Are you needing gift ideas for teachers for End of the Year, Christmas, Teacher Appreciation Week, their Birthday, or more? I’ve created a list of 10 ideas that are teacher approved and don’t have to cost you a lot of money.
Candles and coffee mugs are among some of the most popular items teachers receive, so I’ve come up with a variety of alternative options. Of course, a hand drawn card or note from a student is always precious too.1. Writing Tools: Teachers tend to have quite the obsession for colorful markers, pens, pencils, etc. Grab some Sharpies, Flair pens, Ink Joy pens, or Mr. Sketch markers and you’ll definitely be on the top of the teachers thank you card list!
My personal favorite markers are the Pilot Frixion markers because they are erasable!2. Gift Cards: You can never go wrong with a gift card because they can be used for school or personal use. I’d say the top 3 gift cards for teachers would be Target, Amazon, and TeachersPayTeachers which is a website where they can buy resources to use in their classroom.
If you want to make it more personal, pick a gift card to one of their favorite places (restaurant, clothing store, coffee shop, movies).3. Spa at Home: Teachers are on their feet all day, so give them a little something to help them relax. You could give them a mani or pedi gift card, but even cheaper would be a little gift set like this with some foot cream and socks. Bubble bath with an eye mask or a small nail set would work too. 4. Teacher’s Pet: My students always heard me talk about my dog Oliver, so one student got him a new toy and some treats. I thought it was so sweet the he got my dog something because he knew that’s something I love.
5. Ornaments: If you’re looking for gift ideas for teachers for Christmas, an ornament is always a safe choice. Many teachers have trees in their classrooms they could put the ornaments on, and if not, they could use them at home.
I’ve received ornaments that are teaching related and then have a few that were more personal to me. Here’s a letter L for my last name, and then a cute pink nail polish bottle because I paint my nails pink quite often. 6. Book Ends/Decor: I found these adorable book ends at Target for under $20 and thought they’d make a perfect teacher gift! Many teachers are making their classrooms more homey and bringing in more decor, so this could spice up their bookshelf.
The Target dollar spot always has cute signs as well that teachers could use to decorate for different holidays and seasons. Homegoods, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls are also great places to find cheap decor. 7. Hand Sanitizer: Germs, Germs, Germs! Teachers deal with germs all day long and can never have enough hand sanitizer. Grab these small, fun scented bottles of hand sanitizer the next time you’re at Bath & Body Works. It may not be the most exciting of the gift ideas for teachers, but it’s practical. 8. Baked Goods: Do you have a favorite dessert that you love to make? Baked goodies are a personal gift any teacher would enjoy. One year I got some fresh baked cookies in a cute Christmas tin and this adorable spatula was taped on top. If you’re not a baker, you could also just attach one of these cute spatulas to a box of cake or cookie mix.
9. Teacher Tee: Who doesn’t love a comfy t-shirt? This teacher tee comes in a variety of colors for women and men. There are quite a few teacher shirts on Amazon and Etsy.
10. Office/School Supplies: Some of the easiest gift ideas for teachers would be supplies. They spend a lot of their own money on extra glue sticks, crayons, craft supplies, etc. so buying extra of anything that was on the school supply list is always welcome.
I have an Amazon shop with a few of my favorite things for the classroom if you need more ideas.
If you really want to splurge on your favorite teacher, get him/her a laminator. This Scotch Laminator is a teacher favorite and is great to use at school or keep at home for those late laminating nights. I hope you’ve found some gift ideas for teachers that they can actually use without breaking the bank! While you’re shopping, if you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can get a 30 day FREE trial right now. Get all of your Black Friday and Christmas shopping done, and then cancel if you don’t like the service.
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