10 Gifts Your Favorite Teacher Will Love to Receive

These A+ gifts are sure to get you to the head of the class.

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September 23, 2021

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Your appreciation for your child’s teacher runs deep but figuring out how to express that in gift form feels like a panic-inducing pop quiz. We’re always a fan of gifting teachers something delicious, whether it’s a coffee shop gift card, edible crayons (!) or a bag of gourmet chocolate truffles. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a personalized present, say a thoughtfully written card or customized water tumbler. Ace holiday gift giving this season with these thoughtful and delicious gifts for teachers.


Can’t you just see this tumbler sitting on your child’s teacher’s desk and it brightening their day? And it’s functional too! The 16-ounce acrylic, double-wall tumbler is made from BPA-free plastic and comes with a leak-proof lid and straw. It’s customized to order, so you can personalize it with the teacher’s name. There’s no more stylish way to help teachers stay hydrated and feel appreciated with every sip.

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If kitchen inspiration and energy are lagging, these edible crayons are sure to add a little color and a whole lotta flavor to meals. Think of these brightly hued crayons as solid condiments, made with all-natural ingredients. Teachers will get a kick out of twisting each crayon into the included sharpener and experimenting with adding shavings to dishes, sauces, even cocktails. Get creative with one of two boxes: Fresh comes with basil, tomato and thyme, and lemon, while Citrus comes with coconut and yuzu, grapefruit and timut black pepper, and tangerine and cinnamon. Each box comes with a food pairing card for more flavor inspiration.

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You might not win points for originality, but a Starbucks gift card always scores brownie points. This multi-pack comes with four $10 gift cards, making it ideal for gifting multiple teachers (or even keeping one to treat yourself — we won’t tell). Pair with a bag of coffee beans or a handwritten card. Looking for different denominations? These Starbucks gift cards start at $25.

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Pair this deck of cards with a coffee mug or box of tea so that teachers can add a dose of self-care and mental well-being to their morning ritual. Each of the 20 cards in this cute, illustrated deck is designed to remind teachers how much they’re appreciated and how much their work matters. The cards are also versatile, and can be used as bookmarks, journal prompts, or home décor (hang them in a series in your kitchen!).

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Before she became an author, Sarah Thomas was a sommelier at renowned New York restaurant Le Bernardin. Her love of storytelling and food culminate in Kalamata’s Kitchen, a beautifully illustrated children’s book that encourages kids to adopt a "minds open and forks ready" approach to new foods. If your child’s teacher likes to cook or might enjoy getting their own kids into the kitchen, consider Spicewalla’s limited edition Kalamata’s Kitchen book-and-spice set, in which the book is bundled with tins of turmeric, cumin seed and brown mustard seed.

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This beautifully packaged teacher thank you gift set puts your sentiment front-and-center with a mix of thoughtful items. The box includes everything teacher needs for a moment of self-care, including coffee (the aptly named Brew Got This breakfast blend), tea, milk chocolate sea salt caramels, cherry sours, a tumbler emblazoned with "teaching is a work of heart," and a red ginger saffron travel candle from Edgewater Candle.

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We love the nature-inspired scents of these beautiful, hand-poured soy-blend candles, including herb garden, redolent of fresh basil, ginger and lemon zest; desert oasis, with notes of lemongrass, sage and coconut; and wildflower, with notes of green geranium and lilac. Even better, once the candles burn out, the ceramic vessel can be reused as a planter! This candle gift set even comes with seeds for growing a complementary plant, such as basil, aloe, or daisies, plus instructions, plant food and other essentials.

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This festive mix of gourmet chocolate truffles from a fan-favorite purveyor includes classic flavors such as peanut butter, dark chocolate, salted almond and milk chocolate, as well as creative combinations such as blackberry creme, hazelnut butter, champagne, and dark sea salt toffee. Each truffle is like a little gift, wrapped up in colorful foil wrappers, and the one-pound assortment comes packaged in a lovely gift bag.

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If anyone appreciates beautiful stationary, it’s a teacher. This lovely Rifle Paper Co. card depicts a glossy apple that’ll last way longer than the real thing. The card also makes an extra sweet touch for stashing gift cards or accompanying a wrapped gift. For a super personal touch, have your child draw a picture or write their name with a note of gratitude.

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For a gourmet, grown-up take on the ubiquitous school lunch classic, give the gift of Big Spoon Roasters, a Durham, North Carolina based company beloved for their small batch nut butters. In this PB&J-inspired gift set, they’ve teamed up with award-winning, Washington jam purveyor Girl Meets Dirt to create an irresistible mix of nut butters and jams. Each gift box includes a 3-ounce jar each of Peanut Butter with Wildflower Honey and Maple Cinnamon Peanut & Pecan Butter, and a 4.5-ounce jar each of Ruby Red Apple and Italian Plum cutting preserves.

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