Teachers are vital. The best teachers inspire us, work with us to improve ourselves, and, at a bare minimum, teach us things that we need to know to do our jobs and live our lives. When you were in grade school, an apple for the teacher, or a handmade knick-knack was enough to show your appreciation, but now, you might feel like doing something a little special. It can be tough to choose the right gift for your teacher. You don’t want to get something too impersonal. The ideal gift shows you put some thought into it, without being too intimate. And you never want to get something silly or inappropriate to the person who will be writing your college (and beyond!) reference letters! This list is a great place to start, whether you’re looking to impress a mentor, or get a great reference letter.
Table of the Best Gifts For Teacher:
1Fountain Pen Set for Ink Cartridges Bamboo Antique Calligraphy Writing
This is a gorgeous statement gift with an air of formality that is also very practical. Ink cartridge pens tend to be less expensive and less messy than bottle filled calligraphy pens. This handcrafted bamboo vintage pen is a great pen for beginners, but writes with beautiful smoothness that can compete with Montblanc, Pilot, and many others. It writes smoothly whether right hand or left, and comes with a beautiful gift pen case, and a cartridge converter for bottled ink, and the cartridge size means it’s compatible with most brands of ink cartridge. A beautiful pen set that will make a statement, but won’t break the bank.
2KABB Modern Digital Mechanical Retro Flip Down Clock With Internal Gear Operated
This is a great little desk clock with a lot of personality. The retro-modern look is distinctive and a little quirky, without looking like a desk toy. It may look retro, but it’s still a quartz watch, so it keeps perfect time, flipping by the minute and hour. It’s a 12 hour, gear operated clock, made of stainless steel and ABS plastic. It doesn’t smell, or fade, and wipes down easily, so it’s perfect as a desk clock, even when things get a little hectic in the classroom. It does take one D carbon-zinc battery, not included. It’s very distinctive, and a great gift for showing personality without getting too personal!
3Ban.do design 17 Month Agenda 2017-18 Academic Calendar
4OLizee Multifunction Trapezoid PU Leather Tissue Box Holder Desk Storage Box Pen Pencil Remote Control iPhone 6 iPad Holder Gold Flower
Another great desk accessory. This one is designed to help your favorite teacher keep her desk organized. No doubt you’ve noticed how hard it is for her to keep track of everything, and having a desk storage box to put her electronics, planners, pens, and anything else that comes to hand, in one easy to reach spot. It’s even got a tissue holder, because we all know how important it is to keep germs out of the classroom. The leather makes it sturdy enough to last the entire school year. The pink and gold floral pattern is just for the sake of style.
5G.U.S. Eco-Friendly Bamboo Laptop Stand and Organizer with Dry Erase Board and Storage Drawer
Less frilly but no less stylish, the eco-friendly bamboo laptop stand by G.U.S is a practical desk organizer and laptop stand for an eco-conscious teacher. The bamboo means it’ll last way past the school term, and never be too heavy to carry around. It’s been ergonomically designed to put your laptop at optimum angles. Perfect for those long lectures. The pull out white board gives an extra space for notes in a pinch. The organizing compartment has a space to charge four other devices, and still keeps all your cords in one place. This is a great option for a stylishly practical teacher to comfortably use her tech, in the classroom and at home.
62 Tier Industrial Style Torched Wood Desktop Document Tray, Paper File Holder With Chalkboard Labels
Really striking with the torched wood, this document tray is small enough to fit on a desk, but can hold papers, files, and even books. The dimensions in inches are 13.5x11x10.5, making it a great size for any busy teacher in need of some organization. The trays are wooden and sturdy, and made all the more sturdy by the metal stands. The erasable chalkboard labels make it a great addition to a classroom, but are also perfect for a home office. A teacher would surely appreciate this practical gift.
7Stanley Starbucks Stainless Steel Thermal Bottle
Whether your teacher runs on coffee, or diligently brings her lunch to school to eat at her desk, she’s sure to love this gift. It’s big enough for a grande, and will save a ton of money at Starbucks. The stainless steel is built to last and easy to clean. Any teacher with a noted Starbucks addiction will appreciate this one.
8Sony MDRXB950BT Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones
Perfect for the cool teacher who uses pop culture to teach. You know the one I mean! These headphones are designed for both corded operation and wireless, with bluetooth. They’re super comfortable, made in over-the-ear style to fit snugly and comfortably while you’re on the go. Bluetooth audio streaming with AAC and apt-X support, and electronic bass boost, for added bass emphasis. The battery recharges in a matter of hours, and can go for 20 hours at a stretch (depending on volume.) The striking red colour means the cool teacher will look even cooler, whether he’s blasting music, or making an important call. USB charge cable and detachable audio cable included.
9Poppin White + Aqua Stow Rolling 3 Drawer File Cabinet
Poppin has cute office accessories down. This one is a bit pricier, but for a special teacher in your life, it could make the perfect gift. Of course a file cabinet is a perfect office accessory, at home, or at work. Two sizes of drawer make enough room for anything as small as a roll of tape, or big as a binder full of lesson plans. All the drawers are lockable, and the size and included casters mean it’s easy to move around. The design is distinctive and frankly, adorable. Not a word you’d usually use to describe office furniture! If you feel like spoiling a favorite teacher, but you don’t want to step out of bounds, choose this practical gift to say, “I know you work hard, I appreciate it, and I think you’re really stylish too!”
10Traveler 12oz Local Collection Double Wall Ceramic
Part of the Starbucks Local Collection, this is another one for the coffee loving prof in your life. You can choose between a variety of states. Pick the home of your school, or maybe you know your teacher’s home town? As a collector, It’s a great personal gift that isn’t too personal. The double wall ceramic and plastic lid keep that morning cup of coffee hot for hours. It’s a great way to tell them to go ahead and enjoy the starbucks. After all, your teachers work hard, and they earned it.
Buying for a teacher can be tough. The idea is to show appreciation for all the work they do, and attention they give to their students. Teachers work a profession where they are undervalued for the importance of the work they do. That can’t be remedied with expensive or extravagant gifts. But a thoughtful gift well-chosen will carefully walk the line between showing appreciation and respect, without being inappropriate. The gift should be a reflection of the teacher’s personality and teaching style, and relationship with the student, without being too intimate. On this list there are ten gifts that cater to a variety of styles and tastes, without being too friendly or too inappropriate. We are sure you’ll find the perfect gift for that important teacher in your life.