How is it possible that there are only a few more weeks of school left? And with the end of the academic year comes the (sometimes) crippling anxiety of picking out the perfect thank-you gift for your kid’s teacher. After all, this is the person who’s taught — and put up with — your child for a year; you can’t just slap an apple on their desk and call it a day. But fear not: We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the coolest teacher gifts on the market that will undoubtedly earn you (OK, and your kid) an A+.
Here’s a list of 23 gifts (for a bunch of budgets) that teachers will actually appreciate and use.
A self-care splurge
Your favorite super-teacher may not be fully awake for those 7 a.m. homeroom roll calls — or, you know, Circle Times, depending on your kid’s age — but they sure can look bright-eyed and glowing with the help of a luxe facial roller. It’s the perfect self-care treat that’s practical and beautiful, but not necessarily something folks “need” to buy for themselves.
Honey & Be honey jade roller, $34.00 at Honey & Be.
A room scent upgrade
Um, reed oil diffusers are so 2018, didn’t you know? Treat your Teach to the future of eco-friendly room fragrance: These Alio diffusers are oil-free and use wood resin to make any classroom/teacher’s lounge/teacher’s entire home smell amazing — naturally.
Odor neutralizing oil-free reed diffuser, $18.00 at Alio.
Gift cards… but in a bouquet
Fine, gift cards aren’t the most creative option, but they’re definitely useful. Hey, no one’s ever complained about free money!
One great way to include everyone from your child’s class is to go in on a gift card bouquet, like this one from The Cul-De-Sac. Pick a point person (why not you!), and ask parents to contribute however much they feel comfortable with giving. Then select a handful of gift cards to places like Amazon, Trader Joe’s, Target or a local restaurant. To make the gift, you’ll need an inexpensive flowerpot, some foam, some wooden sticks and paper flowers to glue the cards onto.
The chicest desk organizer
Keeping track of who’s turned in their homework assignments is tough enough. Help your child’s teacher stay organized with this chic desk organization set that holds all her classroom essentials.
Copper magnetic desk set, $34.99 at The Container Store
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A version of this article was originally published in April 2016.