25 Perfect Gifts for Teachers

These gift ideas deserve an A+.

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November 17, 2022

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It happens like clockwork: As soon as the holiday season starts to creep closer, you put all personal shopping on hold and fill your e-cart with gifts for the special people in your life. But, while you might have an idea of what you should give your close friends and family members, there’s one group of people you can’t forget: teachers.

Whether you are still in school or have children who are just kicking off their academic adventure, it’s safe to say that teachers do a lot. (Create lesson plans? Offer sage advice? Help their students hone in on their strengths? Yes to all of the above — and then some.) So, the very least you can do is say thank you with a thoughtful present. However, finding a gift they’ll actually like can feel like a tall order. To help, we’ve scoured the web for the very best gifts for teachers. From tasty treats to practical presents, the ideas below will make you a shoo-in for the top of the class.

At first glance, this gift looks like a set of fancy crayons. But if you look closer, you’ll notice that it’s actually a bunch of chocolates that can be eaten during lunch time. Now that’s what we call a sweet treat for your favorite art teacher.

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For as long as we can remember, an apple has been the secret to becoming a teacher’s pet. Give the classic produce a seasonal twist with this vintage-inspired ornament. (Bonus points: Your teacher can appreciate this gift year after year without worrying about it spoiling.)

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Have you ever wondered why popcorn became a go-to snack? Or how we discovered the almighty greatness of coffee? This quirky tome offers 50 fascinating stories behind some of your favorite food, making this book a delicious option for history buffs.

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Think of this candle as a suitable gift for English and literature teachers. Not only is this specific scent named after famed poet, Langston Hughes, but it also has notes of vanilla, jasmine and sandalwood. (Translation? It’s wintry enough without smelling over-the-top festive.)

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Between completing lectures and grading papers, teachers are busy — and it can be difficult to remember something as simple as staying hydrated. Keep H20 close by with Hydro Flask’s reusable water bottle. Clocking in at a whopping 32 ounces, this option will keep cold water chilled for 24 hours.

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Behind every productive, popular educator is a jumbo-sized cup of coffee. (Again, teachers are busy.) But, since you might not know their favorite blend, you can get them a coffee sampler. With java from Africa, South America and Central America, this collection will give them a sense of wanderlust with every sip.

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Or, if your teacher needs a midday pick-me-up, they’ll be happy they have Wacaco’s Minipresso tucked away in their drawer. Once they add boiling water and ground beans, they’ll have fresh java in a few manual pumps!

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If you want to help your special teacher unwind after a long day at school, these bath bombs are poised to do the trick. Shaped like donuts, cupcakes and macarons, this bundle will add a bit of confection to their evening bath. (Oh, and did we mention they smell amazing!)

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Thanks to this DIY Cheese Kit, teachers can take the arts and crafts spirit to their kitchen. (After all, who doesn’t want to have mozzarella, burrata and ricotta on hand?) It’s a holiday present that will pack on the fun — not to mention the final product will be downright delicious.

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Unless they prefer to line up at the cafeteria, many teachers prep and pack a home-assembled lunch. Take their meal al desko to the next level with a brand-new bento box, which has designated spots for different snacks and reusable cutlery.

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If your teacher’s poetry skills are a touch above “roses are red, violets are blue,” they’ll love a fun magnet set. That way, they can whip up moving stanzas and haikus from the comfort of their refrigerator!

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Calling all math students: this pi-inspired pie dish is a must-have for any arithmetic teachers. Practical and punny in one fell swoop? Yes, please.

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Your teacher doesn’t have to have a penchant for botany to appreciate this luxe gift idea. (But bonus points if they do!) To make this gift fun for all, teachers can place their indoor herb garden in the classroom so everyone can watch their mint leaves and rosemary sprigs grow.

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Since schlepping back and forth to the faculty room seems like a total pain, teachers can keep their snacks close by with a mini fridge. Whether they want to stock up on icy cold seltzers or keep their salad cold, this compact appliance will become an invaluable classroom addition.

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If the past few years have taught us anything, being a teacher is a tough, stressful occupation. Help them keep their calm with an adult coloring book, which is proven to reduce stress and promote a meditative state. Oh, and the cute foodie illustrations are a nice touch!

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Book club, anyone? Embrace your favorite teacher’s love of reading with this upscale brass bookmark. With a quirky banana shape, this option certainly beats dog-earring a page.

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Whether they pour in a refreshing juice, crisp seltzer or fun cocktail, these highball glasses will definitely get your science teacher’s seal of approval. Cheers!

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We know that it’s customary to leave an apple on your favorite educator’s desk, however, this pick is making us partial to pears. This artful trinket has a hidden storage compartment for pens, sticky notes and more. Form, meet function.

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Embrace the elements in style — literally — with these fun periodic table tea towels. Whether the teacher in your life casually drapes them on their oven range or uses them to dry off damp countertops, they’ll reach for them time and time again.

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What better way to thank the teacher who taught your little one their letters and numbers with these fun bags of pasta? In addition to being delicious, the educational shapes will remind them just how impactful their job is. (Pro tip: Take this gift idea to the next level by pairing it alongside a nice jar of sauce.)

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Once the holidays roll around, nobody can resist a warm cup of hot cocoa. (No, not even the teacher in your life.) Fortunately, these stirrers have everything your recipient needs to whip up a delicious beverage in a snap.

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Believe it or not, some people don't love to cook as much as we do. (We know, gasp!) For a fail-safe gift that will tug at everyone’s taste buds, you can’t go wrong with a gift card. Whether they prefer Indian, dim sum or a greasy burger, here’s your opportunity to treat your favorite teacher to their go-to takeout meal!

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Can a teacher ever have too many notebooks? Definitely not — and this lined option will make a great addition to their collection. (The illustration of vegetables offers a tasty finishing touch.)

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Remind your favorite teacher just how appreciative you are with a cutting board that highlights all their best qualities. Trust us, this option will put a smile on their face — yes, even as they’re slicing and dicing raw onion.

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You don’t need to spend a small fortune to show the teacher in your life just how much they mean to you. Sometimes, a nice card with some words of gratitude is all you need. But, if you’re going to give them a thoughtful note, the card itself has to be cute. Go ahead, add this fun, foodie style to your cart.

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