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11 Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas Teachers Really Want

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Are you struggling to think of great Teacher Appreciation gift ideas? You want to show your child’s teacher how much you appreciate them, but the question is, what will they like? I worry about finding gifts at the holidays and end of the school year teacher gifts. So, to figure out the best Teacher Gifts, I decided to poll all of my teacher friends to see what gifts teachers really want.

With all their feedback, I was able to come up with a list of 11 great Teacher Appreciation gift ideas that your child’s teacher will love. I even have a couple class gift ideas, too. So, stop stressing and use this list to find the teacher gifts you’ve been searching for.

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

1. Personalized Notes

The number one things all of my teacher friends said they love are personalized notes from the kids. This is such an easy thing to do at home that their teacher will love. Have your child write out a note to his teacher saying thank you or download this free printable your child can fill out about his/her teacher. Pair this with one of the other gifts below and your done.

Free Printable for Teacher Appreciation

2. Gift Cards

Number two on my friend’s teacher gifts list is gift cards. Now, this may seem impersonal but if you pair it with a note, the teachers will love it. Some suggestions for gift cards are Starbucks, Target, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Movie Theatres or Nail Salons. If you want, you can even ask the teacher for their top three choices and pick one of them. This way you know they will love it.

3. Travel Mug

What Teacher doesn’t need a pick me up of coffee in the morning.  A travel mug is a useful gift and can be filled with candy or gum to make it a little more fun. Below are a few options. The last one has chalk board paint in the middle so you can customize it!

4. Personalized Bag

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5. Trendy Jewelry or a Jewelry Travel Holder

Who doesn’t love some trendy jewelry pieces to wear?  It’s something we don’t often buy which makes it a great gift to receive.  I would head over to a Charming Charles and see what you can find or check out some of the pieces below. I also found a few teacher necklaces that are pretty cute too.  If you are worried Jewelry might be too personal to pick out, try getting a travel jewelry case instead.

6. Holiday Dish Towels

Cute dish towels are always a fun teacher gift to receive.

7. Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas – Candy Jar

Find out your teacher’s favorite candy/snack and fill up a jar you can pick up at the Dollar Tree. Tie a pretty ribbon on it and add a sweet note from your child.

Teacher Appreciation Candy Jar Gift

No time to make your own candy jar? No problem buy store bought candy and add this cute free printable to make it a little more special. The pintables are in two different sizes to fit any candy.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Free Printable Candy Tags

Teacher Apprecciation Candy Tag Free Printable

8. Basket of School Supplies

Has your teacher been asking for donations of school supplies? Teachers are often spending their own money on supplies needed in your child’s classroom. Find out what they need and fill up a basket of those supplies.

9. Flowers or Plants

Brighten up the classroom for your teacher with a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a pretty plant. Then add a pretty vase and a note from your child.

10. Wine

This one depends on your relationship with your teacher but who could resist the gift of a nice bottle of wine.

11. Favorite Sports Team

Do you know a team your teacher loves? Find them a hat, t-shirt, or mug with their favorite team name or mascot.

12. Dollar Tree Gift Ideas

Did you know Dollar Tree has cute holiday mugs and wine glasses? I love the idea of filling these up with Candy or Hot Chocolate mix to give to the teachers. If you want something a little more add a gift card into the glass

Another great item to pick up at Dollar Tree is gift bags and baskets for the other gifts on this list. Get more Dollar Tree Christmas Gift Ideas and Holiday Decorations. You’ll save money and teachers will love it.

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Class Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

It is really popular now to give a big class gift. It’s a great way to pool the students money together to get great Teacher Gifts.

Gift Cards

The most popular thing to give as a class gift are gift certificates. If you are planning to do this, I would go ahead and email your teacher asking them their three favorite stores or restaurants. With the class gift card being a bigger amount, it’s best to find a store/restaurant the teacher likes.

Personalize the Class Gift Card with these ideas:

Picture Frame

Collect pictures from the school parties, field trips, or other fun class activities and put them in a frame to give the teacher along with the gift cards.

Jar of Love

Have each child write a sentence about what they love about their teacher and add it to a jar to give the teacher.  Who wouldn’t want a jar reminding you what a great teacher you are!!

Basket of Supplies

Like mentioned before, often the teacher is in need of more school supplies for the classroom. This would be a great addition to your gift card – something for the teacher and something for the class.

I hope these teacher appreciation gift ideas help you find the perfect gift to say thank you to your child’s Teacher. Do you have another great Teacher Gift idea? Please share with us in the comments below.

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2 thoughts on “11 Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas Teachers Really Want

  1. I think it’s so great that you ASKED teachers what they would like. So many times we try to give gifts that make us feel like we are clever, but these hardworking teachers definitely deserve a little thank you gift they’ll actually use.

    Can I ask what the most popular answer was for individual teacher gifts?

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