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
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.
Target Made by Design mesh drawer organizer, $10.00
2. Customized stationary
Everyone on the planet appreciates custom stationary and this line from Etsy vendor CurioPress is simple and sweet all at once.
CurioPress Personalized Notecard Set, $15.00+
3. 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.
Personalized canvas tote, Sale $18.39 (Regularly $22.99)
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.
Minted's Fine Art, RedRedOrange's Valensole, $23.00+
5. Bath bombs
Encourage them to fit in a much-needed relaxation session after a long day of trying to tame your kiddos.
Target Earth Bomb, $4.99
6. The coffee delivery
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.
Blue Bottle gift subscription, $24.00+
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.
Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts, $18.00
8. Silly 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.
Pencil Knee-High Socks, $10.00
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.
Small Philodendron Silver plant, $6.00
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!
Cost Plus World Market gold elephant tape dispenser, $12.99
11. Spa gift card
Contribute to their next manicure, pedicure, facial or massage by giving your teacher a Spafinder gift card.
12. Desk pad
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.
Rifle Paper Co. Desk Pad, $12.00
13. 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.
Anker PowerCore+ Mini Portable Charger, $19.99
14. The 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.
Best Teacher Ever zipper pouch, $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.
Classpass gift certificate, $10.00+
16. Dinner 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.
Sun Basket meal delivery gift card, $10.00+
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.
Lisa Congdon OK Let's Do This Journal, $15.00
18. Concert and sports tickets
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.
Stubhub gift card, $25.00+
19. 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.
Four $10 Starbucks gift cards, $40.00
20. Note cube
Give them ample paper to jot down hallway passes for their students.
Apple scroll personalized teacher's note cube, Sale $19.99 (Regularly $24.99)
21. 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.
Amazon gift card, $5.00+
Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.