Looking for that special gift for a male teacher? You came to the right place. Many teacher gift guides focus on presents that are traditionally for women. However, cutesy teacher tees and jewelry aren’t for everyone. To be fair, this isn’t surprising considering about 76% of U.S. teachers are women, while only about 24% are men. And in most elementary schools, the distribution is even more skewed. But male teachers deserve thoughtful and unique gifts just as much as their female counterparts. That’s why we curated this list of our favorite teacher gifts for the guys on your shopping list.
Quick tip: Check your school’s gift policy before giving; some prohibit homemade treats and/or gifts over a certain monetary value.
Sincere Thank-You Note
Most teachers share that the best gifts are heartfelt notes of appreciation. Here’s one of our favorite thank-you card packs with a throwback design and heartfelt messages. They come in a pack of 24, making it a great purchase overall.
Buy it: Appreciation Cards at Amazon
Here’s one that’s perfect for getting kids involved. This mini pot has the perfect message. All you need to do is go to your local garden center for an indoor plant, and then you have an instant gift. We recommend looking for a succulent because it won’t need a lot of watering.
Buy it: Thank You for Helping Me Grow Planter at Amazon
Personalized Leather Lanyard (Plus Gift Card!)
Gift cards are at the top of most teachers’ wish lists. Just pop one inside the ID holder of this leather lanyard engraved with your teacher’s initials, and you also have a unique gift card holder. Check out our full list of favorite teacher gift cards here.
Star Wars Classroom Accessories
If there’s a teacher in your life who you know is a Star Wars fan, then you’ll find plenty of classroom accessories to choose from. We found several on Amazon worth checking out, including these pencils.
Morse Code Teacher Bracelet
This handmade black leather bracelet spells out the word “teacher” in Morse code using silver beads. Understated yet meaningful.
Buy it: Morse Code Teacher Bracelet at Amazon
How about a new bag to tote all those papers to grade back and forth to school? This messenger bag is made from brown canvas with leather straps. Looking for more options? Take a look at this list of our favorite teacher bags or these teacher-approved backpacks.
Buy it: Messenger Bag at Amazon
Help jazz up a typical teacher outfit with a fun new pair of novelty socks. This pair features a pencil-and-paper design.
Buy it: Pencil and Paper Socks for Men at Amazon
Fun Teacher Tie
If you know a male teacher who likes to make a statement with his neckwear, give him something to add to his collection. This handwriting tie is perfect for the elementary school crowd. If he teaches older students, choose one to match his favorite subject.
A multi-tool is the perfect gadget to stash in a desk drawer or tote bag, and this one with a yellow ruler barrel is giving us major male teacher gift vibes.
Buy it: Multi-Tool Ruler Pen at Amazon
Self-Inking Stamp Set
If you’re looking for a practical gift for a male elementary teacher, this set of colorful self-inking stamps is a great choice. It includes eight stamps with various messages to encourage students.
Buy it: Self-Inking Teacher Stamp Set at Amazon
Fun Pencil and Pen Holder
There are so many great options to choose from, so this is another one where it can really help to know your teacher and what they like. One of our favorites is this dinosaur pencil holder.
Custom Look-Alike Teacher Stamp
If you have time to order a custom stamp, you can personalize this one to look just like your teacher by choosing from dozens of hairstyles and accessories. This might just be the perfect male teacher gift!
Buy it: Custom Teacher Stamp at Etsy
Custom Teacher T-Shirt
Move over cutesy teacher tees—this one has a masculine style. Plus you can personalize every line, not just the name. If you’re shopping for a science teacher, you may also want to check out these funny science teacher shirts.
Buy it: Male Teacher Shirt at Etsy
Coffee or Tea Sampler Packs
You can’t go wrong with caffeine. Whether the teacher in your life likes coffee or tea, it’s always a good option as a quick gift. If you have a local coffee shop, they will often do small packs or holiday packs you can buy. Otherwise, there are plenty of options on Amazon like this Bones sampler.
Hand-Stamped Copper Bookmark
The brown leather tassel gives this handmade, copper-stamped bookmark an edge. You can even personalize the message with your teacher’s name or another sentiment.
Buy it: Hand-Stamped Copper Bookmark at Etsy
Personalized Teacher Notepad
Another useful gift for a male teacher is a personalized notepad. It’s perfect for sending notes home or writing messages to colleagues at school.
Buy it: Personalized Teacher Notepad at Etsy
Caricature Wall Art
Are you looking for a gift for a male teacher with a sense of humor? This custom caricature might be just the present. Add a basic frame, gift wrap it, and you’re done!
Amazon Echo Dot
Did you know teachers use voice search as a teaching tool? Gift your male teacher with the newest Amazon Echo Dot, and he’ll put it to good use in the classroom. This one even doubles as a clock!
Buy it: Amazon Echo (5th Generation) at Amazon
Treats to Replenish the Snack Drawer
Most teachers have that emergency drawer for the days they forgot their lunch or they just need a little extra something to get through. Help the teacher in your life replenish their snacks by finding out what they like and creating a little care package. We found several options on Amazon that make it easy, but definitely do a little digging to find out what they’d love most. This is also a perfect gift to make happen at your local dollar store.
Light-Up Electronic Word Clock
The sophisticated copper finish on this light-up timepiece makes it a unique gift a male teacher can use to keep his class on schedule. Plus, his students will love the challenge of telling time in a different way.
Buy it: Light-Up Electronic Word Clock at Amazon
Yeti Rambler Stainless-Steel Tumbler
Teachers get plenty of cheesy mugs, but a Yeti Rambler is a sophisticated workhorse he’ll use time and time again to keep coffee warm long after the first bell rings.
Buy it: Yeti Rambler (30 oz) at Amazon