Although teaching can be one of the most rewarding professions out there, it’s undeniably a tough job. Giving the educator in your life a thoughtful gift can be a great way to show you appreciate the long hours and endless patience they provide their students each day.
Whether you’re hoping to shop for gifts for your own teacher, your child’s or a loved one in the field, we think these highly rated products — from the Kindle Paperwhite and L.L.Bean moccasins to the Lush Relax gift set — are worth considering.
22 best gifts for teachers in 2022
To help you determine the best gift for the teacher in your life, we’ve compiled highly rated products based on previous expert recommendations, reader favorites and Select staff picks (some of whom used to be teachers). We also asked teachers about some of the best gifts they’ve ever received.
If you know your teacher loves tea, a sampler set like this one from Tea Forté can be worth considering, especially since tea can help boost mental and physical health, as we previously reported. The assortment box includes 10 popular tea blends, like Earl Grey, Chamomile Citron, Ginger Lemongrass and others with aromatic fruits, spices and herbs.
A highly rated option featured in our guide to air purifiers, the Levoit LV-H132 Air Purifier is portable enough to fit comfortably on a teacher’s desk and filters out dust and allergens in the classroom using its three-stage filtration system, according to the brand. Levoit says it circulates the air in the room more than four times an hour and automatically reminds you when it’s time to replace your filter.
If a teacher you know is always complaining about their frigid classroom, this sherpa-like cardigan will feel like a warm hug on long, cold days. It’s light enough for year-round wear, according to the brand, and it has pockets to hold any teaching essentials. The cardigan comes in over 20 colors and is available in sizes S-XXL. A popular seller on Amazon, this cardigan has a 4.4-star rating across more than 3,700 reviews.
Third grade teacher Cornelia Quinn said she loves receiving these gift cards — not only do they allow you to redeem valuable resources created by teachers for teachers, but they are also a huge time saver, she said. Teachers Pay Teachers is an online platform through which educators share their valuable expertise, and it is jam-packed with more than 5 million pieces of educator-created content, 85% of which is curated from elementary school, middle school and high school teachers. It’s also a great resource for tutors, early learning specialists, speech language pathologists and school administrators.
This 11-ounce candle is naturally scented with a mix of warm amber wood, lily of the valley and jasmine, deepened with a tang of peppercorn and woody vetiver, according to the brand. Hand-poured in the US, it contains a soy-wax blend with a cotton wick and has a burn time of up to 70 hours, Apotheke says. This is a great gift option to help teachers relax and unwind after long days at school.
A great gift for those long school days, this Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer will keep your teacher’s drink warm for hours, according to the brand. It has an on/off switch with an indicator light to let you know when it’s ready for use, and it features an extended cord for portability around the classroom. If you’re looking for a more high-tech option, the Ember Mug automatically heats up your drink to your desired temperature using the Ember app (and it’s one of Select writer Mili Godio’s favorite coffee accessories).
One of our favorite reusable water bottles, these S’well bottles are made of durable stainless steel and are offered in several fun colors and patterns. The bottles come in three sizes (9 ounces, 17 ounces and 25 ounces) and can keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours, according to the brand. If you’re looking for a more affordable water bottle by the brand, S’ip by S’well offers 15-ounce options.
If your favorite teacher is a coffee or tea lover, they would likely enjoy this personalized 18-ounce tumbler. You can add their name in a bold cursive, choose from several bright color combinations and add teacher-friendly designs like a pencil, apple or paint palette.
Amazon’s latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite has a larger screen (6.8 square inches compared to 6 square inches for the previous version), a dark mode and up to 10 weeks of battery life, according to the brand. It also features 20% faster page turns and is 10% brighter at the highest setting, Amazon says. Tech expert Whitson Gordon previously wrote that the device is a “digital must-have” for bibliophiles.
Jean Berg, general manager of Philips Interior Plants & Displays, recommended the Pothos in our guide to low-maintenance indoor plants. With quick-growing vines that can reach over 10 feet, these plants prefer medium to bright indirect light and can thrive in almost any type of indoor space — including a classroom with windows. Bloomscape's Silver Pothos has patches of metallic silver on its leaves and comes in a pot available in five colors. You can also purchase a Pothos plant from major retailers like Amazon or explore other low-maintenance plant options like the Philodendron.
Teachers’ desks are often overrun with papers, stationery and supplies, and organizational tools like these storage racks from Jerry & Maggie can help reduce the clutter. They can be stacked, adjusted and rotated to be customized to your workspace, according to the brand. Made from natural wood, the two included racks feature five separate units and have flat surfaces to store everything from books and mail to pencil holders and Post-it Notes.
With a high-stress job like teaching, a self-care gift set like this one from Lush can help an educator wind down. This box features products infused with lavender — which studies have shown can improve mental health — like the brand’s Sleepy shower gel and A French Kiss bubble bar. It also includes a lavender oil-based bath bomb and the Dream Cream body lotion, which features soothing chamomile.
One of our favorite planners for productivity, this planner from BulletKeeper comes in seven colors and is great for teachers hoping to effectively manage their busy schedules. It comes undated, which means your teacher can tailor the 12 monthly spreads to their school’s academic year. There are five weekly pages between each monthly calendar, and the end of the notebook has 68 blank pages for jotting down notes, reminders and more.
Whether it’s a holiday, birthday or Teacher Appreciation Week, third grade teacher Quinn is always excited to receive a box of chocolates from her students. This Vintage Candy Co. gift basket, on our list of the best gifts for chocolate lovers, features 21 classic candy bars, including Reese’s, Kit Kats, Snickers and more. Popular brands like Godiva, Ghirardelli and Ferrero Rocher also offer assorted boxes to brighten your teacher’s day.
Thank you cards are a sweet and simple way to show a teacher you care. Popular retailers like Etsy, Hallmark and Shutterfly offer unique and customizable card options for every type of teacher. This one from Etsy, for example, lets you choose between a blank card or one with a personalized message in handwritten script typeface. It is printed on premium textured cardstock and comes with an envelope and a white wax seal.
These slippers from Select reader favorite brand L.L.Bean can offer relief to teachers who spend the majority of their day on their feet. Available in both women’s and men’s sizes and in multiple colors, the Wicked Good Moccasins are soft and durable and feature a warm shearling lining that draws moisture away from the feet, according to the brand.
It’s the rare educator who doesn’t appreciate a little extra help to get started in the morning. In July 2021, Keurig released its first Wi-Fi connected brewer, which automatically detects K-Cup pods and adjusts brew settings like temperature and strength, according to the brand. The K-Supreme Plus Smart also lets coffee lovers personalize their coffee with five cup sizes, five strength settings and six temperature settings, and it can be programmed to automatically brew a cup of coffee at a specific time. When you settle on a personalized setting you like, you can also name and favorite it. Since this is a bit on the pricier side, this gift may be one you want to give as a group.
Teachers love to use laminators to ensure their labels, papers and bulletin board decorations stay intact over the years. This laminator, which features a carry handle, can laminate items up to 9 inches wide, according to Scotch. The Scotch Thermal Laminator Combo Pack also comes with 20 letter-size laminating pouches.
Whether they’re inputting grades or creating lesson plans, teachers often spend late hours in front of a computer screen. The light from screens can hinder sleep, but blue light lenses can mitigate the effect, as we explained in our guide to blue light glasses. Felix Gray’s sleep glasses come in over a dozen frame styles and feature slightly yellow-tinted lenses that filter the range of blue light that impacts melatonin secretion, the brand says. The lenses also provide UVA and UVB protection and have an anti-reflective and anti-glare coating.
This backpack from Dagne Dover can help your favorite teacher carry around papers, stationery and other supplies. Dagne Dover says its Neoprene Backpack is water-resistant, shock-absorbent and can double as a useful travel backpack. It’s available in three sizes (Small, Medium and Large) and in several colors, including Onyx, Heather Grey and Dark Moss.
If your teacher has a robust library in her classroom, this customizable stamp can help them identify which books are theirs (and ensure they make their way back to the classroom). You can also choose from a multitude of other stamp options, such as “Proud of You,” Please Sign and Return” and more. You can customize these stamps with your teacher’s name and your choice of ink color. It’s self-inking, so you don't have to worry about getting them a separate ink pad.
After spending hours on their feet, your teacher deserves an easy at-home massage to ease some muscle tension. This massager from Wahl, one of our favorite budget-friendly massage guns, comes with four attachment heads and a 9-foot power cable to help them move around freely. It has two speeds and two vibration settings, which experts told us can be powerful enough for smaller regions of the body like the calves and forearms.
If crafting is your teacher’s go-to hobby, a Cricut Joy can help them have fun with some new projects both in and out of the classroom. This smart cutting and writing machine can customize everyday products, from water bottles to personalized cards. The brand says the device can draw a variety of shapes and write in multiple fonts, all while being able to cut over 50 materials, including vinyl, paper and cardstock. You can control the Cricut Joy from your phone using the Design Space app. If your teacher already has a Cricut Joy, loading them up on additional accessories is another option.