25 Christmas 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 gift ideas.
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 gift picks for the best teachers around.
Keep your favorite teacher hydrated with this customizable water bottle. Available in three sizes, 14 colors and 17 designs, you can truly pick the one that fits their personality best and even personalize it further with a name or fun saying. Not sure of their interests? Stick with your school colors for a spirited alternative.
Give a gift that keeps on giving with these eco-friendly and biodegradable Sprout graphite plantable pencils. Yep, you read that right. These innovative pencils feature a decomposable seed capsule on the end, so that when the pencil gets too short to use, your teacher can simply turn it upside and plant the capsule in soil to grow an assortment of fragrant herbs, beautiful flowers and fresh vegetables.
Take their lunch game to the next level with this high-quality minimalist BPA-free plastic and 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.
Enhance her dress-down days with this fun shirt featuring every kid's favorite teacher: Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus. Available in a dozen colors and a large range of sizes, the sweet gift is a gentle reminder to "Take Chances. Make Mistakes. Get Messy."
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.
Whether they're sending out thank you notes or scribbling a letter to a parent, a stack of pretty cards is handy to have in their desk. Illustrator Jane Mount took her bibliophile art prints down to card size so that book lovers can show off their passion.
Pinch Provisions Minimergency kits are great, and this one is specifically for teachers. It's the perfect addition to a gift basket full of their favorite things. In addition to the essential red pen and gold star stickers, it also has lip balm, bandages, floss, double-sided tape and other always-needed school items.
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.
Give thanks with 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.
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 they'll get from other parents, give them this chic USB lighter. The eco-friendly lighter uses a flameless butane-free ignition and charges through a USB port.
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.
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.
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.