Christmas: The Best Teacher Gifts

2020 has been a tough ol’ year for a lot of people, and teachers are no exception—as they’ve contended with everything from teaching via Zoom to making the classroom a safe place to be and allaying the concerns of parents and carers. Needless to say—the end of the academic year is the perfect time to spoil them with gifts of appreciation and tokens of your thanks. 

It’s also Christmas, so presents are high up on everyone’s agenda already. Here are our top picks for teacher gifts that they’ll actually enjoy, for a range of price points.

Gift Cards or Cash Donation

Gift cards are a great way to say thank you to teachers
Gift cards make great gifts for teachers


An absolute failsafe gift option that teachers always appreciate is the good, old-fashioned gift card or cash donation. Haters will say that these options lack imagination but the way we see is that they tick all of the boxes. Allow you to stick within a budget? Tick. A great way of spoiling someone who has had a big impact on your child’s life for the last year, but that you don’t actually know that well on a personal level? Tick. Enables the teacher to pick something they’ll genuinely use and enjoy? Tick, tick, tick. 

If you’re worried about a gift card lacking the personal touch—you can opt for a specific store as opposed to a generic Visa or Westfield. And if you’re wanting to keep the value of your donation anonymous, why not club together with other parents? 

There are a few options for apps that can be used to facilitate the clubbing together for donations—our favourite is Group Together; a super popular tool that allows you to send a card too. Gifting is done and dusted in one fell swoop!

Price point: customisable to your budget


Gin gift pack for teachers
Gin gift pack, perfect for teachers


Nothing says “thanks for everything, see you in the new year” quite like a good bottle of their favourite tipple. Whether it’s a good bottle of wine or even a selection pack of mini spirits (we love this selection of gins from Four Pillars) or ciders, teachers can either enjoy the gift themselves or re-gift throughout the silly season if they so please. 

Price point: $15+

Homemade Treats

Home made baking for teacher gifts
Homemade cookies in a jar for teacher gifts


If you’re already contributing to a gift card or cash donation but want to add an ultra-personal touch as an extra thank you, a homemade gift is a perfect keepsake for teachers. 

Perhaps your mini bakers can get busy in the kitchen and whip up some festive cookies (check out this post for some serious festive-inspired baking), to then present in a mason jar with hand-drawn gift tag, or little artists can make a homemade photo frame for a picture of the class to go in. These small momentos are treasured by teachers, and they’re a super budget-friendly way of saying thank you. 

Price point: $5+

Water Bottle or Coffee Cup

best presents for teachers
Reusable coffee cups, image: Gourmet Traveller


Useful gifts that will stand the test of time always have a place in teachers’ hearts (or on their desks.) We love a stainless steel water bottle or a beautiful reusable coffee cup—both of which will last for ages and are the perfect blend of pretty and practical. Check out Kim Wallace Ceramics, Porter and Frank Green for some gorgeous styles.

Price point: $20+


Best teacher presents candles
Candles for teacher gifts


Another crowd-pleaser when you don’t know the teacher too well but want to get them something personal—candles are such a popular gift choice for a reason. Basically, everyone loves them, and if they don’t? Another perfect re-gifting option (which might make people eye-roll, but can actually come in really handy for people during such a busy gifting experience). We love Hutwoods, SOH Melbourne and Palm Beach Collection.

Price point: $25+


Best presents for teachers toiletries
Luxurious bath set


A crowd-pleasing gift for the female teacher; gorgeous smelling bath lotions, moisturisers and fragrances are a great way to treat them to something a little bit luxe that they wouldn't necessarily buy for themselves. We love the Yardley London’s Moisturising Fragrance Mist range as is the ideal pick-me-up for a busy day or picks from Lush, The Body Shop, Go-To Skincare or smaller, independent businesses like Bathe Therapy —the wares of which provide a really authentic gifting vibe. 

Price point: $25+

Other Things To Consider

  • Shop small. If ever there was a time to try and take your shopping locally, this is it! Look for independent businesses that really need a boost given the context of 2020. You'll be making their Christmas as well as the teacher you're buying for!
  • Each school or childcare centre will have different protocols in place surrounding teacher gifts. Some classes all club together to give a large gift, whereas others leave it up to personal discretion—there are no hard and fast rules.

More Gifting Ideas Here:

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The Best Gifts That Give Back This Christmas
The Best Christmas Gifts For Kids Under $50

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