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The Best Teacher Gifts


Whether it’s a birthday or special occasion, one of the kindest ways to show appreciation to your child’s teacher is with a nice gift. While it’s always a good idea to get something you know a teacher would want, sometimes buying gifts for people can be hard. Check out this list of great picks for the best teacher gift.   

This tumbler features a double vacuum wall to keep drinks cold or hot for up to three hours. The lid is made from BPA-free plastic and the tumbler is constructed from 18/8 food-grade stainless steel. 

The 9.8-by-7.5-inch pouch has a durable, waterproof covering and can be spot-cleaned or hand-washed.  

This teacher gift is made with eco-friendly canvas and has an interior pocket that’s great for holding a phone or other essentials. 

These machine-washable socks fit women’s shoe sizes 6 to 12. They’re made from a cotton blend with 3% spandex for a comfy fit. 

Each bookmark features a ruler on the edge, a porcelain hanging bead and is hand-polished with a hollow carving design. They’re made from natural wood.  


1. How much should I spend on a teacher’s gift?

Try to stay within a reasonable price range. In general, treat it the way you would do for a gift exchange in your office. You don’t want anything that looks cheap, but opting for extravagant gifts can create the impression that you’re trying to sway a teacher to look more favorably on your child, which you should avoid. This guideline is also going to depend on the type of school your child attends. Teachers that work at wealthier schools might not frown upon receiving more expensive gifts.  

2. What gifts do teachers not want?

Some top contenders for “gifts teachers don’t want” tend to center around food, health and beauty items. In particular, not everyone wants your homemade treats. While you might think it’s a sweet gesture, there’s the risk you can make something that a teacher can’t eat. For example, someone can be vegan, gluten-intolerant, or just very particular about eating homemade items from people they don’t know that well. Similarly, purchasing lotions and candles can be dicey especially if the scent isn’t well tolerated.  

3. Do teachers like gift cards?

Gift cards sometimes get a bad rap for being unoriginal, but they’re also incredibly safe options — especially when you don’t have a strong relationship with your child’s teacher. Fortunately, there are numerous gift card options. You can give a teacher a card for a restaurant, a store, or simply an American Express or Visa card that can be used anywhere. This way, you know you’re getting your child’s teacher a gift that they’ll genuinely use and enjoy. If you’re concerned that a simple gift card will seem cold or lacking in thought, pair it with a nice greeting card or a handwritten note expressing how much you appreciate all they do for your children.  

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Grace Vest

Grace Vest is a project manager and writer who loves baking and hiking in her spare time. When she’s not wrangling projects and words, you can find her at the library or on a walk with her husband and son.