8 Gifts to Show Teachers Appreciation on Their Special Day

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It’s time to start thinking about ways to thank the teachers who have made a difference in your life or your child’s life. Whether it’s for Teacher Appreciation Week, a holiday, or the end of the school year. Finding the perfect gift for your favorite teachers can be challenging. That’s why we’ve put together this ultimate guide to gift ideas for teachers. But whatever you end up choosing, we can all agree that genuine, heartfelt words of appreciation and gratitude mean the world to them – so don’t forget the card!

To start, you can set up a group gift or card. You will be able to invite everyone in on a surprise gift to celebrate the efforts of our teachers and make them feel appreciated. Here are some gift ideas to help you show your appreciation and send a special message:


Gift ideas that say, “You’re my favorite teacher”

Gift guide for teachers

What better way to show your gratitude than by giving them a personalized gift that is thoughtful and meaningful?

For one, a personalized tote bag is a practical and versatile gift that can make their work routine more organized and comfortable. In addition to being practical, a personalized tote bag with the teacher’s name or a special message from their students shows thoughtfulness and care.

Another great gift idea for teachers would be an embroidered cozy throw blanket, the perfect gift for any teacher who deserves a little extra comfort and relaxation at home or in the classroom. Personalizing the throw with the teacher’s initials or a special message can make it even more meaningful as well! (We love the options on Etsy.)

Third, a handwritten note or scrapbook expressing gratitude for the teacher’s hard work and dedication is a timeless gift that can be added to any gift or given on its own. If you’d like to collect messages from multiple classmates, you can set up a group card or gift where you can invite your classmates and parents alike to share their gratitudes and favorite photos with your favorite teachers.

💡Tip: While personalized pens, mugs, or journals can be great gifts, too, check to see if your favorite teacher may already have too many of those in stock! We love gift ideas that the giftee may not already own, or that other gift-givers aren’t also thinking about. 


Gift ideas that say, “Your well-being matters to me”

Gift ideas for teachers

Here are some gift ideas that can help teachers prioritize their health and wellness:

First up, a walking pad like Daeyegim. It is a versatile piece of equipment that can be used by teachers of all fitness levels and abilities. Using it during breaks or before or after school can help teachers clear their minds and relieve stress, promoting overall health and wellness.

Next on the list is a fitness watch like Fitbit — or, pool together with other parents for an Apple Watch. Teachers are always on the go, so a fitness watch can help them monitor everything from steps taken to sleep quality, so your favorite teacher can stay motivated and on top of their game.

Last but definitely not least, massage treatment is a surefire way to help teachers unwind and de-stress. After all the hard work they do, their neck, shoulders, and back could use a little TLC. Whether it’s a professional spa massage or a massage tool at home, this gift will help them relax and recharge their batteries.


Gift ideas that say, “Go ahead and treat yourself!”

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Gift cards are a wonderful way to show appreciation and let teachers treat themselves to something special. By giving them a gift card, you are not only showing gratitude for their hard work, but also encouraging them to take some time for themselves.

One great thing about gift cards is that they are versatile and can be used for a variety of things. You can choose a gift card for a specific store or restaurant that you know the teacher enjoys, or you can opt for a more general gift card that can be used anywhere. Some popular options include Amazon, Target, or Walmart gift cards.

With Presently, you can easily create a group gift for a special occasion and invite others to contribute funds or messages. When the event day arrives, we’ll handle the task of sending the gift card with your group’s greetings, so you won’t have to worry about a thing. It’s a convenient and hassle-free way to show your appreciation and let your recipient treat themselves to something they’ll love. Here’s a quick video on how you can start your group gifting journey.


Giving back initiatives
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Education is the foundation of a strong and thriving society, and teachers are at the heart of that foundation. By donating to organizations like Teach For America, you can help provide critical resources and support to teachers and students in under-resourced communities. Ensuring that every child has the opportunity to receive a quality education. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, can make a significant impact on the lives of students and teachers, helping to create a brighter future for all.

Here’s a recap of great gift ideas for our dedicated teachers

  1. Personalized tote bag
  2. Embroidered throw blanket
  3. Handwritten note or scrapbook
  4. Daeyegim walking pad
  5. Fitbit or Apple Watch
  6. Spa massage treatment
  7. Massage tool
  8. Group gift cards

But that’s not all… check out our Teachers Gift Guide from 2020 to see more ideas related to travel, experiential memberships, well-being boosters, and creative subscriptions.

Happy Teacher’s Appreciation Day from the Presently team!


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