20 Unique and Thoughtful Teacher Gift Ideas for Under $25

Favorite teachers deserve a little something special this time of year. It could be a gift for their desk or classroom that adds a bit of flair, or even just a relaxing item they can enjoy at home. Planners, calendars and journals are always useful, as are cute and funny gifts that make them giggle. Teachers' gifts are a thoughtful way to show your appreciation for someone — including a coach, babysitter, day care staff member or nanny — who goes out of their way to care for and brighten your child's day. Check out some of top choices for teacher Christmas gifts from Amazon, Anthropologie, Uncommon Goods and more.

Apple Tree to Be Kit Teacher Gift Ideas photo

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Apple Tree to Be Kit

Teachers and apples, they just go together. This Apple Tree to Be Kit is a great gift for a teacher with a green thumb, and growing the tree can also be a fun outdoor classroom activity come spring. Besides, there's nothing wrong with your kid being the class apple polisher when they truly adore their teacher!

($22; uncommongoods.com)

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Williams Sonoma Mulling Spice Sachets Teacher Gift Ideas photo

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Williams Sonoma Mulling Spice Sachets

'Tis the season to stay cozy at home and drink warm and spicy beverages. These mulling spice sachets from Williams Sonoma are a tasty choice for their favorite teacher, who can joyfully add the packets to apple cider or make a mulled wine for holiday entertaining. Yum! ($15; williams-sonoma.com)

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Sand Timer Set

Pop quiz! What do teachers want for the holidays? We think this rainbow sand timer set is a colorful and useful teacher gift. Beyond decorating their desk, the set will come in handy during class for timing tests and group project work. Mostly they're just fun and kind of mesmerizing to look at, though. ($15; amazon.com)

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3M Pop Up Post-It Note Dispenser Teacher Gift Ideas photo

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3M Pop Up Post-It Note Dispenser

In a time before cell phones, digital cameras and selfies disrupting the classroom, kids were sneaking Polaroid instant cameras into school. We like this quirky 3M Pop Up Post-It Note Dispenser as a Christmas gift for the teacher who loves to talk about "Back in my day…" The nostalgia factor makes it fun, the Post-It notes make it practical. ($14; amazon.com)


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Amazon Gift Card in a Snowman Tin

Let's face it: The gift of practicality is always appreciated. Forget trying to figure out their favorite homemade cookie, and please don't bother knitting them a scarf. Teachers are just like us, meaning they can find just about everything and anything they ever wanted on Amazon.com. Plus, this Amazon gift card comes in a jolly, reusable holiday-themed snowman tin. ($25; amazon.com)

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Library Card Tote Bag

Learning-themed gifts don't get much cuter than this library card tote bag from Uncommon Goods. Is their favorite teacher responsible for instilling a love of reading in your child? Or perhaps the school librarian has taken a shine to your little bookworm. Either way, we highly recommend this tote bag as a gift for male and female teachers alike. ($20; uncommongoods.com)


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Math Mug

Reminiscent of a classroom chalkboard, this coffee (or tea) mug is the perfect gift for a mathematically minded teacher. Algebra, geometry, physics and calculus is all abrew in this mighty cup of joe. It's a smart holiday gift or year-end token of appreciation. ($16; uncommongoods.com)

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F! for Effort Book

Some teachers have no sense of humor, while others are in competition with the class clown. This gift is for the latter group! Every teacher has a story or two of the most, er, creative answers a kid ever came up with in class. The F! for Effort Book and its sequels will give them a nice and hearty laugh break in the midst of grading all those midterm tests and final papers. ($10; uncommongoods.com)


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Teacher Mouse Ornament

Whether their favorite teacher is a city mouse or a country mouse, an Anthropologie Christmas ornament is always a sweet way to say "Thank you!" for all they do for your child. This whimsical wool critter is named Miss Mumbles and hails from the U.K. She's the perfect little something for a grade school or even high school English teacher. ($18; anthropologie)

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Kate Spade Gold Dot 12-Month Desktop Calendar

Every good teacher knows that an organized desk is the gift that keeps on giving all year round. That's why we love this chic, gold dot 12-month desktop calendar from Kate Spade. It's fashionable, practical, and keeps the whole class on track. ($20; katespade.com)

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Safari Trinket Dish

It's a jungle gym out there! Elementary school teachers, science teachers and animal lovers alike will all appreciate this delightful Safari Trinket Dish from Anthropologie. The adorable desk or home decoration comes in two styles, giraffe and hippo. Tell your kid it might just inspire a field trip to the zoo one of these days — if they're really well behaved and keep scoring good grades. ($22; anthropologie.com)

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Rifle Paper Rollerball Pen

There's a classic '80s movie quote "I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen" (from Say Anything, for those who haven't seen the film!) — this is basically the teacher/student version of that sentiment. Something about a fancy pen just makes grading papers so much more appealing. We love this Rifle Paper Co. rollerball pen from Anthropologie as a thoughtful, whimsical and practical gift for their favorite professor. ($16; anthropologie.com)

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Velvet Reading Glasses Case

If there's one thing teachers always seem to lose, it's their glasses. Sure, they're often right on top of their head — hey, they have a class full of students to keep track of! — but this "shabby chic" velvet reading glasses case is both a pretty and handy gift. Plus, it comes in two Christmas-appropriate colors: rose and moss. ($20; anthropologie.com)

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Luster Trio Pencil Holders

This trio of pencil holders from Anthropologie is a simple, elegant addition to any type of teacher's desk. The set minimizes mess while maximizing space, plus the mixed metals match any kind of classroom decor. The classic No. 2 pencil never looked classier than stashed inside this perfect teacher's gift. ($22; anthropologie.com)

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Williams Sonoma Classic Hot Chocolate

They might espouse healthy eats in the classroom, but let's face it, the holidays are a time to indulge — and that most definitely holds true for teachers. Your kid's favorite adult (aside from their parents, obviously) deserves a sweet treat this season, and Williams Sonoma's classic hot chocolate tin is an easy A+ gift. ($20; williams-sonoma.com)

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VOLUSPA Goji & Tarocco Orange Decorative Tin Candle Teacher Gift Ideas photo

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VOLUSPA Goji & Tarocco Orange Decorative Tin Candle

After a long day of classroom teaching, grading papers, holiday concerts, parent-teacher conferences and more, there's no gift greater than a relaxing evening at home. Treat their favorite teacher to a long-lasting self-care session with this beautifully designed and scented three-wick candle from Voluspa. ($22; sephora.com)

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Isotoner Smart Touch Womens Black Knit Zig Zag Texting Gloves Teacher Gift Ideas photo

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Isotoner Smart Touch Womens Black Knit Zig Zag Texting Gloves

Talk about a handy present. Gloves and mittens are the go-to holiday gift for almost anyone on your list, but this fashionable pair from Isotoner have an added bonus — they've got smart-touch-friendly fingertips. It's the perfect gift for any teacher who has outside recess duty, plus they're just really cute and practical. ($25; amazon.com)

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Contigo Couture Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Teacher Gift Ideas photo

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Contigo Couture Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, 20 oz, White Marble

Your kid's favorite teacher deserves better than standing in line for the water fountain. They'll love this stainless steel hot/cold water bottle from Contingo Couture. They come in over nine different designs, including white marble, and are a convenient gift for a team of teachers, too. ($17; amazon.com)

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