Teacher Gifts: Thoughtful Ideas For Every Budget


Updated December 2022

Image: An outstretched arm holding a gift boxIt’s the most wonderful time of the year!

And about time! What a start to the school year it has been. Teachers and parents are overwhelmed. We all need this winter break. We are ALL ready!

But, before going on vacation, you cannot forget how much your teachers have done these past couple of months for your children. It is nice to show appreciation and gratitude towards them-especially during these times! So, the question is … what do I get my child’s teachers for Christmas?

No problem. I got you!

Here are some teacher gift ideas for the holidays:

Image: A little girl giving a gift to her teacher

  • Gift cards (Ex: Target, Amazon, Starbucks)
  • Put together a collage of photos of the school year and create a PowerPoint slideshow
  • Record students or a group of students reading a Christmas book
  • Jewelry 
  • Personalized coffee mugs with teacher quotes or initials
  • Personalized key chains with teacher quotes or initials
  • Lanyards for teacher’s classroom keys
  • Personalized notepads
  • Winter accessories 
  • Teacher supplies (Ex: paper, notepads, pens, pencils-much needed!)
  • Bouquet of flowersImage: A student handing a teacher a bouquet of flowers
  • DIY gifts (These are truly special when they are made by students!)
  • Sweets (Teachers are super sweet; therefore, they deserve a TREAT! Ex: cookies, desserts, chocolate. YUM!)
  • Desk organizers
  • Clay earrings (Ex: teacher themed-books, pencils, apples)
  • Lunch tote bags
  • Gift baskets (Ex: sweets, teacher supplies, books)
  • Motivational calendars
  • Wood-framed chalkboard (Teachers can use these to display motivational quotes for their students.)
  • Candles

Need a GREAT tip?

At the beginning of the school year, send out a Getting to Know My Teacher Questionnaire for your child’s teacher. Include questions about their favorite food, restaurant, scent, snack, candy, store, movie, color, gift card, flower, and coffee order. Is there anything they collect? What about their favorite things to do over the weekend? The more you know about them, the easier it will be to get them a special gift!

Image: A notepad, pen, and coffee cup

We wish all teachers a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! 

Want to get a unique gift AND shop local? Check out our Favorite Things Gift Guide featuring some of our favorite local businesses!

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Lorena Lougedo
Lorena Lougedo was born/raised in Miami. She embraces her Cuban roots like a true Cuban-American. A game of dominoes and Latin music (she loves to dance) will make her day. Lorena enjoys laughing and spending time with her family/friends; a good time is always welcomed, as she says. As a full-time gifted teacher with her master’s in education, Lorena loves teaching reading/language arts to her students; she has a passion for reading and writing. At the age of 24, Lorena married her best friend. She has been married for 8 years now. Lorena is honored to be the mother of two children, a 4-year-old (daughter) and a 2-year-old (son). Every single day, Lorena strives to be the best momma she can be, while managing a household and working a full-time job. She is strong like a mother. Lorena is excited to be part of the Miami Mom Collective community.