Teachers are perhaps the closest things to the superheroes that many of us may meet, but having the right gifts to show gratitude for them, for whatever reason, can be a significant challenge. We find out what the teachers really want from the students and the community, and what they don’t want. This 18 teacher-approved gifts list have personal and realistic elements for teachers of all grade levels of love. The best part of it? It’s very easy to make a day (or year) for your teacher, no matter your budget.
Leave the apples for your own lunch and surprise your teacher with one of those thoughtful presents instead.
1. Personalised Stationary Gifts
Honestly, the teachers are crazy about this pencil sharpener that was invented by a teacher with the sole intention of removing the frustration of the number one pet hate: the noisy pencil sharpener. These colourful, bad boys are fast, quiet, and they don’t fall off the wall by the classroom door. Here’s some of the best personalised stationary gifts to give your teacher at the end of this school year or as a leaving gift:
2. Everyone loves a good book
Maybe your teacher introduced you to an author who just published a new book, or maybe you’ve read a story that reminded you of something that your teacher said in class. Books can be perfect presents for teachers, as there are a lot of ways to make them unique.
3. Personalised Pencils or Pens
There’s nothing worse than having your pens and pencils taken. Assist your teacher to keep track of their supplies with customised school supplies, just like these custom pencils.
4. Gift cards
When asked what their favourite gifts are, teachers typically place gift cards near the top, particularly nearby locations, so they can enjoy some quality off-campus time. Think of coffee shops, restaurants or movie passes.
5. Their go-to grading tool, but better
Teachers spend a large amount of their time marking papers and giving them anything to help with this process can be a wonderful gift.
6. A bottle of nice wine
It’s easy, and they are sure to make use of it as your teacher unwinds at home after class. We recommend that parents give away this present.
7. A new lanyard
A great gift to help your teacher keep their ID, classroom key and other needs in one place.
8. School supplies
Teachers frequently pay for materials in their classrooms out of there own pocket, which can add up quickly. Pencils, pens, dry erase markers, colouring materials, disinfection wipes and tissues are used on a regular basis, and any time teachers get a fresh supply of some classroom items, it’s a huge help.
9. A movie night
Treat your teacher to film night. A gift card or a few tickets and restaurant coupons is a nice gift that offers teachers a simple way to spend some time with a friend or a loved one.
10. Make A Donation To A Cause Close To Their Hearts
Teachers have to work within limited space and can feel bad when a gift needs to be given away simply because they don’t have the room to keep it. Donating an amount in their name to a cause that he or she supports is a generous gift that does not take up any room.
11. A sturdy, personalised tote bag
Teachers have a ton to get to and from classes. A gift is a small gesture that demonstrates you pay attention and care to your teacher, and it’s not going to go unnoticed.
12. A well-thought gift basket
If done well, gift baskets can be a big success and a lot of fun for students and parents who are more DIY-oriented. The aim is to make the basket useful and oriented towards the needs of the teacher. Teachers are realistic people, and if the basket is more styled than substance, its contents will probably still be enjoyed, but not actually used.
13. Something fun to add to their collection
Does your math teacher still work Star Wars characters with word problems? Or maybe your teacher is a Porsche enthusiast, and he’s got a row of toy cars on his desk. Teachers are also individuals with lives and have desires that stretch outside the classroom.
14. A keepsake or memory book
Whether it’s a scrapbook-style binder filled with quotes, pictures, memorabilia and notes, or a blank book where the teacher will preserve all the doodles and letters where students have received over the years, teachers will enjoy something like this forever.