20 best teacher gifts of 2020

Don't just give them an apple.
Teachers will love these thoughtful and useful gifts.
Teachers will love these thoughtful and useful gifts.Amazon
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By Carey Reilly

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Most teachers will say they don't need gifts since teaching children is rewarding enough on its own.

However, we all can agree that they could use a token of appreciation — even if they don't ask for one! From innovative tech finds to stylish accessories, 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. Holiday Moose Munch

Food is always the way into someone's heart — especially chocolate. This tin features a delicious twist on traditional caramel popcorn.

2. 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.

3. 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!

4. 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.

5. Hydro Flask Lunch Bag

This cool lunch bag from Hydro Flask is lightweight and keeps contents hot or cold for up to four hours.

Best teacher gifts under $30

1. Skineez Therapeutic Compression Glove

These compression gloves will keep your teacher's hands warm and also moisturize them with five essential ingredients infused into the fabric.

2. Verizon All-in-One Universal Mount

This grip lets your teacher charge their phone wirelessly and mount it safely to their desk using a non–slip suction pad or adhesive grip.

3. Hulu Gift Card

Gifting a subscription to Hulu gives your teacher nearly unlimited streaming options including current episodes, full seasons of hit TV shows and movies and Hulu Originals.

Best teacher gifts under $100

1. AeroGarden Harvest

Your teacher will love growing an herb garden of rosemary, basil and thyme at home or on the windowsill in the classroom!

2. Mackenzie Childs Top Hat Mug Tower

Anything that comes from Mackenzie Childs is a real treat! Your teacher will love this set of four ceramic mugs that stacks up high showing the cutest snowman. Perfect for a hot cup of coffee in the classroom.

3. Vionic Gemma Mule Slippers

Give your teacher an afternoon off their feet relaxing in these comfy slippers by Vionic.

4. Lulu Dharma Napa Vegan Leather Tote

This vegan leather bag is perfect for your teacher to tote her belongings to and from school. Plus it was just chosen as one of Oprah's Favorite Things!

5. Amazon Echo Show

Your teacher can have fun in the classroom with the Amazon Echo Show 5. They can access thousands of audiobooks, kid-friendly movies, premium kids skills from brands like Disney and Nickelodeon, as wells as ad-free radio stations and playlists.

6. Tapplock One+

Perfect for the teacher who loves tech! Fingerprint technology allows them to use their finger to open this lock in under 0.8 seconds.

Best teacher gifts under $200

1. Kindle Paperwhite

Your teacher can curl up reading their latest book with the new Kindle Paperwhite. It's light, glare-free and now waterproof. And a single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.

2. Simplay3 Sharing Library

This Little Library can help your teacher make an impact in their community by encouraging children to read. Take a book or leave a book — read and enjoy!

3. The Sak Huntley Purse

This chic purse is made out of leather and has plenty of pockets perfect for their phone, keys and more.

4. Cricut Explore Air 2

They can design images on their computer then upload and turn their masterpieces into home décor, cards and classroom decor.

5. ibi Smart Photo Manager

This Smart Photo Manager is perfect for the classroom. It lets your teacher collect, organize and privately share photos to parents without using social media.

6. Smart Instant Language Translator

This little device can translate 42 different languages spoken all around the world including English, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. Your teacher won't want to travel without it.

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