Teacher birthday gift ideas

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We all have a teacher who impacted our lives in one way or another, whether they went above and beyond to help us or simply made going to school that much more enjoyable. Chances are your little one has a teacher he or she is most fond of, or perhaps you’re especially appreciative of your child’s teacher and everything they do each day. In any case, teachers deserve love and recognition, and what better way to show them you care than on their birthday?

There are so many ways to make their big day extra special, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites in this list of birthday presents for teachers.

Handmade gifts

You can’t go wrong with a handmade gift, and there are plenty of DIY crafts that are both creative and useful. A tissue paper flower pen, for example, is an easy-to-make gift that will not only look great on her desk, but will also get plenty of use. Pair it with a blank set of postcards and envelopes and you’ve got a sweet and simple gift she’ll love.

hand made pink tissue paper flower pen
Colored stack of envelopes with a pink envelope above decorated with a rainbow sticker

School supplies

Many teachers use their own money to buy school supplies and decorations for their classrooms, so gifting supplies such as writing utensils and paper are always welcome. You could even put together a gift basket or storage tub full of things like antibacterial wipes, tissues, and other classroom necessities. A little goes a long way, and your child’s teacher will appreciate the extra goods.

Pencil case

Perfect for pens, pencils, and various small odds and ends, this heavyweight canvas case is durable enough to last throughout the school year and beyond.

Image with two canvas pencil case for teacher on a wood table

Starter kit greeting card collection

We’ve all been there: realizing you forgot to get a greeting card but don’t have time to run to the store. That’s no longer a problem with this greeting card starter kit. Neatly organized into a decorative box, this kit includes 16 cards and envelopes for different occasions, making it a great go-to when crunched for time.

Candles

Whether time at home means relaxing and unwinding or grading papers, you can give the gift of ambiance with scented candles. These Katie Loxton candles not only smell great, but they also serve as reminders — one as a “thank you” to show your appreciation, and the other reminding the teacher to relax. (They deserve it, after all!)

Personalized totes

Teachers often have their hands full, both literally and figuratively. Consider gifting them with a canvas tote embroidered with their name or initials. You could even fill it with personalized items like pens and pencils, monogrammed stationery, and on-the-go goodies such as hand sanitizer, chewing gum, and snacks. 

Sentiment blocks

These decorative sentiment blocks were practically made for a teacher’s desk. From uplifting to downright funny, each side of the block features a different message, allowing the teacher to switch it up for a little variety.

Two sentiment blocks for teacher

Handwritten card

Although the simplest of all these teacher birthday gift ideas, it just might be the most meaningful. Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that money can’t buy, and that includes a handwritten message in a greeting card. If your child is old enough, have them write a thoughtful message in a card he or she has chosen. You could also leave room to write a message yourself, letting them know just how grateful you are to have them as your child’s teacher.

To make the card even more special, customize it and print at home with any of these popular printable birthday cards.

A stack of Open When cards is also a unique gift that keeps on giving long after their birthday is over.

Whether you decide to DIY or purchase one of the gift ideas above, remember that he or she will be grateful that you thought of them on their birthday.

Rainbow blank single panel cards with various messages