5 Teacher Gifts for $20 or Less

These sweet tokens of appreciation won't go unnoticed — and they won't break the bank either.
By: Emily Lee

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Holiday shopping can feel like an endless (and expensive) endeavor, but these sweet tokens of appreciation won't go unnoticed — and they won't break the bank either. Whether you're shopping for a college professor or your kid's elementary school teacher, these five gifts are right on the mark.

Your hardworking mentor will surely appreciate the gift of caffeination. Counter Culture’s limited-edition holiday coffee is smooth and luxuriant — a welcome change to watered-down drip coffee and pricey K-Cups. If your teacher prefers tea, consider Tea Forte’s petite tree set, which features three seasonal flavors.

$15 for 12-Ounce Box

Consider assembling a little gift bag by pairing the coffee or tea of your choosing with this festive hand-painted mug. It’s even large enough to double as a bowl for comforting winter soups, chilis and stews.


It's safe to say your teacher won't want any anarchy in the classroom, but he or she will absolutely want it spread on toast, shortbread and pancakes in the form of this out-of-control fruit butter by Anarchy in a Jar.

$9.25 Each

Forget apples. These artisanal hand pies are a sophisticated riff on the classic lunchbox treat. Each tart is bursting with a smooth and sweet filling, like chocolate, fruit jam and cinnamon-brown sugar cream.


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This soothing pear-scented hand soap is a necessary departure from the harsh hand sanitizers your teachers keep on their desks.


If you’d rather go the homemade route, consider whipping up one of these tasty sweets. Pick out a festive tin, some colorful ribbon and — voila! You'll have a thoughtful holiday gift at very little cost.

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