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16 Gifts teachers really want this holiday season

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

Make your teacher's Christmas merry this year

Have you ever taken a good look at a teacher's desk the day before winter break? The surface becomes a mountain of smelly lotions and scented candles.

Give your kid's teacher a break this year and get her something she really wants and will actually use.

1. Class supplies

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Yes, you bought a ton of classroom supplies a few months back, but some of those items are probably already dwindling. Save her from having to buy them herself by sending some in as a gift. No teacher has ever turned her nose up at a pack of dry-erase markers. (Amazon, $10)

2. Personalized stationery

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Make sure the notes she sends home have style with personalized note cards, (Tiny Prints, prices vary)

More: Cute teacher gift crafts for the holidays

3. Stickers

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You know all those stickers your kid gets so excited about aren't provided by the district, right? (Amazon, $5)

4. Books

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For younger students, teachers will appreciate a book to add to the classroom library — they've probably stocked that library on their own, and that's not cheap. If you know what the teacher is into, a book for their own personal enjoyment is another great option.

5. Grading stamps

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Make her life easier with this fantastic set of grading stamps. (Amazon, $20)

6. Bookmarks

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How many books do you think she's keeping a place in at one time? Help her out with a bookmark or two. (Etsy, $4)

More: DIY teacher gifts

7. Flash drive

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If she takes her files home (because what teacher doesn't?), make sure she always has a flash drive handy. (Office Depot, $20)

8. Something cute for her desk

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She only needs so many paperweights and pencil holders, but she'll certainly appreciate something that helps her stay organized. This adorable paper clip holder looks cute and serves a purpose. Perfect. (Bloomingdale's, $19)

9. Coffee accessories

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Caffeine is a major part of most teachers' days, but we're guessing she already has a cabinet full of mugs. Instead, get her something handy to go with her brew, like a fabric mug sleeve or a cup holder that will save her some desk room. (Amazon, $9)

10. Pretty vase

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Don't let her be caught off-guard the next time a student brings her a flower from home. Buy her a vase — and it wouldn't hurt to fill it with a flower. (Amazon, $6)

11. Tote bag

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Tests to grade, homework to check, plans to make, crafts to cut... you name it and your kid's teacher has recently hauled it home. Give her a nice tote to carry it all in. (PersonalizationMall.com, $21)

More: 20 Gifts your kid's teacher actually wants

12. Fuzzy socks

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Help her unwind and pamper herself after a long day with a pair of comfy fuzzy socks. (Target, $6)

13. Personalized key ring

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Every time she picks up her keys, she'll know how loved she is. (Etsy, $12)

14. iTunes gift card

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If your kid's school uses iPads, you'd be surprised to find out how much the teacher shells out from her own pocket for apps. She'll love you for covering a few of them with an iTunes gift card. (iTunes, prices vary)

15. Any gift card

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When in doubt, just get a gift card. Pick a place where she can grab some classroom supplies, grab a bite to eat or pamper herself. She'll remember you when she spends it, and long after.

16. A letter

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Teachers work long, hard hours, and their job is a very important one. Unfortunately, they often end the day feeling overworked and underappreciated. Take the time to sit down and write (yes, with an actual pen and paper) just how much she means to you and your child, and what a difference she makes. It seems simple, but it may just be the best thing she gets this year.

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