Gift-giving season has arrived! If you’ve got an educator in your life, you might be wondering, what are the best Christmas gifts for teachers? Fortunately, we’ve got the answers. When you’re thinking about the best teacher gifts, you can either choose something they can use in their classrooms, or something they can enjoy during their much-needed time off. Our list of the best gifts for teachers includes a terrific selection of both, with options to fit any budget.
Quick Tip: Check your school’s gift policy before giving, some prohibit gifts over a certain monetary value or homemade treats.
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1. Thank You Note
What do teachers really want for gifts? Most teachers we know say they would appreciate a handwritten thank-you note over just about anything else. Truly. Nothing beats it. You don’t need to get fancy, but if you want to add a little something, try one of these awesome greeting cards for teachers to hold your message.
2. Gift Cards
When we ask our WeAreTeachers fans on Facebook about good gifts for teachers, the number one answer is always the same: gift cards. Amazon and Target are reliable choices, plus check out our full list of favorite teacher gift cards here. Tuck it inside a thank you note to make it extra special!
3. Why You’re the Best Teacher Ever Book
You can also take your thank you note a bit further with this sweet fill-in-the-blank book. Your child can fill it out on their own, adding illustrations if they like. Or, for a truly special teacher gift, coordinate with other parents to have each kid in the class contribute a page. That’s a keepsake that a teacher will treasure forever!
4. S’well Water Bottle
Okay, so most teachers already have a pretty good selection of water bottles. But does yours have a really good one—one that will keep their drinks hot or cold for up to 36 hours? If not, they’ll love a S’well bottle. The sleek design and cool patterns set them apart from the bottles most kids are carrying. One Amazon reviewer notes, “Perfect for those long school days, fits nicely in side pocket of backpack.” This is one teacher water bottle they’ll really use. (See more of our favorites here.)
5. YETI Rambler 14 oz. Insulated Mug
Teachers rarely get to sit down and enjoy a whole cup of coffee in peace. That’s why insulated mugs are must-have teacher gifts. This YETI mug is a top-notch choice, keeping your brew hot for as long as it takes you to get to the bottom. It holds enough coffee to get a teacher from first bell at least to their lunch break!
6. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
This is definitely a bit of a splurge, but the Ember coffee mug not only keeps your coffee hot—it holds it at the exact right temperature. Set your desired temp using the app, and Ember will ensure your coffee or tea is perfect from the first sip to the last.
Buy it: Ember Smart Mug on Amazon
7. Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
No need to worry about heated or insulated mugs when you can brew a fresh cup right in the classroom! The Keurig K-Mini is one of those teacher gift ideas they’ll be thanking you for over and over again. (See more of our coffee station ideas.)
8. Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer
Save your favorite teacher from yet another sandwich on the go with this adorable little Crock Pot! Take it from this Amazon reviewer: “After growing tired of having semi-hot or having to wait for forever on the microwave at work, I decided to purchase this. It is wonderful. I plug it in about an hour before I have to eat lunch and my food is perfectly warmed. As a teacher, I get tired of turkey sandwiches or trying to wolf down what’s supposed to be a hot lunch but isn’t for whatever reason.”
Buy it: Crock Pot Lunch Crock on Amazon
9. L’Occitane Hand Cream Classics Trio Gift Set
Teachers tend to get a lot of bath and body products, so if you’re going to go that route, pick a high-quality luxurious option so your gift will stand out. L’Occitane makes some of the best hand cream around, perfect for reviving hands that are dry and cracked from using sanitizer all day long. Buy this set and give it as-is, or split it up and pair each one with a gift card for three separate teacher gift ideas.
10. Ventured Living Hand Sanitizer Holder Set
Speaking of hand sanitizer, it’s clearly a classroom must-have that’s here to stay. Teachers can clip these holders to their lanyard or belt, refilling as needed. They come in a cute floral pattern, too. Here’s what one reviewer has to say: “I’m a teacher and this product is perfect to keep on my backpack. I can easily use entering/leaving school, with peace of mind for sanitation. We are buying more for my teacher friends and family.”
11. SDBING Fleece-Lined Slipper Socks
Most educators are on their feet from morning until the final bell rings. When they finally get home, they’ll appreciate having some comfy slippies to pamper their tired feet. These are warm and cozy, in a style that anyone can appreciate, and has multiple colors to choose from. They make great gifts for teachers.
12. Paper Mate Flair! Pens
Teachers LOVE pens. They’re intensely loyal to their favorites, and for many, Flair pens top the list. This set is one of our best gifts for teachers due to the cool colors and yummy scents. This reviewer agrees: “A magical set each teacher should have on their desks or at home!” (Find more favorite teacher pens to gift here.)
13. COOLBROS Elephant Pencil Holder With Phone Holder
Looking for thoughtful small teacher gifts? This elephant phone stand might just fit the bill! It’s cute, practical, and so much fun. It comes in several different patterns too, so you can choose one that suits your favorite teacher’s personality.
14. Godiva Truffles
Coffee and Chocolate are the two main teacher food groups. They’ll love any chocolate you provide. But if you really want to make them feel special, splurge on a gourmet option like Godiva. These are perfect for savoring slowly while binging Netflix, or rewarding themselves after turning in their grades on time!
Buy it: Godiva Truffles, 12-Ct Box
15. Scotch PRO Thermal Laminator
Want to become a teacher’s hero? Gift them their own personal laminator! This model from Scotch with Never Jam technology is one of our favorites. Here’s what one teacher thinks: “LOVE! It surpassed my expectations. It’s nearly silent! … It also laminates fairly quickly! I would absolutely recommend.”
16. AstroAI Mini Fridge
Help teachers make the most of their much-needed break time by saving them a trip to the teachers’ lounge fridge. This little model is just big enough to hold some fizzy water and yogurt, exactly what teachers need for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. (Check out more terrific mini fridge options here.)
17. YIMICOO Reusable Travel Utensils
Whether teachers are grabbing a quick bite at their desk, or joining their colleagues for a chat in the teachers’ lounge, this utensil set has everything they’ll need. The rainbow finish is fun and unique, and they’ll feel good about not throwing plastic utensils into the landfill.
18. Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker
Smart speakers with voice search built in have so many uses in the classroom. These little gems are so affordable now that they make great gifts for teachers. The Amazon Echo Dot is one of our favorites, since it’s so easy to use and coordinates with other Amazon products.
Buy it: Amazon Echo Dot on Amazon
19. This Day in History Calendar
Page-a-day calendars make terrific small teacher gifts. They’re fun for the teacher, plus it gives them something to share with their class each day. There are lots of great options, but we love the “On This Day in History” version. It works for any grade and any subject.
20. Personalized Teacher Library Stamp
Teachers build their classroom libraries with loving care. Help them keep their selections from disappearing with a personalized stamp like this one. Real teacher review: “This stamp is very sturdy. I have had other custom stamps fall apart after a long session of classroom library building but this is still going strong.” (See more teacher stamps we love here.)
21. Vintage Globe Earrings
For just a few bucks, you can get an adorable teacher gift like these globe earrings. They’re perfect for a social studies or history teacher, or anyone who loves to travel. (Looking for more teacher earrings? Find our top picks here.)
Buy it: Vintage Globe Earrings on Amazon
22. STEM Lanyard
Lots of teachers wear lanyards to hold their school IDs, keys, and all the other paraphernalia they need quick access to throughout the day. Get them a special one that suits their personality, like this one with STEM-themed icons. We’ve got a whole selection to pick from for teachers of any subject here.
Buy it: STEM Lanyard on Amazon
23. Whiskey River Soap Company Pencils for Teachers
Teachers will want to make sure they hang on to these pencils for themselves! The clever sayings on each will make them giggle. One teacher shares, “So cute! Love the sayings because as a teacher I have personally felt each one. Great gift for a teacher to brighten their day!”
24. ZOWEETEK Voice Amplifier Microphone Headset
“This product has been a voice-saver for me! I am a high school teacher and have vocal issues,” says one reviewer of this voice amplifier. “It has completely saved my voice.” Teachers who need to wear masks in this classroom will especially appreciate this, as well as P.E. teachers or those who spend a lot of time outdoors.
25. Scratch and Sniff Stickers
Is there a kid alive who doesn’t love scratch and sniff stickers? That’s why they’re a mainstay in every teacher’s drawer. This set comes with 85 sheets in 17 different scents; there’s plenty to split up and tuck into thank you cards for every teacher you know!
Looking for more ideas? Check out these 20 great stocking stuffers for teachers.
Teachers, what are your favorite gifts to receive? Come share on the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook!