51 Gifts for Teachers & Professors to Show Your Appreciation
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Finding the perfect gift for your teacher or professor can be a challenge – even if you have an idea of what they’d like the act of finding and wrapping it takes time. This list was designed to save you time while also increasing the chances you’ll pick a teacher appreciation gift that they will love.
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We talked to multiple teachers about some of the best and worst gives they’d received and this was the result – 51 gifts for teachers that are sure help you convey how much you appreciate their time and effort.
No time to browse? Here are 3 of our favorites:
Fit & Fresh Women’s Venice Insulated Lunch Bag
Move away from the disposable paper bags to this elegant and colorful lunch bag. This is a nice gift for female teachers that they can use to pack their lunch like a comfortable tote bag. The Venice has plenty of space for meal containers and awesome insulation to keep food warm for most of the day. It is also available in many unique colors and designs.
Fit & Fresh Margene Messenger Style Lunch Bag for Women
This insulated lunch bag is a great teacher appreciation gift. It’s beautiful, functional and has a nice cross-body strap for easy carrying. More than just a cute tote bag, it has enough room for many items, thick inner linings for keeping food fresh as well. This bag also fits in nicely for road trips and picnics with its durable exterior.
Mud Pie Initial Canvas Tote
If you are looking for a classic tote with a muted color to give as an end of year teacher gift, this Mud Pie canvas tote bag fits the bill. Made from natural canvas. It also gives a bit of personalization with the initial on the side so make sure to pick the right letter! Also – make sure to check out our full list of teacher bags for more gift ideas!
Pursetti Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote Bag
It’s hard enough being a teacher without adding the worries of carrying everything you need to be productive. This nice Zip-Top tote bag offers multi-utility and an abundance of inner and outer pockets to help you stay organized on the move. Perfect teachers gift to keep their supplies at hand whether in school or on road trips.
Want more totes? Check out our list of best bags for teachers!
Vanilla Milk Bath Gift Set
The Pure Pleasures box set is the perfect teacher appreciation gift. When you’re not sure about what to buy for that hardworking teacher, this gift set is a great choice to help your professor relax after a long week.
These fun emoji magnets are guaranteed to put a smile on your favorite teacher’s face whenever they go to their desk or fridge. The strong magnet on these smileys can stick to most surfaces and are helpful in keeping stacks of report cards and assignment sheets organized.
PS – we’ve got more classroom supplies here!
Gallery Wood Photo Frame Set
These frames are adaptable to any setting and allow the recipient to preserve memories that will offer encouragement on really long days. Perfect gift for your favorite teacher’s home or office!
Circleware Chalkboard Preserving Glass Canister Jar
This cute glass jar has more than a 2-liter volume for anything you’d like to store in it. The cool part is that it’s transparent and free of chemicals. This is a nice Christmas gift for teachers and could earn the entire class a glass full of sweets or cookies.
Vremi French Press – 8 Cup Coffee Maker
Coffee is a teacher’s lifesaver and this delectable French press is capable of churning out eight life-saving cups of tea or coffee. It’s made of incredibly sturdy glass, easy to use and a beautiful addition to any teacher’s table or desk (and goes great with the Starbucks gift card we listed here)!
Simple Modern Pint 16oz Tumbler
Keeping drinks warm or cold should be a breeze with this functional gift. Plenty of space for drinks, well insulated and easily stackable. Well-suited for all kinds of beverages whether seated or on the go.
White Tea & Citrus Satin Hands Pampering Set
What better way to say you appreciate a teacher than beauty products? This product pack helps to refresh the hands and face, letting you feel more beautiful and relaxed. Definitely one to put in the shopping cart especially on birthdays and end of school session.
Lava Foot Pumice Stone Pedicure Tools
Here’s an easy way to get your feet back feeling soft and gentle after a long day at work. Any teacher would be grateful for this set of volcanic rocks that help treat the feet for a nice long foot massage. Add this to an end of session gift pack or birthday gift to your friend or colleague for a nice pampering session at the pedicure shop.
Sweet Relief 100% Pure Memory Foam Back Cushion
After spending so much time standing up, any teacher would be happy to have a nice memory foam cushion to relax their neck and lumber. That is what makes this a popular teacher’s appreciation gift. It goes to show that you care and want them to feel better.
Modern Simple Geometric Throw Pillow Covers
Help your teacher add value and color to their home or classroom with this pack of patterned throw pillow covers. They comes in many beautiful colors that can match home decors and your loved one’s favorite color. The pack of 4 distinctive designs is also easy to wash and dry without worrying about the colors running or the fabric shrinking.
Coffee Mug Set of 6
Thinking of what to give a team of teachers at your kid’s school? This pack of coffee mugs are a perfect one-for-all gift set. The strong ceramic ensures microwave and dishwasher safety as well as good temperature retention. They’re also large enough for a quick meal of cereal.
Body Back Company’s Self Massage Tool
This stress relieving gizmo may be the difference between a comfortable nights rest and waking up on the wrong side of the bed. The self-massaging tool is what every teacher needs at the end of a long day on their feet.
Bar Amigos Wine Aerator
This aerator pack is especially suited to the wine aficionado teacher. Not only is it able to improve the taste of wine through proper aeration, chances are guests won’t have seen one before so there’s also the cool factor. A convenient gift box is included to make it a classy gift.
Best Wine Bottle Opener Corkscrew Set
Teachers that love wine shouldn’t have to go through the trouble of opening their bottles when you can buy them this multi-functional corkscrew. Not only does it uncork bottles, it also helps to remove the foil. It’s nicely packed and only needs wrapping paper to be the special teacher’s gift.
Luxury Cotton “Bring Me Coffee” Funny Socks
These funny and all-cotton socks have a cute message on the soles will go a long way in helping you show your affection. If you’re buying them for Valentine’s, go with the red color printed ones.
SimpleHouseware Mesh Desk Organizer
You can give the gift of improved organization with this desk organizer. Solid and impressive build, lots of racks and trays to fill up with important documents. This gift fits right on the work desk either at home or at work. The dividers can hold several books and there’s still space for documents and notes.
Teavana Perfectea Maker
The Perfectea maker is an easy method of steeping tea without any fuss. Made with convenience in mind, it contains just four moving parts and is constructed in a way that allows for easy washing and maintenance. To go the extra mile, you can include a pack of specialty tea leaves for that perfect brew your favorite teacher loves.
Kombucha Brewing Kit with Organic Kombucha Scoby
This kit has everything you’d need to make your own kombucha. The gift set has the organic leaf tea, temperature meter and even the sugar for the brew. There’s also a detailed instruction manual included to ensure that everything goes to plan. It’s a perfect gift for a teacher’s work anniversary. Gift now, drink up later.
Grady’s New Orleans Style Cold Brew Coffee Kit
It’s a teacher’s dream to have instant cold coffee on demand and this cold brew kit is the answer to that prayer. All you need do is to add water and soak away. It’s convenient, saves time and tastes amazing, awesome for a teachers’ appreciation gift any time of the year.
Sephra Premium Milk Chocolate
Chocolates are a girl’s best friend and teachers are no different. Enjoy a compelling milk chocolate taste suitable for use in baking, chocolate fountain and any other purpose you see fit. It’s also kosher dairy so you don’t have to worry about religious preferences.
Chesapeake Bay Candle
Scented candles are a pleasure to the senses and this blend of scents concocted for a burn time of over 50 hours will always be appreciated by the receiver. The scented candle contains hints of sea salt, clary sage and other exotic and calming scents like chamomile and lavender.
AUHigh Density HD Foam Tech Yoga Exercise Mat
Given the amount of stress that teachers face every day, it’s no wonder that many take up Yoga as a way to calm the spirit and re-center their inner peace. Available in all the colors of the rainbow, a yoga mat is always a thoughtful gift to give a teacher or professor.
3D Sleep Mask
The gift of sleep is another thoughtful teacher gift that’s a winner every time. The Sleep Mask is designed to hug your facial contours snugly and help you sleep well during a long bus ride or flight. The comfortable material also shields the eyes from all rays and help prevent eye bags or dark circles.
Mandala Floor Pillow Cover
Add style and class to your teacher’s interior with the ornately designed pillow cover. It’s made of 100% cotton and is compatible with most round cushion pillows. It would add a touch of elegance to any seating ottoman while being easy to maintain.
Spenco Rx Orthotic Arch Support Insoles
Shoes are made for walking but when you’re on your feet for as many hours as teachers are, the discomfort can be excruciating. The gift of comfortable working can be shared via these nylon cushioning layer insoles. Suited to all shoe and foot types, this gift will make a teacher’s day more bearable.
Looking for shoes? Check out our guide to the best shoes for teachers!
Creative Teaching Press Upcycle Style Calendar Set Bulletin Board
Here’s a fresh take on the bulletin board and a cool gift to help a teacher to keep better track of their day. The wooden calendar is easily customizable to match any personality. The months can be arranged in different colors or seasons to reflect schedules and labels.
25pc Teacher Stamp Set
There’s a fun way for teachers to put emoji on paper. The teacher’s set contains handwriting-sized emoji prints that can be used to make marks on paper to convey a fun emotion. These are made out of wood, so they are guaranteed to last for a long time.
“Teachers Can’t Live On Apples Alone” Wine Glass
This cute wine glass is made for teachers. The inscription is quirky, the Tritan plastic body is resistant to drops and totally shatter proof and holds nearly half a regular-sized bottle. You don’t have to do much as this comes in a gift box, ready for handing off to your favorite teacher on the first day of school.
“I’m a Teacher What’s Your Superpower” 22oz Tumbler
Teachers are superheroes, but few people remember that. Here’s the perfect way to remind your teacher that they possess something no one else does. The cup has a tight lid to prevent spillage and a straw inlet. It’s a nice gift for teacher appreciation or as a welcome back to school teachers gift.
How Teachers Swear! An Adult Coloring Book
Coloring isn’t only fun for kids. Teachers love coloring books too. This book is fun for teachers to relax after a long day at work or occupy some time between classes. Add this as a teacher’s Christmas gift and include it in the stockings under the chimney.
Nutritional Facts Mug
There are many things that make up an amazing teacher. This is one of the best shows of appreciation you can give to your teacher as a gift. The cup is strong, made from durable ceramic but also contains all the nice qualities that will encourage any teacher during a rough day.
Teacher Notebook: An Awesome Teacher
Reward your best teacher with a notebook to show how much you care. The notebook has more than 100 pages to fill with thoughts and plans. The best quality of the book is its motivational color-rich cover that proclaims the awesomeness of teachers for everyone to see. This notebook is a perfect end of year teacher gift.
We Need S’MORE Teachers Like You 5 Piece Gift Set
No gift set says thank you to your teacher like this teacher appreciation set. It contains a pen, branded earphones, a notebook, sticky notes and a mug. This gives great value as you save money on a complete set rather than individual unbranded items. It’s a great gift for teacher celebration events and other occasions.
Lovely Custom Personalized Self Inking Return Address Stamp
This wonderful ink pad is perfect for imprinting a customized stamp on stationery, invites and other paperwork. The stamp pad never runs out of ink as it can be refilled very easily and is perfect for teachers who also spend a lot of time organizing events.
Teacher Peach “Remember” Sticky Note and Page Marker Box Set
In the busy world of education, teachers love to keep their work organized. You can consider buying this sticky note holder for your next teacher gift to help them improve organization and still stay stylish. The box contains a motivational quote that will help drive the user to be better each day.
16 x 12 Premium Letter Board
This easy-to-use board is a fun way to create visible messages, announcements, and important bulletins. It comes with 580 white letters, punctuation marks that can be combined to pass along any message. A nice cotton bag to keep all the letters safe in storage is also part of the package.
Thank You Gift 5-Pack Kit – “Appreciation in a Box: Rock Star Kit”
Considering that teachers don’t always get the thanks they deserve, this pack of quality hand-made cards are a classy way to tell your teacher or team that you appreciate their efforts. Each pack also contains a well-polished river rock that is inscribed with a positive message.
Teacher Name Plate or Door Sign
Personalized items are amazing as teachers’ gifts because they come from a well-considered thought and are made uniquely for the recipient. This nameplate can be laser-engraved with the name of choice with a quick-to-adhere back to make it stick to any desk or table.
Pet TickleMe Plant
This unique gift is a plant that closes up to touch. The package contains a cute flower pot and plant seeds. There is also soil pellet included to fill up the put once water is added to it. This plant can become a nice reference point in a classroom and also a cool way to relax for that special teacher who also has a green thumb.
Teacher Appreciation Gift Sign with Inspirational Journal and Glitter Rose Pen
Teachers always love journals as appreciation or end of year gifts. This can be attributed to the fact that they run through them real quick! This 60-page journal comes with a cute rose-shaped pen that is also glittered and will come handy for making notes and planning lessons all year.
Keep Calm and Teach On 5 Piece Gift Set
This gift set brings you the opportunity to show appreciation to your teachers during their birthdays or any other occasion. The set contains earbuds to listen to music, a beautiful cotton tote bag for carrying supplies around and a cool sticky note set for those important reminders. It’s a perfect set that also saves you some money.
EXPO Low-Odor Dry-Erase Set
This set of colorful pens is a nice collection to add to your favorite teacher’s pen list. Made specifically for whiteboards, it allows all styles of writing and dries really fast without leaving residue on the board.
Sticker Set for Adults
Stickers are cool for adults too. This gift set contains whopping 260 different stickers for your teacher to pick from. Covering a wide range of themes to pick from, these stickers are adhesive on most surfaces, waterproof and will not fade over time. They can fit right at home on virtually anything from a laptop to bike or chair.
Blue Sky Academic Year Teachers Plan Book
Daily planners are the coolest kinds of gifts you can give an academic to help them stay organized all through the week. This cute journal is made from 50% recycled paper which has amazing ink retention capacity and does not allow ink to bleed through. Each month is separated by a sturdy divider to help the teacher easily split time too.
Rolodex 3-Tier Swivel Tower Sorter
This simple accessory is right at home on any teacher’s desk to hold important office items like pencil and eraser. The Rolodex helps to keep things organized so that work can be efficiently done throughout the day without spending time looking through the office.
Umbra Trigg Desktop Planter Vase & Geometric Container
This exquisite vase is made with a beautiful geometric design that fits right into any living space or office. It’s unique, lightweight and able to compliment wherever you put it. It comes is different sizes that can fit a diverse range of areas, bringing a green goodness to the atmosphere.
Artificial Faux Potted Home Desk
This is ideal for that teacher that loves plants but does not have the time to water or cater to them. This set of lifelike plants can add the ambiance of real plants to a desk or classroom without the added stress of caring for it or letting it die due to lack of attention. The set comes with different plants and can fit right on a classroom table or school office.
Did we miss any teacher gifts?
Whew – that was a long list! Hopefully, you found something in there that you (and your teacher) will like. If not, just let us know and we’ll send over some more ideas!