The Holiday Gifts Teachers Really Want


The holidays are coming up, which means you might be thinking about what types of gifts to get your children's teachers. This blog post has ideas for gifts that are sure to be treasured by any teacher.

Good Gifts are Hard to Find

A great way to show your child's teacher how much you appreciate their hard work is to give them a gift during the holiday season. However, it's easy to fall into the trap of buying something overly common or impractical. If you want to make sure that your gift doesn't end up collecting dust in some cabinet somewhere, check out this list of the holiday gifts teachers really want.


Let's face it, teachers are tired a lot of the time. They're often overworked, waking up before sunrise to make it to class early and staying at school hours after the school day ends. One gift you can give that will help? Coffee. Whether that comes in the form of gift cards to coffee shops, a bag of high-quality beans, a travel coffee mug, or all of the above, there's nothing better than the gift of coffee.

A teacher holds coffee in the classroom

School Supplies

It's probably no surprise that teachers often spend a lot of their own money on supplies for the classroom. That's why buying classroom supplies as a holiday gift is extremely helpful. Your choices are limitless: highlighters, pens, papers, books, notecards… Just go to a teacher supply store and go wild!


There's no better gift to give somebody in an exhausting profession than the opportunity for some self-care. This can be wine, a certificate to a local spa, or even just a face mask. Any of the above would get some good use.

A teacher at a spa

Education Resources

Online education resources for teachers are crucial in the classroom in this day and age, but it can be difficult for teachers to convince their administration to spring for them. Buying your child's teacher a subscription to a website like or some resources from Teachers Pay Teachers would be a very pragmatic, helpful gift.

Fun Items for the Classroom

There are some classroom supplies that aren't necessities, so teachers don't tend to buy them, but are still fun to have. These make great gifts. Things in this category include handheld laminators, cute classroom decor, staple guns, and good speakers.


Here's a surefire way to make a teacher's day: one morning, drop off your child a little bit early and bring his or her teacher a hot, fresh breakfast. A bagel with cream cheese, a sausage sandwich, some oatmeal - just don't forget the coffee! (And to find out about dietary restrictions ahead of time.) Because no gift is more useful than food.

Breakfast on a desk for a teacher

Peace and Quiet

Ultimately, the best possible thing you can do for a teacher is make their difficult job a little easier. Whether that means volunteering to help in the classroom, making sure your child does their homework, teaching your child to be respectful in class, or refraining from sending the teacher emails demanding information about your child's less-than-perfect grade, giving the gift of peace and quiet will be deeply, deeply appreciated.

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By Daisy Rogozinsky
November 2018
k-12 parent tips

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