Gifts for Teachers
Gifts for Teachers

Gifts for Teachers

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Gifts for Teachers
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Gifts for Teachers
Just because I left the field of teaching doesn’t mean I think teachers don’t deserve a lot of praise. And what’s slightly better than praise is real, live gifts.

Here’s a little-known-truth: your child’s teacher would never straight-up ask you for a gift, but there isn’t a teacher in the world who wouldn’t love to see something small and thoughtful with his or her name on it on the desk at the end of the day. It’s the little things, you know?

Free or Low Cost Gifts for Teachers

  • A sincere note from the parent or student goes a long, long way. Almost free! And it doesn’t have to be specific or kiss-up-y, a simple “You did great today, thank you!” will bring a big smile to your child’s favorite teacher’s face
  • A sincere note about the teacher given to the teacher’s administrator
  • A coupon for before or after school help
  • Food such as cookies or cakes
  • Mixed CD
  • Photos of students present, past, or combined
  • Drawings of nice things like flowers, sunsets, or the school
  • Number Two Socks

$5-10 Gifts for Teachers 

  • Gift cards to bookstores, coffee, and juice shops are always welcome
  • Fancy soap
  • Chocolate
  • Flowers or plants
  • A nice pen and a small pad of paper.
  • A book with an inscription (shop yard-sale or used for a good deal)

Classroom Gifts for Teachers

A box of pencils, pens, or markers can be a reasonably priced gift from a parent. But a teacher trying to stock his or her classroom has to multiply that number by fifteen or twenty students! Here are a few standard classroom items that any teacher would appreciate:

  • Pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, erasers
  • Tissues, paper towels, cleaning supplies
  • Classroom snacks (if applicable)
  • Rulers, simple calculators, protractors
  • Blank or lined paper for drawing or printing
  • Dry-erase markers, chalk, or board erasers
  • Tape, glue, scissors, paper clips

Do you have a go-to teacher gift?

[Sarah Greesonbach writes and curates the lifestyle and personal finance blog Life [Comma] Etc. Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter for commentary and hot links, as well as pictures of her husband and cat (both are super-cute). She releases her first eBook this month, Life After Teaching: The Hands-On Guide for Transitioning Out of Teaching and Into a New Career.]

8 thoughts on “Gifts for Teachers”

  1. John S @ Frugal Rules

    My Stepmom was a music teacher for years and always loved getting these types of gifts. It was never really that she received something, but the time the student put into thinking of getting them something. It was definitely rewarding for her.

    1. Anne - Unique Gifter

      Glad to hear it. The little things can make such a difference!

  2. I am always grateful for what ever gifts I receive though I do not expect them. However, I don't want parents wasting their money on something I can't or won't use. I always feel awful when wasting a gift (I.e. smelly lotions & candles) especially when I know some of the parents don't have a lot of money. This kind of article is great to help guide parents. I really love the idea of a donation in the name of the class.

    Johanna (Houston SEO)

  3. Wonderful gift list you have prepared for the teachers! But I think all of them pen will be the best one because as a teacher I always like to get quality and brand new pen as a gift from others and also when I give something to the others at that time I also try to give some quality pen as a gift. So I think this will be the best one for everyone. Thanks

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