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10 Gifts Every Teacher Wants This Year

10 Gifts Every Teacher Wants This Year

By Jessica Sanders

Spoil the teacher in your life this year with one of these awesome gifts. They’ll love whatever you choose, whether it’s a brand new pack of colorful Sharpies or a stylish school tote bag.

Simple Day Planner Pad

Teachers are juggling dozens of things at one time, all while trying to remember to eat and drink throughout the day. Help them plan their day and find some time to focus on themselves with this simple day planner pad.

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Book Subscription

Teachers know that not all students have books or reading materials at home, so keeping the classroom library stocked is very important. Purchase a few months of a book subscription service for them so they’ll have new reads coming in on a regular basis. Keep age range in mind when purchasing this. For example, some options might be:

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Classroom Organizer

An organized classroom is like a breath of fresh air for teachers. Get the teacher on your list this 10-drawer organizer. Bonus: it’s bright and colorful!

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Teacher Bracelet

Teachers are proud of the work they do, so let them show it off with a simple bracelet.

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Tote Bag

Teachers carry everything and the kitchen sink back and forth to work and they need a good back to organize it all. This folding, canvas tote bag is not only stylish, but it also has three pockets, one that zips and two that don’t, which will make it easy for them to keep everything in order.

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Gift Cards

Sometimes a gift card is exactly what your favorite teacher needs. Here are a few gift card ideas for every teacher:

  • The Tech-Savvy Teacher: iTunes or Google Play gift card
  • The Crafty Teacher: Michael’s gift card
  • The Shopper: Target gift card

If you know the teacher you’re shopping for buys food for her students, consider a Trader Joe’s or grocery store gift as well.

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Emoji Stickers

21st century students will be pumped when their teacher uses these silly emoji stickers. With 288, there’s enough to last at least a few weeks.

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Colorful Sharpie Set

As one 6th grade teacher said: “Remember, we’re school geeks that get excited when school supplies come out in the summer!”

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Keep Calm

Sometimes teachers just need a gentle reminder.


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Help your favorite teacher bring their classroom library into the 21st century with this simple, and relatively inexpensive scanner. For less than $80 they’ll get the classic scanner, allowing them to scan the ISBN code of every classroom book.

Everything that’s scanned is put into a “Collection,” which can be viewed and managed on the computer. This makes it easy to track what’s in the classroom, and what isn’t.


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Bonus: 1-Year Whooo’s Reading Premium Subscription

At just $5 a month, this gift ends up costing minimal, while providing a huge value to the teacher and their students. Get them signed up for one month, to let them test the tool, and plan to pay for the rest if they love it.

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