Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Best Teacher Gift Ideas

Looking for the perfect gift idea for a teacher who has gone above and beyond the call of duty? Perhaps a thank you gift to express your appreciation, or a gift for a new teacher to make their transition into that difficult new job just a little bit easier.

Let me Teach You to Find the Perfect Teacher Gift!

First, let me say thank you for having the consideration and thoughtfulness to care enough about choosing a great gift for a teacher that you’re even spending time researching it online. As a former teacher myself, I can tell you that teachers love thoughtful gifts, and in general we are a profession that truly desires feeling appreciated and respected. So, THANK YOU!!

Before I get into listing some of my favorite gift ideas (and the teacher gifts that have most thrilled my colleagues in the past), just a few brief recommendations on how to choose that ideal present:

  • The best gift ideas for teacher will depend upon the teacher’s personalities and interests. Not every teacher loves apples, or yellow school buses, or crafts. Maybe they’re really into sailing, or travel, or home decor.
  • Don’t hesitate to get something practical. Remember that most teachers don’t earn a lot of money, so a gift that’s a bit practical, like gift cards, craft goodies, or office supplies is often VERY welcome — maybe even moreso than the more typical gift items.

Gifts for Teachers

  • Remember my TeacherBook: I Remember My Teacher
    This is the kind of gift that can make nearly any educator feel pretty darn good about their choice of profession — and who couldn’t use days like that from time to time. The premise is as simple as it is effective: author David Shribman interviewed 365 people of all ages and backgrounds to find out about the role that teachers played in their lives. The story that emerges is as surprising as it is heartwarming, and one of the best books to paint a picture of the broad and lasting impact teachers have in our society.
  • A Trip to the Spa
    A visit to a day spa is a luxury that few teachers can afford on their meager salaries. But how many teachers would enjoy it? Ummm, pretty much every teacher I know would love that kind of relaxation!
  • Teacher NoteBook: Give Your Teacher This Note
    Everyone knows that teachers love notes, right? Well, even if your teacher doesn’t, he or she is bound to appreciate the humor and inspiration in this great book.
  • Teacher Gift BraceletThe Teacher’s Bracelet
    For the person who appreciates jewelery, this charming silver and crystal bracelet is a beautiful reminder of the tenets of the teaching profession.
  • GiftCards.com - Always The Right Gift®Custom Gift Card
    Gift cards and gift certificates are almost always the most-wished for gift among teachers, and they are especially practical when you don’t know them very well. But how do you make a gift card a bit more personal and unique? Finally, someone came up with a solution: GiftCards.com lets you customize gift cards with a picture of your child or a thank you note, making this gift both personal and useful!
  • Gifts for TeachersFirst Year Teacher’s Survival Guide
    I remember being absolutely terrified the first time I had to stand in front of a class of rowdy 11-year olds, and take the responsibility for their future development into my own hands. Maybe if I had this book back then, it would have felt at least a little bit easier?
  • New Yorker Book of Teacher CartoonsBook: New Yorker Book of Teacher Cartoons
    The New Yorker is beloved among teachers as it is among most intellectuals, and their famous political cartoons have a pedigree that goes back nearly a century. Now the New Yorker has produced an entire book of political cartoons focused on the life of teachers, making for a perfect gift for a teacher with a good sense of humor. Try this one for your art teacher, literature teacher, philosophy teacher, or any other intellectual teacher, or anyone with a good appreciation for finely-tuned wit!
  • Creative TeacherBook: The Creative Teacher
    These are the kinds of lessons that any new teacher can put to use– a gift that’s both appreciated and beneficial for her students!
  • Spa in a basketGingerbread Cookie-scented Bath and Body Kit
    Like a relaxing day at the spa, but in one low-priced gift basket!
  • Save up to 40% on Office Supplies - PlasticJungleGift Cards for Less than Face Value!
    Want to get a gift card but don’t want to spend a lot of money? Now it’s possible to buy gift cards for less than their face value! Don’t worry– the recipient doesn’t need to know that you got a great deal! ;) .
  • New Teacher BookBook: 101 Answers for New Teachers
    Everything a new teacher needs.


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One Response

September 15, 2010

I think Spa gift is really a great idea. I remember, we gave our teacher a chocolate massage gift card. She was very happy about it.
Thanks for these thoughtful ideas!