27 Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Teacher
Show your appreciation with the gifts teachers not only want but need—office supplies, stationery sets, and learning experiences that benefit the whole classroom.
Class is back in session, and whether it's happening in the classroom or virtually this year, teachers everywhere deserve your thanks this holiday seasn. They play such an important role in caring for your kids and shaping who they'll turn out to be in the future, and we all know that it is, by no means, an easy profession.
School supplies aside, there's an endless list of ways to thank your favorite educators. Teachers always need a place to jot down ideas, which is why notebooks are a necessity—plus, supplies like pencils, stationery, and sanitizing wipes, which they often pay for out-of-pocket. Thoughtful items like a candle, an illustrated children's book, or potted plants all help to enliven their classroom as well as their life outside of it. Some of the gift items curated in our guide even support charitable causes like literacy programs and book donations, so you can feel good knowing that they have a greater academic impact. Even better? Consider a donation to Donor's Choose, if your child's school participates in it. There, teachers let parents and child caretakers know about specific projects they want funded—things like a new classroom library, a laboratory of STEM supplies, the transportation and tickets to a field trip, or flexible seating options—and you can contribute to those directly.
While we think it's a great idea to give your favorite educator one of these gifts for the holidays, they're also ideal for Teacher Appreciation Week, the end of the school year, or anytime you just want to say "thanks." All of these ideas are enough to acknowledge their impact on your child's life, and leave a lasting impression.
Any teacher's priority is to twofold: help students learn and stay organized. For the latter, they'll love a supply set. This one comes filled with everything they need—pencils, push pins, clips, magnets, a tear-off notepad, and an eraser.
Shop Now: Rifle Paper Co. "Garden Party" Tackle Box, $34, riflepaperco.com.
Grading homework never ends—why not gift them something that, literally, earns their stamp of approval? You can customize a rubber stamp to your teacher's name, with a wooden handle or a self-ink version, in one of four styles.
Shop Now: Stamp By Me Studio Custom Teacher Stamp, starting at $15.99, etsy.com.
Distinguish their mug from everyone else's in the conference room. Each of these stoneware mugs can be personalized with Mr. Smith or Ms. Stewart's name in a nod to learning the alphabet—letters A through Z.
Shop Now: Anthropologie Monogram Mug, $10, anthropologie.com.
Liven up the classroom with a little something green and growing for their desk. This potted plant—with its lush, quick-growing vines and low maintenance needs—will be at home in any science lab.
Shop Now: The Sill Jade Pothos, $33, thesill.com.
Every teacher's heard this one before: "Can I borrow a pencil?" To replenish their stash, order a box of pencils from this New York City shop, which specializes in artisanal writing utensils from around the world. An even greater gift? They offer a quarterly subscription that curates the best pencils them in a gift-worthy box.
Shop Now: CW Pencil Enterprise The Pencil Box Quarterly Subscription, $32.50, cwpencils.com.
Help them keep their place in any textbook with this stylish upgrade. It's a bookmark in buttery-soft leather, and it can be monogrammed in one of five colors (including 22-karat gold).
Shop Now: Leatherology Magnetic Bookmark, starting from $15, leatherology.com.
Note-taking happens throughout a teacher's day—in class, at meetings, and during off-hour lesson-planning, too. For that, turn to this classic standby: a Moleskin notebook. It's beloved for its slim design, quality paper, and elastic closure band.
Shop Now: Moleskine Classic Hard-Cover Notebook, $14.95, target.com.
A teacher is defined by their legacy, and this gift evokes the sentiment beautifully. Handmade in Australia, this candle is poured from soy wax into a recycled bottle.
Shop Now: Fibi Tunks "Teacher" Scentiment Candle, $35, uncommongoods.com.
We all remember our favorite teacher. This illustrated children's book—which sums up the sentiment in its title—makes a heartwarming gift for yours.
Shop Now: "Because I Had a Teacher" by Kobi Yamada, $9.95, barnesandnoble.com.
There's a reason why these are a bestseller (and just so happen to be a favorite of Martha's). There fine-tip pens are perfect for note-taking, are non-toxic, and come in a rainbow of colors.
Shop Now: Marvy Uchida Le Pen Set, $21, michaels.com.
Big-picture planning deserves its place in the classroom. Enter: this wall calendar, which doubles as a thoughtful way to display the school's archive of yearbook snapshots and picture-day photos.
Shop Now: Artifact Uprising Modern Wall Calendar, $39, arifactuprising.com.
Here's a handy tool for keeping phones, tablets, and laptop screens spotless on the go: This spray tube is filled with an alcohol-free cleaner and concealed in a microfiber cloth-clad bar, so anyone can spritz and wipe away fingerprints, smudges, and easy-to-catch germs.
Shop Now: MoMA Design Store Touchscreen Mist Cleaner, $13, store.moma.org.
In terms of paper waste, this is a game changer: It's a notebook filled with synthetic paper that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth to be used and reused again. Plus, it's ambidextrous—meaning it has a top-turn binding that provides wrist space for a teacher who is left-handed.
Shop Now: The Rocketbook Flip, $29.99, amazon.com.
The winter season often means one thing: germs, and that means lots of hand-washing. This set by Dr. Bronner's includes four of their bestselling products in a relaxing scent—pure-castile bar soap, liquid soap, hand soap, lotion, and lip balm.
Shop Now: Dr. Bronner's Lavender Sampler, $39, thrivemarket.com.
Labels, flashcards, signs, and work sheets all benefit from the investment of a laminator, but so many teachers rely on the school's. Gift them one of these appliances and anything can be turned into a dry-erase surface.
Shop Now: Scotch Thermal Laminator, $39.99, amazon.com.
Arts and Crafts
Lesson planning takes creativity. That's why we suggest learning from the best teacher of all: Martha. Her book outlines craft projects that children, aged three to twelve, can make in the classroom while learning about the world around them.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids, $19.24, amazon.com.
To emphasize and underline, highlighters are great for schoolwork. These come in vibrant fluorescent colors and dual-ends; fine tip on one end and thick on the other.
Shop Now: Poketo Accent Double Tip Highlighters, $18 for 6, poketo.com.
Binder and Paper Clips
Fasten their files, projects, and curriculum documents with their own binder clips. This modern set from U Brands includes eight gold clips in three different sizes, for no matter how high their stack of grading papers looks.
Shop Now: U Brands Vena Wire Binder Clips Set, $10 for 8, bando.com.
Teachers are equipped to handle any task; that said, desktop supplies don't have to compromise on style. This three-in-one set comes equipped with a jadeite-green stapler, tape dispenser, and scissors in an upright stand.
Shop Now: HAY Anything Desk Set, $60, us.hay.com.
They'll wear this pin on proudly on their lapel. This small memento is thoughtfully enclosed in a card embossed with a special greeting in gold foil.
Shop Now: The Penny Paper Co. "World's Best Teacher" Enamel Pin Gift Set, $12, pennypaperco.com.
A new school year means fresh books for students–and teachers, too. This handsome planner features a 54-week view that they can pick up anytime in the semester; plus, there's plenty of space for extra notes, important dates, and all of their to-dos.
Shop Now: Le Moderne Planner, $28.99, papier.com.
This accessory will come in handy, whether they're teaching "home ec" cooking or arts and crafts. Handmade in California, the artisanal apron has a wrap-around design that protects the front as well as the back with two comfortable crossover straps that don't pull at the neck like a traditional one.
Shop Now: Rough Linen The Original Linen Pinafore Apron, $85, roughlinen.com.
Clipboards are a classroom staple, and for good reason—they're ideal for scheduling, displaying, and note-taking on the go. This one with a standing base is equal parts form and function.
Shop Now: Letterfolk Metal Clipboard Frame Stand, $24, letterfolk.com.
Every pencil collection needs a charming case. This one was manufactured in the South of France by Olivades, and their exquisite printed fabrics carry on a tradition that dates back to the 17th century.
Shop Now: Olivades Provence-Print Pencil Case, $21, flotsamandfork.com.
Paperwork is never in short supply in the teaching profession. This modern take on the accordion file organizer is comprised of no less than ten storage compartments and unfolds to a beautiful gradient color in blue, pink, or rise-and-shine yellow.
Shop Now: HAY Plissé, $35, us.hay.com.
Carting library goods from class to class becomes easier in this stylish tote. Each purchase from this organization helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need, which is something any teacher can appreciate.
Shop Now: Out of Print "Nancy Drew" Tote Bag, $20, outofprint.com.
And if you're looking for class gift, consider an educational resource such as a membership to your local museum, aquarium or zoo, or even Teachers Pay Teachers. This, in turn, benefits all of their students for semesters to come.
Shop Now: Metropolitan Museum of Art Membership, starting from $110, metmuseum.org.