I think we can all agree that great teachers deserve a lot more than what they get. With the best teachers going above and beyond for each of their students, a small token of gratitude can really mean a lot. Whether it’s end of year, a class celebration or you just want to say thank you, here are eleven great gifts for teachers to cover just about every pedagogical personality.
A Good Pen
Fitbit Activity Wristband
Like & Dislike Stamps
Gifts for Teachers
1. I’m A Teacher, What’s Your Super Power? Mug
A really nice (and warming) way to show your appreciation and support for teachers, this colorful and fun mug sports the slogan that every educator know to be absolutely true. Teaching is a superpower! Available in a range of colors this cheap and cheerful gift also comes in a lovely matched gift box.
Who’s it for: The Fun Teacher
2. A Good Pen
So much more than just a pen, a really ‘good’ pen is a wonderfully thoughtful gift that will stay with your teacher forever. There are plenty to choose from but our pick is the vanishing point collection fountain pen. With a gorgeous range of colors and coming beautifully packaged in an elegant gift box, this slick piece will certainly impress.
Who’s it for: The Classy Teacher
3. Moleskine Notebook
When it come to gifts for teachers, it’s important to go for those little luxuries we don’t often afford ourselves. With this in mind, these moleskine classic notebooks are just AMAZING! Whether it’s for journaling, taking notes or perfecting a novel there is a reason these notebooks are the number one choice for writers around the world.
Who’s it for: The Thoughtful Teacher
4. Fitbit Activity Wristband
Gifts for teachers don’t have to be all about the classroom! In fact for many educators, an excuse to get out and into the fresh air is just what is needed. The Fitbit is just the gift for your active techy teacher. Not to mention a great way to make sure your child’s teacher is always in tip top condition for class.
Who’s it for: The Active Teacher
5. Field Notes
Field Notes are the ultimate gift for the organized educator who has limitless ideas and a mind full of thoughts. Pocket sized and ready to go anywhere, these notebooks are used by designers, inventors, scientists and innovators everywhere. Jot down ideas, class notes, thoughts, quotes or anything that might come in handy for the next lesson.
Who’s it for: The Imaginative Teacher
6. Like & Dislike Stamps
These fun little gifts for teachers can bring a little taste of technology into testing. Hoping that the ‘dislike stamp’ doesn’t get too much use, these Facebook themed like and dislike stamps are an imaginative way to engage students of the digital generation and the perfect gift for those teachers who love their social networks.
Who’s it for: The Techy Teacher
It could be to spruce up a colorless classroom or to decorate a home or office, but it’s amazing the quality of painting, prints and photography that can be found and delivered online now. Take a wander around and see what picture matches your teacher’s personality. This is a delightfully different idea to your normal gifts for teachers.
Who’s it for: The Colorful Teacher
8. Chalkboard Labels
These chalkboard labels started out as a kitchen accessory but have now become a huge hit in the maker classroom. Perfect for decorating, personalizing and labeling all sorts of maker materials, these handy reusable stickers can be used for organizing just about anything.
Who’s it for: The Maker Teacher
9. iTunes Gift Card
Buying a CD used to be the ‘easy’ gift option, but with digital downloads and so many music streaming services it is slightly more difficult to give the physical gift of music nowadays. One of the nicest ways to give music while still having a gift to exchange is an iTunes Gift Card. You can’t quite wrap it, but it does fit nicely inside a card.
Who’s it for: The Musical Teacher
10. Amazon Gift Card
OK, so nothing on the list is quite the right gift for your teacher… Never fear, we all know what the go-to backup is. A voucher! An Amazon gift card means that your teacher can pretty much choose anything under the sun. Electronics, Tools, Books, Movies, Music and more, it’s pretty hard to look past Amazon for the catch-all gift for the difficult teacher.
Who’s it for: The ‘Difficult to Buy for’ Teacher
If you are down to number eleven and still out of ideas, then your guaranteed best option is to go for a good book. Every great educator loves to learn and we have collated a list of the 50 best books for teachers that you will absolutely find a winner in (you can’t lose really, there is not a bad book on the list). Best of luck!
Who’s it for: Every Teacher
What gifts for teachers have you given that have been a hit? And teachers, what gifts do you like to receive? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Feature image courtesy of Flickr, Steve Snodgrass.