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

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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.

Many teachers may have Amazon wish lists 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 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 17 amazing teacher appreciation gifts that they’ll actually want—check out our picks below!


Porter Mug

Yes, teachers get a lot of coffee mugs, but morning coffee gets a little lift with this fun ceramic mug wrapped with a protective silicone sleeve.

9 colors available


Scented Candle

With notes of fresh air, sea salt, and citrus, this is summer in a candle—with a heartfelt message on the outside.

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, too.

Etsy | Simply Embroidered Boutique

Personalized Vegan Leather Pouch

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

Art of Tea

Wellness Rejuvenating Tea Bundle

For tea-drinking teachers, Bright Eyed is a blend of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and other fragrant spices.

The Sleep blend is a calming sleepytime tea with smooth and minty flavor notes.

clevr brands starter kit
Clevr Blends

Starter Latte Kit

Grab a starter kit or choose a favorite flavor to give your child's teacher a *super* start to their day with Clevr Blends' barista-style lattes they can make at home.

Modern Sprout

Indoor Garden Jar

Add a little something to their kitchen with self-watering herb kits.

6 herb options available

half baked harvest book
Tieghan Gerard

Half Baked Harvest Every Day Cookbook

Teachers have to make dinner too, and Tieghan Gerard's latest cookbook is ideal for those looking to make some healthy swaps while still sticking to the family's go-to meals.


L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream Set

Let's face it: Teachers have been washing their hands a lot over the past two years. Offer them some relief with Nordstrom's exclusive hand cream set:

- Shea Hand Cream
- Limited-edition Vanilla Bouquet Shea Hand Cream

Domain by Laura Hodges Studio

Eucalyptus Steam Shower Cubes

Eucalyptus vapors combined with concentrated cooling peppermint can turn their shower into an oasis before the day begins.


Slow North Rainbow Hill 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.


Glow Essence with Sea Grape Caviar

What is sea grape caviar? It's nutrient-rich algae— harvested sustainably from the Bohol Sea in the Philippines—that hydrates skin and helps improve water retention by using moisture absorbed from the air. Treat teach to a little hydrating facial spray that is guaranteed to boost natural glow.

body butter
Etsy | Elysium Naturals Co

Whipped Shea Body Butter

This body butter is an editor favorite, with 12 scents available, from small, BIPOC-owned brand Elysium Naturals.


Fresh Travel-Size Sugar Lip Balm

Perfect to have on hand in a desk or car, this mini lip balm duo can soothe and soften lips with up to 24 hours of hydration.

The Container Store

Travelon Purse Organizer

Help organize their work or travel bag with this organizer—complete with RFID-blocking technology that will protect their identity from unauthorized access.

Etsy | Pink Bay Designs

Teacher Appreciation Printable

A printable coloring page your child can customize for their teacher is a sweet accompaniment to any gift.

teacher cards
Etsy | Creations by Chameleon

Teacher Appreciation Card

Sometimes, it's hard to find the right words to thank your child's teacher. This heartfelt one can help.

This article was originally published in June 2021 and has been updated for timeliness.

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