Ask any teacher. They love getting gifts, but there’s a limit to the number of coffee mugs and candles that any one person can enjoy. We’ve asked teachers what they really want, and they’ve answered. Here’s the definitive guide on the best gifts for teachers this holiday season.

Fun Classroom Supplies

Most teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies, so these are sure to be a big hit. Consider putting together a gift basket with a few items. Package them in a plastic container like a shower caddy that also may be used for organizing supplies for a practical twist.

Dowling Magnet Adhesive Tape

This tape turns anything into a magnet. It’s an easy way to hang up posters, decor, and more.

Fancy Pens or Expo Markers

We love these pens for their inspirational sayings and vibrant colors. But any set of quality pens for grading and notes will work. Don’t forget the Expo markers, too.


Post-it notes come in so many fun shapes and sizes. Not only are they useful for teachers’ organization, but they are also ideal for students sharing ideas in large group activities.

Label Maker

Help your child’s teacher stay organized with this handheld label maker.

Personalized Stationery

Personalized notes, including those that depict the subject area that teachers teach, can be fun. You can find personalized stamps and stickers, too.

Self-Care Items

Here’s how you can provide thoughtful gifts that promote self-care in the classroom and beyond. These useful items can make a teacher’s life much easier. For higher ticket items, consider going in with a group of parents or the class.

Rechargeable Hand Warmers

These will be much appreciated on those cold days for recess duty.

Electric Kettle

Your favorite teacher can enjoy a hot cup of tea in the classroom anytime with this cordless kettle.

Comfy Seat Cushion

Elevate the teacher’s chair with this ultra-comfortable cushion.

Food & Snacks

Chocolate, baked goods, and gift baskets of food and snacks are always appreciated. Just be aware of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Gift Cards

Choose gift cards for the places that teachers shop, such as Target, Amazon Prime, Michaels, or Teachers Pay Teachers. During a busy holiday season, teachers would also appreciate gift cards from Door Dash, Starbucks, Dunkin, grocery stores, gas stations, and local restaurants.

Other Ideas

AirTags or Tile Trackers

These Bluetooth trackers help find lost items. AirTags only work with iPhones but Tile Trackers work with both Apple and Android products.

Personalized Keychains and Lanyards

These fun lanyards add some pizzazz to an everyday badge. Find one with your teacher’s subject area or interest.

 Personal Notes of Thanks

Handwritten notes by students cost nothing but mean so much. They are among a teacher’s favorite gifts.

What to Avoid

In searching for the perfect gift, you will want to stay away from the following.

  • Avoid alcohol unless you know the teacher enjoys wine, beer, or spirits.
  • Let the teacher choose his/her own beauty products from hand creams to perfume/cologne, jewelry, and makeup. These are highly personal choices.
  • Stay away from apple motif items and desk display items that are essentially “dust collectors.” Chances are your child’s teacher already has more than they need.
  • Teachers also get a fair number of mugs, candles, and ornaments. They probably don’t need any more.

Do you have other great ideas for teacher gifts? Share them in the comments. See our blog on teacher stocking stuffers and how to thank a teacher for some more great ideas.


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