Top 10 End-of-the-Year Gifts for Teachers

At the end of the school year, it's nice to thank your child's teachers for a job well done! Here are 10 unique teacher gifts that are sure to delight your favorite educator. Most cost under $50. Include a nice note on one of these printable teacher appreciation cards. Also check out our ideas for sweet homemade gestures for teachers.

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Updated on: May 22, 2007
Neoprene Lunch Bag from Teacher Peach
Neoprene Lunch Bag from Teacher Peach

This neoprene lunch bag from Teacher Peach is a functional, fashionable, and fridge-friendly gift that can be used year round. Insulated, zippered, stretchy, and available in blue, black, or red. Best of all, Teacher Peach donates 10% of the profits from every product sale to fund initiatives designed to help raise confident and creative kids through its nonprofit fund.

Teacher Travel Mug
Teacher Travel Mug

As any teacher will tell you, coffee is crucial! Pair this fun travel mug for teachers with a coffee shop gift card or bag of gourmet coffee.

Teacher Nutrition Label Aluminum Water Bottle
Teacher "Nutrition Label" Aluminum Water Bottle

While the nutrition label on this sleek aluminum water bottle seems to indicate that it might sometimes be filled with iced coffee, it's undoubtedly an easy carry for the gym, beach, park, or wherever else your favorite educator might take it. Includes three different caps and a full serving of awesome.

Smartphone Vase
Smartphone Vase

Give your teacher a pretty place to store her phone and display some blooms on her desk at school (or on her nightstand at home). This two-in-one vase/phone dock is a useful, modern gift for your favorite educator. Fill it with the teacher's favorite flowers.

No. 2 Pencil Socks from Uncommon Goods
No. 2 Pencil Socks

These No. 2 pencil socks are perfect for those limited occasions during summer break when your favorite teacher isn't wearing kicks or flip-flops.

pouch and nail polish
Composition Notebook Pouch

Fill this printed canvas pouch ($14.99; 6x9 inches) with a little treat for the teacher — maybe some nail polish (sold separately), a bag of her favorite candy, or a gift card for a local coffee shop. Consider having your child add the teacher's name on the blank line of the "notebook" with a fabric pen or permanent marker for a personal touch.

signed plate class gift for teacher
Personalized Teacher Plate
A personalized plate with all the students' names also makes a great teacher gift. This one from Etsy ($25.00) comes in more than 50 colors, and can fit up to 40 students' names. It's a custom order, so remember to plan in advance!
teacher appreciation gift, spa gift card
Spa Gift Certificate
Teaching is a stressful job. A gift certificate for a massage, facial, or pedicure will help your teacher ease into a restful summer.
A Letter or Card from the Heart
Trinkets and store-bought gifts are nice, sure, but nothing will touch your teacher's heart like a heartfelt thank-you for a great year. A sincere, handwritten letter is a gift that's valuable beyond measure. These printable thank-you cards for teachers are pretty cute!
Bamboo Tea Tumbler
One-of-a-Kind Bamboo Tumbler

Just like teachers, this insulated tea/coffee tumbler is totally unique! The bamboo exterior ensures that no two tumblers look the same. Holds hot or cold liquids and keeps them that way for 12+ hours. Comes with a tea infuser - did someone say "sweet tea on the back porch with a good book?!"

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