip balm holder is embroidered on felt and is a perfect low-budget way to spread cheer to every special teacher with a functional treat they'll use every day. Complete the sweet gift by attaching an eos Lip Balm to fit into the apple.

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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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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 9-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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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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$10.99 (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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Add a touch of spa-like retreat to your teacher's pillow with this lavender pillow insert. The natural scent will help her drift off to sleep and leave her school worries behind for the day. Pop it in the microwave or fridge before heading to bed and the flax stuffing maintains the heat or coolness while she falls asleep.

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