The 8 Best Gifts for Teachers in 2020

Thoughtful presents for some of the most inspirational people you know

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Best Overall: Knock Knock Why You’re the Best Teacher Ever Journal at Amazon

"What better way to honor a teacher than with a completely personalized book?"

Best Budget: Gandhi Quote Inspirational Pencils at Amazon

"These hot foil stamped no. 2 pencils will find a permanent home in the pencil up on his desk."

Best Personalized: Wooden Coaster With Hand Painted Edge at Amazon

"It’ll protect book reports and lesson plans from coffee stains, plus it services as a pretty piece of desk decor."

Best for Hydration: 22 oz Insulated Double Wall Tumbler With Lid and Straw at Amazon

"Thanks to this reusable insulated mug and straw, she’ll be doing her part to stay green."

Best Food Gift: Andaz Press Chocolate Drop Labels Trio at Amazon

"You buy the trio of labels and a large bag of Hershey’s Kisses, then enlist the kids’ help with a fun DIY project."

Best Under $10: I'm Silently Correcting Your Grammar Hand-Printed Mug at etsy.com

"It’s perfect for an English teacher, though any educator will see the humor in it."

Most Practical: Desktop Storage Drawer Set at Target

"This gold desk storage set will keep graded and ungraded papers separated and corralled."

Best Under $5: Mini Blue Car Desk Cleaner at worldmarket.com

"It will keep that multi-functional space of theirs clean and in pristine condition."

Best Indulgence: ALASKA BEAR - Natural Silk Pillowcase at Amazon

"Give the gift of a better night’s sleep with this luxurious silk pillowcase."

Best Overall: Knock Knock Why You’re the Best Teacher Ever Journal

What better way to honor a teacher than with a completely personalized book? The small hardcover book, which is protected with a clear plastic jacket, has 112 pages of prompts for your child to fill out about his or her teacher. Examples include “the best thing about our classroom is…” and “You are the best…I’ve ever known.”

This sweet gift has been known to make a child’s teacher cry happy tears. But some buyers cautions that, although this book is an incredibly thoughtful gesture, it’s a little labor intensive—especially for young kids. A helpful tip is purchasing the book well in advance and having your child complete the prompts over the course of a few weeks.

If that still seems like a lot for your family, why not get the whole class in on the present? Each child can fill out and sign one or two pages for a gift any teacher will cherish for a lifetime. It’s the perfect end-of-year gift for a teacher who really made a difference.

Best Budget: Gandhi Quote Inspirational Pencils

These clever inspirational pencils may just replace a teacher’s favorite red pen. Even if he can’t use them to grade papers, these hot foil stamped no. 2 pencils will find a permanent home in the pencil cup on his desk.

With phrases like “thoughts become words,” “words become actions,” “actions become habits,” “habits become character,” and “character shapes your destiny,” this set of five pencils pass on an important message that’s just right for an educator shaping young minds.

Other versions with quotes from Albert Einstein and Winnie the Pooh are also available and just as appropriate for a teacher.

If you’re feeling extra generous, gift a special pencil cup to go with the set.

Best Personalized: Wooden Coaster With Hand Painted Edge

You know the saying “don’t talk to me before I’ve had my coffee?” Well, teachers have to talk to a lot of people before they’ve had a chance to finish their morning brew. No to mention, it takes a lot of energy to wrangle a room of kids.

That’s why it’s a great idea to make sure your child’s teacher has a special place to rest her coffee (or tea). This pretty wooden coaster will do the job. It’ll protect book reports and lesson plans from coffee stains, plus it serves as a pretty piece of desk decor or a paperweight.

Choose from eight vibrant colors, and have one or both sides laser engraved with the message of your choice. Buyers rave about how beautiful this coaster is, noting it looks much more expensive than it is.

Best for Hydration: 22 oz Insulated Double Wall Tumbler With Lid and Straw

They can multitask better than anyone. They put on a smile, no matter what. They work well beyond their pay grade. And they can somehow keep 20 elementary school-aged children quiet for an extended period of time. If anyone has superpowers, it’s a teacher.

Show your child’s teacher that you know just how hard they work every day with this fun and functional tumbler. It’s 22 ounces, so she’ll stay hydrated all day long—even during those long June days in an unairconditioned classroom. Plus, thanks to this reusable insulated mug and straw, she’ll be doing her part to stay green.

Best Food Gift: Andaz Press Chocolate Drop Labels Trio

How do you adequately show your appreciation to a teacher who really makes the grade? Start with this fun little gift. You buy the trio of labels—thank you, A+, and Best Teacher—and a large bag of Hershey Kisses (it also works on mini Reese’s and mini Rollos, too), then enlist the kids’ help with a fun DIY project. Simply tape one label to the bottom of each candy.

Once all of the labels are affixed to the chocolate, place them in a big basket, fill up a special mug, or put a few into clear cellophane bags and finish with a ribbon. Then distribute a handful to each one of your kids’ teachers.

This is also an extremely cost-effective gift this is, especially when you’re gifting to multiple teachers at once.

Most Practical: Desktop Storage Drawer Set

Desktop Storage

Courtesy of target

Sometimes the best gifts are the most practical gifts. Teachers often spend their own money on school supplies and items they need to make their classrooms ripe for learning. With that in mind, give a little gift that will ease some of that burden.

A definite step up from the standard stainless steel variety, this gold desk storage set will keep graded and ungraded papers separate and corralled, making her desk a more functional and organized space. A win-win for your child’s teacher and her students, since studies prove uncluttered spaces reduce anxiety and promote problem-solving and decision making.

Reviewers note the item is larger than it appears in photos, but in this case, that’s a good thing, considering how many papers pass her desk.

Best Under $5: Mini Blue Car Desk Cleaner

Desk Cleaner

Courtesy of World Market 

Teachers have a uniquely challenging job for so many reasons, not limited to the fact that they can only leave the classroom at very specific times throughout the day. That means teachers often have to cram in a quick snack at their desk during lunch. They basically live at their desks from the hours of 8 to 3 pm.

This little gadget may seem silly, but it will keep that multi-functional space of theirs clean and in pristine condition, no matter how many times they have to eat hovered over a pile of book reports.

Simply push the car to “drive” it around the desk, picking up crumbs, eraser shavings, dust, dirt, and any other small debris.

Best Indulgence: ALASKA BEAR - Natural Silk Pillowcase

Being on your feet all day is hard work. Add keeping a group of kids quiet and focused during lesson plans to the mix, and you have a recipe for pure and total exhaustion.

Give the gift of a better night’s sleep with this luxurious silk pillowcase. Soft and comfortable, it comes in 30 different colors and seven different sizes.

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