Of all the thankless professions, teachers have…well, probably one of the best, what with summers off and the dizzying ego gratification of directly molding the future of the human race. Still, you really should thank them, because they are important. It’s not always easy to figure out how, so we’ve come up with some great teacher appreciation git ideas. Just please don’t be lame and come in with an apple.

Lottery Ticket Bouquet
Lottery Ticket Bouquet

Teacher’s unions are under siege across the country, and wages are the big issue. Nobody’s going to expect you to personally bail out your favorite teacher, but why not take a stab at inflating their bank account through the most culturally-accepted form of gambling? Everyone needs a little hope.

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Custom Printed Photo Book

It’s no secret that teaching is about the future, about helping kids become the best version of themselves. But sometimes it’s nice to step into the past too. Give them something to remind them of the time they spent molding these innocent young minds like so much human clay.

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School Supplies

Don’t underestimate how quickly the little things add up. Buying supplies for basic classroom activities can get expensive, especially in the youngest classes where half of the stuff just gets eaten. Save them a little time, money, and stress by replenishing the stock.

Class Fingerprint Tree
Class Fingerprint Tree

This may sound like a sly ploy by the NSA to get everybody on the grid, but it’s really just a cute artistic gesture symbolizing the diverse and far-reaching influence a single person can have through dedicated effort. Stop being so paranoid.

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Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook
Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook

Not only convenient, but environmentally responsible as well. Made to last up to five times as long as a standard notebook due to its microwave-to-erase feature. Also, scan and beam pages of notes to the cloud with a specially designed app. Saves money, cuts down on clutter, and gives them a touch of futuristic cool.

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Event Tickets

Teachers are famous for taking their work home with them. Give them a much needed break by getting them tickets to a concert, play, comedy show, or other event where they get to kick back and be the audience for once. After all, they’ve been dealing with your kids every day. You know what that’s like.

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Otto the Otter Tape Dispenser
Otto the Otter Tape Dispenser

Otto’s just about guaranteed to be the cutest thing on any desk he happens to land on. He’s also got some serious core strength to maintain that half-situp position all day. Add some personality and warmth to your favorite teacher’s everyday surroundings.

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Custom Caricature

Caricatures are great gifts because they blend the ego gratification of seeing yourself drawn in huge proportions with the subtle humiliation of having your most prominent features emphasized to the point of absurdity. What else lets you show your appreciation while obviously making fun of someone?

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Einstein Magnetic Paper Clip Holder
Einstein Magnetic Paper Clip Holder

Nobody’s name is as synonymous with human genius as Albert Einstein’s. But can you describe any of his scientific breakthroughs? No. You just know he had crazy hair. That’s alright, not everyone was born to be a world-class physicist. But anyone can laugh at this great piece of desk art.

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Executive Knight Pen Holder
Knight Pen Holder

Through blessed instruments flow blessed works. Everything else is mostly crap. Nobility is at the fingertips of anyone whose instrument finds its repose in these knightly hands. Your favorite teacher toils in a thankless art much of the time; show them you understand the gravity of their contribution by putting this timeless figure at their service.

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Money Bouquet

In the natural world, flowers are renowned for their vibrancy and visual diversity. But in the human world, green will always be the primary color. Such is convention that a handful of wadded bills may be considered insulting. Deliver them in the form of roses and everyone is happy.

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First Aid Kit
Classroom First Aid Kit

This could read as “be careful with my child.” But anyone who has ever observed a roomful of kids knows that it’s only a matter of time before the most insane and absurd accident imaginable actually happens. That’s why it’s nice to have the tools to put people back together quickly.

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