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20 Teacher Appreciation Gifts That They’ll *Actually* Want

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10!
written by BRETT NICOLE HAYDEN

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Source: Pexels | Yan Krukau
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Teachers play such an important role in helping grow and shape our children, and it can be hard to find the perfect gift to thank them for the huge part they play in our kids’ lives. What captures the appreciation of them dedicating their lives to educating the next generation? Not to mention, putting up with tantrums and big emotions on the regular is more than enough reason to get some gratitude.

Many teachers may have Amazon wishlists or other classroom supply lists you can shop from. But they also deserve a little something for themselves, whether it’s for Teacher Appreciation Week—which is May 6-10, 2024—or as an end-of-the-school-year thank you gift. Many of us opt to go the gift card route (after all, everyone loves cash, right?). There’s absolutely nothing wrong with sticking to a tried-and-true thank you like a gift card (some of our favorites for teachers include Target, Visa, Starbucks, and DoorDash), but if you want to do something a little different (or in addition to a gift card) this year, we have you covered.

We’ve rounded up 20 amazing teacher appreciation gifts that they’ll actually want—from fun to sentimental and everything in between. Check out our picks below!

The Best Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Target | Owala
40-ounce Stainless Steel Tumbler

Teachers work up a sweat day in and day out. Help them stay hydrated with the water bottle everyone is talking about. Make it an adorable gift by filling it with goodies like a gift card, hair ties, and other “treat yourself” items.

6 colors available

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Etsy | Pink Pueblo 2
Personalized Stamp

Give your little one’s favorite teacher your own stamp of approval with this fun personalized stamp. Choose the name, hairstyle, and accessories featured. Ink pads are available for purchase from this Etsy shop, too.

Female version available here!

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Etsy | Nordic Blueprint
Difference Maker Personalized Candle

Pick the scent and color of this personalized candle. It features a special message that any teacher would be proud to display on their desk.

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Uncommon Goods
Wildflower Bouquet

Flowers are always a good idea. They’re even better when they never die and never need to be watered. Keep the appreciation going and going with this minimalistic wildflower bouquet.

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Target | The Everygirl x Day Designer
Faux Leather Zipper Pencil Pouch

This pencil pouch is perfect for school supplies, but it’s also something they can use for themselves for travel, cosmetics, and so much more.

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Etsy | Gold Thread Candle Co
Taylor Swift Mini Motel Enamel Keychain

This cheeky keychain is an ideal gift for any Swiftie teacher who can’t stop listening to Taylor’s latest album.

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Slow North
Weighted Neck Wrap

Hot or cold, this wrap drapes over the neck and shoulders to soothe away tension—a perfect way to unwind after a particularly stressful day.

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Etsy | Zoocoming Tree
Zippered Laptop Sleeve

This pretty canvas zippered sleeve is perfect for keeping a laptop safe and a bag organized. Plus, it can also store pens and paper.

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Uncommon Goods
Novel Tea Literary Blends

Any bookworm/tea lover will adore these quality tea blends that are inspired by classic novels. Each has a fun tea-twist on a classic title, such as Anne of Green-tea Gables, for extra fun.

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Amazon | Crockpot
Electric Lunch Box

Not only is this mini CrockPot adorable, it’s an electric lunch box that’s perfect for leveling up otherwise boring packed school lunches.

4 colors available

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Amazon | Doxo
Purse Organizer Insert

Help organize their work or travel bag with this organizer, complete with plenty of different sized spaces for everything they need during their busy day.

6 colors & 3 sizes available

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Etsy | Partyous
Teacher Appreciation Printable

Don’t forget a card! A printable coloring page your child can customize for their teacher is a sweet accompaniment to any gift. Or frame it, and it becomes a sweet gift on its own.

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Rifle Paper Co.
‘World’s Best Teacher’ Porcelain Mug

Some days, you just need an extra cup of coffee. Help them recharge in style and appreciation with this quality porcelain mug from an editor-favorite brand.

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Harry & David
Harry’s Snack Box

An edible gift is a good go-to because it doesn’t add more “stuff” to a person’s space. This box by Harry & David is full of goodies like meats, cheeses, crackers, and nuts.

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World Market
Multicolor Geo Corner Wood Frame

A playful picture frame is sure to put a smile on their face and liven up their classroom in the best way.

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Anthropologie
Vaisselle Vase

Nothing says “thank you” quite like a bouquet of flowers. Pair that with a gorgeous vase, and you’ve got a gift that can be used again and again.

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Etsy | Glad Folk
‘Local Library Lover’ Tote Bag

If your LO has a librarian they love, or their favorite teacher is a bookworm, this adorable tote is a fun way to show appreciation. Go above and beyond and fill it with some goodies like a new book and bookmark.

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Uncommon Goods
Custom Message Shortbread Cookies

Say “thank you”—literally—while gifting an edible treat. These shortbread cookies can be personalized to share messages of appreciation, or even a common phrase or favorite quote from the teacher.

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Etsy | Charmed By Knots
Sun Catcher

Because teachers add so much sunshine to our kiddos lives, add a little extra sunshine to their classroom with a gorgeous sun catcher.

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Etsy | Bear and Belems
Teacher Bracelet

Friendship bracelets were all the rage this school year. Let their favorite teacher in on the fun with this adorable pencil bracelet.

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