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I think that we can all agree that teachers deserve the world. They are the patient guides of our children's education and are often forgotten on holidays. Buying Valentine's Day gifts for teachers shows them that you're thinking of them and that you're sorry that your child insisted on the slap bracelet valentines to pass out to classmates.
Having several teachers in my own family, ranging from middle school math teachers to special education teachers, I think that I have a pretty good grasp on what they like and want. Also, I texted them and straight-up asked about the best Valentine's Day gifts for teachers, which was extremely helpful. Teachers — always providing the best insight!
Yes, their first answer was "better pay," but knowing that's not precisely in our power, they followed that up with easier suggestions like Starbucks gift cards for all the late nights and early mornings, Aquaphor for the hands that are dried out from chalk, and large bags of candy that they don't have to share. Having said that, most of what they said they'd really appreciate is something thoughtful combined with a nice note and gift card. Teachers spend a ton of their own cash on our kids' classrooms every year, so they don't get a lot of extras in their own lives. Gift cards help provide them with some of that money back.
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If, like me, you often forget it's a holiday until that very holiday, an eGift card is your BFF. This one is from Amazon, and since just about every single person you meet has Prime, giving Bezos Bucks makes a lot of sense. It's fast and friendly, and they can get whatever they want.
Vietnamese Coffee Starter Kit
If you've ever had teachers' lounge coffee, you don't need me to explain to you why this Vietnamese coffee kit is a good idea. This comes with the Phin filter and cup, scoop, and scoop clip. You just pour hot water over the grounds in the filter (not included) and you have delicious coffee.
Acrylic Dry Erase Board
The teachers I spoke with said that these can be really fun in the classroom for assignments, inspirational quotes, calendars, and lots of things. It's a clear, acrylic, light-up sign that uses dry-erase markers. It lights up with 16 different colors and is a fun and dramatic bit of desk frippery.
Self-Inking Teacher Stamp
A custom stamp is a fun idea that's affordable and personal. All you have to do is add their name and you're good to go. You can also go ahead and grab extra ink for the ink pad to make it last that much longer. And again, don't forget the thank-you note!
Teacher Gift Bracelet
The Venn diagram of Swifties and elementary school teachers has a significant amount of overlap according to my not-at-all-scientific survey. Swifties love a custom friendship bracelet, and this pair with the apple in the center could not be more adorable. It's something they'll cherish forever.
This adorable succulent is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for teachers for a few reasons: It’s shaped like a heart, it’s little, so it will fit on their desk, and it’s hardy, so it can survive their classroom!
Inspirational Pen Set
There are certain people out there whose love language is stationery — great pens, pretty notebooks, cute folders — and a whole lot of those people are teachers. This is why we think they’ll love this elegant set of inspirational pastel pens, complete with messages of appreciation.
'Why You're the Best Teacher Ever' Fill-in-the-Blank Book
This cute teacher Valentine's Day gift is a keepsake they'll cherish for years to come. It offers simple prompts that allows their favorite student to share their thoughts and feelings down on paper.
Appreciation Metal Bookmark
If they’re a teacher, they’re a reader. And if they’re a reader, there’s a good chance they’re the type of reader who uses everything but a bookmark to keep their place. This handsome metal bookmark is the perfect, thoughtful upgrade from gum wrappers, receipts, and junk mail.
Chocolate Assortment Duet Hearts
Why give one heart-shaped chocolate when you can give two? This assortment from Ghirardelli includes individually wrapped duet hearts in a variety of flavors, including milk chocolate, caramel milk chocolate, sea salt caramel dark chocolate, and crème brûlée white chocolate.
Personalized Glass Cups
Every teacher needs multiple beverages at once. I have witnessed for myself that they are beverage goblins just like editors. They need one drink for caffeine, one for hydration, and one for fun. This teacher's glass could be filled with any one of the three beverages required of goblins like us.
Quencher FlowState Tumbler
I love my Stanley so much, and I am one of those people who think that if everyone just had a cute container to keep their drinks cool for two days, we'd all be so much happier. Or, at least we could pretend to be a lot happier because we have it.
Personalized Teacher Memo Pads
Cute notebooks make the everyday work of getting things taken care of a little bit more fun. This pair of notebooks is positively charming. Whether they're jotting down notes to themselves or to parents or even other teachers, this set is just the right size for that. (And for sticking in their bag.)
Teacher Appreciation Gifts
The socks are completely silly, and meant to be. They're soft, which is great, but they're a novelty item that's meant to be a piece of a gift or a fun mid-year Valentine's Day gift. It's something that the teacher will laugh at, but still throw on.
Lavender Vanilla PocketBac Hand Sanitizers
High on the list of the teachers I spoke with noted that multipacks of hand sanitizer are always a welcome gift. Kids are wonderful creatures, but they're also just so, so gross. Every teacher I know gets sick a few times per year, so helping them avoid that just a little bit is a nice thing to do.
Multicolor Ballpoint Pens
It's no secret that teachers use a lot of pens. Each teacher seems to have their own color code unique to them, and honestly? We love that for them. Having a set of pens with six colors in each pen can make their lives a whole lot simpler. Just throw a pen or two in your bag instead of all six.
50-Count Snack Box
"Desk snacks" were requested for this list, and as a big proponent of desk snacks myself, I get it. It feels critical to have plenty of snacks available, especially when that afternoon dip in energy hits. This box has all of the major hits, including Fun Dip, which I believe is a highly underrated snack.
Good — not grocery store — cookies were mentioned. I can think of few cookies quite as delicious as the rugelach from the 2nd Avenue Deli. They are flaky and light, with just the right amount of sweetness. The sugar on top of the rugelach gives a delicious crunch that you aren't expecting.
Teacher Appreciation Gifts
I feel like I wish that I could go back in time and give this to any number of my teachers. I was, after all, quite the handful. (I never once got "pleasure to have in class.") This is definitely a gift you need to hand to the teacher, but it's pretty hilarious.
Cat Tape Dispenser
This is pure ridiculousness and that's the point. It's a silly little gift that will sit on the teacher's desk and make them smile when they use it, which will be a lot, as tape is one of those things always in need. Tape, and apparently, push pins.
Cute Sticky Notes
My sister-in-law has been a teacher for about 15 years, and she is also one of the most creative folks I know. She said that fun-shaped sticky notes are always welcome. I get it, these are so much more fun to see on your notes, your computer screen, and everything else.
Colorful Push Pins and Wooden Clips
Teachers do wonderful things with bulletin boards, and having lots of available accessories makes it easier. These are fun push pins that are actually working clips — many just look the part. You get 50 pieces in the container, and they come in a ton of different colors. They're tailor-made for an elementary school classroom.
Floral Tea Set
More than a few millennial teachers became teachers because of Miss Honey from Matilda. There's a scene in the end where Miss Honey is serving Matilda tea and cookies from a proper tea set. For all the Miss Honeys out there, this is a sentimental and wonderful gift. Maybe even grab some tea bags and place them inside for a fun surprise.
Teaching is A Work of Heart
Teaching is a work of heart — a calling. This adorable set has everything. Sticky notes, a cute notebook, and book tabs all in one package. It's a wonderful addition to a gift card since it's an affordable, personal addition they'll really get a kick out of.
Teachers apparently swear by this stuff. I have always used it on my babies, and on windburned cheeks, but apparently, it's the best balm for chalk-weary fingers, and mouths dry from talking for the better part of eight hours per day. I don't know about you, but I trust the teachers on this one.
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