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What Teachers Want: The Ultimate Gift Buying Guide

Have you finished your holiday shopping? If you have teachers still on your list, skip the #1 teacher mug. Here’s a guide to what teachers really want.
Have you finished your holiday shopping? If you have teachers still on your list, skip the #1 teacher mug. Here’s a guide to what teachers really want.

Have you finished your holiday shopping? If you have teachers still on your list, skip the #1 teacher mug. Here’s a guide to what teachers really want. (And I’ll be back with some other ideas specifically for classroom gifts if that’s the direction you want to go.) 

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Most teachers I know carry a lot of stuff back and forth to school. Sturdy totes, like this [easyazon_link identifier=”B07SJDTXY2″ locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]It takes a big heart to help shape little minds[/easyazon_link]  bag, or this large [easyazon_link identifier=”B07VG9LMVV” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]Yes I Teach[/easyazon_link] bag are super practical. 

[easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B07SJDTXY2″ locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/414Iwo6TjgL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”160″]         [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B07VG9LMVV” locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/41PvkbI03uL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”160″]

Help keep the little stuff organized with this [easyazon_link identifier=”B07QBQZTBT” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]Teacher Survival Kit[/easyazon_link] pouch.

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Fill it with things like:

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B07X62WVM4″ locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]lip balm[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B004X8MHZG” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]hand sanitizer[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B0021AEMKQ” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]fun pens[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B01965DYYS” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]mini chocolates[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B005UZGK9K” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]apple Post-its[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B004K4F80E” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]binder clips[/easyazon_link]

I know I said skip the #1 teacher mug, but a travel mug that keeps your coffee or tea hot is invaluable as it might sit there most of the day. I love this [easyazon_link identifier=”B07RYBXL1R” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]Best Teacher Ever travel mug[/easyazon_link], which comes with a straw and is good for keeping things cold too. Another way to help keep teachers hydrated is a teacher-focused [easyazon_link identifier=”B07VMB5V95″ locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]water bottle[/easyazon_link] or wise owl [easyazon_link identifier=”B07HCG5XQQ” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]water flask[/easyazon_link]

[easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B07RYBXL1R” locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/41TWlhkSOzL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”124″]          [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B07VMB5V95″ locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/41WjgKeVtZL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”120″]          [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B07HCG5XQQ” locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/41sVrdtzwRL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”117″]

We’re on our feet all day, so how about something for those feet, like [easyazon_link identifier=”B00FR13RO8″ locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]teacher socks[/easyazon_link] or a pedicure kit, like this [easyazon_link identifier=”B004EDYQX6″ locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]Tips and Toes[/easyazon_link] collection. 

[easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B00FR13RO8″ locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/41buYOCIDvL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”160″]          [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”131″ identifier=”B004EDYQX6″ locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51WWoo6VNPL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”160″]

Or how about a lanyard for ID badges? Like this [easyazon_link identifier=”B076MHQB4M” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]school print lanyard[/easyazon_link] or this [easyazon_link identifier=”B075TY225G” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]STEM inspired lanyard[/easyazon_link] or this [easyazon_link identifier=”B07J1YMQQ1″ locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]book-print lanyard[/easyazon_link]

[easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B076MHQB4M” locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/41hUNwEt-7L._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”160″]          [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B07J1YMQQ1″ locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51yYllRdLVL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”129″]

This [easyazon_link identifier=”B01C6CM7MI” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]file folder pocket chart[/easyazon_link] would help keep things organized. Pair it with some [easyazon_link identifier=”1483828980″ locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]fun file folders[/easyazon_link]. Or to be organized on the go, how about these [easyazon_link identifier=”B07BF9BGJW” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]notebooks[/easyazon_link] with built in sticky notes and pen.

[easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B01C6CM7MI” locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51db3f+qo0L._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”49″]          [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”125″ identifier=”1483828980″ locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61NYb25laOL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”160″]          [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B07BF9BGJW” locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51YFLd4xeZL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”160″]

It’s time to look ahead to the new year. How about a planner? I’m a huge fan of the Erin Condren teacher planner? You can choose from so many colorful designs. 

Or how about a journal? Try this [easyazon_link identifier=”B001BADYVK” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]teacher’s journal[/easyazon_link] or a luxurious one, like this [easyazon_link identifier=”B072JTR6JR” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]Tree of Life journal[/easyazon_link] set. 

[easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B001BADYVK” locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51l56NgYXiL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”160″]          [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B072JTR6JR” locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51dBk6R1EJL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”160″]

A little positive affirmation goes a long way. How about an [easyazon_link identifier=”B07PDC59C7″ locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]inspirational card deck[/easyazon_link] or a [easyazon_link identifier=”B07CTTYLMT” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]kindness deck[/easyazon_link] to keep at home or use in the classroom? Another option is an [easyazon_link identifier=”B07L6NDBVG” locale=”US” tag=”topnottea-20″]inspirational daily calendar[/easyazon_link]

[easyazon_image align=”none” height=”152″ identifier=”B07PDC59C7″ locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/513WYgiu6uL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”160″]          [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B07CTTYLMT” locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51o25oh7GtL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”122″]         [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B07L6NDBVG” locale=”US” src=”https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51N3ORPW3KL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”topnottea-20″ width=”160″]

Still not sure what teachers really want? Let them pick something themselves! My top choices for gift cards? Teacher Pay Teachers and Amazon. 

Teachers pay Teachers have gift cards from as little as $5.00 and right up to $500.00. If you’re thinking that you want something teachers can use for themselves, not the classroom, let me assure you that gaining back some time by getting materials ready to use is a huge gift. 

Have you finished your holiday shopping? If you have teachers still on your list, skip the #1 teacher mug. Here’s a guide to what teachers really want.

Amazon gift cards are a great choice because there are just so many options, and it lets teachers get something for themselves or the classroom.

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Whatever you choose, a personal note included is sure to brighten a teacher’s day.

Have you finished your holiday shopping? If you have teachers still on your list, skip the #1 teacher mug. Here’s a guide to what teachers really want.

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