6 Personalized Gifts Your Teacher Will Appreciate

Teachers are an essential part of our lives, yet their efforts are often underappreciated. So why not show your thanks by giving the teachers in your life some fun (and useful) promo products? If you need an excuse, there’s the back-to-school season, of course, but also World Teachers’ Day in October, the holiday season in December, National Teacher Day in May, and the end of the school year in May and June. So whether you’re a student, parent, fellow teacher, school administrator, or just a friend, you have plenty of opportunities to honor educators at all levels.

Note: These items have low minimum order quantities, making them practical options when ordering gifts for your favorite teachers. The stress balls are the only exception; these may be better suited for school staffers giving gifts to a large department or to a whole district.

Without further ado, here are a few teacher-inspired gift ideas:

  • Apple SqueezieApple Squeezie: A stress ball can ease the tension after a long day of lecturing, grading, and corralling youngsters, and it gives your teacher’s desk a bit of flair, too. Is the classic apple not your thing? Try a stress ball inspired by the school mascot, a more standard shape in school colors, or something that fits your teacher’s specialties—maybe a brain for the science professor or a music note for the marching band director.
  • Paper Clip Flash DrivePaper Clip Flash Drive: With 1 GB of space, this thumb drive can carry lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, and hundreds of other digital files. This particular flash drive is a paperclip, too, and can therefore be clipped to a folder or notebook. For a personal touch, consider loading a thank you note to the drive before gifting it.
  • White Board Marker SetWhite Board Marker Set: Dry-erase markers are vital for any teacher using a whiteboard in the classroom. They are also easy to misplace and don’t last forever, which means a teacher can always use a few more. This set comes with a container that doubles as a stand, making the markers less likely to get lost in the dark recesses of a desk drawer.
  • Slimline Stainless Steel TumblerSlimline Stainless Steel Tumbler: A drink on the go is convenient in many professions, teaching included. You can find a variety of travel mugs at QLP, but this one is especially nice for its sleek look and 16-oz. capacity. Plus, it’s insulated, so that coffee will stay hot and that iced tea cold.
  • Medium Snap Tote BagMedium Snap Tote Bag: Teachers haul books, assignments, planners, and all manner of supplies back and forth to work, often on a daily basis. A bag like this one can help make that load a little easier, especially with a snap closure to keep everything secure. You’ve got a variety of colors to choose from, too—why not get one in school colors?
  • Total Comfort Total Comfort Spa KitSpa Kit: If you want your teacher to rest, relax, and reenergize, go for a spa kit. This kit comes in a pouch small enough to tuck in a drawer (or in that tote bag) and contains an eye mask, face massage roller, and hand/foot massage ball. It’s perfect for some quick relaxation at lunch or after all the kids have gone home.

Remember that you have lots of imprint options as well. The school name or mascot might seem like the obvious choice, but don’t forget about other ideas like an inspirational quote, a personal note, or the teacher’s name. Teachers shape us into who we are, and any reason to appreciate them is a good one—and personalized products like these can make a lasting impact!

What are your favorite promo items for teachers? Can you think of other items that a teacher would like?

Rachel Hamsmith

When not writing for the blog, Rachel is a data entry specialist at QLP. She spends most of her free time consuming a variety of geeky TV shows, movies, and books, as well as funny cat videos and other Internet oddities. Otherwise, she moonlights as an editor for a literary magazine and tries to spend as much quality time as she can with friends and family. You can also connect with Rachel on Google+.


  1. amy

    Great suggestions Rachel! I especially liked your thought of including a thank you note onto the flash drive before giving it away. That would be so nice to see when you save something on it for the first time 🙂

    • Rachel

      Thanks, Amy! I received a flash drive at an alumni event once, and there was a newsletter on it when I used the drive for the first time; I thought that was a pretty cool idea and could be adapted to lots of different situations. Glad you liked the idea, too! 😉

      • Amanda

        That is a great idea! Both different and thoughtful! =)

  2. JPorretto

    You might also want to throw in some promotional PROTECTIVE products so you don’t get beat up by all the kids thinking you’re the teacher’s pet for giving presents!

    • Rachel

      Hey, all the cool kids give their teachers presents! And then they can band together and fight off anybody who says otherwise 😉

  3. Jill Tooley

    Nice picks, Rachel! Good call on selecting items with low minimum quantities. That spa kit would come in handy during those especially stressful days.

    Here are a couple more suggestions that professors might enjoy. Academic monthly planners are always handy, but because of their minimum they may be better suited for school districts to give away to staff. Personalized De-Germ-inators would be a cute idea as well (there are lots of dirty hands in classrooms this time of year). Or, what about the Personal Espresso Set? None of my teachers would have turned that down! 😉

    Come to think of it, a lunch bag and container set would also be a good gift for teachers who prefer to bring food from home. And the minimum order is only 12 pieces!

    Thanks for the awesome list. Teachers deserve some appreciation gifts from time to time – whether they’re practical or a bit indulgent!

    • Rachel

      That expresso set is super fancy; I love that! And the De-Germ-inator is something I wouldn’t have thought of but is definitely an awesome idea for a school environment. These are all really great ideas–thanks for sharing them!

  4. Jen

    I love this post Rachel! I don’t think I would have ever thought of giving a spa kit to a teacher, but it’s a wonderful idea. Teachers get so stressed out, it’s not easy being in charge of 24 kids at one time all day. Kudos to all the teachers in the world! They deserve an appreciation day for sure.

    • Rachel

      If anyone deserves a moment to relax, it’s a teacher–as you say, it’s a lot of work being in charge of kids all day! Thanks for commenting, Jen 🙂

  5. Mandy Kilinskis

    Great picks, Rachel! Teachers would really enjoy getting such thoughtful and useful gifts. I know that my mom gets tired of the candles and apple-themed paperweights. But I know she’d love getting a cute tote bag like that with the snap close!

    I just hope her students never stop giving her Starbucks gift cards, though. Since my mom doesn’t drink coffee she just passes them over to me. 🙂

    • Amanda

      Nice point Mandy! I’m sure most teachers would appreciate gifts like these that are a little less traditional. Great job Rachel! =)

    • Rachel

      Thanks, Mandy! I’d totally like the tote bag, too, despite not being a teacher. 🙂

      And that’s awesome about the gift cards, haha. Everybody wins!

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