Teacher’s Pet: Top 10 Gifts to Impress

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There’s no better way to start off the first day of school than with a present for your teachers! Whether you’re a high school student with more than one teacher or a grade school attendee with one teacher, there are numerous gift items that you can present to your teachers. You don’t have to give presents on Teacher Appreciation Week. Show your appreciation for your teacher right away by presenting any of our chosen gift items to your teacher on the first day! Instead of the traditional and famous apple gift for teachers, branch out and try other gift ideas to show care and gratitude to one of the most influential professions in society. From personalized stationery to terrariums, we’ve compiled a wide array of teacher gift goodies from indie artists and crafters for any day of the year, especially for the first day of school!

Paintbrush Magnet
By Lilly Bug Boutique

Present your art teacher with a mini paintbrush magnet from Lilly Bug Boutique and help them embellish their chalk or dry erase board! Lilly Bug Boutique’s paintbrush magnets come in eight different colors for the paintbrush tip, from light green to magenta, and you can choose which you want to give to your art teacher. Each paintbrush magnet measures at 2’’ x 1/4’’, making it a miniature delight to have in your art teacher’s classroom.

Personalized Mini Key Fob & Keychain
By Crafty Addictions

Give your teacher a hand with an adorable and decorative key fob from Crafty Addictions! Crafty Addictions’  3’’  x 1.25’’ key fob has an ABC and number design on a navy blue fabric and lined with vibrant red for a colorful combination. The key fob has a personalized keychain attached that you can customize with your teacher’s name. The name for the bottle cap keychain will appear on a notebook and pencil design, making it a wonderful complement to the design on the key fob.

Cupcake Pencil Holder
By Carolina Country Craft

Sweeten up your teacher on the first day of school with Carolina Country Craft’s cupcake shaped pencil holder! Crafted with white pine and hand-painted into a cupcake wonder, this cupcake pencil holder is a darling addition to your teacher’s desk. Measuring at 4.5’’ x 5 1/4’’ and 1.5’’ thick, this cupcake pencil holder has eight holes for pencils, pens, and crayons. You can also personalize your cupcake pencil holder for your teacher upon request. Pink frosting not your desired color? Request a custom frosting color from Carolina Country Craft!

Personalized Monogram Clipboard
By Lovey Dovey Creations

Help your teacher get organized and have a favorite place for checking attendance with Lovey Dovey Creations’ personalized monogram clipboard! Choose from different background patterns, such as stripes and floral, along with colors, monogram frames, and fonts for your personalized teacher’s clipboard. At 9’’ x 12.5’’, this clipboard also functions as a dry erase board.

2 Teach + 2 Touch Lives = 4ever Tumbler
By Lyrical Letters Design

Give your teacher his or her next favorite drink holder with Lyrical Letters Design’s tumbler! Lyrical Letters Design’s tumbler displays an inspiring mathematical equation that says “2 Teach + 2 Touch Lives = 4ever”, perfect for every loving and caring teacher. Along with the equation, each tumbler has a vine designed red, green or blue apple and a personalized teacher’s name. With BPA-free tumblers that include a hard plastic straw, Lyrical Letters Design’s tumblers provide an eco-friendly gift for teachers. If you’re interested in purchasing more than one tumbler, Lyrical Letters Design offers discounts for bulk orders of five or more.

Set of 8 Personalized Stationery Note Cards
By Paper House Designs

With all the gifts they receive, teachers need a way to send out all their thank yous, so provide your teachers with their own personalized note card set from Paper House Designs! These note cards come in a set of eight and display a classic bookworm and apple design on them, creating a simple yet statement note card appearance. Customize your note card gift set with assorted fonts and your teachers’ names.

Cottage Chic Rose Designed Calendar Blocks
By Alena Handmade

Endlessly reusable and stylish, Alena Handmade’s cottage chic, rose designed calendar blocks make for a lovely and sophisticated present for your teacher. This calendar block set includes three parallel blocks for months and two number blocks for days. Made from wood and embellished to create an antique appearance, Alena Handmade’s calendar block set adds a vintage touch to any classroom or even a romantic decoration for your teacher’s home.

Butterfly Terrarium Kit
By The Amateur Naturalist

Brighten up your teacher’s desk or classroom with this breathtaking and realistic butterfly terrarium kit from The Amateur Naturalist! The Amateur Naturalist’s butterfly terrarium kit includes: a glass jar, moss, dried flowers, a branch, a real and dried Monarch butterfly, glue, and detailed instructions with photos. Whether for an art teacher or a language arts teacher, this butterfly terrarium kit can be for any of your teachers and they can copy The Amateur Naturalist’s design or create their own terrarium appearance. This is a gift your teacher will surely keep for years to come!

Crocheted Apple Cozy
By Knoodle Knits

Fresh and ripe apples are a classic gift for teachers, so present your teacher with a cozy-covered apple with a crocheted apple cozy from Knoodle Knits! Knoodle Knits crafts its rainbow-colored collection of apple cozies with yarn skein ends and finishes each cozy off with a reclaimed oak button. Knoodle Knits’ apple cozies protect fruits from bruising and being harmed in other ways when in a bag or other carrying case. Colors from purple to bright orange can be found in Knoodle Knits’ apple cozies. Knoodle Knits donates a portion of each apple cozy sale to the A-Tree-For-Me foundation.

Handmade Set of Teacher Grading Reward Stamps
By Serious Stamp

Help your teacher grade papers with Serious Stamp’s handmade teacher reward stamps! Made from wooden drawer knobs, these stamps are easy to hold, which makes it comfortable for your teacher to grade papers continuously without straining his or her hand. The stamps come in star shapes, smiley faces, and encouraging phrases and are placed on the underside of the knobs. Find colorful ink pads in Serious Stamp’s shop to go with this simple stamp set as the perfect gift for your teacher. 

Even if you don’t get a gift for your teachers, a simple thank you for all they’ve done for you can lift every teacher’s spirit. It’s easy to forget to be grateful for your teachers, so take some time this year to show your appreciation, whether with gifts or words from the heart.

Written by Emily Nguyen, a core contributor to NerdWallet Shopping.