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35 best teacher appreciation gift ideas in 2021 - TODAY

Don't just give them an apple.
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It's Teacher Appreciation Week. Show how much your teacher means to you by wowing them with one of these tokens of appreciation. From innovative cleaning tech items to a personal fridge for their desk to cashmere gloves, here's a list of some of the top gifts to buy as a class or just as a parent. Either way, it will put a smile on any teacher's face.

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Bestselling gifts for teachers

1. Tervis "No. 1 Teacher" Tumbler

Let your favorite teacher know that they're No. 1 in your heart. The double-wall insulation in this 24 oz. tumbler keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold.

2. Ottlite LED Recharge Desk Lamp

This rechargeable lamp is meant to reduce eyestrain by up to 51 percent. It's also rechargeable and can go anywhere!

3. Tile Sticker

Tile’s smallest Bluetooth tracker is waterproof with adhesive backing that can stick to anything, making it ideal for lunchboxes, toys, computers and classroom materials.

Best teacher gifts under $30

1. Luxury Lavender Soap

This beautiful trio of lavender soaps is ready for gifting as it comes in its very own gift box. The soaps are triple milled, vegetable-based and are made in the U.S.

2. NanoBio Protect

Staying healthy in the classroom is challenging for students and especially teachers. Help your teacher stay protected from illnesses by using NanoBio Protect which kills 99.99 percent of germs for up to eight hours.

3. Pencil Bath Bomb

Help your teacher erase the stress of her day away with this cute #2 pencil bath bomb. Made with stress relieving Epsom salts and sunflower oil, each bomb is hand painted and fragranced delicately with a bright citrusy aroma for a nourishing bath that smells delicious.

4. Everyday Essential Travel Salves

Your teacher can always have these potent, plant-based and multi-purpose set of salves on hand. Each salve takes care of almost everything from pain relief, first aid, skin repair and dry skin.

5. Thoughtfully Gifts, The Good Hurt Fuego

Show your teacher they are DYNAMITE with this hot sauce gift set. With seven different flavors ranging from the pleasant (garlic herb, smoky bourbon) to the downright head-exploding (whiskey habanero, ghost pepper), this sampler pack will satisfy any culinary explorer.

6. Wellbeing Cotton Mask Set

These face masks are reusable, soft and the best part — breathable.

7. "Hold On, But Don't Hold Still," by Kristina Kuzmic

Your teacher shares books she loves with you all year long, but now it’s time for you to give her one! This hysterical book on life and parenting is written by world-renowned speaker Kristina Kuzmic. It will lift your teacher up and keep her laughing and crying all at the same time!

8. Nalgene Wide Mouth Bottle

Help keep your teacher hydrated this year with their very own water bottle from Nalgene. It’s completely leak-proof, made of virtually indestructible BPA-free Tritan, and easy to clean.

9. Oleamea Olive Oil Gift Pack

This is a gorgeous gift pack from Oleamea featuring their award-winning olive oils. If your teacher is a foodie, she will LOVE this.

10. Lasko MyHeat Personal Desk/Tabletop Space Heater

This personal heater gives off concentrated heat that’s ideal for your teacher’s desktop or by their favorite chair. The heater delivers safe ceramic warmth while only using a budget-friendly 200 watts of power.

Best teacher gifts under $100

1. Bearpaw Slide Slippers

Your teacher will have a hard time deciding if she will wear these cozy slippers only in the house or in the classroom!

2. Teas of the Boston Tea Party

History teachers will get a kick out of this colonial-inspired collection featuring all the teas thrown into the Boston Harbor in 1773.

3. Ideal Bookshelf Print

Perfect for your literary-loving teacher, this print by artist Jane Mount features works from some of the greatest novelists of the 19th century like Oscar Wilde, Leo Tolstoy and Jane Austen. If they're more of a contemporary fiction fan, there's also bookshelves dedicated to banned books, modern classics and women's rights.

4. The Shift Mindful Breath Necklace

Stressful days are bound to happen when you're in the classroom or teaching on Zoom. Fortunately this necklace by Komusō Design is designed to promote mindful breathing techniques meant to calm your nerves and relieve lingering anxiety.

5. Book of the Month Subscription

Whether they enjoy reading thrillers, sci-fi or romance novels during their off-hours, Book of the Month ensures they'll have the perfect read ready for them to savor every month.

6. Staples Gift Card

Sometimes the perfect present comes in the smallest package. Available in amounts ranging from $5 to $100, your favorite teacher could stock up on classroom essentials, supplies or anything else they need to get through the rest of the school year.

7. Snacks of the Month Club

Cravings can hit anytime throughout the day, so make sure your teacher is prepared with an artisanal nibble.

8. CHI Life Handheld UV Light Wand

Your teacher can wave this handheld UV LED wand over surfaces to kill 99.9 percent of germs in one minute. Its compact design is lightweight and comes with its own drawstring travel bag.

9. M.M.LaFleur Circle Cable Gloves

These cozy cashmere gloves feature a delicate cable stitch down the center and a longer length to keep your wrists super warm. It’s the perfect gift to keep your teacher warm while outside during recess.

10. M.M.LaFleur Circle Cable Beanie

Crafted from luxurious cashmere, this cable-knit beanie will also keep your teacher nice and warm.

11. AeroGarden Harvest Indoor Garden

Your teacher will love growing their own garden at home or in the classroom! This giftable Herb Garden includes six gourmet herb seeds like curly parsley and two types of basil, Miracle-Gro plant food and energy-efficient LED grow lights overhead.

12. The Ritual of Sakura Set

Let your teacher pamper themselves with this gift set of four full-size bottles of foaming shower gel, body scrub, body cream and hand soap.

13. Vionic Women's Cedar Lynez Slip On Slipper

Help keep your teacher’s toes nice and cozy with the these soft slippers that also have a hidden orthotic inside!

14. VacMop by Shark

Cleaning and sanitizing the classroom will be super easy with the Shark VACMOP which combines powerful suction & spray mopping, all in one disposable pad.

15. Harry and David Classic Favorites Gift Basket

Harry and David are most famous for their pears because they are "so big and juicy, you eat them with a spoon.” Each pear is hand-picked and packed to arrive at your door in perfect condition, alongside some other fun treats.

16. urBeats3 Wired Earphones

These high-performance wired earbuds from Beats provide great acoustics and are sized just right for noise isolation.

17. Cooluli Vibe Compact Thermoelectric Mini Fridge

This little fridge with a dry-erase front is here to keep drinks and snacks cool and close at hand.

Best teacher gifts under $200

1. Personalized Hand-Written Letter Blanket

Show your teacher how much your class cares (along with how much they've improved on their letter-writing skills!) with a blanket designed with a thoughtful message of appreciation.

2. Ipevo V4K Ultra High Definition USB Document Camera

Your teacher will no longer need to worry about how to give presentations at home. This 4K camera offers a lag-free live streaming experience with ultra high-definition live images and a fast focusing speed. It can also scan textbooks, worksheets and other documents their students need to succeed.

3. Stuffed Chateaubriand

Treat your teacher to dinner! This USDA choice chateaubriand is aged to perfection and generously stuffed with mushrooms and bacon. In addition, it comes fully cooked and can serve 4 to 6 people.

4. CHI Life UV Light Lamp

This is the perfect solution for your child’s teacher to sanitize her classroom. This UVC light opens up to kill 99.9 percent of germs. It has three preset timers that can be customized based on the size of the classroom.

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This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 2, 2016.