Every holiday, my family always wants to know what I want from them…they want a wish list.
And honestly, because I use my own money for my classroom, I usually ask them to get me goodies for my classroom so I don’t have to buy them.
And I also love getting teaching manipulatives and goodies for my students to make our classroom an even better place to learn like these Multicultural Teaching Tools Resources and these Fine Motor Resources and these STEM Resources.
But sometimes, it’s nice to get something for me.
So whether you are shopping for yourself, shopping for a teaching buddy, or sending this list to a family member as your holiday or birthday wishlist, or even for Teacher Appreciation Week gift ideas, here are 12 teacher gifts that teachers always ask for.
Top 12 Teacher Gifts:
We all need fun teaching t-shirts to wear to school that are comfy and easy to teach in. Bonus points if they’re funny.
Wear your heart on your sleeve and let everyone know you teach the littles. Because who else would understand elemeno?
Only teachers are strong enough to be teachers. You are an amazing, essential, dedicated, work-your-butt-off kind of teacher who can handle anything that comes your way. You, my friend, are Teacher Strong.
How adorable are these pencil earrings? They’re perfect for back to school or for being spiritied and silly with your kiddos.
No one will doubt you’re a teacher with these beauties on. You’ll get teacher discounts wherever you go.
Somedays, especially on those horrible, no good, very bad teaching days, we need the reminder that we are in fact making a difference.
I love that this hidden message is just for you to see when you take it off or put it on.
We all need to hold onto our room key and wear our staff ID on campus…there’s no need to wear the hot pink one the administration ordered when you can wear this super stylish one.
Teachers need fuel to keep going. And in the morning, that’s coffee and tea, and in the evenings and on weekends, that very well might be wine. Get the glasses you need so you’re always prepared.
Need some downtime to calm your brain? Need to relax during recess or duing your next staff meeting? Color away with this fun coloring book.
Teachers can have too many mugs and too much lotion and too many teacher ornaments, but I’m not sure they can ever have enough cute wooden signs.
And you can personalize this one for your name and your grade!
Teacher burn out is no joke. It can be so easy to forget to take care of ourselves. But this guide will make sure you take care of you…so then you are able to take care of your students and your family.
It’s so easy to get bogged down in the craziness of teaching. Especially when it’s parent-teacher conferences or report card time or the day after Halloween (aka the worst day to teach ever). The stories in here will fill you up on those not so great teaching days.
And for the days when feel-good stories just won’t cut it, there’s this book to make you laugh until you cry and feel better about the demanding parents, and clueless administrators, and wild students in your life. Because we all know, teaching can be crazy.
We’re haunched over our students desks all day or we plop on the carpet to help them with something or we’re leaning out of the way as we right on the board so they can see what we’re doing. Chances are, our backs hurt and we have crummy posture. Relax your shoulders, neck and back with this incredible heated neck massager.
And when all else fails, you can get teachers the #1 most requested teacher gift…a gift card to pick out their own gift. It truly gets the title of best teacher gifts of all time.
Teachers truly believe it’s the thought that counts…but if you want to really make the thought count even more, the teacher on your list will love these gifts.
Teacher also LOVE picture books. Seriously, we have kind of an addiction to them. You can get your favorite teacher new picture books to add to their classroom library from some of our most popular book lists.