Great gifts for teachers

Stephanie Faris


We've all seen the stereotypical image of a student handing a teacher an apple on the first day of school. But as tasty as apples can be, there are plenty of other ways to show your appreciation for a teacher's hard work. The holiday season is the perfect time to be creative with your gift choices, but with an unlimited supply of items to choose from, it can feel a little overwhelming.

This year, why not take your teacher a gift they'll be able to use throughout the year? Whether it's something they'll take home or leave in the classroom, here are some budget-friendly ideas for gifts that will bring a smile to her face.

Desk Hammock

When she's seated at her desk, grading papers, the position can wear on her joints after a while. A desk hammock is made to hang under a desk, offering a comfortable place for her to rest her feet. 5Fold Products' Foot Hammock is highly adjustable, making it easy for her to can find the position that works best for her. She'll also receive a free bonus phone stand. However, if you're working with a budget, the SMAGREHO Foot Hammock is $10 cheaper and can be adjusted from a 7-inch drop to a 17-inch drop.

Travel Mug

Chances are, your teacher has a beverage nearby while they're teaching. An insulated mug will keep the coffee warm throughout the day. The Contigo Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug has a variety of color options and promises to keep beverages warm for up to five hours. If chilled beverages are their preference, they can keep those cold for up to 12 hours. Contigo's mugs have an auto-seal lid to prevent spills. A less expensive option is the LifeSky Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Coffee Mug, which is available in an eye-catching champagne color and includes a leak-proof lid.


If they drink coffee, there are plenty of low-cost options that are great gifts. Peet's Coffee is known for its fresh roasted coffee made from the best coffee beans. A 20-ounce bag is sure to be a hit. If they prefer organic, Don Pablo Subtle Earth Organic Coffee is available in a variety of sizes and has a rich chocolaty flavor.

Taco Holder

Everyone loves taco night, and taco holders liven things up even more. You can choose to stay classic with the Stylish Stainless Steel Taco Holder Stand in a pack of four, or go for the more colorful Taco Stand Up Taco Stand Up Holders, which is a bright shade of red. Both options are dishwasher safe, so after-dinner cleanup will be easy. Plus, the stand makes it easy to top those tacos, since they won't need to try to hold everything upright while they add cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce.

World Map

For a geography or history teacher, a large world map can be a great gift. They may hang it in the classroom or take it home, but either way, it's a gift they'll enjoy for years. The RMC Classic United States USA and World Wall Map Set is laminated, and it includes both a world map and a USA map. For a little fun, though, check out the Scratch Off Map of The World with States and Flags. They can share the excitement of adventure with their family as they scratch off cities they've visited and plan to explore new places.

DNA Ancestry Test Kit

What could be a better gift than helping your teacher trace their family history? There are a wide variety of DNA kits on the market, but customer favorites are 23andMe and Ancestry. Ancestry offers a kit you can buy, then hand over to your teacher to register. They'll need to activate their kit and send their DNA sample in, then wait six to eight weeks for results.

Essential Oil Set

Essential oils are all the rage, offering health benefits like stress reduction and increased immunity. The ArtNaturals Therapeutic-Grade Aromatherapy Set includes eight oils, a magnet box, and a recipe booklet, with each oil contained in a bottle that has a leak-proof cap. There's also the affordable Lagunamoon Essential Oils six-piece gift set, which presents in an attractive box with colorfully-labeled bottles.


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