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27 Great Year End Teacher Gift Ideas (+2 to Avoid)

Looking for the right way to say goodbye and thank you to a special teacher? Teachers love receiving thank you gifts from students at year end. We researched hundreds of ideas and narrowed them down to 27 top-rated picks teachers will absolutely love. From elementary to middle and high school, we’ve got you covered with creative ideas. Our ideas include great individual gifts as well as group classroom gifts. Enjoy.

This personalized plaque is a gift that will be treasured for years. Featuring your teacher’s name, a custom message, and a “from” line, you have the flexibility to say just something special just for him or her. Makes a great group gift, but also works well as single gift, measuring about the size of a sheet of paper. Custom made in Virginia, USA by the Broad Bay company.
This book is for that special teacher who makes a real difference, is invested in student success, and truly cares. Ideal for grades 1 through 5, it is told from the perspective of a little bear who recounts various lessons. “Some of the hardest things for me to do make me feel proudest,” the little bear says. “Because I had you, I learned to believe in me.”
An ideal gift for a truly charming teacher, this stretchable bracelet make her feel like the superwoman she is. Includes various school related charms such as apples, buses,
and papers. Comes in a lovely gift box. A wonderful way to show your appreciation.
If you’re looking for a year end idea for an English teacher, look no further than these great literature-inspired English breakfast tea bags. Each includes a unique quote.
$12.95 ($0.52 / Count)
$12.95 ($0.52 / Count)
This notebook is the perfect year end gift for a teacher who loves to write. It reads “an awesome teacher is hard to find, difficult to part with and impossible to forget.”
Thank You for Helping Me Grow
This lovely card is perfect thank you gift for a teacher who’s made a real difference in a student’s life. Comes with a small tree pendant necklace symbolizing his or her nurturing influence.
Book Lover Gift Basket
Is your teacher a bit of a bookworm? Warm her heart with this lovely literary-inspired gift basket. Complete with treats to keep her weekend reading sessions fueled. Also a great idea for librarians.
For teachers who are as good as gold, this apple lapel is a wonderful way to show your appreciation. Wearing this shiny apple not only looks great, but gives teachers that little extra boost of self confidence and motivation. Sometimes, it’s the little things that count.
Movie Gift Card
School is out for summer, so give your teacher something to do! They’ll love a gift card to the movies.
Cactus Tea Lights
These fun cactus-shaped tealights are a unique, creative idea for a teacher who has it all. Makes a great home decoration.
Does your teacher have kids? He or she will be thrilled to bring this back home to celebrate the start of summer break with the kids.
This marine-themed premium-printed glossy card comes with a starfish key chain. Tell your teacher what a big difference he or she has made.
Have your entire class sign this giant 8.5” x 11” thank you card, complete with an appropriately sized envelope.
For that amazingly creative and out-of-this-world teacher, nothing less than this sparkling gold card will do. Make him or her feel like a star that reads “thank you for being the creative and inspiring teacher you are.” The inside reads “you make such a difference.”
Teachers can never get enough pens. Give them some extra creative expression with this great set of 18 different colors.
Infinity Scarf
Have a female teacher with a math/science bent? Consider this fun “infinity scarf,” symbolizing the infinite things you appreciate about her teaching.
The perfect idea for a math teacher, this pi poster spells out pi to hundreds of digits. He or she will be thrilled to display this for next year’s students. There is space for the students’ signatures if desired.
Marble Apple Paperweight
Yes, apples can be over done. But we think your teacher will appreciate and actually use this high quality marble paperweight. A good gift idea for newer Kindergarten and early elementary teachers.
These adorable animal-shaped paperclips will delight your teacher!
This artist designed, hand-painted resin figure holding an apple will delight your teacher. Comes with in a gift box with a card that reads “thank you for making a difference.”
Looking for an idea for multiple teachers?
This set of six pens comes with rotating messages build in such as “thank you for teaching me.”
Ideal for a literature geek teacher, this teacher is a play on the Star Wars phrase “May the Force be With You.” A great send off for a teacher with a sense of humor. He or she (available in both men’s and woman’s sizes) will get an absolute kick of out it.
The year is nearing the end, and your teacher could probably use some serious relaxation. Bath bombs are the perfect soothing antidote to stress.
This personalized candle comes with an inspiring message on the front: “the influence of a great teacher cannot be extinguished.” Enter your teacher’s name with the order and it will be written on the candle’s cap.
Thank You Bracelet
Show your teacher what a difference she’s made with this polished steel bracelet with a special message on the back: “You have made a difference in my life. Thank you for helping me grow.” A classy, yet understated gift she’ll be proud to wear.
Personalized Mug
While we’d generally avoid generic mugs, we think your teacher will be delighted to see you took the effort to personalize a gift. The mug reads “[teacher’s name] – best teacher ever.” Something she’ll be proud to use every day.
Best Teacher Hershey's Kisses
Give him or her something sweet. These Hershey’s Kisses are labeled “best teacher,” “A+” and “thank you” on the back. Would look great in the mug above.
Looking for a year end gift for your music teacher? Consider this quality teacher journal.

What should you avoid giving a teacher at year end?

– Stuffed animals. They’re cute, but not for a grown man or woman.
– Any product with a quote that says “it takes a big heart to shape little minds.” The market is flooded with these products and chances are your teacher’s seen it already.

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