Best gifts for teachers in 2023
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.
La Chatelaine Hand Cream Trio Tin Gift Set
This set can fit right in a teacher’s desk drawer. The ultra-rich formula contains shea butter, vitamin A and argan oil to deeply moisturize, according to the brand. This set comes with three different scents—Cinnamon Orange, Gardenia and Rose Acacia. Plus, afterward the tin can be used to house odds and ends, like rubber bands, pencils or other school supplies.
Ultimate Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set
This highly rated diffuser (it has a 4.5-star average out of 58,761 reviews on Amazon) can help fill any classroom with peaceful, invigorating or refreshing scents. The diffuser has 7 ambient light modes and comes with 10 different essential oils that can all evoke different feelings, says the brand.
Blue Dragon Stationery Set
You can’t go wrong with an elegant stationery set. This set includes 30 sheets of ivory paper that are flecked with gold foil and have blue-and-amethyst dragonflies printed on them. There are also 24 matching envelopes, with dragonflies printed on the back. The set comes packed in a pretty box, making it great for gift-giving.
Slip Silk Eye Mask
Give the gift of rest with this luxurious sleep mask. Made of pure silk, this sleep mask is gentle on the delicate skin around your eyes and has a silk-covered band that won’t tug at hair, according to the brand. It comes in more than 25 shades, so you can pick the hue that most reminds you of your favorite teacher.
Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Throw
A teacher can drape this microfiber blanket over the back of their chair for a cozy vibe or take it home to snuggle up after a long day. The fabric is super soft, won’t shrink when washed and will keep you super warm, according to the brand. Bonus: It comes wrapped in a silky ribbon, so it’s practically already wrapped for you.
Tea Forté Petite Presentation Box Tea-Tasting Assortment
If you know your teacher loves tea, a sampler set like this one from Tea Forté is worth considering, especially since tea can help boost mental and physical health, as we previously reported. This assorted collection includes 10 popular tea blends, like Earl Grey, Chamomile Citron, Ginger Lemongrass and others, with aromatic fruits, spices and herbs.
Levoit LV-H132 Air Purifier
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.
Merokeety Fuzzy Oversized Cardigan
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.
Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card
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.
Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer
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).
S’well Water Bottle
One of our favorite reusable water bottles, these S’well bottles are made of durable stainless steel and 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.
Personalized Teacher Tumbler
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.