Here's a fact: Being a teacher is NOT an easy job. The days are long and the little personalities are strong, and all the while, these kind, patient humans receive our kiddos in the morning and send them back to us later in the day, tired, happy and with their minds buzzing with new learnings.

Which is exactly why we should show them our utmost gratitude as the year winds down. And because we know these hardworking profs have oh-so-many mugs and artwork from your special humans, we've curated a list of thoughtful gifts that we know they would be completely touched to receive.

Below we give you 21 outside-the-box ideas for the teachers in you and your child's life, ranging from pampering bath bombs to pretty artwork, from personalized tote bags to Starbucks gift cards. You know, items they actually want and will actually use.

Here are 21 end-of-year teacher gifts to consider.

1. Desk organizer

Mesh Organizer

Help your teachers get organized with these streamlined-yet-sleek drawer organizers that will keep their many pencils, erasers and Post-Its in neat order.

$10

2. Customized stationary

Curio Press

Everyone on the planet appreciates custom stationary and this line from Etsy vendor CurioPress is simple and sweet all at once.

$15

3. Personalized tote

Personalized Tote

Teachers have to carry SO many binders, books, papers and more to and from their car daily, so give them a fun (and thoughtful!) tote to transport it all.

$22.99

4. Artwork

Minted Artwork Valensole

Whether they opt to hang it in their classroom or their home, this artwork will surely brighten every day for your child's teacher. Painted by Philadelphia artist RedRedOrange, this dreamy piece of artwork depicts lavender fields in France's Provence region.

$23

5. Bath bombs

Target Bath Bomb

Encourage them to fit in a much-needed relaxation session after a long day of trying to tame your kiddos.

$4.99

6. The coffee delivery

BLUE BOTTLE

The only people on the planet who might need a daily dose of coffee more than moms is teachers! Sign them up for a one-time or subscription delivery of Brooklyn's finest, most delicious brew.

$24

7. Bath salts

Back to bath time! If they're more of a bath salts and less of a fizzy bath bomb time of person, these calming salts from Herbivore are the only way to go.

$18

8. Silly socks

PENCIL SOCKS

Not all presents need to be serious! Give your teacher these hilarious knee-high socks, which will of course come in handy on Wacky Wednesday.

$10

9. Potted plant

Beautify their desk with a living thing that their students will surely take interest in, too. The Sill has many options on its site, and they start at just six bucks.

$6

10. Silly tape dispenser

Their students will get a kick out of this desk accessory and the teachers will love staring at the fun take on a traditionally boring item!

$12.99

11. Spa gift card

spa finder gift card

Contribute to their next manicure, pedicure, facial or massage by giving your teacher a Spafinder gift card (starting at $5).

$5

12. Desk pad

Rifle Deskpad

School desks aren't known for being beautiful, which is why teachers always appreciate pretty things to put on top of them. This Rifle Paper Co. desk pad will brighten up their day.

$12

13. Portable charger

Anker portable charger

Really, all humans should have a portable phone charger to have handy when their battery is less than 5-percent, and this one from Anker is not only tiny (it's the size of a lipstick!), but also powerful—it adds 14 hours of talk time to your phone with one charge.

$19.99

14. The zipper pouch

Best teacher ever zipper pouch

Remind them of them just how appreciative you are with this pretty pouch that's perfect for holding everything from pencils to makeup.

$12.99

15. Specialized fitness classes

Know your kiddos' teacher is a fitness nut? Then they'll totally love getting access to Classpass' lineup of yoga, pilates, spinning, kickboxing, meditation and more.

$10

16. Dinner delivery

Sun Basket meal delivery

Cooking dinner is so taxing. Take the guess work (and a trip to the grocery store) out of the equation for your prof by giving them a gift card to meal delivery company Sun Basket, which has myriad plan options for those with dietary restrictions. Gift cards start at $10.

$10

17. Journal

Everyone deserves a pretty journal and we love this one because from the Emily McDowell and Lisa Congdon collab because it's also super motivational.

$15

18. Concert and sports tickets

Stub Hub

Give the gift of a good time! Chip in with some other parents to set your teacher up with enough cash to splurge on a music festival ticket or to buy some first baseline seats to watch their favorite baseball team. A good price to start at is $25.

$25

19. Starbucks gift cards

Starbucks gift cards

Here's a fact: You can never go wrong with a Starbucks gift card. Given that they're pretty much on every street corner in America, we're confident your teacher will find a time to use it. This four-pack means you can also dole out thank-yous to crossing guards and the school librarian, too. Buy a bundle to save!

$10

20. Note cube

Give them ample paper to jot down hallway passes for their students.

$24.99

21. Amazon gift card

Amazon gift card

Whether their loading up on personal items or school supplies, your teachers will certainly be happy to receive a donation to their Amazon spending. Better yet, pick any price!

$5

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Babies come with a lot of stuff. And when you're out and about, a roomy, comfy diaper bag is the place for everything you need to be prepared for whatever the day throws your way. But is a cute, trendy diaper bag that doesn't scream, well... DIAPER BAG, too much to ask? It's not, mamas.

We've rounded up our favorite diaper bags that don't actually look like diaper bags, but instead like the cute, super stylish bags you might have carried before the days of finding crushed up puffs at the bottom of your purse.

These bags prove you can get the job done, mama—and look darn good while doing it.

Freshly Picked City Pack

Freshly Picked City Pack

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Skip Hop Travel Bag

Skip Hop Travel Bag

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$178

Mommore Diaper Backpack

Mommore Diaper Backpack

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$34.99

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JJ Cole Cognac Diaper Bag

As stunning as it is functional. It has 15 pockets and a removable liner on the inside so you can easily clean up messes in no time.

$99.99

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$69.95

Presidio Vegan Leather Diaper Tote

Presidio Vegan Leather Diaper Tote

This stunning tote would make the perfect on-the-go bag. It comes with a changing page and a couple pockets on the inside to keep everything organized. Don't forget to personalize it!

$99

Ticent Tote

Ticent Diaper Bag

With nearly 500 reviews, this one has incredible ratings. It offers multiple pockets, including an insulated one for snacks or bottles. The waterproof cotton material is ideal for those inevitable spills.

$30.99

Fawn Design Original

Stylish and versatile, this bag can be worn as a cross body or as a backpack. It's roomy without being bulky, and has a total of 10 pockets for awesome storage.

$159.99

Skip Hop Greenwich Backpack

No one would ever know this bag is packed full of baby's items. 😉

$69.99

Rosie Pope Highbury Hill

Highbury Hill Diaper Backpack

If you're looking to up your style, this chic backpack will help you get there. Lots of inner pockets and zippered compartments make it simple to organize your stuff, and the top flap and wide opening make for quick + easy accessibility.

$159.99

Babymel Robyn

Babymel Robyn Diaper Backpack

We love everything about this effortlessly stylish faux leather backpack. It's easy to wipe down, converts to a cross body bag, and even comes with a changing pad and drawstring bottle holder.

$90

Petunia Pickle Bottom Pathway

Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Tote

This two-tone canvas bag could not be prettier. We love that it easily stands upright when set down, and that it's super functional as a diaper bag yet super stylish as an everyday purse.

$159

Skip Hop Duo

Skip Hop Duo Diaper Bag

The timeless stripes on this 11-pocket bag means it will never go out of style, and the durable cotton canvas means it will stand up to years of use.

$70

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A good kid's winter coat needs to do a few basic things really well: be incredibly warm, water-resistant, easy to clean and a classic style so it can look good bundled over any other clothing they're wearing. For this reason, I usually avoid coats with heavy branding or patterns so that any winter outfit I put my son in "goes" with his jacket.

Primary is always one of my go-to brands for their super simple classic styling, so I was happy to see that Primary is currently having a sale on their solid-colored and high-quality winter gear. This kid's winter puffer coat caught my eye because it's on a steep discount (more than 50% off!), fits all my criteria above and even has a few bonus features I didn't know I needed but now totally love.

Kid’s winter puffer coat

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