15 Unique & Out-of-the-Box Gift Suggestions for Teachers’ Day 2024

Zhun Yee Chew

Zhun Yee Chew

15 Unique & Out-of-the-Box Gift Suggestions for Teachers’ Day 2024

Teachers’ Day is the time of the year when we celebrate our heroes and heroins who inspire us every day to be better versions of ourselves. But let’s face it, finding the perfect gift for these superheroes can sometimes feel like searching for a unicorn in a haystack. And I’m sure you don’t want to give your superhero just another pen or mug that says “World’s Best Teacher”.

It’s time to level up your gift-giving game this year and show your appreciation in a way that’s as extraordinary as your teachers themselves. Because let’s be real, they deserve more than just another generic gift card or photo frame. Let’s dive in now on the 15 out-of-the-box gift suggestions for Teachers’ Day that’ll make your teachers feel truly special on their day!

Gratitude on a Shoestring – Gift Suggestions for Teachers’ Day with Minimal to No Budget

If you are tight on budget, here are some unique gift suggestions for Teachers’ Day that require minimal budget yet can make a lasting impact:

#1 Bouquet of Personalized Post-It Notes

First up on the list, we have a delightful twist on the classic boring bouquet. This is unlike any ordinary bouquet, but one that is made of personalized Post-It Notes from the whole class, adorned with heartfelt messages, doodles, and inside jokes.

Your teacher can stick these notes anywhere – on their desk, in their planner, or even on the fridge at home – and be reminded of the impact they’ve had on each and every one of you. It’s easy to make yet incredibly meaningful. 

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Here's a tutorial to help you get started.

#2 Teacher Appreciation Coupon Book

Next up, we have the Teacher Appreciation Coupon Book – a gift that keeps on giving long after Teacher’s Day! This isn’t your average coupon book; it’s a personalized token of appreciation filled with thoughtful gestures, promises of help and gratitude from the students. 

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Here are some ideas on what you can include in the coupon book 🌟

  • Classroom assistance 
  • Teacher’s choice activity
  • Lunch with the teacher
  • Gift of break time or relaxation 

Get creative!

These coupons can be redeemed whenever your teacher needs a little pick-me-up, making it a gift that truly keeps the appreciation flowing all year long! 

Use these Canva templates to get started. 

#3 A Thank You Video with a Creative Twist

Forget the usual heartfelt messages spoken straight to the camera that you will cringe watching it afterward. Instead. try a Thank You video with a dash of creativity and fun! Gather your classmates and create a fun parody of a popular song or movie, with lyrics and scenes tailored to thank your teacher for their hard work and dedication.

Or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could put together a mini skit or comedy sketch featuring inside jokes and funny anecdotes from the classroom.

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Don’t forget to include personal touches that showcase your teacher’s unique personality and interests. Encourage everyone to bring their A-game and let their personalities shine through in the video!

#4 Inspirational Collage with Famous Lines/Quotes from the Subject

Next on our list is an inspirational collage adorned with famous lines and quotes from the subject your teacher teaches. To add a timeless touch to the gifts, you can design the quotes on Microsoft PowerPoint or Canva and have them assembled and printed, then frame the collage in a sleek and stylish frame.

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This way, your teacher can proudly display it in their classroom or office. This is way better than gifting an empty photo frame to your teacher that they probably would not use.

Use these Canva collage templates to get started.

Thoughtful Tributes – Gift Suggestions for Teachers’ Day with Moderate Budget

If you have a little more money to spend, here are some unique gift suggestions for Teachers’ Day that are filled with thoughtfulness and won’t burn your bank: 

#5 EdTech Tools Subscription  

Next, in the current digitalized era, what’s a better gift than supporting your teacher’s classroom experience than with cutting-edge educational technology?

By giving an EdTech or AI tool subscription as a gift, you’re not only providing them with valuable resources to enhance their teaching practice but also demonstrating your commitment to their continued growth and success as an educator.

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Here are the EdTech gifts we recommend:

  • ClassPoint – An all-in-one teaching tool that integrates seamlessly with PowerPoint, allowing teachers to add interactive elements like quizzes, polls, gamification and annotations into their presentations. 
  • MagicSchool AI – An all-encompassing AI teaching companion for lesson planning, syllabus generation, teacher-parent communication, assessments creation, and more. 
  • Gamma AI – An AI presentation maker that turns text into presentations, with flexible customisation, extensive toolkit, and seamless compatibility. 
  • Gradescope – An AI grading tool that streamlines the grading process and allows instant feedback to students. 
  • Winston AI – An AI detector that helps teachers identify AI-generated texts and plagiarism in students’ work, maintaining classroom integrity.
  • Formative AI – An AI assistant that assists teachers in providing real-time feedback on students’ performances and adjusting their teaching strategies accordingly. 

Or as an ultimate compilation of tools, share this EdTech and AI Tools repository of up to 200 tools to your teacher as a thoughtful gift 👇

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#6 Wellness Teacher Survival Kit

Let’s face it, our teachers are humans who need pampering too! Teaching is a stressful job that demands immense dedication and energy. And a Wellness Teacher Survival Kit will go a long way! Assemble self-care essentials that your teacher can use to relax and rejuvenate, think soothing teas, aromatic candles, indulgent chocolates, essential oils and meditation journal. 

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Don’t forget to also add a personalized touch by including items that cater to your teacher’s specific interests and preferences. If they love gardening, throw in some flower seeds or a mini succulent plant. If they’re a bookworm, include a bestselling novel or a gift card to their favourite bookstore.

#7 Personalized Name Plate/Desk Plaque

Next up on our list is a Personalized Name plate for classroom door or Desk Plaque, a classic yet thoughtful gift that adds a touch of personality and professionalism to your teacher’s workspace. Spice it up by adding a special message or quote that resonates with them. 

Personalized name plates or desk plaques are affordable to make, when you engage with wholesalers or local artists on platforms like Etsy or Amazon.

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Here're our Top Picks from Amazon and Etsy.

#8 Customized Teacher Stamp Set

Teacher stamps are a useful addition to your teachers’ arsenal. But of course, don’t just order them from e-commerce platforms or the local stationery stores. Instead, take the time to customize it to add a touch of personality and thoughtfulness to your gift. Include your teacher’s name, classroom number, fun illustration that reflects their personality or interests, grading symbols, or the favorite catchphrases they will appreciate. 

Personalized stamp set is not expensive to make, yet it is a practical gift that speaks volumes about your thoughtfulness.

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Check out a wide variety of options on Etsy.

#9 Organize a Classroom Get-Together or Do-Good Together Experience

A get-together experience with your teacher and the whole class is a priceless experience that beats many physical gifts. Whether it’s arranging a movie night together, or a museum visit, or a do-good-together charity experience such as a beach clean-up, volunteering at a local animal shelter, or participating in a community garden project, the memories created and the impact made will far outweigh any material possession.

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Start organizing the event well in advance to give yourself plenty of time to coordinate logistics, gather supplies, and promote participation among classmates!

Pampering with Purpose – Gift Suggestions for Teachers’ Day with High Budget

If you are feeling generous or have a favorite teacher you would like to pamper with an extra-special gift, we have just the right gift suggestions for Teachers’ Day for you: 

#10 Personalized Bobblehead

If you have more to spend, a personalized bobblehead specially crafted by artists in their likeness can be a fun and quirky gift that represents your heartfelt tribute to your teacher’s impact and influence on your life. 

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You can make one at bobbleheads.com, bobbleheadsme.com or Etsy. But again, take note that depending on the complexity, this gift would require additional time and cost to make! 

#11 Timeless Lego Flower

If you have additional funds to spare, consider replacing the traditional flower bouquet with a stunning Lego Bouquet that you’ve put hours into making. Alternatively, you can build the Lego Bouquet together with your teacher as a bonding experience, working on each petal and stem side by side.

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Whether it’s Teacher’s Day, the end of the school year, or just a random act of kindness, a Timeless Lego Flower is a gift that is sure to bring joy and appreciation to any teacher’s heart.

Check out the options on Lego's website.

#12 Experience Gift

When everyone else is giving physical or handmade gifts to their teachers, you can elevate your gesture by giving the gift of an enriching experience such as a cooking class, pottery workshop, or outdoor adventure that your teacher can enjoy in their free time. It not only shows your appreciation, but also provides your teacher with the opportunity to indulge in their interests and passions outside of the classroom.

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#13 Donation to a Cause Your Teacher Supports

Every year, teachers receive many Teachers’ Day gift that they don’t use. A thoughtful gift that does not take up the space of your teacher’s desk is a donation to a cause close to the heart of your teacher. Whether it is supporting environmental conservation efforts, or providing resources for underprivileged communities, a donation in your teacher’s name is a meaningful way to show appreciation while also making a positive impact in the world.

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Be sure to do proper research on the causes or organizations they are passionate about before donating. This is also a chance to show that you actually pay close attention to their teaching in class!

#14 Customized Classroom Makeover

If your school allows it, crowdfund with the class to hire a professional to makeover your teacher’s classroom with new furniture, decor, and organizational systems tailored to their style and preferences. 

Otherwise, you can still come together as a class to DIY the classroom makeover. Get creative with handmade decorations and thoughtful touches, or even commissioned personalized artwork for your teacher.

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Pro Tip: To not spoil the surprise, decorate during off-hours and store decorations in empty storage bins, cabinets, or even under desks to keep the decorations out of sight before the big reveal!

#15 Professional Development Retreat

For the ultimate gift splurge, consider giving your teacher a weekend getaway to attend a professional development retreat or conference related to their field of expertise or personal interests, or simply to relax and unwind!

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This immersive experience not only shows your appreciation for their dedication to continuous growth and improvement as an educator, but also provides them with a well-deserved break they just need!

Download this EdTech Handbook for a list of Professional Development Opportunities for inspiration 👇

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Extra Tips for Planning Gift Suggestions for Teachers’ Day

So are you ready to make this year’s Teachers’ Day special for your superheroes? 

On top of the unique gift suggestions for Teachers’ Day they can never expect, here are a few tips to help you prepare for the big day

  • Start Early: Begin planning and organizing your gifts well in advance of Teachers’ Day. You don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute to put together a thoughtless gift.
  • Consider Your Teachers’ Genders: Gifts suitable for female teachers may not be suitable for male teachers. However, it’s important to remember that individual tastes can vary greatly regardless of one’s gender, so taking the time to understand your teacher’s interests and preferences can help you choose the perfect gift.
  • Consider Preferences: Take some time to think about what your teacher likes or needs. Consider their hobbies, interests, favorite colors, and pay close attention to any hints they may have dropped in conversations throughout the year. Some teachers prefer acts of service rather than material gifts! 
  • Plan Group Gifts: Gifts do not necessarily have to come from individuals. Planning a collective gift from the entire class can be a wonderful way to pool resources and show appreciation on a larger scale.

Finally, don’t worry so much about finding the perfect gift, as research shows that it is the thought that counts. What matters is that you express your gratitude to your teachers regularly beyond Teachers’ Day. After all, their tireless commitment deserves recognition every step of the way. Don’t you agree?

Zhun Yee Chew

About Zhun Yee Chew

Zhun Yee Chew is the Content Lead at ClassPoint. She aims to empower educators to build engaging classrooms through valuable and innovative content. Zhun is a passionate advocate and leader of educational transformation, as well as an educator. Before joining ClassPoint, she spent her past 7 years spearheading efforts to revolutionize education systems across different countries. She kickstarted an educational NGO, developed innovative solutions and curricula for various programmes, and actively volunteered with various NGOs and rural communities as an educator driving change.

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