5 Best Gifts for Any Teacher

Now that back to school is in full swing, it's important to remember the teachers who spend countless hours educating students. Whether you want to celebrate their birthday, give them a Christmas present, or simply say thank you, here are five of the best gifts you can give any teacher. 

I spoke to several teachers before creating this list, and above everything else, they want something they can use. It can be as simple or extravagant as you'd like. One of the teachers I spoke to said her favorite gift last year was a case of Diet Coke and a pair of flip flops for the pool.

It doesn't take much to show your appreciation. 

1) Caffeine. There’s a common misconception that a teacher works from whenever the school day begins to whenever the last bell rings, but it’s not true. There isn’t time during the school day to grade papers or prepare lesson plans, so those things are either done before the students arrive or after they leave, which can make for some long days. Coffee is a staple for many, but make sure they drink it before you buy it. For the teachers who don’t, I’m sure there’s a love for Diet Coke or Dr. Pepper there. Pair it with a personalized mug or tumbler and you've got a winner.

2) A plant or succulents. Being inside all day can be taxing, so bringing a little bit of the outdoors inside can be an easy fix. Plus, there are a ton of benefits to having plants in your home or workspace. Here are a few:

  • Reduced stress 
  • Increased productivity
  • Cleaner air 
  • Reduced sickness and absence
  • Increased creativity

3) Classroom supplies. Sounds boring, I know. However, since a lot of the supplies teachers use are bought with money coming from their own wallets, even the smallest classroom supplies are massively appreciated. I spoke to a close teacher friend who is always wanting more of the following: 

4) PhoneSoap. You are sure to be the favorite parent-teacher combo with a gift like this one. If you’re looking for something a little more unique but still useful, look no further. PhoneSoap 3 is a smartphone sanitizer that will disinfect your phone in 10 minutes while charging it. The device uses UV-C light to kill 99.99% of germs.* Check out the video below to see exactly how dirty classroom items really are.


5) Gift cards. Are you a little overwhelmed with your options and possibilities? You can’t go wrong with a gift card. According to the teachers we spoke to, Target, the local movie theater, and Amazon gift cards are most preferred.


*PhoneSoap 3 has been tested by an independent, 3rd party laboratory to be 99.99% effective against Salmonella, E. coli, MRSA, H1N1, Coronavirus 229E, Staphylococcus, Rhinovirus, Rotavirus. It has been tested on actual phones, Apple™ watch, headphones, credit cards, and keys. PhoneSoap 3 has also been tested to be 99.99% effective against Salmonella, H1N1, rotavirus, and rhinovirus using a modified ASTM E1153 and ASTM E1053-11 for efficacy of UV light on general hard non-porous surfaces such as glass, metals, and plastics. Real world results may vary depending on size, shape, and material of phone or phone case.

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