21 Unique Gifts for Male Teachers

A masculine take on the teacher gift guide.

Examples of the best gifts for male teachers including a personalized teacher shirt and custom rubber stamp.
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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

Set of thank you notes for male teachers

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

Thank-You Planter

Thank you for helping me grow planter as an example of gifts for male teachers

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!)

Male teacher standing outside at school wearing leather lanyard.

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.

Buy it: Personalized Leather Lanyard at Etsy; Plastic ID Badge Holder at Amazon; Amazon Gift Card at Amazon

Star Wars Classroom Accessories

Green Star Wars pencils on desk with keyboard and coffee cup.

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.

Buy it: Star Wars Pencils at Amazon; Alphabet Star Wars Shirt at Amazon; Star Wars Stress Balls at Amazon

Morse Code Teacher Bracelet

Black bracelet with silver beads that spell "teacher" in Morse code, as an example of best male teacher gifts.

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

Messenger Bag

Brown canvas messenger bag with leather straps and buckles, as an example of male teacher gifts.

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

Novelty Socks

Mens teacher socks that looks a like a pencil and lined paper.

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

Tie that looks like a chalkboard with handwriting letters of the alphabet.

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.

Buy it: Handwriting Tie at Etsy; Science Tie at Amazon; Math Tie at Amazon; Grammar Tie at Amazon; World Map Tie at Amazon

Multi-Tool Pen

Multitool pen that looks like a yellow ruler, as an example of male teacher gifts.

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

Self-inking teacher stamp set with positive phrases for student encouragement.

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

Dinosaur and egg pencil holder as an example of gifts for male teachers.

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.

Buy it: Dinosaur Pencil Holder at Amazon; Astronaut Pencil Holder at Amazon

Custom Look-Alike Teacher Stamp

Custom rubber stamps that are customized to look like the real teacher.

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

Male teacher gift shirt that says, "Mr. Brown. The Man. The Myth. The Legend."

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

Bones coffee sampler bags.

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.

Buy it: Bones Coffee Sampler at Amazon; Tea Gift Set at Amazon

Hand-Stamped Copper Bookmark

Copper stamped bookmark with leather tassel on an open book that says, "Thank you for being part of my story."

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

Personalized teacher notepad with a blue pencil illustration for Mr. Reinhart on a desk with fall decor.

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

Hands holding a caricature of a male teacher in front of a chalkboard.

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!

Buy it: Caricature Wall Art at Etsy; Modern Black Frame at Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot on wood table

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

Gift crate filled with mixed nuts.

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.

Buy it: Nut Gift Basket at Amazon; Jerky Gift at Amazon; Healthy Snack Care Package at Amazon

Light-Up Electronic Word Clock

Copper light up 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

Three Yeti Rambler tumblers in yellow, teal and red.

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

If you’re looking for more gift ideas, check out these thoughtful gifts for principals, as well as clever gifts for bus drivers and the best gifts for teachers.

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If you're looking for a gift for a male teacher, we've got you covered with a list of ideas he will appreciate.