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6 Teacher Gift Ideas in Time For the Holidays

What do you get your child’s teacher for Christmas?

That’s the question plaguing millions of parents all over the nation. Teachers give and give of themselves all year long and it’s natural that you’d want to show your appreciation by giving them a gift that is both handy and fun.

That’s the topic we’re tackling today.

Below, we’re sharing 6 clutter-free holiday gift ideas for teachers.

Let’s dive right in.

6 Clutter-Free Christmas Gift Ideas For Teachers

1. Gift certificate

Whether it’s a gift card to a local coffee shop for a morning pick-me-up, a restaurant so they can treat their family to a nice dinner, or even to an office or craft store where they can pick up needed supplies, gift cards are always appreciated. You can also choose a more versatile option — can’t go wrong with Visa!

2. School supplies

Teachers spend a lot of money out of their own pockets purchasing school supplies and classroom decor. You can help take some of that load off by purchasing supplies to go toward their classroom stash. It’s helpful if you know what they need before you buy though so you don’t end up getting brands or varieties they can’t use. If you’re feeling extra creative, make a cute gift basket with the school supplies and maybe a handwritten note thanking them for their hard work.

3. Handmade card

Don’t get your child’s teacher another trinket that’s going to clutter up their classroom or home. Instead, take some time to genuinely thank them for their hard work by writing them a letter or making a card for them. Even better? Get your kids in on the action and let them make their own cards. Kind words of encouragement are exactly what teachers need to hear this holiday season.

4. Insulated water bottle/coffee mug

Teachers are on the go all day long. They need to stay both caffeinated and hydrated. Whether your child’s teacher prefers coffee, tea, water, or something else entirely, a nice quality cup they can refill and keep at their desk is a practical and thoughtful gift they’re likely to enjoy.

5. Pinna subscription

We’d be remiss not to mention a Pinna subscription on this list. It’s clutter-free and useful all year long. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Between the massive (and growing!) library of podcasts and audiobooks and the educator resource section on the website, Pinna makes a unique gift your child’s teacher will love. If purchasing an entire year is outside your budget, consider asking the other parents in your child’s class if they’d like to go in and purchase as a group.

6. Cold hard cash

Finally, if you’re still stumped for ideas, why not give your child’s teacher cold hard cash? Of course, there are plenty of ways to get creative here but a basic envelope with cash (or a gift to their Venmo account if you wanna keep it super simple!) and a handwritten note is more than enough. Teachers give all they’ve got to teaching and loving our kids. Offering cash to spend on anything they need or want is a wonderful way to show your appreciation.

The Wrap-Up

Pinna is an excellent tool for screen-free learning and fun all year round. Keep your kids engaged and entertained with Pinna’s comprehensive and growing library.

We’re all ears!

What are you giving your children’s teachers this year? We’d love to hear from you! Find us on all our social platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest – or email us at

Amy Thetford

Amy Thetford

Amy is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom to her tribe of tiny humans. She's fueled by coffee and the desire to do ALL. THE. THINGS. She blogs about all things motherhood at