29 best teacher gifts of 2020

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It’s been a tough year for all of us, especially teachers. Make it a little nicer with a token of appreciation at the holidays for that special teacher. 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%. 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 tripled 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% of germs for up to eight hours.

3. "Stress Eraser" 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 Kaolin clay, each bomb is hand painted and fragranced delicately with a cranberry pear Bellini aroma for a nourishing bath that smells delicious.

4. 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!

5. Meli Hands Holiday Gift Set

'Tis the season to sanitize! Here’s the ultimate gift set for your teacher that comes perfectly wrapped and ready for you to gift. It's available in seasonal Christmas tree and peppermint scents.

6. 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.

7. Mason Jar Herb Garden

A mason jar herb garden is the perfect way to show your teacher your appreciation. This kit includes three colorful mason jars, six soil pods and a package of sage, basil, and rosemary seeds.

8. Wellbeing Cotton Mask Set

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

9. "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!

10. 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.

11. Oleamea Olive Oil Gift Park

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

12. 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. CHI Life Handheld UV Light Wand

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

2. The 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.

3. The Circle Cable Beanie

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea

Your teacher will enjoy a different tea every day for 24 days leading up to Christmas Eve. Behind every door of this Advent calendar, your teacher will find a selection of throwback favorites, bestselling blends, sneak peeks and exclusive & limited-quantity teas.

7. 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!

8. 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.

9. Harry and David Pears

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.

10. NYX 12-Day Lipstick Countdown Advent Calendar

There’s a new lipstick and lip gloss for 12 days in this Advent Calendar from NYX.

11. urBeats Wired Earphones

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

Best teacher gifts under $200

1. Stuffed Chateaubriand

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

2. 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% of germs. It has 3 preset timers that can be customized based on the size of the classroom.

3. Smoko Boba Tea Mini Refrigerator

This cute little fridge is here to keep drinks and snacks cool and close at hand.

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