Have you ever done an art project with a single child? Think about the planning, supplies, and cleanup involved. (Exhausted just thinking about it? Same.) Now multiply that by 200 every weekday for nine months out of the year. You now have an inkling of what it’s like to be an art teacher. That’s why when it’s time for giving gifts, an art teacher definitely deserves something.
Looking to show an art teacher how much they mean to you? We’ve put together a list of gifts to get your (and their) creative juices flowing. We have gifts to fit every budget and every art teacher, whether they’re more Rembrandt or more Murakami.
Quick tip: Check your school’s gift policy before giving; some prohibit homemade treats and/or gifts over a certain monetary value.
1. Thank-you note
Any teacher loves to hear they’ve made a difference, and for many students, the art room is their escape. Consider writing a thank-you note on one of these Pantone postcards, then gift them the rest of the box (or keep it for yourself—we won’t judge).
Buy it: Pantone Postcards at Amazon
2. Amazon eGift card or other gift card
Gift cards may seem impersonal, but there’s no better way to ensure your favorite art teacher gets what they really want (and trust us—they definitely have preferences on art supplies).
3. Personalize a Giant Hoodie
Whether or not the art room is freezing at their school, any art teacher will love these super-soft, giant hoodies. Better yet, customize it with an inside joke, an art-related pun, or their monogram.
Buy it: Giant Hoodie at Giant Hoodies
4. It’s a Good Day To Make Some Art shirt
You can’t go wrong with this message. Available in a variety of colors and styles, this is bound to be an art teacher’s jeans-day go-to pairing.
Buy it: T-shirt at Etsy
5. Wooden paintbrush holder
Upgrade your artist from their rusty coffee can to this gorgeous paintbrush holder. Whether they use it in the classroom or at home, it’s functional and stylish. (Bonus: You can get it personalized!)
Buy it: Wooden Paintbrush Holder at Etsy
6. Artist apron
This artist apron comes with rave reviews, a sturdy canvas material, and best of all, so many pockets! No more scrambling for a pencil, an eraser, their phone, a ruler, etc. (And maybe we’ve been in the classroom too long, but wouldn’t this denim one be fun to embroider or put patches on?)
Buy it: Apron at Amazon
7. MoMA artist quote tote
These totes are fun, colorful, and only 10 bucks! Use it instead of wrapping paper for another gift, or give it on its own.
Buy it: MoMA tote at MoMA Design Store
8. Interactive color wheel key chain
We’re a little obsessed with this one. This color wheel key chain is interactive, showing each color’s complementary, analogous, and triadic colors as it rotates.
9. This relatable “Not Paint Water” pin
The age-old question: Is it brown paint water or coffee? This adorable pin would be a perfect accessory on an apron, denim jacket, or on its own.
Buy it: Not Paint Water pin at The Gray Muse
10. Temporary art tattoos
This isn’t your average tattoo—or even temporary tattoo—company. Tattly’s designs come from professional artists who get a cut of every sale. Supporting artists without having to commit to a long-term tattoo? Ink us up.
11. Art Heals bracelet
Any artist understands this sentiment, but if this isn’t quite the right message for your gift, the shop owner is happy to take personalized requests!
Buy it: Bracelet at Etsy
12. Triangle wall mounts
Though they’re marketed as vinyl album displays, these triangle wall mounts can definitely be used for displaying art at home or at school.
Buy it: Triangle Wall Mounts at Amazon
13. Cards designed by Native artists
Looking for a meaningful gift that gives back to a community of artists? Whether you give an art teacher a set of cards or use one to write a note, you’ll be helping to support an Indigenous artist through publisher Native Northwest. This postcard was designed by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, an Ojibwe Woodland artist from Barrie, Ontario, and a member of Wasauksing First Nation.
Buy it: Woodland Animals Postcard at The Postcard Maven
14. A giant box of snacks
Give the gift of restocking their snack drawer! This assortment has a solid mix of healthy, decadent, salty, sweet, crunchy, and chewy snacks for whatever mood strikes between classes.
Buy it: Snack box at Amazon
15. Artsy Cats puzzle
Mudpuppy is the gold standard in jigsaw puzzles. Cute and whimsical, this puzzle showcases cats from modern art masters … I mean, meow-sters.
Buy it: Cat puzzle at Amazon
16. Personalized wheel-thrown mug
This cozy mug is handmade, beautiful, and supports an independent artist. If you’re looking for something a little smaller, their jewelry dishes are fabulous too.
Buy it: ArtByBossa Mug at Etsy
17. Travel coffee or tea tumbler
Need something more travel-friendly for your favorite art teacher’s hot beverage? These Corkcicle mugs are stylish, come in a variety of colors and designs, and are *shouts into megaphone* DISHWASHER-SAFE!
Buy it: Corkcicle Triple-Insulated Coffee Mug at Amazon
18. LEGO Starry Night (group gift)
Looking for art teacher gifts from the entire class? For the playful art teacher, consider this awe-inspiring LEGO art set. We love how the painting pops out toward the tiny LEGO Van Gogh!
Buy it: LEGO Starry Night at Amazon
19. Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds
Whether it’s a podcast, audiobook, or playlist, every artist needs background inspiration. The ear clip on these earbuds means they won’t fall into wet clay, a sink full of brushes, or the dreaded paint-water cup.
Buy it: Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds at Amazon
20. A tiny travel palette
Miniature is always better. This tiny travel palette has the five colors needed to create any miniature masterpiece on the go. Pair it with a miniature watercolor sketchbook!
Buy it: Portable Palette at Amazon
21. A great coffee table book
Coffee table books are having a moment as decor. And they’re even better when they’re great reads too. This book featuring work from Gray Malin’s first decade of photography is whimsical and inspiring.
Buy it: Gray Malin: The Essential Collection at Amazon
22. Gift wrap set
Take care of their gift-wrapping needs for the foreseeable future! One of the best gifts I ever got as a teacher was a set of wrapping paper, nice scissors (yes, there are nice ones), tape, and pretty ribbons and gift tags. I didn’t have to worry about wrapping at all that holiday season—or the next year!
Buy it: Terrazzo gift wrap at Amazon
23. Art museum membership
See if your local art museum has the option to gift memberships to others. Even better if you can bundle it with other museums (science, history, etc.) and treat them to their pick of weekend and summer trips.
24. Don’t Drink the Paint Water sticker
This vintage tattoo–style sticker is perfect to pair with a water bottle or travel tumbler.
Buy it: Sticker at Etsy
25. Pressed-flower paint palette
These gorgeous pressed-flower palettes are made to order with your choice of primary and secondary flower colors.
Buy it: Floral palette at Etsy
26. This delightful book
A fun addition to any coffee table or bookshelf, Maira Kalman’s Women Holding Things explores the significance of the things women carry—both concrete (balloons, a mug, a baby) and abstract (dreams, regret, burdens). It’s whimsical, interesting, and colorful, just like your favorite art teacher.
Buy it: Women Holding Things at Amazon
27. Bullet journal
If you think art teachers only like sketchbooks, think again! Bullet journals can be a canvas for all kinds of creative endeavors—just check out our examples!
Buy it: Paperage Bullet Journal at Amazon
28. The Creative Act by Rick Rubin
Art teachers are often so invested in helping students hone their creativity that they don’t have the time or energy to develop their own craft. A 2023 bestseller, renowned music producer Rick Rubin’s The Creative Act is helping artists worldwide reconnect with their creativity in new and inspiring ways.
Buy it: The Creative Act at Amazon
29. Stock their classroom library
Art teachers are often left out of book drives and efforts to stock classroom libraries. Not anymore! This book is great for answering the constant “How do I draw ___?” It’ll be flying off their shelves in no time.
Buy it: How To Draw Cool Stuff at Amazon
30. Great coffee (that happens to be beautifully designed!)
If you know your teacher is a coffee lover, treat them to a set of coffee that’s as beautiful as it is delicious! These eight flavors from around the world come with postcards from their home countries.
Buy it: Atlas Coffee Club Sampler at Amazon
31. Art dice
A great addition to any home (or classroom!) these art dice will bring out anyone’s inner artist … and maybe even lead to their next masterpiece! (Incidentally, they are also a great solution for the dreaded “What should I draw?” question.)
Buy it: Art Dice at Amazon
32. Artist palette and paintbrush cup earrings
Not all teacher jewelry is created equal. We love the detail of these adorable earrings—the flower in the cup, the paint colors, the gold trim. (Not to mention, this pair is easy on the wallet.)
Buy it: Artist earrings at Amazon
Looking for more gifts for teachers? Check out these 20 great stocking stuffers for teachers.
Which art teacher gifts are your favorites? Come share on the We Are Teachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.