Teacher Appreciation Week starts on May 8 in 2023, but there’s no need to confine your teacher appreciation gifts to just one week. We’ve rounded up some terrific items that teachers will really enjoy, from cute but practical to downright decadent and delicious. Let your favorite educators know just how incredible they really are!
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1. Personalized Whiteboard Set
Chalkboards are a thing of the past now, and whiteboards are where it’s at! This personalized whiteboard eraser packaged with a few new markers makes a really cool gift for any teacher.
Buy it: Personalized Whiteboard Set/Etsy
2. Sticky Note Holder
Help teachers keep those always-useful sticky notes close at hand with these adorable little personalized holders. Don’t forget to include a multipack of colorful notepads!
3. Lovepop Bouquets
4. Personalized Bookmark
These are perfect for your child’s favorite reading or language arts teacher. You can choose from a few different wording options, but this one’s our favorite.
5. Succulent Planter
Give them an easy-care succulent in a personalized planter for a thoughtful gift that lasts! You can pick up a succulent at the grocery store to pop into this cute little pot.
6. Thank-You Note
Never underestimate the power of a heartfelt thank-you note! Students can create their own, or you can buy this printable card that lets them add color and add their own message.
7. Gift Card in a Personalized Holder
Gift cards never go out of style! Pair it with a custom, printable gift card holder, and you have a personalized gift. See the full list of teachers’ favorite gift cards here.
8. The Teacher Appreciation Book
Help kids make a keepsake that teachers will treasure. Each page of this book offers prompts to inspire students to write their favorite memories and thoughtful words any teacher will love to hear.
9. Customized Stamp
Buy it: Personalized Teacher Stamps/Etsy
10. Really Good Chocolate
Teachers basically run on coffee and chocolate! Give them the good stuff, like a box of Godiva, to make their day a little sweeter.
Learn more: Godiva Chocolatier 19-Count Gold Gift Box/Amazon
11. Personalized Pencils
We can’t even begin to count how many pencils teachers go through in a school year. Help them hang onto at least a few of them with a personalized pack that’s all their own.
Buy it: Personalized Pencils/Etsy
12. Baked by Melissa Cupcakes
Nothing says celebration like scrumptious cupcakes! You can bake them yourself, of course, but if you don’t have the time, try this selection of flavors like s’mores, cake batter crumble, and electric tie-dye. There are even gluten-free and vegan options. Check out their latest discount codes.
13. Bouquet of Blooms
Brighten a teacher’s day with a bouquet of beautiful blooms from Bouqs. Choose from a variety of sizes and styles. These flowers are sourced directly from farmers who use sustainable growing practices like minimizing waste and recycling water.
Buy it: Farmers Choice Bouquet/Bouqs
14. Novelty Socks
Wearable gifts can be a little tricky, but socks are pretty much one-size-fits-all. There are lots of fun novelty options out there that are great for teacher appreciation gifts. We love this school-supply-themed set.
15. Unique Stickers
Kids and teachers share a love of stickers. One of our favorite sources for unique picks is Pipsticks, which even offers a sticker subscription box!
16. Raise Your Hand Word Art
Want a unique way to mark a memorable year? This art print turns student names into word clouds in the shape of raised hands. Clever!
17. Seven Sisters Scones
Here’s another yummy snack option—tender scones. They come in sweet and savory, and you can customize the flavor selections too. Psst! Save 10% with code: SISTER.
Let’s face it, teachers have to be able to do a little bit of everything. That’s why this multi-tool is a cool teacher appreciation gift. The accompanying card tells it like it is too!
Buy it: Teacher Multi-Tool/Dear Ava
19. Personalized Stationery
Even in this email age we’re living in, teachers still pen a lot of handwritten notes, so give them customized stationery that fits their personality. Minted has hundreds of fantastic personalizable note cards, and they also have a collection of teacher appreciation gifts like custom artwork and puzzles here.
Buy it: Painted Book Spines/Minted
20. Thumbprint Art
How cute is this idea? Each student contributes their thumbprint to make an uplifting keepsake for their teacher!
Buy it: Thumbprint Art/Etsy
21. Teacher Hair Ties
Does your favorite teacher love to sport ponytails? Then these cute school-themed hair ties will make fabulous teacher appreciation gifts! They come in sets of threes in a wide variety of patterns.
Buy it: Teacher Hair Ties/Etsy
22. Custom Bookplates
Classroom libraries tend to include a lot of books teachers paid for with their own money. Help them ensure those books always come back home again with personalized bookplate stickers.
Buy it: Personalized Bookplates/Etsy
23. Audible Membership
Give a lit-loving teacher plenty of audiobooks to enjoy during their much-deserved downtime. Audible gift memberships are available from one month to a year, so there are options for all price ranges.
Buy it: Audible Gift Membership/Amazon
24. Kindle Paperwhite or Fire
If you’re up for a splurge or looking for a gift from the whole class, Amazon’s e-readers and tablets offer great value for the money. If your teacher already has one, consider a Kindle Unlimited membership.
25. Amazon Echo
There are a surprising number of games and activities you can do with Alexa in the classroom, not to mention cool ways to use voice search. Give teachers a chance to try it out with their own Amazon Echo.
Buy it: Amazon Echo (4th Generation)