Whether they're wearing questionable leather jackets (Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds), jumping on tables (Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society) or acting in ways that teachers never should (Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher), it's official: teachers are so important that they're big screen worthy.
Pretty much any time is the ideal time to say thanks for looking after my kid / shaping their mind / sharing their lunch that time you forgot to make it. Take a look at our 15 best gifts for teachers of all kinds, including gifts for daycare teachers, primary school teachers and more. We've got gift ideas for him and her and if you're feeling inspired to get all your shopping done at once, check out our gifts for kids. That's that sorted for another year then.
For the sweetest way to say thanks, we've found one of the best gifts for a teacher - a 6-pack of iced cookies from Sweet Mickie. Treat them to 6 signature ginger cookies or 6 vanilla shortbread, or go for a combo of both. These cookies are handmade in Melbourne from 100% real (and delicious) butter, sugar, flour and eggs. Even better, they'll be shipped to their door anywhere in Australia in compostable, plastic-free packaging. It's a guilt-free indulgence.
Sock it to them
Like your kids, their teacher might have to endure some sort of school uniform. Help them inject a bit of personality into their teacher attire with some funky socks. We rate these Library Card Socks from Something Borrowed. A stylish yet fun yellow brings a splash of colour to their legs while evoking that ultimate school library feeling. A blend of nylon, polyester, cotton and spandex, they'll be comfortable all school day long.
Handling homework, writing on the board, lesson planning on the computer - let's face it, a teacher's life is hand on their hands. Gift them a bit of indulgence with this Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm. The 75ml size is small enough to throw into their bag so it's always nearby. A few squeezes of this luxurious hand balm will be enough to soften and moisturise their skin, without leaving a greasy residue. Gorgeously scented, lavender and cedarwood will help them temporarily escape the classroom.
Once school's out, let's face it: they're probably recovering with a stiff drink or 3. Make it easier for them to enjoy their favourite tipple with this Wine Glass Holders Picnic Set from Yellow Octopus. These 2 metal wine glass holders can be used in grass, sand and soil so every alfresco occasion is covered. Made of chrome metal, they'll safely cradle their wine glass and keep them upright throughout the festivities. (The wine glass that is, we can't promise they'll keep the teacher upright.)
Mine mine mine
This might be one of the best gifts for teachers from students we've found, especially because it's normally the students who make these things disappear in the first place. Grab them these personalised 'I belong to' wooden pencils from Lottie & Liv and there will be no more students sneaking off with them. These 5 natural wood graphic pencils are hand engraved in Australia. You've got up to 50 characters to engrave, so there's plenty of room for even the longest names.
Bag it up
Homework, books, stationery, lunch - teachers carry a lot of stuff with them. Make sure their bag is up to the task with this personalised teacher tote bag from Name Me Store. Made of thick 100% cotton and with rope handles, it's sturdy enough to not break under the weight of their stuff while being comfortable to throw over their shoulder. Generously sized, 43.5cm (w) x 30.5cm (h) x 10cm (d), it's made to order in Melbourne with your choice of words.
But first, coffee
If caffeine is pretty much the only thing getting them through the day (understandable), gift them a JOCO Glass Reusable Coffee Cup. Surprisingly sturdy and durable, this artisan hand-blown glass coffee cup keeps their favourite hot drink at the right temperature. It's got a silicone sleeve for no burnt hands and a splash-proof silicone lid, ideal for those last minute dashes for the bus. Although hand washing is recommended, it's top shelf dishwasher safe so it's always ready for the next day's use.
The gift that keeps on giving
Keep them hydrated all day long with an Oasis Stainless Steel Double Wall Insulated Drink Bottle. At 500ml, it's big enough to get them through a few lessons at once. What we really love is that it’s dual purpose - it keeps drinks cool for up to 24 hours or hot up to 12 hours. So on those really busy days, they can still enjoy a warm cuppa. Made of stainless steel, it's durable, rust-resistant, odourless and designed to last pretty much forever. It comes in a great range of patterns for every style of teacher.
Just another manic Monday
Planning is a big part of a teacher's life. Make it enjoyable with this Monday Lined Notebook from An Organised Life. This 100-page softcover notebook is the ideal spot for their to-do lists, goal setting, note taking, heck even their shopping list. Made from FSC certified acid-free paper and uncoated FSC certified textured card cover, it can be recycled when they're done with it. But with its good looks and gold foil Monday definition, you won't blame them for hanging onto it, even when it's full.
Scribble it out
Gifts for teachers at the end of the year don't get much better than this Teacher Life: A Snarky Chalkboard Colouring Book by Papeterie Bleu. After a whole year of biting their tongue and swallowing down swear words, allow them to let rip with this colouring book. Full of snarky yet also loveable messages, they can get arty in whatever medium they like. Top quality paper means they can use colouring pencils, pens or even paint to really express themselves.
Help them sink into a warm bath and let the stresses of the day float away with Ethique's Solid Bath Melts. These 4 cute heart-shaped bath melts are crammed full of natural ingredients like non-oily coconut milk, cocoa butter and flaxseed for a hydrating skin treat that's 100% soap free. Lightly scented with lavender, they'll be drifting off in no time. To also help ease their mind, these bath melts are eco-friendly (no plastic in sight), vegan and 100% compostable for zero waste.
The sweet smell of thanks
Fill their home (or classroom) with long-lasting scent thanks to this ECOYA Mini Reed Diffuser. Designed in New Zealand and made in Australia, ECOYA scents are inspired by Australasia. A beautiful 50ml glass jar combines with mini reeds to delicately scent the air, making it a delight for all the senses. Presented in a gift box, it's all ready to give.
Transport them from the classroom in their spare time with this DIY Craft Beginner Embroidery Kit by Tina House Embroidery Kits. This kit contains everything they need to create a beautiful embroidery of 3 hanging plants. This includes a 20cm embroidery hoop, fabric, needles and cotton threads plus detailed instructions. They'll be whipping up embroidery like a Regency lady in Bridgerton in no time (the Duke not included, unfortunately).
Time for tea
Whether they need a caffeine fix before tackling the day or something to savour at the end of it, they'll find all their tea favourites in this T2 Five Gift Pack. This gift pack contains T2's 5 all-time most popular black, green and herbal teas: French Earl Grey, Gorgeous Geisha, Just Peppermint, Melbourne Breakfast and Sleep Tight. Inside each cube they'll find 8 teabags waiting to be dropped into a mug of hot water and enjoyed.
Little pot of happiness
Bring the outside in with this Lavender Tin Grow Kit by Mr. Fothergills. Ideal for a windowsill (or desk), this compact grow tin contains a small metal pot, seeds and soil pellets and growing instructions. They simply follow the instructions and wait for the lavender to grow. Once it does, they'll have lovely looking and smelling lavender in their home or classroom. Blooming gorgeous.