Self-care gifts for teachers

Heather Roy

Best self-care gift ideas for teachers

We think that teachers are some of the hardest workers out there. Between giving lessons, grading and planning, teaching days are long. If you know a teacher who deserves a little self-care to destress and relax, there are some great options out there. Whether it’s the end of term, or you just want to show some appreciation for all that they do, any teacher is bound to be grateful to receive one of these self-care gifts.


Books are the perfect gift for teachers — especially English teachers. Allow them to get lost in a good novel or perhaps a biography of someone you know they are inspired by. History teachers may appreciate a historical book like “The Spy and the Traitor,” which details stories of espionage during the Cold War. For those teachers who enjoy books that are mysterious and suspenseful, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” is a great choice. Spend some time thinking about what they like so you can pick out something personal and thoughtful.

Bath products

The ultimate self-care gift is some bath products. With bath bombs, bubble bath or bath oils, you can encourage your teacher to relax during their free time. These bath oils from Ulta Beauty are the ideal self-care gift. With six different scents, your teacher is sure to find at least one they love. The oils are formulated to help with relaxation, sleep and muscle pain. Alternatively, this Frieda & Joe set of aromatherapy bath bombs makes for a great gift. The products have a range of scents including orange, green tea and pink grapefruit. They not only smell great but also include anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties and help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Back massager

With the stress of busy school days, it’s easy to hold tension in the body. Help your teacher relax their shoulders and neck with this Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager, which will allow them to have a great massage at home. It’s easy to use and has adjustable settings so they can pick the level of intensity that is right for them. It also has a heated setting for ultimate relaxation and pain relief. Made from high-quality materials, the back massager is durable and will last for years to come.

Himalayan salt lamp

Himalayan salt lamps have gained popularity as a result of their ability to provide an ambient and relaxing environment in any room. Made from real salt crystals, one of these lamps makes a great gift to be used in a bedroom to encourage relaxation and make falling asleep easier. This Himalayan Glow Salt Crystal Lamp is available in three different sizes. It features a dimmer switch, which allows you full control over the intensity of the light. This gift will let your teacher create a much-needed calm and serene atmosphere once they get home from school.

Sleep mask

If you know that your teacher struggles to get enough good-quality sleep, they’ll definitely thank you for a sleep mask. Weighted eye masks are a great option, as their gentle pressure helps to de-stress. This Therapedic Weighted Eye Mask is made from super-soft fabric. It is effective at blocking out light and its weight can also help to soothe headaches. Its band is elasticated, so it will stretch to the correct size for maximum comfort.

Hooded blanket

Nothing says self-care like a warm, cozy blanket, but why not take it a step further and get your teacher a blanket hoodie. These Touchat Wearable Blanket Hoodies are available from Amazon and are a great value for the money. These hoodies are oversized, super comfy and soft. Their material is thick and great for colder autumn or winter evenings at home. They’re also easy to machine wash. This is a gift that all teachers will love — once they’ve put it on, they won’t ever want to take it off!

Herbal tea set

For the teacher who prefers to drink tea over coffee, this Tea Forte set of organic wellness teas makes for a great gift. The gift box features 15 single-serve tea pouches in a variety of flavors. These are great for stressed-out teachers to keep in the staffroom or at home. Most of the flavors are herbal and decaffeinated, which is ideal for helping teachers to de-stress. To make your gift extra special, you could also get your teacher a new mug to enjoy their tea from. These Sass & Belle Stoneware Ceramic Mugs are available in a range of colors and each is handmade and unique.

Yoga mat

If your teacher is into yoga, or even considering taking up yoga, getting them a yoga mat is a super thoughtful and useful gift. It’s a great way to de-stress, so encourage your teacher to take some time for themselves by participating in some yoga or meditation. This Beauty Yovo Yoga Mat is thicker than regular mats, so it offers extra comfort and cushioning when doing floor exercises. The mat comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose the one that your teacher will like best. The mat is designed with a bumpy texture on one side to ensure that it provides good grip and doesn’t slip or move around during use.

Mindfulness cards

This little box of cards from Etsy is an inexpensive but very thoughtful gift. Each card features a prompt or affirmation to promote positivity and gratitude. Teachers could use these cards at home before the start of a new school day, or even keep them in the classroom for a pick me up halfway through a challenging day. You could also encourage your teacher to pin them up around the classroom so that all students can benefit from them!

Heather Roy is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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