Best Teacher Gifts Under $25

Teacher gifts can be challenging. Whether your child’s teacher’s birthday is coming up, or you’re a teacher participating in Secret Santa, it’s always tough to know what others will like. If you’re looking to get a little more creative than the traditional Starbucks gift card (and support small business), then here are some of the best teacher gifts for you!

Book Lovers’ Soy Candles from Frostbeard

Do you know what most teachers love? Books and candles. When you find something that combines the two, it is truly exciting! Frostbeard is a candle shop based in Minneapolis, Minnesota that focuses on candles for book lovers. You can choose from scents like Bookstore, Old Books, Oxford Library, and Headmaster’s Office, just to name a few! They also offer several sizes, so you can go big or tiny based on your teacher gift needs 🙂

Laptop Stickers from Coffeein5th & NewHampshireBelle

Laptop stickers are perfect teacher gifts! Teachers love motivational quotes and cute illustrations. It’s part of the job. Laptop stickers are the perfect way to gift a teacher with a pretty little dose of positivity each time he or she opens up a laptop to take attendance. And speaking of that, NewHampshireBelle has the perfect sticker reminding them to do that, too… admin will thank you 😉

( Get better at taking attendance here —> Tips for Forming Good Habits )

iPhone Charger Decal from FourPandas

This shop out of Jacksonville, Florida offers all kinds of monogrammed teacher gift ideas! Teachers (and I can only speak for the Southern ones) LOVE monogrammed gifts! I love monogrammed gifts because they show that you put some thought into it ahead of time. Plus, teachers (along with everyone else) can never have enough chargers!

Personalized Notebook from OldWaysFuss&Feathers

I feel comfortable telling you that, no matter the teacher you’re thinking about, he or she is a list-maker. Teachers just can’t help it. There are a million and one things to remember: Notes to take in meetings, things to copy, children to send to the office early next Tuesday at 11:10. #teacherlife is impossible without lists and notes, which is why notebooks are one of the best teacher gifts! These sweet notebooks out of North Vernon, Indiana just add an extra little bright spot to list-making! 

Read: Weekly Lesson-Planning Process

Teacher T-Shirts from uniquebelletique

“Wait a minute…” you may be thinking. “Teachers wear t-shirts about teaching?” Yes. Yes, we do. On a dress down day, a teacher shirt, jeans, and cute tennis shoes are the most Instagrammable teacher outfit you can imagine! Teacher t-shirts make great teacher gifts! Luckily, Etsy is FULL of cute shops with tons of options, like uniquebelletique out of Midlothian, Texas, and whimsyandwhiteboards out of Salem, Oregon. 

Bonus

No teacher gift is complete without a meaningful card. In fact, you could really get away with this being your ONLY gift. And I’m not talking about a card that says, “Thanks for being the best teacher ever,” but a truly meaningful card. One where you list the things he or she does from day-to-day that you appreciate. It could be how your child’s teacher has worked really hard with him/her on handwriting over the past few months, or how your coworker across the hall always offers to make your copies.

Teachers like kindness and inspirational words, right? (see above) I still have cards hanging over my desk at home that are 3-4 years old. Those kids are almost in middle school now! But the kind words that those parents took the time to write me have been some of the most lasting gifts I’ve ever received.

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What gift ideas would you like to add to this list?! Please share them in the comments section 🙂

Best Places for Teachers to Get Organizational Containers

At the end of every school year, I make a plan for the next year. I like to do this while I’m still IN my classroom, because it helps me think much more practically about the space, needs and functionality of everything!
(Plus, who wants to think about school stuff over summer break?)
Last year was my first year in this classroom, which meant it was the first year I got to observe my Kindergarteners in the environment. There were some spaces I loved and some that I wanted to completely rework.
Which brings me to where I am now… one of the biggest things I wanted to do was to get MATCHIIING CONTAINERS for the different parts of the room!


I needed them for organizing:

  • My teaching shelf
  • Learning materials in the cabinets
  • Weekly workshop materials the children take to their tables

Y’all. I have literally spent HOURS looking on Amazon and other websites to find durable containers, in bulk, that look moderately attractive.
If you are a teacher (or a parent organizing a playroom), benefit from my research and skip straight to these stores! 

Dollar Tree

Start here! I can’t believe I never knew (until this year) that Dollar Tree has a website! Did you know this?! It’s like the store but even better because you can always find the number and colors that you’re looking for!
You do have to buy in bulk but, whenever I’m shopping at Dollar Tree, I’m usually buying a ridiculous number anyway (“Yes, I’m looking for 35 picture frames” or “29 composition books”).
I got 36 of these adorable locker bins for (you guessed it) $36!

Really Good Stuff

This is a website that I have always heard of, but never actually shopped on because I thought it was expensive. However, after I started looking, I didn’t think it was unreasonable at all.
The items are higher quality than they might be if they came from Dollar Tree or Target’s Dollar Spot, so the price matches! Plus, most containers come in packs of 5, and they typically give a discount once you’ve ordered a certain number.
Plus, THE COLORS! They are beautiful and you can choose which color scheme you would like! I ordered 20 paper baskets in pink, blue, green, and orange.

The Container Store

You would think that, with a name like “The Container Store”, this would be the first place I would look. However, I completely forgot about it!
Most people use The Container Store for individual home or office needs, so I will say that they are a little pricier than “teacher stores”. However, I found some really great paper trays for $2.99 each (that I may or may not be getting)!

Target

And of course, if all else fails, go to Target. I put Target last because the price is usually highest (even in the glorious Dollar Spot). Last year, I bought all of the canvas bins they had available! They’ve been great for storing bulky or awkwardly-sized things (like toy dinosaurs or my collection of smaller containers)! 



In my experience, those have been the most affordable places to buy containers in bulk! If you have some different suggestions, please share them below! 


I’m sure your kids will definitely appreciate all of the matching containers in your room… and if they don’t, at least it will make you happy 🙂