A wonderful teacher deserves a gift that’s equally amazing. Whether it’s Christmas, Valentine’s Day, the end of the school year, or any other special occasion, a thoughtful gift is a great way to let your child’s teacher know you appreciate their hard work and dedication.
And while any gift will surely be appreciated, a carefully-selected gift that suits their interests or personality will surely get you an A+ in the secret parent report card.
Want to find the perfect gift that your child’s teacher will treasure? Skip the lanyards and coffee mugs, and check out the list of gift ideas below that’s chalk-full (pun intended) of inspiration. Whether you’re in search of an affordable gift, or planning to go in on a bigger price tag item with a few other parents, you’ll find gifts to suit your budget.
Gifts Every Teacher Will Love
As with any gift-giving expedition, it helps to know a bit about the recipient. If you already know your child’s teacher well, you’ll be in good stead. If not, get your child involved in the gift search – they’ll probably remember little and big details that matter – like whether Mrs. Taylor drinks tea or Mr. Harmer is a bookworm. Use these clues to zero in on a gift idea that will be met with delight by your child’s teacher. They’ll love that you and your child know them well enough to pick out a gift that suits their personality and interests.
1. Bonsai Plant
What I especially love about Bonsai trees is that they are created through a unique cultivation technique that’s designed to produce small-scale versions of regular trees. This beautiful plant would make a fun addition to the classroom, and students could learn about this sacred Japanese art form.
Or, your teacher could bring some brightness into their home with this thoughtful gift.
Either way,, I think it’s safe to say that every teacher appreciates the gift of fresh green foliage bursting with sweet-smelling flowers.
2. Copper Stemless Wine Glasses
By My Gift
If you know your child’s teacher enjoys a glass or two of vino on the weekend (or after a rough school day!), these smart stemless wine glasses are a gift they’ll regularly use. They’re designed to hold 5 ounces of the good stuff, but can handle an 8-ounce pour for those extra long weekends spent marking assignments!
Pair this set of copper-embellished glasses with a bottle of your favorite wine for an extra special gift.
3. Personalized Calendar
This would be a great gift for the whole class to get involved in creating. Organize fellow parents and students to share photos they’ve taken over the school year from school events (e.g. sporting events, Christmas concerts, etc.), the classroom, the playground, and so on.
Then create a personalized calendar for the upcoming year that can serve to remind your teacher of his or her invaluable impact on their students’ lives.
4. Animal-Inspired Memo Holder
Teachers have a lot to remember on any given day, or really any given hour. This cute animal-inspired memo holder will help them keep track of urgent to-dos, while also giving them a reason to smile every time they pull a memo from the little guy’s mouth.
5. An Online Course in the Creative Arts
Turn the tables on your teacher and surprise them with the gift of learning. CreativeLive.com offers a huge range of courses in things like Calligraphy, Stamp Making, Street Photography, and more. If your teacher is a creative type, they’ll love the chance to trade spots and become the student in their very own learning journey.
This would be a great end-of-year gift, when your teacher may have more free time than they do during the busy school year.
6. Grammar T-Shirt
Is your child’s English teacher passionate about proper grammar? Do they have a sense of humor?
This light-hearted T-shirt may just be the perfect way to say ‘thanks for teaching my child the difference between their, there, and they’re!
Made of 100% soft cotton, this gift is equal parts cool and comfortable!
7. Faux Fur Throw
Teachers work really hard to make sure their students feel comfortable in the classroom. Why not reciprocate their thoughtfulness with a gift that is ALL about creating comfort? Your teacher will undoubtedly appreciate this practical-yet-luxurious faux fur throw – perfect for cooler nights at home or as an extra layer of warmth while at school.
Growing up in Canada, I have vivid memories of my Grade 5 teacher at the front of the classroom, all wrapped up in a blanket. None of us kids seemed to find it cold, but now that I’m getting older I completely understand her need for extra warmth, especially during the winter months.
8. Personalized Leather Bookmark
This uber-affordable gift exudes timeless luxury. If your teacher loves reading books as much as they love educating young minds, this leather bookmark makes a thoughtful gift they’ll use for years to come. You can even customize the bookmark with initials or a short and sweet message.
Consider pairing the bookmark with a classic novel or newly released book that’s getting rave reviews.
9. Waxed Canvas Tote
Look, there are a LOT of teacher-specific tote bags out there with cute phrases about shaping little minds and bright red apples sewn to them. While I love the sentiment, I can’t help but think that some teachers would prefer not to advertise their profession while out and about in the ‘real world’.
That’s why I love this green and brown waxed canvas tote – the colors and simple style remind me of those classic schoolbags so many kids used to wear ‘back in the day’. It’s an understated nod to school, yet also super fashionable and practical. Your child’s teacher will appreciate its hefty size when they have to lug home a giant pile of tests that need marking.
10. Feel Good Tea Sampler
by David’s Tea
I’ve intentionally avoided including a coffee/tea mug in this list because I can almost guarantee that every teacher on Earth has an extensive collection of mugs collecting dust in their cupboard.
That being said, I’m also confident most teachers would appreciate a feel-good cuppa high-quality tea at the end of a long day. This sampler 12-pack from David’s Tea will give them to chance to discover unique flavours and perhaps find a new favorite.
11. Personalized Socks
A pair of socks is always a welcome gift, no matter what time of year it is. This fun and practical gift is perfect for the teacher who likes to kick their feet up at the end of a long day of standing, walking and/or chasing (I’m looking at you kindergarten teachers!).
12. Gourmet Chocolates
According to several sources I reviewed, it’s a fact that almost everyone loves chocolate — 9 out of 10 people is the general rule of thumb. Elevate your teacher’s next chocolate and wine night by gifting them this gorgeous selection of Charbonnel et Walker truffles in white, pink, and chocolate.
These gourmet chocolates are so exquisitely divine your teacher will feel like royalty – and they deserve that feeling for all their hard work and sacrifice in the classroom and beyond.
13. Soy Candle
Candles, like chocolate, are an apropos gift no matter the occasion or recipient. After all, candles can create ambiance AND light up a room in the even of a power failure – they’re both pretty and practical.
I love that this sweet soy candle comes packed in a cute box with a very fitting definition of the word ‘teacher’ as well as a slightly sappy message on the candle label about the impact teachers have on each and every one of their students. Plus, you can choose from over twenty enticing scents.
14. A Gift From the Heart
by you and your child
I saved this one for last because a gift from the heart is really the best gift of all. After all, the gifts we remember and treasure for years to come are most often those created with love by someone who wanted to let us know how much they care about us.
If your child loves making crafts, has a knack for baking, or enjoys writing songs/poetry why not encourage them to create a gift for their favorite teacher out of their passion? A handmade recipe book, a picture frame made from recycled materials, or a music video that pays tribute to their teacher is sure to fill their eyes with tears of appreciation and love.
Now that you’ve got your teacher’s gift all sorted out, give yourself an A+ for showing him or her that you truly appreciate all that they do in the service of your child.