10 Great Gifts for Educators

‘Tis the season! We’re in the midst of Secret Santa and while still hard at work coaching, my thoughts have been doing some drifting to cool gift ideas for teachers/coaches/principals/ assistants…you know, all members of the great group of folks who work in different ways to support kids.

Here are a few ideas I put together…



1. Timbuk2 Tartine Tote Bag

Every educator needs a good bag…and I’ve been drooling over this one. It has an interior laptop pocket, interior and exterior organization pockets, and an interior water bottle pocket. Love that. You can even customize the colors and material. Maybe it could be an end of the year, you’ve been good, present to yourself? {wink, wink}

2. The Write Stuff Note Cards

There’s nothing like a good old, handwritten, I appreciate you note card to give as a gift. These Write Stuff cards seem like they were designed especially for educators and…they’re free! All you have to do is download, print, and fold. Boom!

3. Dot Grid Journal

Planning and reflecting is a big part of what we do, and this journal is a great place to make that happen. This journal is an absolute fave of mine…perfect size, geometric dot matrix, and paper as smooth as butter.

4. Bottle of Wine

Just sayin’…my Secret Santa gave me a bottle of wine one year and I was psyched! A simple, yet thoughtful gift, sure to be put to good use.

5. YAY! Teacher Magnets

What’s your YAY!? Whatever it is, YAY! has got your back. These magnets are super fun to give as gifts.

6. Thermos Vacuum Insulated Travel Tumbler

Did you know that us educators are among the top 15 heaviest coffee drinkers?¬†{and the most likely to add flavor to our coffee} Well then, we certainly need a good travel mug…one that’s well designed, doesn’t leak, and keeps our coffee pipin’ hot throughout the morning. I searched many, long years for a travel mug that meets all three of these qualifications until I finally found this beauty. Pass it along.

7. Uno Insulated Lunch Tote for One

I think cool lunch boxes are really neat. They make you feel happier when you pack your lunch at night and add some extra excitement to your lunch break. I haven’t tried this one out personally, but if I were to ask Santa for a new lunch box, I think this is the one I would ask for. It has a built in silverware holder! It doesn’t really get better than that.

8. Fun Pens 

Writing with fun pens is much more interesting than using a standard #2 or the boring pens school provides. The Flair Pens by Paper Mate are definitely fun and if you pair a set of these with a pad of colorful sticky notes, you’ve got yourself a great gift!

9. Heavy Duty Three Hole Punch

Huh? A three hole punch? Yes! A three hole punch! My dad got this for me one year for Christmas, and while at first I kind of thought it was an odd gift, after taking it to school I thought it was pretty much the best gift ever.

10. Klean Kanteen Water Bottle

Hydration is important. But it can be annoying when you have to deal with unscrewing and rescrewing the lid to some water bottles every time you want to get a drink. None of that with this water bottle! Hydration to go in a stainless steel, toxin free water bottle that comes in all kinds of fun colors.

Well there you have it. My gift giving {or getting} guide for educators. Am I missing any really good ideas?

If so, please share!

Thanks for reading,



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