Must Have Gifts for the teacher in Your Life


The holidays are around the corner.  Do you know a teacher?  Are you dating a teacher?  Did your child just embark upon their teaching career?  Are you looking for a graduation present, Christmas present, birthday present or a surprise gift that will be something they actually want and need?  Did your teacher friend/spouse/mother/sister tag you in this post?  Read on to find some of the best gifts you can possibly give to a teacher, whether you are spending some serious cash or helping Santa with stocking stuffers!

1.  Better than a Thermos

Teachers never have enough time to eat lunch.  With this food warmer they can enjoy warm, hearty lunches on the go. The Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer is a lunch tote and food warmer all in one that warms while you work for delicious on-the-go meals that are ready when you are. Heat leftovers, soups, oatmeal, and any number of favorites to have amazing meals away from home. Superior portability features include an outer lid, cool-touch exterior, easy-carry handle, and integrated cord storage. Its 20-ounce capacity is perfect for a personal portion-sized meal. Container is removable for filling and transporting, eliminating the need to travel with entire unit.

2.  Coffee Maker

I don’t think I have ever met a teacher who doesn’t love/need coffee.  This small and compact single serve coffee maker brews K-Cup pods in multiple sizes and is small enough for the classroom. The Keurig K15 brews a rich, smooth, and delicious cup every time with the quality you expect from Keurig. Simple touch buttons make your brewing experience stress free, and because fresh water is added for each individual brew, the K15 coffee maker is portable and travel-friendly.

3.  Flair Pens

If you’re not a teacher, you won’t get it.  Teachers LOVE flair pens.  Fact: dull, smudgy ink is a downer. With a rainbow of bright colors and smear-resistant ink that won’t bleed through the page, these colored pens make writing a blast. The medium point (0.7mm) writes in bold, colorful lines so self-expression makes a major statement. For everything teachers can create—whether they’re taking notes, grading papers, drawing, doodling, or doing anything else that inspires them. 

4.  Lunch Tote

Art of Liv’n take pride in their efforts to connect the world through art and high-quality products that can help save the environment. Unfortunately, as a community we use many products that can harm our environment because they aren’t recyclable or reusable. Plastic bags, hard plastic to-go containers, and other food storage items sit in landfills for hundreds of years, releasing dangerous toxins into the surrounding soil and underground water.

Their expertly designed reusable lunch tote technology allows you to avoid contributing to this growing waste problem. These beautiful ecosystem-friendly lunch totes are dishwasher and washing machine safe, making them easy to wash and safe to reuse.

5.  Laminate Everything!

Teachers stand in lines waiting for the laminator at the beginning of every school year.  They laminate everything for durability so that they can be used again and again.  The Scotch Thermal Laminator offers high-quality, professional lamination with easy-to-use controls, quick warm-up, and a jam-release lever. It features two temperature settings for different thermal pouch thicknesses. The laminator has a max input of items up to 9 inches, making it ideal for home, school, or personal organization projects.

6.  Teacher Tote Bag

Teachers have a lot of stuff to carry around.  A lot.  This stylish Steve Madden global Wheeled Tote features a large main U shape opening giving you full access to all interior belongings. This piece is packed with functionality , plenty of zippered storage compartments, Telescopic handle system and In line skate wheels to help maneuver through crowded areas. Best of all, it fits right underneath the seat on a plane, given it a dual purpose for teachers!

7.  A Cricut

I am going to preface this by saying that my teacher husband would never be interested in a machine that can cut beautiful letters for bulletin boards, projects and so much more, but this teacher’s heart sings for joy whenever I get to use one.  This Cricut Explore Air 2 is Cricut’s fastest cutting machine ever. Cut over 100 materials from paper to leather for a wide range of projects. Now it’s faster and easier than ever to create personalized, professional looking DIY projects.  You’ll find a teacher that loves it.  Just not my husband.

8.  A Binding Machine

Like the flair pens, you might have to be a teacher to understand the importance of a binding machine in a teacher’s life.  Those cute books that your kids brought home, full of pictures and writing, that you will cherish for ever, were made by a teacher who waited in line for the binding machine.  Make life easier and purchase one with additional spines so that s/he can avoid the lines and justifying why s/he needs to bind 23 books.

9.  Long armed stapler

Much like the binding machine, there is probably only one of these in school and nobody knows where it is.  Or it is in the teacher workroom, but there are no staple to fit it.  This Swingline Long Reach Stapler with Built-in Ruler and Adjustable Locking Paper Guide has exceptional versatility: staples up to 12″ from the paper’s edge – perfect for center stitch stapling or fastening cards or tags.

10.  A Gift Card

Give teachers something that they can really use.  They often dig into their own pockets to buy resources, lesson plans and crafts to enhance their teaching.  A gift card from the online store Teachers Pay Teachers can be emailed or printed with a dollar denomination of your choosing.

I hope this gift guide has been helpful in giving you ideas about what you can buy the teachers in your life.  They are certainly special people, and to let them know we appreciate them is the greatest gift we can give them.  Happy Holidays!





My name is Mandy and I’ve been creating fun crafts since I began teaching waaaaay back in 1993! If, like me, you believe that hands-on arts and crafts are essential to child development, then you’ve come to the right place!