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No gift can fully capture the importance of what teachers do for our kids, but it's still great to show a token of appreciation during the holidays or at the end of the school year. A nice gift can range from practical picks they can use at school to thoughtful items for their time away from work.
No matter the teacher that you're shopping for, here are some great options to consider.
Here for the Burn World's Best Teacher Candle World's Best Teacher Candle
Candles are a great, relaxing gift and this one from Here for the Burn has a burn time of 60 hours. Choose from a variety of scents, like mango guava, Moroccan amber, or bergamot, green grass, and tonka bean. Even after the candle has burned, the nine ounce glass with "World's Best Teacher" is sure to be something they keep and upcycle for other uses.
MECO Desktop Vacuum Desk Dust Cleaner Mini
Crumbs naturally seem to find their way to desks and into the tiniest crevices, but this genius product rectifies that. The small, but mighty desktop vacuum fits in the palm of their hand and operates with the push of a single button to suck up any small particles on a desk or even a keyboard. This is seriously one of those simple gifts that they'll probably use on the daily.
Uncommon Goods Teas of the Boston Tea Party
A history teacher or just a tea lover will get a chuckle out of this present. The set includes five glass vials of teas, specifically varieties that were thrown overboard during the Boston Tea Party. The package comes with brewing directions and even a few fun facts about tea. The cherry wood display would look great on a countertop.
Uncommon Goods Library Card Tote Bag
A sturdy tote bag is something everyone needs, but especially a teacher who has books, graded papers, and more to lug around. This 100 percent cotton tote isn't just useful, but the library card design is super fitting. Measuring 18 inches long, the bag can hold quite a bit and the interior pocket keeps smaller items (keys, phone, etc.) from getting buried.
Etsy Teacher Enamel Pin
The concept of giving a teacher an apple might be a bit outdated, but this small accessory is kind of along those lines. The apple-shaped enamel pin comes in colors like black, white, or red and the gold lettering reads, "I am a teacher. What is your superpower?" This is a small gift, it's less than 1.5 inches, but a way to show appreciation and your teacher is sure to wear it with pride.
Trade Gift Coffee Subscription
Constantly see your teacher sipping coffee? Then they'll absolutely love this recurring gift. Trade's subscription allows the java lover to take a short quiz based on their preferences and then they can choose the frequency with which they'll receive deliveries. The company has a selection of more than 400 coffee varieties, so there's always something new and fun.
Simple Houseware Mesh Desk Organizer with Sliding Drawer
It can't be easy keeping tabs on a range of classes, paperwork, and even supplies, but a desk organizer like this can at least help. The organizer, which comes in black or silver, holds a range of items, without taking up too much desk space. The bottom features two shelves, one of which has compartments (great for supplies), and the top has five letter organizer slots for paperwork.
Papier Demi Daily Planner
We're in a tech world, but writing things down never goes out of style. This Papier planner is perfect for busy teachers because it helps them organize life in and outside of the classroom. It makes it easy to track daily to-dos, along with habits, goals, and more. Plus, the pages aren't dated, so the planner can be started at any given time—no need to wait until fall.
Ostrichpillow Mini Handy Pillow
Snoozing on the job is a no-no, but for those quiet moments when your overworked teacher can take a nap? This pillow, conveniently called the Handy, will come in handy. The material is soft and the interior is packed with microbeads. It slips on over the hand or forearm to create a compact nap pillow and offer great head support.
Amazon Waxed Canvas Lunch Bags
Even adults can use a great lunch bag—and while this may look like a brown paper bag, it's actually a washable and reusable bag made of cotton and beeswax. The waxed canvas is waterproof and any internal spills can easily be wiped away. It's spacious enough to fit food containers, drinks, and any yummy snacks.
Core Meditation Trainer
Help your child's favorite teacher embrace moments of zen with Core's meditation trainer. The handheld device sends small vibrations to keep the user focused as they follow along to the app's guided meditations and breathing techniques. The sensors also measure heart rate. The app features a variety of sessions, as well as soundscapes, to suit all needs.
Artifact Uprising Wooden Tabletop Frame
A lot of us are guilty of snapping a ton of pics on our phones, but never actually printing them. This photo frame just might encourage your teacher to display their favorite image. Simply upload the pic and it's set in the wood frame, which ranges in size from 5 x 7-inches to 10 x 8-inches. The detachable metal stand means the frame can be placed on a tabletop or even hanged.
Etsy Personalized Male Teacher Rubber Stamp
There's just something about a personalized gift that makes everyone feel special. This custom rubber stamp features an image as well as a short phrase of your choice. Customize the look of the person, including their hairstyle, tie, facial hair, or even a few choices of eyeglasses. You can purchase the stamp alone or even throw in an ink pad for a few extra dollars.
Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask
Lunya is a brand known for great robes and loungewear and this sleep mask is also a winner. The silk mask fits snug against the eyes, without being restrictive, so there are no annoying gaps or light peeking through. The elastic band also aides in comfort. When it needs to be cleaned, the mask can just be thrown in the washing machine.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams, who has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she also writes product reviews for other outlets as well as appearing on-air for The Today Show and WEtv. She was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City, and loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents.