Teachers are some of the most important people in our lives. They educate us, not only about important matters of history and science, but also how to treat others with respect. Teachers give us so much, and they often get little in return. If you want to honor an important teacher in your life, we’ve rounded up 10 great gift ideas for teachers. These gift ideas are a great way to show your appreciation for your favorite teacher at the end of the year. They also make great gifts for teachers who are celebrating a birthday or retirement. If you’re shopping for your favorite teacher (or just a family member who teaches for a living), the following gifts will definitely strike the right chord.
1. Hand-Dipped Gourmet Caramel Apples
A traditional “first day of school” gift for your teacher is a fresh apple. We recommend that you take inspiration from this classic gift, but give it a twist. Caramel apples are fun, festive, and feel more gift-worthy than a plain ol’ apple from the grocery store. These make a great gift for a teacher’s birthday, but they’d also be a sweet thank you gift.
Price: $39.99 for four apples
2. 2013 ONEHOPE California Pinot Noir
While wine would be an inappropriate gift for a young student to give to their teacher, a nice bottle of wine can be a lovely gesture from an older student, or just from a close friend. If you aren’t knowledgeable about wine, we recommend this excellent pinot noir. It’s affordable, tasty, and it has a charitable aspect as well. Half of the profits from every bottle sold go to charities that help homeless pets find their forever home. This wine is a nice gift for teachers who are passionate about animals.
Another nice gift to pair with a bottle of wine is a new wine opener. You can check out our recommendations for the best wine openers, and find a nice option to give as a gift.
Price: $13 (32 percent off MSRP)
3. ‘I’m A Teacher, What’s Your Super Power?’ Mug
This mug is a great gift for any teacher who’s passionate about their profession. Give it alone, or pair it with some coffee or tea to give them a much-needed caffeine boost. For English teachers, we recommend this Shakespeare English Breakfast tea. If the teacher you are shopping for prefers coffee, Valhalla Java has all the caffeine they’ll need to get out the door, and make it through first period without falling asleep.
4. ‘Today I Made a Difference: A Collection of Inspirational Stories from America’s Top Educators’
Teaching can be hard, thankless work. Help rekindle your favorite teacher’s love of education with this collection of inspirational stories. Each story is about how a single teacher created a big impact. This is a great gift for new teachers, as well as veteran teachers who have seen it all.
Price: $9.72 (2 percent off MSRP)
Buy Today I Made a Difference: A Collection of Inspirational Stories from America’s Top Educators here.
5. Empires Collection
This great set of PBS documentaries is ideal for history teachers, English teachers, language teachers, or for any teachers who oversee interdisciplinary programs. This five DVD set includes documentaries on ancient Egypt, Japan, and the Greeks. The DVD on the Romans focuses on the first century AD, while a disc called “The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance” focuses on Italy. This DVD set is great for educators who love watching history documentaries at home, but it’s also a great gift for educators who work in underfunded school districts that lack access to lots of educational AV materials. You can shop more educational DVDs here.
Price: $42.10 (47 percent off MSRP)
6. Kenneth Cole Reaction Mind Your Own Business Bag
Every teacher needs a great bag, and this quality piece from Kenneth Cole is built to last. There’s ample room for a tablet, laptop, planner, papers, and folders. The bag is available in the color pictured above, as well as in colors like brown and tan.
Price: $120.13 (74 percent off MSRP)
7. Broadway Basketeers Organic and Natural Healthy Gift Basket
Teachers need to eat healthy, both to keep up their energy and to help support their immune systems. This gift basket is packed with healthy treats that will help any teacher refuel between classes. The basket comes with organic cherry sweets, California nature’s joy pistachios, dried fruit medley, organic tea in three flavors, organic cheddar cheese crackers, Late July organic peanut butter cookies, and cashew roca.
8. PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag with Zip Closure
Many teachers bring their own lunch to school. This stylish lunch bag not only looks cool, but also stays cool (thanks to a freezable design that keeps food chilled for up to 10 hours). The liner of the bag can be frozen to chill the whole bag. The rest of the bag is made from food-safe, nontoxic poly canvas. It is PVC, BPA, phthalate, and lead-free. There are lots of other designs to choose from, so click the link below to find the perfect pattern for your favorite teacher.
9. ‘Dinner with Mr. Darcy: Recipes Inspired by the Novels of Jane Austen’
After a week of teaching today’s kids, a teacher will definitely appreciate the chance to return to a time when civility reigned. This is a great gift for English teachers, culinary arts teachers, or history teachers. Included recipes run the gamut from sweet to savory, with highlights including roast mutton, strawberry tartlets, and syllabub punch. For any fan of Pride and Prejudice, this book is truly a must-read.
Looking for more gift ideas for a woman who loves Jane Austen? Shop our gift guide: Cool Christmas Gifts for Women Who Love Jane Austen.
Price: $16.70 (33 percent off MSRP)
10. Amazon Prime Membership or Amazon Gift Card
A gift membership to Amazon Prime is a great way to help your favorite teacher unwind after work, get classroom supplies shipped more quickly, and read the latest bestsellers.
The gift recipient can start their Prime membership right away. If the recipient is already a Prime member, the gift can be exchanged for an Amazon.com Gift Card. A Prime gift membership costs $99, and can be used to get free two-day shipping, watch movies and TV on Prime Instant Video, listen to music ad-free, get unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive, and read free books through the Kindle lending library program. In other words, there’s something for everybody.
Don’t have that much to spend? Amazon gift cards are also a nice choice, particularly if you need a last-minute gift that can be delivered electronically.