The Gifts Teachers Actually Want

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The Gifts Teachers Actually Want

The end of the school year is approaching, and you know what that means, parents. The kids will be home, so brace yourselves. Also? It's time to say thank you to your child's teacher for an unforgettable year with a gift that they might actually want. Meaning, no paperweights shaped like apples, please.

We spoke to teachers from preschool classrooms to 12th grade to find out what they'd really appreciate from grateful parents. Turns out, classroom supplies are a good bet, but personal gifts—think beauty products like beautifully wrapped soaps, or something that says it's VACATION TIME like a beach towel—also do the trick. Below, all the other gifts teachers actually want, according to teachers themselves. 

01

The Cool Tumbler

The Cool Tumbler

If you always notice your child's teacher has an iced coffee in hand at drop off, this fun, summer-minded grab-and-go tumbler is the perfect gift (especially if said teacher is environmentally conscious and looking to cut down on single-use plastics). This 20-ounce acrylic tumbler comes with a soft silicone straw and is BPA, lead, and phthalate-free. 

02

A Lux Beach Towel

A Lux Beach Towel

Whether your teacher is headed to the shore, or just the local pool, a beautiful beach towel is one of those summer break necessities that's always appreciated. Gift her a towel she wouldn't necessarily buy herself, like this cool circular one. It's 59 inches wide and it also makes a nice park throw.

03

Personalized Pencils

Personalized Pencils

Your child's teacher will no doubt love handing these personalized #2 pencils out to next year's class. 12 solid-color pencils will run you less than $20 and you can fit any name or message up to 30 characters.

04

Shower Goodies

Shower Goodies

This "Thank You" gift set from zen-like skin-care brand Philosophy says it all. Your child's teacher will love this 8-ounce bottle of raspberry sorbet shower gel/bubble bath/shampoo and slip-it-in-your-pocket tube of raspberry lip gloss. 

05

Curated Gift Box

Curated Gift Box

This no-fail gift box comes packed with two periwinkle LePen pens, a pair of floral notebooks from Rifle Paper Co., and a Prosecco Rose Voluspa candle. Perfect little luxuries delivered right to your teacher's doorstep.

06

Personal Laminator

Personal Laminator

No more lining up in the teachers' lounge to laminate the alphabet again. Gift this personal thermal laminator and your teacher can prep like a pro. It laminates items up to 9 inches wide, including photos. 

07

Rainbow Pen Set

Rainbow Pen Set

Fun, colorful pens are always handy in the classroom. These 36 fine-line pens come in fun, assorted rainbow colors and the triangular shape is ergonomic, making grading papers that much easier.

08

A Terrific Tote

A Terrific Tote

This versatile tote bag is at home in the classroom or on vacation at the beach. It's available in navy gingham, yellow stripes, or cheetah print. Interior pockets will help her stay organized and it's big enough to fit the beach towel we mention above too.

09

Gift Card

Gift Card

Who doesn't love a gift card? Chances are your teacher has been eyeing something online or just wants their grande iced mocha subsidized. 

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The Guide Team