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20 Christmas and Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Teacher

You’ll find the best teacher Christmas gift ideas in this list – they’re creative but not expensive. Don’t worry if you don’t know what your teacher likes, because there’s something here for everyone!

Your teacher is probably great, since you’re searching for a gift for him or her. When I was a teacher, my favorite Christmas gift was a spa gift basket – and I’m 100% convinced a Spa Bath and Body Gift Basket is ideal.

Here are my best Christmas gifts for teachers, ranging from gift baskets (my personal favorite) to practical (yet fun) coffee mugs. I don’t recommend giving your teacher anything food-related, unless it’s a gourmet food gift basket. Teachers often eat so many Christmas cookies, yule logs, egg nog, candy canes, on and on and on – the last thing they want is more sugar, fat, and white flour.

If your teacher recently turned forty, read 40th Birthday Gifts for Women.

You don’t have to give your teacher an expensive Christmas gift to say thank you — just give her something to help her relax over the holidays. Even a small basket of lotion, bubble bath, hot chocolate, and pampering items would be highly appreciated.

Here are a few Christmas gifts for teachers. I saved the best for last, so make sure you read to the very end. No cheating!

Christmas Gifts for Your Favorite Teacher

One of the best tips for buying gifts for teachers (or anyone on your list) is to start shopping early. There’s nothing worse than rushing out and grabbing presents at the last minute – that costs you more money and aggravation than planning ahead.

Okay, enough with the lecture (did I tell you I was a teacher?).

Gift certificates for restaurants, book stores, hair salons, etc

what to get teacher for christmasIf your teacher has a hobby, favorite food, favorite place to shop, etc, then a gift certificate would make the perfect gift. Get creative, and give a gift certificate for a gas station, grocery store, or an office supplies store like Staples or Office Depot.

I know this isn’t the most creative Christmas gift for an elementary or high school teacher, but it is a practical way to say thank you when the school year ends.

When I was a teacher, I loved getting gift cards for Christmas. Today, my favorite would be an Amazon.com Gift Card because I can then choose whatever I want.

Healthy presents – wellness or fitness-oriented

Teachers eat a lot of delicious but oh-so-fattening treats during the holiday season, and some struggle with weight gain or health issues. So, focus on healthy gifts for your teacher (but don’t call her fat!).

Read 5 Healthy Christmas Gifts for ideas that will improve your teacher’s health and well-being.

Special treats or gifts for your teacher’s dog or cat

Christmas Gifts for Teachers

Christmas Gifts for Teachers

I have a cat, and would be thrilled if a student bought me a pet toy, case of canned gourmet cat food, or heated cat bed!  Pet Street Mall has some cool products, such as heated dog bowls (so their water doesn’t freeze if outdoors) and special pet food treats.

When you’re showing your appreciation to a teacher when school ends, try to put yourself in her shoes. Maybe you love gift baskets – but maybe he or she is really into her pets, yoga classes, or travel. The best way to come up with good gifts is to figure out who your teacher is and what she loves to do.

If your teacher has a dog, read 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Dogs and Dog Owners.

Tickets for sports events, the opera, or the local theater

Does your teacher love hockey, classical concerts, the Monster truck rally, or ballet? Tickets for an event or activity is a perfect holiday gift – even if the event isn’t for another few months. It’s a perfect gift for your teacher to use in January or February, when the winter doldrums have set in.

Homemade or store bought gourmet food gift baskets

Can you tell I love gift baskets? I adore when I get a Desk Caddy of Coffee and Treats – Gourmet Food Gift Basket for Christmas or the end of the school year! Gift baskets are practical, enjoyable, easy to share with others, and fun to open and sort through. This is a gift idea for teachers that can’t go wrong — especially if you include cookies (store bought or homemade), wine, gourmet coffees or teas, chocolates, etc.

And, Handpainted Wine Glasses are a fun, whimsical way to say Merry Christmas to your teacher.

A photo on a coffee mug, mousepad, or notebook

PhotoWorks is a company that puts pictures of your teacher, class, school, pets, or special occasions on all sorts of useful items! If you don’t have a picture of your teacher, just ask another teacher, the principal, or any school staff (the school secretary could probably help you out). If you’re considering this gift for your teacher, make sure you put a nice photo of him or her – no closed eyes or funny faces!

Personalized chocolates, like M&M’s

This is a cool idea, even though earlier I advised you not to give your teacher a food Christmas gift: you can create personalized M&M’S®. The Mars chocolate experts will put photos, phrases, and names on their little chocolates. If you have a photo of your teacher, or your teacher and you, you can put the image on the chocolate with something like “Merry Christmas, Mrs Teacher!” And, M&M’s last a long time – so your teacher can savor this present for months, or even years.

Or, check out this popular chocolate gift for teachers on Amazon: a pound of Belgian Chocolates – it’s an assortment of white, dark, and milk chocolate yums.

Chocolate mint tea and a teacher’s mug

what to give your teacher for ChristmasI’m sipping on a cup of Chocolate Mint Tea right now. It’s the first time I’ve tried chocolate mint tea, and it’s incredible. There’s no fat in it and it smells like rich dark chocolate — a combination that makes it the perfect chocolate brew (unless you’re a cocoa fan!).

Coffees, teas, and specialty hot chocolates are excellent Christmas gifts for teachers, especially during the holiday season. Granted, hot drinks aren’t appealing gifts for teachers in June when school ends!

The mug pictured is a beautiful Christmas gift for any teacher – it’s a Grasslands Road “Deck the Halls” Teacher Mug.

The Teacher’s Rule Coffee Mug is another nice way to say Merry Christmas for teachers, especially if you include a box of chocolate mint, green, or peppermint tea.

If none of these Christmas gifts for teachers caught your eye, read Gift Ideas for People Who Don’t Want More Stuff.

Chocolate mint tea

I’m sipping on a cup of Stash Chocolate Mint Oolong Tea right now. It’s the first time I’ve tried chocolate mint tea, and it’s incredible. There’s no fat in it and it smells like rich dark chocolate — a combination that makes it the perfect chocolate brew!

Other hot chocolate tea brews for teachers who love chocolate:

Christmas gifts for teachers always include books…

A book that celebrates teachers

Even though your teacher may love teaching, she needs to be encouraged, refreshed, and inspired sometimes!

The Last Lecture is one of the most popular gift books for teachers; it’s by Randy Pausch, a computer science professor who gave his last lecture before dying of cancer. It sounds sad, but it’s not. It’s about living and achieving your childhood dreams.

Another popular book that says “thank you” to your teacher is Thank You, Mr. Falker.

If you have any thoughts or questions about these Christmas gifts for teachers, please comment below…

Here’s a quip for you to write in the Christmas gift card: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~ William Arthur Ward.


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11 thoughts on “20 Christmas and Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Teacher”

  1. Christmas is a great day for all people. I also would like to give a present for my teacher as you said above. Thanks for your tips, I hope my teachers will be glad and happy to receive it.

  2. Teacher Appreciation Gifts

    Anything that they see everyday like a travel coffee mug, mouse pad, or academic pocket planner. A slogan of appreciation imprinted on the gift will add a sense of pride and loyalty on a daily basis.

  3. Holiday Gift giving is an essential part of the holiday season. Christmas Holidays call for many gifts to be given to family and friends, and gifts take many forms. Gifts are especially important for close family members like spouse, mother, father, and children.

  4. Christmas Gifts for Teachers

    These are some great suggestions– I just wanted to add: don’t forget classroom supplies! This was actually one of the most asked for teacher gifts in a poll that I did, click my name to see the results.

  5. For teachers with laptops or cell phones I found some nice gift ideas at newpcgadgets. I ended buying my daughters 2nd grade teacher a Laptop Flip for her Macbook Pro.

  6. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for the tip…but somehow I doubt people will give their teachers or their children’s teachers a holiday vacation as a Christmas gift! But you never know…I supposed if the teacher is amazing, it could happen… 🙂

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