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Practical Back to School Gifts for Teachers

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Teachers are often undervalued and go above and beyond for their students. Teachers deserve all the things. Seriously, all the things. Back to school is a busy time for teachers. They have already spent hours, money, and headaches getting ready for your child to come to school. Back to school gifts for teachers can be just the thing to make your child’s teacher smile. This school year, why not show your appreciation for your teacher with a practical gift? We have put together a list of the best gifts that teachers will love!

Giving teachers what they really want

Teachers love your kids. So, whatever they bring into the classroom, your child’s teacher is going to tell them thank you and appreciate the thought. I have many family members and friends who are teachers and not one of them would complain or roll their eyes at a gift from a student. They love to know that kids (and parents) are thinking of them.

But…teachers are people too. There are only so many homemade crafts, mugs, and candles they can use! Many well-meaning parents have totally missed the mark and left their child’s teacher with things they couldn’t or wouldn’t use. My favorite teacher gifts to give are practical gifts that can help them in the classroom. So, anything you see on this list will be a reflection of that goal. Let’s get started!

1.      Gift cards

I’m just going to throw this out. I know that some people don’t love giving gift cards. They think it’s tacky or boring. But, in all of my interactions with teachers that I know, when asked what gifts they prefer to get from students, it’s gift cards.

Which makes sense. The average teacher pours a lot of their own money into their classrooms and students. I believe that gift cards can offset that cost. So, even if you don’t love the idea of giving your child’s teacher a gift card, think of it as helping to offset some of what it costs to fund the classroom.

I personally love giving gift cards to teachers, because all I need is an email address and you can send a digital gift card last minute (if you are like me and forget until the last minute). I also love that teachers get to decide if they want to use that card for their classroom, or as a true gift (i.e. all for themselves!) Gift Card for Any Amount in a Mini Envelope (Black)
  • Gift Card is affixed inside a mini envelope
  • Gift Envelope opens up flat to display the gift card in the center

2.      Stay well gift basket

I’ve been in my kids classrooms and watched the students. Kids are gross. Help your teacher out by gifting them tissues, antibacterial wipes, and hand sanitizer. You can put it together in a nice basket, or simply send a baggie full of items with a thank you card taped to the side. Your child’s teacher will appreciate the help keeping things clean!

If you have a little bit more to spend, you could also include some echinacea, vitamin C, and other items that help boost immunity. These can be lifesavers for teachers during the winter months!

Emergen-C 1000mg Vitamin C Powder, with Antioxidants, B Vitamins and Electrolytes, Vitamin C…
  • Includes 30 single-serving packets (0.33 oz. each) of Emergen-C Original Formula in Tangerine flavor
  • Each serving provides daily immune support* with more Vitamin C than 10 oranges(1)
Everyone Ruby Grapefruit Hand Sanitizer Spray, 2 FZ
  • No animal testing for beauty products
  • 3rd-party certification required for organic claims on body care products
Lysol To Go Bundle – 1.5 Ounce Crisp Linen Disinfectant Spray and Lemon Lime Disinfecting Wipes Flat…
  • Disinfecting Wipes Kills 99.9% Of Viruses and Bacteria: Lysol Disinfecting Wipes are tested and proven to clean and kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria
  • Kills Viruses: Tested & proven to kill viruses (Kills SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces in 15 seconds), EPA Reg 777-114

3.      School supplies

Whether its glue sticks, dry erase markers, or printer paper, school supplies are always needed! There are so many cute ways to dress up a school supply gift. You can put together a little gift basket or even a cute pencil holder.

Mr. Pen- Paper Clips and Binder Clips, 272 PCS, Assorted Colors Medium, Small and Mini Binder Clips,…
  • Good for Package Includes: 4 Medium (1.25”) Binder Clips, 6 small (0.75”) Binder Clips, 12 Mini (0.625”) Binder Clips, 100 Jumbo (1 7/8”) Paper Clips, 100 Regular (1 1/4″) Paper Clips, +50 Size #18 Packaged In A Reusable Plastic Container For Easy Storage
  • Assorted Color Binder Clips (Red, Blue, Green and Purple) With Metal Arms Securely Fastens Stacks Of Paper: 4 Medium (1.25”) Binder Clips, 6 small (0.75”) Binder Clips, 12 Mini (0.625”) Binder Clips Made From Tempered Steel Provides Extra Strong Hold

4.      Stationary

Last year my son’s teacher had personalized notes that had his name at the top. It was the perfect thing for parent teacher night when he was writing notes for parents in the middle of the conference. Of course, they were from a previous student! Get your child’s teacher some here!

5.      Snack bin snacks for students

Our twins 1st grade teacher was always in need of snacks for her snack bin. Those little first graders just needed a pick me up here or there. It’s hard to teach with hungry kids, so she kept a nice snack bin to share with those who didn’t bring anything from home.

You could put together a nice basket of snacks that are individually wrapped. Just make sure to check with the teacher or school first to see what they allow. I know some schools have very specific rules about food gifts!

Alternately, your child’s teacher may have a prize bin that needs refilling. Pick up something like this set of fidget toys below to help them out!

50 Pcs Fidget Toys Pack – Kids Stocking Stuffers Gifts for Kids, Party Favors Autism Autistic…
  • 50 Piece Fidget Popper Pack Set – Sensory toys for autistic children autism adhd bubble popping figit toy packages. Cool new fidgets for kids toddlers mini poppers push pack with Pop Tubes, Unicorn and Dinosaur Party Favors, Marble Mesh, Wacky Tracks, Monkey Noodle, Squishy Toys, Pea Popper, Ice Cream Butterfly, Game Controller Pad, Infinity Cubes, Fidget Rings for Anxiety, Tangle Fidget, Bike Chain, Stretchy Calm Strips
  • Sensory Toys for Kids – Used in therapy sessions and to calm down the minds of autistic children, kids with autism and adhd, and for stressful anxiety induced situations when these mini small toys can occupy thoughts while keeping hands busy. Parents and school teachers are encouraged to keep figit poppers in the car when traveling and in the classroom either as must have supplies or for rewards prizes to encourage competition. Don’t worry about noise since these bubble popping figets are quiet

6.      Handmade cards

Do you know what teachers really love? Seeing the creativity and growth of their students. Encourage your child to write or draw a handmade card for their teacher.

back to school gifts for teachers

7.      Volunteer

Ask any teacher what they need help with, and I’m sure they could hand you a list of ways you could volunteer in their classroom. I know it’s not a physical gift you hand them for back to school, but the promise of support from parents can buoy up our teachers and give them time by taking things off their plate.

Teachers often need help with anything from reading with kids, to class parties, computer lab help, and even cleanup around their classroom.

8.      Thank you cards

They receive so many gifts from students a year. One of my kids teachers used to draw their own little cardstock cards to the kids to say thank you for their gifts and I thought it was so sweet. You could do the same, or even just get a nice pack of blank cards so they can write their own personal thank you notes.

Save them a few minutes drawing and pick up a pack of your favorite thank you cards to give to them! I love this cute set of thank you cards from Amazon.

NESCCI 24 PCS Thank You Cards With Envelopes,4×6 Inch Minimalistic Design, Thank You Notes for…
  • 【Premium Quality】Each card is made with 300 gsm high-quality cardstock.The Matte Finish makes the Card absorbs Ink Beautifully, Leaving no smudging. All greeting cards come in a durable and reusable box for easy storage.
  • 【Thank You Cards with Envelopes】 Each set contains 24 thank you cards (two assorted designs) , together with kraft envelopes and stickers.These included stickers are a perfect match to the design on the thank you cards, adding an extra touch of elegance and style to the envelopes.

9.      Portable power bank

You child’s teacher is on the go all the time. From recess duty, to walking kids to gym, they don’t always have easy access to a plug when their phone is losing power. A portable power bank is a great way to keep them charged up!

Portable Charger with Built in Cables, Portable Charger with Cords Wires Slim 10000mAh Travel…
  • 🔋【Portable charger with built in cables】Slim portable charger built-in 4 cables included 3 output cables and 1 input cable. Total 3 output cables can charge almost for all types port devices. Such as for iPhone, iPad, for Samsung, for other USB C port phones, tablets, and also for Micro devices. All in one portable charger, you would not need to carry various cables or adapter any more!!!
  • 🔋【6 Outputs and 3 Inputs】Portable charger has 6 outputs and 3 inputs, you may charge 6 devices max at the same time, recharge battery pack with 3 options easily. Portable charger builts in 3 output cables and another 3 outputs (Total 6 outputs), great for multi electronics users who has iPhone, android or micro devices. It also builts in 3 inputs (1 built-in recharging cord/cable, 1 usb c input, 1 micro input), which you can use any one of them to recharge battery pack conveniently.

10.  Yummy treats

There are so many cute ways to package a treat for teachers! And, most could use a nice chocolate bar as a pick me up.

Tips for giving back to school gifts for teachers

  • Involve your kids. Get them to draw a picture, make or sign a card. Ask them what they think their teacher would like.
  • Check with the school for any gift giving guidelines. Some schools have rules about food gifts, so be sure to check before you give anything edible!
  • Don’t feel like you need to spend a lot of money. A little bit of thoughtfulness goes a long way! Teachers are often overwhelmed with gifts at the beginning of the year, and a simple gift will be appreciated.
  • Remember that teachers don’t always have space. Consumable gifts such as school supplies, gift cards, or treats are a great way to give gifts without burdening your child’s teacher with something to store.
  • Give often. Don’t wait for back to school, Christmas, or the end of the year. Check in with your child’s teacher often so that you know them. Support them and their classroom throughout the year.
  • Ask them what they need! Some teachers are great at putting out lists and asking for supplies. Other’s aren’t as good at asking for help. If you aren’t sure what your child’s teacher could use, ask them! I like to send my kids teachers a text or email often and offer to pick up any supplies that they might need for their classroom. Do the same! They will be so appreciative that you asked.

I hope this list of practical back to school gifts for teachers has given you some ideas! Remember, the best gift you can give your child’s teacher is a thoughtful one. They will appreciate anything that you put thought into!

Need more back to school ideas? Read: Creating an After School Checklist

back to school gifts for teachers

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