I think teacher gifts are something that causes people a lot of stress! We want to spoil our teachers because they spend so much time loving and teaching our sweet little angels…but we also need to stick to a budget.

One quick note. As a former teacher, I really appreciated the thought and acknowledgment. I definitely didn’t need some lavish gift basket, but a note of appreciation for the work I put in day in and day out was very welcomed. I think that’s true for any teacher.

I’ve found 5 gift ideas that any teacher would LOVE and totally appreciate! You can always beef these ideas up with a gift card (always a hit!) too!

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5 Go-To Teacher Gifts This Year

1. Start Today Journal

This is the hit gift of the year! Rachel Hollis is blowing up and killing it in the personal development space. This Start Today Journal, that also comes with an accompanying notebook, is perfect for the teacher with big goals. When I was teaching I was always setting goals for myself and looking toward where I wanted to be in the future. This journal helps get clear on your goals and big dreams.

The best part? It is majorly grounded in gratitude. And let me tell you…as a former teacher that had some crazy long, challenging days, having a place to force myself into a place of gratitude would have been very helpful. I love my journal and your teacher will too!

Get these while you can though, they are going fast!

*If you can’t snag a Start Today Journal in time, I LOVE this Five Minute Journal! It has a place for gratitude and breaks down things that would make the day great…another major plus for a teacher!

2. Time to Relax Basket

You know what’s one of the hardest things on the planet? Teaching 20+ kids the week before Christmas without yelling and/or crying. Your teacher needs a break. She wants to sit, not talk to anyone, and relax. 

Target is the BEST place to put a relaxing spa basket together. Wander around the beauty aisle and grab a sheet mask, bath salts, body oil, a bath bomb, some magazines, chocolates,  etc. There are end caps with samples, travel size containers and other fun things (think stocking stuffers!) at Target.

FYI, Home Goods has the best prices on baskets or bins to put a gift basket together also! Baskets are oddly expensive, so you can get a great one for less than $10 at Home Goods!

3. Set of Daily Motivation Cards

I LOVE these daily motivation cards, and they were created by one of my best friends, Nicole with Palm to Pine Design! The quotes are spot on and there are times during the day where I need some motivation or something positive to focus on, and I’ll pull a card from my deck and think about how to quote can bring me up. Teacher can pin it to their board, prop it on their computer, or even discuss the quote with their students! It’s one of my absolute favorite gifts. 

*Nicole also has quote card sets where she donates $5 from every pack to the Team Lilly Foundation…an amazing non profit founded by a 6 year old cancer survivor on a mission to help her friends fighting!

One of the best parts about giving these cards as a gift? With every card pack purchased, Nicole donates $5 to the Dravet Syndrome Foundation. Dravet Syndrome is a rare seizure disorder and every penny counts to helping these warrior families! I love a gift that gives back!

You can pair these cards with personalized stationary for your teacher- another one of my go to gifts! 

These motivation cards would also be adorable paired with a fun mug with a motivational saying on it! Love love love this Rise and Slay mug! I think I might get it for myself! 

4. Power Bead Bracelet

These Gorjana Power Bead Bracelets are my favorite accessory- I wear a stack every single day. Each stone has a power behind it, so it’s fun to pick the power that goes with the recipient. I’ve given “power” to friends who have gotten promotions, “balance” to a friend who was feeling a lot of stress, etc. They are the cutest bracelets, and they have meaning behind them, which is really special.

5. New Lunch Bag and Gift Card

I remember when I was teaching, lunch was always such a headache. Make it more fun for your teacher with a cute new lunch bag, some to-go containers, and a gift card to your local Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or local grocery store. You could also fill the lunch bag with some of your favorite healthy snacks!

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