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Teacher Gift Ideas That Will Knock Their Socks Off

Teacher Gift Ideas That Will Knock Their Socks Off

Whether it’s just before Christmas or the end of the school year, are you looking for some creative teacher gifts to give to the teachers in your child’s life?

Teachers give tirelessly of themselves every day. These teacher Christmas gifts will show your appreciation for all they do. Peruse this round-up of ideas that are thoughtful,budget-friendly and can often be mailed to your doorstep (you’re welcome!).

15 Christmas Gifts Teachers will Treasure

1. Gift card

You simply can’t go wrong with a gift card. Let the teacher in your life pick their own gift, by purchasing an Amazon gift card. Customize this printable to make it a Christmas card.

2. Christmas wrapping paper

Your child’s teacher will be grateful for a roll of Christmas wrapping paper for their last-minute wrapping. Attach this thoughtful printabletag.

Or include tape and this printable Christmas poem. Too cute.

3. Christmas soap

Watch for sales at Bath and Body over the next few weeks. Their labels are pretty enough to not need to be wrapped. Print this tag to customize this Christmas teacher gift. I’m definitely going to give out a few of these.

4. Scissors

Every teacher would welcome a quality pair of scissors for the classroom. Print this whimsical label to make the teacher smile.

5. Covered cup

Pick up these cups from the Dollar Tree or Walmart, fill them with treats and customize with a Santa tag and ribbon.

6. Glue sticks

Glue sticks are another practical gift any teacher would welcome midyear. Add this adorable label and ribbon to complete the gift.

7. Highlighters

Follow this tutorial for a simple way to wrap highlighters for your child’s teacher. Make it seasonal by changing the note and the colours of the flowers.

8. Clipboard

Pick up dollar store clipboards, that are not covered in vinyl, for this teacher gift. Decorate with Christmas colours that also suit this year-round clipboard.

9. Touch screen gloves

These gloves allow your child’s teacher to operate touchscreen phones while outside in the cold. Perfect for male or female teachers.

10. Candles

Winter is the best time to burn candles, so why not replenish your child teacher’s candle supply? Festive candles will warm their heart, and pair it with this printable label you can also customize for Christmas.

11. Cotton spa slippers

For a more personal touch, pick up a pair of quality slippers for the teacher in your life.

12. Spa comforts eye pillow

We know that teaching can be stressful, and a pampering item like an eye pillow shows that you care.

13. Recipe books

Jessica Seinfeld’s recipe books are perfect for teachers with their own children. She teaches how to sneak vegetables into… everything! Often on sale at

Does your child’s teacher like to bake? Are they creative in all that they do? This Sprinkle Bakes: Desserts to Inspire your Inner Artist book will be a treat.

14. Animal letter books

Your child will know if their teacher is a cat lover. If so, this cat book is perfect for them to enjoy at home or in the classroom. Or if they prefer dogs, pick up For the Love of Dogs: From A to Z on sale.

15. A gift that changes lives

Each year my children pick out items from World Vision’s Gift Catalogue to give their teachers. We have done this for many years, and each time we received teary-eyed gratitude. Teachers already change lives locally, and this allows them to change lives internationally.

We have so much to be grateful for at this time of year. And teachers deserve a thoughtful token of appreciation this Christmas.

I am so thankful that there are many phenomenal teachers out there that my children will soon have the opportunity to learn from. I know that they work exceptionally hard and are not acknowledged for their efforts as often as they should be.

So, to teachers everywhere, from the bottom of my heart – thank you for everything you do!

What is your favourite Christmas gift to give teachers?


  1. Jess

    I’m about to rain on the parade here, but it comes from wanting to spare you all that time and effort…
    As a teacher with a lot of teacher friends, I can tell you most of these things end up in the garbage. Imagine having to bring home and then find space for 30 “things” every year (sometimes twice a year w/ Christmas). It’s sweet, but most teachers would prefer just a card, maybe a small food item (homemade cookies?), something small like a $5 Tim’s or Starbucks card. Trust me, they don’t need more mugs.

    • Callie

      I grew up as a child of a teacher, and not one present in our household got thrown away before it was used or displayed. There was a lot of chocolate, lots of mugs, and lots of pictures, cards, etc. Eventually things were thrown away, but at least the effort was recognized. Receiving gifts is not a right, it’s a privilege.

    • Sandi

      We get the teachers each a bottle of wine. I bet they need it after the school year!

      • Erica Ashley

        We sure do! Heck I’m enjoying a nice glass of wine right now!

    • Louise

      My husband is a teacher and never expects a gift and appreciates anything that he is given. His favorite gifts are hand written notes or things made by the kids. One year he got a crocheted trivet with a mix for a cranberry bread where you just add eggs (or whatever). Equipment/material he can use for his classes is always appreciated and when he receives a gift card he usually spends it on something for his class (if he can). I would be inclined to get teachers something consumable (tea, coffee, chocolate, fruit bouquet, cookies) or a gift card for scholar’s choice, staples or chapters where they can buy books, toys, posters, whatever they want for their class – especially since so many of them spend money out of their own pocket to have material for their classes.

    • Nicola

      Jess, I think that you and your friends are few and far between! As a teacher I love to receive gifts that I know the child was involved in choosing! It makes me proud to think that they went to the time and effort to thank me for doing my job! Sure a gift card will be used, and no I do not NEED to receive anything – but seeing how excited my students are to give me something makes me truly appreciate it – especially the homemade gifts!

    • Dawn

      I can’t believe someone would say they throw away gifts that’s just wrong..really would it be that hard to display the items even if its for a short length of time and then pass on to a teacher would would appreciate you can always find someone who would love to have come on now. I sub in my children’s elementary school and the kids draw my pictures and I bring those home and hang on my frig. My kids love seeing them as well as myself! I can honestly say your post makes me thankful there aren’t teachers like you in my child’s school. Or if there is we don’t know it cause they show appreciation for each and every gift!

    • Kandra

      Wow, that is so sad! I think your post says a lot about you! People put a lot of time, effort and thought into teacher gifts because we appreciate them more than words could ever say! Maybe you should learn to do the same!

  2. Kelly

    These are great ideas, this year I am going with LCBO gift card for my daughters grade 8 teacher as well as a nice bottle of wine for my other daughters JK teacher. For the ECE teacher also in the JK class we are doing the “Thanks for helping me grow” but with seed packets, that way if they won’t use them themselves next year for Mothers/Fathers Day they can save themselves the cost out of pocket and do that. Then for the other 3 teachers in the JK class (I know a ton of teachers!) we are just buying a box of chocolates. For my son’s Grade 1 teacher he has said that her nails are always painted so going to buy a cute little nail file and some nail polish 🙂

  3. Nancy

    I agree with Jess. As a teacher I don’t like clutter and don’t need a bunch of stuff. I prefer a handwritten note from the heart. No gift needed.

  4. jo

    thnx for the link to the dollarstore house, great ideas. 🙂

  5. Dawn

    I don’t care what the teacher thinks. If she wants to throw out the gift my babies made for them so be it. I care about how my children feel spending the time making them and learning about being grateful for the education they have had throughout the year. The looks on their little faces when they proudly present them to the teacher is totally worth it! Hey, maybe she is disappointed she didn’t get a gift card, but the kids are happy and proud! And to me, that’s what school is all about! May the teachers enjoy a well deserved summer off.

  6. Jenny

    I am a teacher and a ton of my friends are teachers and we all LOVE to get presents like these. I think they are cute and I appreciate the effort put into them. I am at a school in which parents can’t afford gift cards and things of that nature but they can take the time to put together a cute present that does not cost much. To me, that is way more important than a gift card.

  7. Lalis

    I guess you will throw away or not depending on who you are, in my country and specially in my school, people cannot always spend money on a present, but most kids, try to find the way and give you something, sometimes they are even strange things with no use but that are real cool because you just can see them growing up, so I keep them, just because I appreciate their effort yep sometimes I am overflown but what the heck?
    I think we cannot theach what we do not know or understand!! So if we teach them that we prefer five dollar cards, or starbucks instead of heart given gifts, they will learn that their effort is not good enough, that money will always be more important than even them. This is what I think but well we all were born free.

    P.S I think stationary supplies are always great and handy, and I aggre to Louise must of the time come from your pocket, so I really love them. Sorry for bad grammar or my spell my first language is not Englis so if you have any observations please let me know.

  8. millie

    I think it depends on the teacher. I’m in the classroom and around the teachers enough to tell who likes homemade stuff and who doesn’t and give accordingly. My kids always create something by hand whether it be a home made card, thoughtful note or a picture. I am sure these end up in the trash as much as I am sure that the sentiment stays with the teacher forever! I can see why someone would post that most of what she gets ends up in the trash while another teacher would post, I cherish everything I receive. Both are ok responses to gifts. Gifts should be given with this in mind and it is not too hard to figure out which side of the fence your teacher falls on. Honestly, I don’t think either response is bad. I always end the year with a nice gift card to a store (usually clothing) where I think the teacher would shop. We are not a wealthy family but we try to spend between 30 and 50 per gift card. Its something I plan and save for all school year from cash I set aside every month. Its important to me. Teachers are important to me. It’s also important to me that people like the gifts I am giving. I figure you can’t go wrong with food, kind words and shopping.

  9. Teasa

    My daughter made homemade pickles one year for her teachers. She had learned from her girl scout troop and thought her teachers would love them… and they did! It was very easyand inexpensive. We put a note on them not to open till Dec 25.

  10. Nina V

    What I can’t stand is ungrateful people they are children for goodness sake if you are a teacher just to get gift cards and things that you like you shouldn’t be a teacher. One more thing why don’t you go out and buy your own things that you want. And someone that actually post something like this you are a disgrace.

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