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Creative Teacher Gift Ideas – Gifts They Really Want

Want to know the gifts teachers really want? These gift ideas come from actual teachers (and a few parents) from my community!

Teaching is a profession I have huge respect for. Teachers help shape the minds of our children and that’s a lot of responsibility! While it’s near impossible to show your true appreciation in the form of a gift, I’ve put together a list of teacher gift ideas that teachers will love!

These teacher appreciation gifts are perfect for the end of the year or World Teacher’s Day.

Creative Teacher Gift Ideas - Gifts They Really Want
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CREATIVE GIFTS TEACHERS REALLY WANT

While gifts aren’t expected by teachers, they are often a way for us parents to express some thanks for the hard work they put in. These gift ideas come from actual teachers. I asked my community and teacher friends what sort of teacher gifts they actually love to receive and this list was formed! 

The best part – most of these gift ideas are really easy to put together and affordable. No need to spend a fortune to show your favourite teachers how appreciative you are of their time and efforts during the school year


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INEXPENSIVE TEACHER GIFT IDEAS 

There are plenty of cheap teacher gift ideas that teachers will really love. It’s not the price that counts but the thought. Here are some inexpensive teacher gifts for end of year or Teacher Appreciation day.

Small Potted Plants 

Small, easy to care for plants are a great gift idea for teachers to either keep in their classroom or for home. Succulents are a hardy plant that is low maintenance, plus they look great! 

Alternatively, if your child’s teacher is not a green thumb, you can get some fabulous looking artificial plants these days. I have quite a few from Kmart and they are great for adding a touch of greenery without the worry of forgetting to water them! 

Journals & Notebooks

Teachers are always in need of quality notepads and journals to keep track of their lesson planning and ideas. A cute notepad makes a practical teacher gift.

For a more specialised gift idea, there are some amazing teacher planners available, such as the Erin Condren teacher lesson planner.

Hand Cream

Long nights marking assignments or typing up lesson plans can be hard on the hands. A hydrating hand cream can help keep hands in top shape! 

Here are some great hand creams:

Classroom Resources

Many of the resources in classrooms belong to the teacher and not the school. Especially in early education, teachers will invest a lot of their own money into extra resources they can use in the classroom. These items make useful gifts.

A great way to determine what resources may be useful is to look around what is already in the classroom and see what you could replace with a new version

Things such as puzzles and games for the kids to use during free time. Whiteboard markers are always in high demand! Even something as simple as a large hand sanitiser to keep in the classroom is a useful idea as part of a larger gift for a teacher. 

I’ve even heard teachers joke about boxes of tissues making great gifts… maybe as part of a bigger end of year gift.

Food & Drink

The teacher community was divided on this one. Some love getting chocolate, while others prefer something more sentimental or functional. 

If you are wanting to put together last day of school gifts for teachers with food or drink, consider creating a teacher hamper. Include a few different items such as chocolate, a bottle of their preferred style of wine (make sure they are a wine drinker first) and a few non-consumable items such as those listed above. 

You may like to add a novelty mug or glass… or both, like this fun set from Amazon.

For male teachers, it may be a sampling of craft beers that are better included in their hamper or some quality coffee beans for the coffee drinkers. 

Either way, these items make great fillers for teacher gift baskets.

Framed photos, small potted plants, wine, chocolates, Tupperware.

-Mrs F

Tupperware 

This one made me giggle but many teacher friends have told me how much they love getting Tupperware gifts. The Tupperware drink bottles are especially a great choice.

Alternatively, other good quality kitchenware is an option too. Microwavable food containers are a winner for bringing yummy home-cooked lunches to school.

Gift Cards

While gift cards may not be the most creative teacher gifts, they are useful! The best gift cards for teachers are places they can buy supplies such as stationery and classroom essentials.

Somewhere unrelated to school supplies can be fun too though, such as a department store, a restaurant voucher or experience gift card.

For teacher gift ideas in Australia, great options are Kmart, Officeworks, Smiggle or JB Hifi.

For other parts of the world, Amazon gift cards are an easy online option and they also offer a range of other gift cards on their website too.

Pamper Voucher

Most people love a pamper, and after a long school year of developing young minds, a teacher could definitely do with some self-care! A massage or pamper voucher to a local spa can be a great option for female teachers.

For the men, perhaps a grooming voucher to the local barber. This is a great option if your kid’s teacher has a beard or moustache he needs to keep tidy. Men need some pampering too! 

Potted succulent with a little sign saying ‘Thank you for helping me grow’. Word art/ word cloud with all the words, feelings etc that the student (or class) have about the teacher. Personalised stamp or stickers. Note paper –

-Mrs B

More Cheap Teachers Gifts From Amazon

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How Teachers Swear Adult Colouring book

Colourful Self-Inking Motivation School Grading Teacher Stamp Set

UNIQUE TEACHER GIFT IDEAS 

Finding a unique gift is always a great option and with so many small businesses and handmade stores catering to the unique, this is easier than ever. Think outside the box and give something a little different.

Charity Gifts

For a unique teacher gift idea, why not consider supporting a charity you know they would love, in their name. This is a really thoughtful gift that helps others too. 

Here are a few charity gift ideas:

Macbook and headphones on desk

Media Subscription

When you are busy lesson planning and marking, even during school holidays, it’s easy for teachers to struggle to find time for themselves. A subscription to an audiobook service or music service may be a great reminder for them to take some me-time sometimes.  

Audible is a great option for listening to audiobooks in the car, doing housework or going for a walk. They have personal development books plus all the latest fiction releases too. 

Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon music are music streaming services which mean no need to buy the latest CD releases. Plus music can be a great classroom tool too! 

Jewellery 

Jewellery is a tricky one, simply because we all have such unique tastes. Avoid this one unless you are confident you know what your child’s teacher loves. A pair of beautiful handmade earrings from a local business could be perfect. Or maybe a statement necklace from Etsy.

Cufflinks are an option for men who are required to dress more formally for school. You can add a bit of fun with personalised cufflinks.

I’m not a teacher but one of the kids came home after giving their teacher a gift that they said was the best ever. We do charity gifts. We mix it up each year as to which charity we give to on behalf of teacher. I figure teachers get a whole load of things from students and this is just something a little different.

-Aussie mum

MALE TEACHER GIFT IDEAS

While many of the presents for teachers already mentioned are great male teacher gifts, here are a few options that are more specifically aimed at men:

Personalised Mug 

For the coffee-loving teacher, who’s sick of his favourite mug going missing in the staff room, why not get him something personalised. Either a traditional ceramic mug or a personalised travel mug that he can use to and from work too would be a great option. 

There are plenty of services available for personalised products, like Etsy, Vistaprint or a local engraving service if your travel mug is stainless steel. Now all you need is a fun slogan like this:

“Mr Jones is the world’s coolest teacher” 

In fact, personalised gifts for teachers are great overall just to avoid things going walkabout from their classroom by mistake. 

Sports Tickets

Female teachers may love this gift just as much, but why not get your favourite teacher tickets to their favourite sports team? With this gift, something that can be redeemed on multiple dates may be a safe option… unless you plan to ask for your teacher’s availability first. 

You could coordinate this gift with other parents who want to contribute and make it a season pass or VIP membership.

I got a booklet once called “100 reasons you are the best teacher ever…” And inside the kids had written 100 reasons I was the best teacher ever. Still brings a tear to my eye. I have it on my desk, and on my down days, I flick through it and the job becomes worthwhile again.

-Mr O

DIY TEACHER GIFTS

Handmade gifts make sentimental gift ideas for teachers, especially if they are DIY gifts for teachers from students. If your children are younger, you may need to help them with coming up with ideas and creating something special. Their teacher has no doubt already received enough drawings from her class to wallpaper her house so make it something a bit fancier! 

Handmade Wall Art

Bright coloured wall art is a great way to dress up a classroom and there are so many DIY options for creating wall art that looks fabulous! 

For a more sentimental option, we created this handmade teacher canvas in a previous year and it still hangs in the teacher’s classroom.  I have also included a gift idea for assistant teachers too.

DIY teacher gift quote canvas

Homemade Food Gifts

A beautifully presented home-baked gift can be a lovely option, especially if you are looking for a budget-friendly gift idea too. A yummy slice in a gift box or some homemade jam perhaps. Check out my recipes for more ideas.

Be mindful of potential allergies your teacher may have though. 

Another option is a mason jar recipe gift where you add all the dry ingredients, the recipe instructions and they just need to mix in the wet ingredients when they are ready to bake. These look really fab with a ribbon and gift tag added. 

Baked cookies in basket with milk

Class Gift From Students

Some students are wonderful at coming up with ideas for their teacher themselves, while others may benefit from a little extra help from mum and dad. A gift from their class is one a teacher will cherish more than any other. 

Some ideas of gifts from students to their teacher are:

  • A framed photograph of the whole class. 
  • A canvas signed with a small message from each student to hang on the wall
  • Or a book filled with messages from the students

WHAT ABOUT NON-SCHOOL TEACHERS?

Many kids (and adults) have more than one teacher shaping their minds and abilities each year. Swimming and sports coaches, dance teachers, music teachers… just to name a few.

While some extra consideration may be needed to find the perfect gift, the teacher gifts in this list will hopefully have something for everyone. In the end, giving thanks for their hard work teaching our kids is what is most important!

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