The holidays are a perfect time to show your teachers just how much you appreciate them. While Pinterest is chock full of creative homemade options, not all of us are quite so talented! Instead, I’ve pulled together a list of easy Teacher Gift Ideas that are thoughtful, inexpensive and unique (no crafting necessary)!
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Let’s be honest: teachers are grateful for anything that their students give them — whether it’s a handwritten note, a drawing, or a gift card to their favorite coffee shop. You really can’t go wrong, since it’s the thought that counts! That said, I’m really excited about these teacher gift ideas that you can pull together quickly, and that your teacher will be over-the-top excited to receive!
Best Teacher Gift Ideas
Gift cards: Always a safe bet, we typically give our teachers gift cards to show our thanks. While they might seem impersonal, you can package them in a way that shows thought and creativity. For instance, one of my favorite options is a Starbucks gift card tucked inside a travel coffee mug.
Personalized Planners or Notebooks: I love the beautiful custom notebooks and agendas from May Designs. They’re affordable, they can be personalized with your teacher’s name or initials, and there’s a style to suit every personality. Pair a notebook with a set of new pens or pencils for a practical and pretty teacher gift idea.
A Spa Basket: You can give your teacher a gift card to a local spa to enjoy on her days off, or you can put together a basket of pampering supplies so that she can set up her own spa at home. Include luxurious lotion, a face mask, a moisturizing soap, an exfoliating sponge, and maybe a new bottle of nail polish. Need an even easier option? Buy an already-assembled spa basket!
A Low-Maintenance Plant for the Classroom: Flowers and plants add so much fresh beauty to a room, but they are not necessarily items that teachers will purchase for themselves. This makes the fresh greens a perfect gift! Philodendron, for example, thrives in artificial or indirect light and doesn’t require much attention (ideal for a busy teacher)! Make it even more special by packaging it in a fun pot.
Wine! If you know that your teacher enjoys a glass of wine, buy her a nice bottle to enjoy over the Christmas holiday. Want it to feel even more special? Pair it with a cute set of wine glasses or one of these fun wine tumblers.
A Big Tote Bag: Another useful teacher gift idea! These folks have a lot of paperwork, books, and supplies to haul back and forth to school, so treat your teacher to an attractive tote bag that makes her job a little bit easier. This affordable canvas option comes in a variety of colors, while this one has pockets and storage for every need.
School Supplies: Put together a basket or box of fun supplies that your teacher might not want to purchase for herself. Ideas include colorful Sharpies, personalized pencils, a variety of dry-erase markers, personalized notepads and cute Post-It notes. Crayons and markers aren’t just for the students!
Homemade Goodies: Finally, to make a classic teacher gift idea a little more fun, I often pair a box of homemade treats with a gift card to Amazon or Target. It’s the best of both worlds for your teacher — sweets and shopping! Easy options to package at home include 5-Ingredient Christmas Snack Mix, Old-Fashioned Williamsburg Gingerbread Cookies or Candied Pecans. These boxes are a cute way to deliver your homemade goodies!
There you go — a simple list of the best teacher gift ideas that don’t require any special artistic talent! ❤️