Gifts and Holidays

Best Back-to-School Teacher Gifts 2024

As the school holidays begin to draw to a close, now is the perfect time to sort out some back-to-school teacher gifts. Getting this particular task completed in good time can help to avoid the stress of a last-minute dash around the shops.

And if you need some inspiration? Keep reading for the very best back-to-school gifts for teachers, including some unique picks and handmade treats!


Gifts with Heart

Make your child’s gift to their teacher a heartfelt one—all of the following ideas are wonderful, extra special presents.

Thank You for Helping Me Grow Plant Pot—$12.99

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Receiving this appreciation gift from your child will make for a perfect first day back in the classroom. A cute little ceramic plant pot for succulents featuring a beautiful message, it’s a lovely alternative to ‘traditional’ teacher presents and will leave him or her in no doubt just how much they’re valued.

It Takes a Big Heart to Shape Little Minds Tumbler—$13.99

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Opt for this beautiful stainless steel tumbler that comes with a plastic lid and stainless steel straw. It’s not only leak-proof but boasts double-wall vacuum insulation: meaning that your kids’ teacher’s coffee won’t go cold, no matter how many interruptions they have to deal with in the classroom!

Thank You for Being Part of My Story Bookmark—$9.99

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One of the very best back-to-school teacher gifts, a bookmark featuring a meaningful message is a present that he or she is sure to love. A metal bookmark like this one is durable as well as beautiful and will be treasured for years.

Apple and Bead Teacher Bracelet—$14.99

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For a sweet present that will mean a lot, choose this beaded bracelet featuring a cute apple-shaped charm. It comes in a gift bag, along with a card containing a lovely message about the importance of a good teacher, and expressing appreciation for the wisdom and care they impart to the kids they teach every day.

Fun Classroom Supplies

Make the beginning of the school year practically perfect in every way for your child’s teacher with one of these fabulous stationery gifts!

Pretty Pocket Highlighters—$5.97

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A set of handy pocket-sized chisel-tipped highlighters in a range of fun fluorescent colors makes for a gift that’ll no doubt be well used. Easy-glide and smudge-resistant, a practical present has never been so appealing!

Literary Postcards—$20.73

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Ideal for jotting notes or using to send messages, this pack of 50 postcards, perfect for book-lovers, is a great back-to-school gift for your child to give their teacher. Each card is designed to resemble a book and features fascinating literary miscellany that they’ll enjoy perusing.

Leatherette Padfolio—$13.68

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Incorporating interior pockets, a pen-holder, a writing pad, and a magnetic closure, a smart padfolio like this one can help with planning each week of teaching. It’s a great gift for a student to present to their tutor, and the inner pockets are useful for storing notes and documents.

Perfect Personalized Presents

If you want to show just how much you appreciate your child’s teacher, then consider one of these ‘not-on-the-highstreet’ gifts that will make his or her day.

Special Seeds in a Personalized Pack—$1.26

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This gift ticks all the boxes: it’s sustainable, it’s budget-friendly and, best of all, you can have both the teacher’s and your child’s name printed on the pack.

Handy Desktop Organizer—$29.99


A cute stationery organizer that you can personalize to create a wonderful back-to-school teacher gift. You can choose from three colors for this handmade item which will make a great addition to any desk!

Customer Coaster—$12.00


Every one of these vibrant coasters are made to order; inside each is a miniature sharpened pencil, crayon, eraser, pushpins, paperclips, and rainbow sprinkles. Simply choose the color of crayon you’d like included and the teacher’s name, and you’ll get a gift for them that’s truly one of a kind.

Handmade Back to School Gifts

And for something that’s truly one-of-a-kind (and free—or nearly!) how about encouraging your child to make a homemade gift for their teacher? Here are some ideas to get you started:

Painted Pebble Paperweight

Help teacher to keep their papers secure on their desk by suggesting your child make a painted paperweight for them! All you need is a smooth, medium-sized pebble and various colors of acrylic paint. Let your kid’s creativity run wild: whether they design a ladybird, a space monster, or an intricate pattern, they’ll have fun making this gift.

Mason Jars of Yumminess

For an easy homemade back-to-school gift for all of your kids’ teachers, gather some Mason jars (either new or recycled) and a collection of small treats to put in them: these could be fun-sized bags of sweets and candy, travel-sized hand cream, small items of stationery, or anything else you can think of. Tie a raffia ribbon or twine around the jars and add a gift tag to each written by your children for a beautiful looking and inexpensive present.

Customized Mug

All you need for this homemade masterpiece is an oil-based Sharpie paint pen, a plain ceramic mug (the cheaper the better), and some rubbing alcohol. For best results, this one takes a little time, so best not to leave it til the last minute.

Start by washing the mug in soap and water and then using a cotton pad or cloth apply the rubbing alcohol to the surfaces—this will remove any grease, grime, etc. so that the paint will adhere easier. Once the rubbing alcohol has been applied, leave for at least 24 hours—and then it’s ready to wrap!

Make the World a Better Place Gifts

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Donating to charity for your child on behalf of their teacher is a lovely gesture—many charitable organizations allow you to do just this, offering printable letters or cards to present that detail the nature of the donation, and the good work it will fund.

From buying textbooks for schoolchildren in developing countries to helping the homeless, a donation is a lovely thing to do in a teacher’s name.

Multiple Teachers to Buy For

If you’ve got more than one child, or your kid is taught by a few different teachers, you’re going to need more than one gift. But this doesn’t need to mean extra stress. Check out these multi-pack back-to-school teacher gift ideas that will make present shopping a breeze!

Canvas Pencil Bags with Cute Designs$27.99

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This multi-pack comprises a massive eighteen canvas pencil cases in six gorgeous designs. It’s a one-stop shop for all your back-to-school gift needs!

Rainbow Scratch Bookmarks—$10.99

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For presents with a personal touch, choose this mega set of sixty bookmarks that your children can scratch using the supplied wooden styluses to create bespoke gifts for their teachers to mark the start of the new term.

Best Teacher Ever Tote Bags—$19.99

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A perfect pair of tote bags for your children’s teachers makes for a practical yet fun choice—made using thick, high-quality canvas and featuring inner pockets, they’ll be able to carry their supplies in style throughout the new school year.

Add Some Humor!

Teaching is a challenging job, and a having sense of humor is absolutely vital in this profession. Choose a gift for your child to present to their teacher that’ll be sure to raise a smile—here are some ideas!

Teacher Coloring Book—$6.99


Why should the kids get to have all the coloring-in fun in class? Give their teacher a turn, too, and help them to have a break during a busy day with this fun coloring book for grown-ups.

Humorous Mug for the ‘Luckiest’ Teacher—$17.99


A great back-to-school gift for a teacher, this ceramic mug is sure to tickle their funny bone! It’s microwave safe, too, for extra convenience.

Funny Things My Students Say Notebook—$7.99

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Give them a laugh with this notebook, designed to immortalize the classic one-liners and faux pas their students come out with during an average school day. And—of course—it’s a handy place to jot down other information, too!

Related: Top School Backpacks for Kids: The Ultimate Guide.

And the Best of the Rest!

Need a quick burst of inspiration? How about these easy peasy gifts that all teachers will love:

  1. An Amazon gift card in a presentation box, along with a message from your child to their teacher.
  2. If your child is a little older, ask them to choose a book for their teacher that they love or means a lot to them, and to write in the flyleaf why it’s so special.
  3. A gift card for a craft store—this will definitely be appreciated!
  4. A beautiful fountain or stylus pen in a presentation case.
  5. If you have a very young child, a painting they’ve specially created as a gift for their teacher will mean the world.
  6. Make up a simple gift basket with treats; these could include high-quality stationery, toiletries, candy, and candles, for example.

Make Back to School Day the Best Yet

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Choosing a back to school teacher gift may seem tricky—especially when you have so many other things to take care of in the build-up to class coming back in session. However, by choosing a heartfelt gift you’re sure to make the teacher’s first day of the new term a truly special one. If you can, involve your child in choosing the gift, and encourage them to wrap it themselves—maybe with a little help from mom or dad if they’re very young.

A back to school teacher gift is a wonderful way to start the school year: choose an option or take inspiration from the list above, and get this task ticked off your to-do list today!

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