Gift Ideas for Teachers

What are some great gift ideas for teachers? That's what we asked and here are 19 answers.

What’s the best gift to get a teacher? That’s what we asked, and here are the answers for the best gift ideas for teachers.

Gift season is in mid-stride. Black Friday – survived. Cyber Monday – underwhelming. Oh well, whether you’ve bought all your gifts already or haven’t spent a dime, we’re in the flurry of the fury. And no one deserves a gift as much as teachers.

That said, here are our gift list ideas for teachers.

That could be you, your co-worker, a family member, or any teacher in your life…holiday season or end of the school. What are this year’s hottest gifts for teachers?

To make the shopping list easier to browse, the gift recommendations are divided into 5 categories.

What are some great gift ideas for teachers? That's what we asked and here are 19 answers.
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Around the House Gift Ideas

The classroom is the teacher’s second home. They pour their hearts out and devote their time and energy to their students. So why not help them enjoy their first home even more? These gifts ideas for teachers will do just that.

We’ll start with the simplest and all-time favorite – Water Lily Pear Candle. The candle is a soy wax for a clean burn and is in a frosted glass with wood lid. Delightful! For less than $20!

The next few gift ideas are sorted from lowest to highest price.

Pleasure Reading For Teachers

There are some great education and professional books out right now (see this list of educational books), but for this season, let’s focus on pleasure reading.

Considering everyone has different tastes in books, these gift ideas are selected to appeal to anyone who loves to read.

  1. Where The Crawdads Sing

This is one of those books that you didn’t know you wanted to read, but you can’t put down once you start. There’s reason 4 million copies were sold this year!

I can’t even express how much I love this book! I didn’t want this story to end!”

Reese Witherspoon
A book is a great gift idea for teachers.

2. People of Walmart Adult Coloring Book

This is for that teacher who loves a good joke. It’s an outrageous coloring book for adults with 37 images to color and laugh at. It’s an absolutely perfect gift to burn time on break.

3. This is Not How It Ends

Finally, this book recommendation is for the avid reader. It’s a story of human connection ripped apart by changing plans. It’s the story of how one woman struggles with her own truth as she’s forced to make a choice.

What are some gift ideas for teachers, a book!

Teacher Tools for the Classroom

Right now, there are some really neat tools for the classroom that can help a teacher. From VR, to AI assistants, to simple websites. Here are the coolest gifts.

1. Virtual Reality Headset (from Google)

Hold on, I know this sounds out there. But a headset can be a really cool station for literacy background knowledge, science explorations, or geography lessons. It’s as simple as using Google’s Tour Creator, but teachers will need a headset, so that’s where this gift comes in!

2. Google Mini (AI Assistant)

The Google Mini is perfect for asking any question in the world. From spelling facts about Mozambique. They’re incredibly affordable, and we recommend this little wall-mount to attach it straight to a wall plug.

3. Classroom Stocking

Why not have some fun and create a simple stocking and stuff it full of goodies needed in the classroom? Chocolates, pens, Starbucks gift cards, gum, Advil, and a monster pack of these amazing 2 in 1 Expo Dry Erase Markers.

Luxury Gift Ideas for Teachers

Okay, this is where some of the gifts come from loved ones and other gifts come from parents. You’ll be able to spot the difference.

We’ll start with a few items that can really be enjoyed over the break (and here simply ideas to get the most out of summer or winter break), and then we’ll move into personal gifts.

Tech Gifts for Teachers

These technology gift ideas for teachers always strike the right tone. They can be used by anyone, and they’re the type of item where having more than one is actually really neat.

1. Smart Speakers (Amazon, Google)

Just a quick question to find out which system the teacher already has and an extra one of these smart speakers is an awesome gift! You can stream, ask questions, order Uber eats, and so much more. But it’s great for music!

All of the smart speakers can sync and your music is wirelessly played throughout the house and on the patio. Or you can play music from your phone to just one room.

2. Robot Vacuum

Yes, I know it’s that practical, slightly boring gift. But once you have one of these you’ll never call the maid, and never buy an old-fashioned vacuum. Plus, it’s the gift that becomes more precious over time. Some models are as low as $50 and can go up to several hundred based on the features you want.

3. Wemo Smart Plug

This one sounds strange, but let me explain. With this plug, you can walk into your house or classroom and say, “Hey Google, turn on the lights.” Or any other command that can control electronics (tv, lights, fan). It also has an app that allows you to control your electronics from your phone, while you’re away.

4. Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Yes, they’re great for the bathroom, the pool, a day at the park, or anywhere! What’s more, a portable Bluetooth speaker is a perfect gift idea for teachers who like to play music in class, set timers, or simply need better sound for their students.


What would you add to this list? Do you know someone who’d like one of the gift ideas above? Do you know someone looking for gift ideas for teachers? Share with a friend using the buttons below.

Published/Updated on December 6, 2019  

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