Holiday Gifts For Teachers Useful, Practical & Inexpensive

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If you follow my blog you probably know my mother in law is a retired teacher so the inspiration behind writing this post is finding gifts for teachers- be it for teacher appreciation week, Christmas gift or Holiday gift-something they can actually use, and in fact, LOVE to use.

This gift guide is full of budget-friendly gifts. However, rather than looking at the dollar store finds I decided to find quality gifts you can buy in bulk to bring the cost down. This way you can still give the teacher something nice, and still manage to stay within budget.

These gift ideas are also great for anyone starting their teaching career, a teacher coworker’s birthday, special occasion, and Christmas gift ideas.

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Teacher Gifts Under $5

These teacher gifts will cost you under $5 each. The price tag is small but these gifts are not at all cheap finds.

Stationary/ Makeup Pouch

These are such good value for money. A set of 6 for under $20.

These small pouches are great for carrying a variety of things. The teacher can use it as makeup pouch, stationary pouch and so much more.

Teacher Bracelets

These teach bracelets are a steal. These are 8 pieces for under $15! Ca’n’t beat the price.

If you don’t end up using them all this year, you can always use them the next year :).


These teacher keychains make a great teacher appreciation gift. each keychain comes with a special engraved message. They can be used for keys or she can hang these on her purse.

Small Planters

I believe not every teacher gift has to spell out ‘Teacher’.

These mini succulent planters come in a set of 6. You can gift these individually with some candy filled in or even succulents from your own garden!

The teacher can use these to decorate any part of her house- garden, book shelves, bathroom, they look so beautiful!

Wine Sleeves

You can add a bottle of wine to these colorful neoprene wine sleeves. Check your neighborhood for great wine deals to fill these up or you can also pack some candy, coffee powder, cookies to these bags. 

The wine sleeve is a durable gift that will be used a lot.

Teacher Gifts Under $10

Here are some amazing finds under $10

Notepad With Pen

All kind of stationary gifts are welcome for the teacher who goes through stationary at lightening speed. This cute notepad and pen set will be well received.

Meaningful Coffee Mug

It’s hard to find a good coffee mug under $10, but this one is just perfect. It is a good size with a meaningful scripture on the back.

Funny Wine Bags

Add a dash of humor to your appreciation gift with these funny wine bags. Just add some goodies to the wine bag, tie a ribbon and it is ready to gift.

They will not be able to stop smiling when they read the lines on the bag.

Teacher Planner

A quintessential gift for a teacher who is plans her schedule like a boss. The reason I chose this floral planner is because of the great reviews from teachers who love to use this one.

Latte Mug

Latte Mug For Teacher

Perfect for anyone who likes to sip their coffee or latte in a large mug. This matte finish ceramic latte mug can be customized with teacher’s name, grade, school or subject.

Make it sentimental, make it thoughtful, make it funny… personalize it with your heartfelt wishes (and your child’s) for the teacher.

Apple Bookmark

Hard to believe this charming personalized apple bookmark is under $10. I especially love how it wraps around the pages and the tassel tail. 

It is the perfect gift for the teacher who is always surrounded by books. She will never fold the corners of the page (dog ear the pages) to mark it once she has this bookmark.

Teacher Gifts Under $20

Here are some unique finds under $20

Trinket Dish

This golden apple trinket dish will make a nice holiday gift for a fellow teacher

Trinket dishes are not just for vanity tables, they look great on study tables, work desks, etc. They are excellent for holding small things that will otherwise be lost, like earrings, rings, paper clips… 

Insulated Bottle

Flask Bottle Personalized

You can personalize this sleek insulated water bottle with the teacher’s name. The name surrounded with inspirational words creates an apple pattern on the bottle.

It looks great, and it is very useful.

Funny Socks

They can flaunt their passion for the subject with some funny socks. These ones are perfect for a math teacher, but you can find similar socks for other teachers as well.

Water Bottle

A lightweight water bottle so the teacher remembers to stay hydrated through the busy school day.

Insulated Tumbler

The tumbler is so amazing you would want one for yourself! This stainless steel vacuum insulated tumbler comes with a stainless steel straw, lid and even a cleaning brush.

It comes in a variety of colors and keeps the drink cold for 24 hours and hot for eight. This is a well thought gift for teachers who are often so busy they take hours to finish their coffee or smoothie.

Coffee Mug Set

Speaking of coffee I couldn’t help but include this beautiful mug set that comes with a lid and stirring spoon.

I love the message on this mug, the color, and most of all the fact that it comes neatly packed in a silk backdrop box. It arrives gift ready.

Wine Tumbler

While all these ideas will make an excellent gift for a coworker teacher, but some gifts really stand out. This funny hot or cold drink tumbler will make any language teacher laugh.

Appreciation Gift

Check out this gold ceramic apple that I found on Amazon. There is no option to personalize this gift, but the adorable teacher appreciation certificate it comes with makes up for the lack of it.

Teacher Gifts Over $20

Here are some unique teacher gifts that are just over $20. For the one who has made immense difference to your child.

Ceramic Treat Jar

Personalized Treat Jar For Teacher Gift

Useful, practical and elegant, the teacher will appreciate the treat jar.

You have the option to personalize the jar with the teacher’s name and add a line of text. 

It is great for a teacher who has made a big impact on your child, a teaching coworker, a day care teacher, etc.

Jumbo Tote Bag

A jumbo tote bag is the only bag that can accommodate all that a teacher needs to carry along with her. 

This helpful jumbo bag comes with adjustable shoulder straps, and the bag has many pockets so they can carry files, lunch, snacks, shoes… you name it! …all in ONE bag.

Personalized Flower Pot

Personalized Flower Pot

A gift that will stand the test of time…and weather.

The personalized flower pot is truly an exceptional gift for the well-deserving teacher. You also have the option to choose between the 4 teacher quotes for personalizing..

It is a great way of saying thank you and letting the teacher know how much you value their hard work.

Apple Classroom Bell

Teacher's Bell

A gift that will get plenty of attention from students- whether it is ringed or not! The teacher will love this adorable brass apple bell. You can personalize this bell with her name.

Need some DIY teacher gift ideas for holiday season? Check out these DIY homemade holiday gifts for teachers, that are NOT junk.


Hope you found the perfect gift for the teacher, be it your kid’s teacher or a teacher coworker.

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