Here are the 4 BEST teacher appreciation gifts you could want!! I asked all my teacher friends (and even some teacher strangers online and they all weighed on the 4 gifts that teachers ACTUALLY want (told by teachers!).
Teacher gifts! I’ve said it once, and I will probably say it about 200 more times. It takes a special person to be a teacher! So when teacher appreciation week comes around, I like to shower those teachers with some amazing teacher gifts.
When I went in on Christmas to pick up my daughter from school, I saw about 15 bath and body works soaps and lotions on the teachers’ desk! And I thought, surely there has to be a better gift! (Not throwing any shade on lotion and soaps! I love them! But one from each student is a bit excessive!) So I asked all the teachers I know (and some I didn’t know…thanks Facebook!) and I’ve got the top 4 gifts that teachers ACTUALLY want!
These teachers were all so darn sweet, and they told me that they are grateful for anything and everything. Here is what they said they get a lot of:
Teacher gifts that are overdone
- hot cocoa/coffee mugs
- apple-themed decor
These are not necessarily bad things, but remember all things in moderation!
4 of the BEST teacher appreciation gifts
#1 Personalized teacher gifts
One teacher said the sweetest thing: “We spend lots of time getting to know the kids in our class…so it’s fun when they get to know us as well”
These getting to know you surveys are awesome! Give one to your teacher and you have gifts that will last you all year long!!!
Getting to know you surveys
After you have a fun survey you can buy them gift cards to places they love to shop, buy them their favorite treats, surprise them with their favorite drinks, all such fun teacher gift ideas! Super thoughtful!
This pop printable goes great with any kind of soda!!
and luckily you can get on Pinterest and probably find printables that go with anything and everything!
One teacher said that a mom found out that she was saving for a bosch mixer, so she got all the parents together and they all chipped in to get her one! How sweet and thoughtful is that teacher gift!!
Moral: Get to know your teachers! I drill my son and I know his teacher loves coke (cause she always has it on her desk.) Usually, teachers have decorations of things they like (Harry Potter, Animals, Plants, Etc!)
#2 School supplies as gifts
Most teachers buy supplies out of their pocket. I know we have school lists of supplies to get at the beginning of the year, but think about how much use they get! Dry erase makers look nice for about 3 days in my house!!! So supplies are a great teacher gift idea! Luckily, the internet stepped up. There are so many great teacher appreciation gifts here, folks!
One teacher specifically mentioned SHARPIES in all the fun colors! Here are other fun supplies they loved getting:
The best School Supplies to buy for Teachers:
- dry erase markers
- reams of paper
- Clorox wipes
- post-it notes
- Glue Sticks
- Teacher stickers
Luckily there are all sorts of cute printables to go with each of these supplies!
We went through these Clorox wipes like kids and candy in my daughter’s kindergarten classroom!!!
glue sticks printable: g*rated
If you need help…walk down the aisle of Staples…I could drop $300 on paperclips and post-it notes alone!
#3 Teacher appreciation gifts: Gift cards!
Teachers are people too. They shop at target, eat out, go to the movies, and download dumb games on their iPhones. So give them a gift card!!! Gift cards are easy teacher gifts! (Lots of teachers said gift cards to Walmart or other stores and then they could buy school supplies they need!)
Gift cards = great teacher gifts!
Once again…thanks to Pinterest, whatever place you want to get a gift card to, there will probably be a printable for it!
Pizza Gift card: You have been framed
#4 Thank you notes for teachers
Bless those teachers’ hearts~Almost every single one of them said a simple thank you note would be awesome! Nothing is cuter than seeing a 1st grader write a thank you note! I remember my daughter wrote one year, “Thanks you for lerned me this yer.”
I have some fun coloring thank you notes here:
and an honorary mention:
Have them fill out the survey in #1 and find their favorite treat!
but chocolate was mentioned quite a few times!!! One teacher said her favorite teacher gift was a specialty caramel apple.
(I will mention that one teacher says she doesn’t eat homemade treats!)
Other great teacher appreciation ideas
Now, I’m not saying you aren’t allowed to get your teacher this “tote ally ” cute bag.
Amazing sign for their classroom.
Something totally fun for their classroom door
How about a keychain
They love stuff like that! Here are some others that were mentioned as great teacher gifts:
Lanyards or keyfobs, books for the classroom, amazon gift cards.
I will end with this from a wise teacher
“Best gifts are those that show an understanding of teachers as people and the demands of our jobs”