13 Great Teacher Gifts for Men (Plus What Not to Give)

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Teaching is a difficult but incredibly rewarding job that deserves some recognition. Buying a gift for your child’s teacher doesn’t have to be expensive but should be meaningful. If your child has a male teacher, you may be at a loss for what to get.

No worries on finding the best gift for that cool teacher though – as a mom of 4 and a former teacher myself, I have some amazing gifts that your kid’s teacher is sure to love!

Whether you’re shopping for Christmas, teacher appreciation day or just want to honor your child’s teachers, choosing the right male teacher gifts will be easy with this curated list. You can easily give any of these teacher gifts for men and know that it will be well appreciated.

5 Teacher Gifts to Avoid

Everyone wants their gift to be well received so in addition to supplying you a great list of teacher gifts for men, we recommend that you avoid these 5 gifts.

  1. Teacher-Related Gifts – Gifts with apples, pencils and rulers in the decor are kind of cliche and should usually be avoided.
  2. Ties – If your child’s teacher wears a tie everyday, they probably already have a collection. If they don’t often wear a tie, they probably aren’t going to start wearing one any time soon.
  3. Clothing – Picking the right size and style can be difficult so it’s best to avoid clothing.
  4. Coffee Mug – Teachers receive so many mugs! If a teacher gets one or two mugs for every holiday, that can quickly add up to more mugs than a teacher knows what to do with.
  5. Alcohol – Alcohol is expensive and personal and not everyone drinks. Some teachers may also feel uncomfortable receiving alcohol at school. If you are certain your child’s teacher would appreciate a bottle of wine, consider giving a gift card to a local wine bar or liquor store instead of sending an actual bottle.

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Great Teacher Gifts for Men

Seal of Approval - Custom Round Self-Inking Teacher Stamp

Make it easy for your child's teacher to give a personal touch to the piles and piles of school work that need their attention with a personalized self-inking rubber stamp. Put their name and a fun message that can be stamped on to student work. This is a fun personalized gift that is still budget-friendly!

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Personalized Teacher Classroom Door Sign

Show your appreciation for the teacher in your life with this rustic classroom welcome sign! This charming and personalized sign is the perfect way to add a touch of warmth and welcome to any classroom. Made from solid wood, it features a customizable design that can be personalized with the teacher's name and classroom number. There are other style options available, but we love this rustic and timeless design.

This personalized gift is the perfect way to say thank you to the teacher who has made a difference in your life, and it is sure to be a cherished and practical gift that will be enjoyed for years to come.

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YETI Rambler 20 oz Travel Mug

Busy schedules mean teachers don't always have time to step out for a drink of water. Plus all that talking can do a number on your voice. An insulated water bottle will keep their water cold and their coffee hot all day long. 

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Tablet Stand Holder

Teachers often rely on their tablet or cellphone to bring value to their lessons. A tablet stand will keep it right where they need and help prevent it from getting knock on the floor and broken.

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Healthy Snack Gift Box

A tasty homemade snack mix or a box of assorted snacks is perfect for your favorite teacher. He can grab something to curb his hunger between classes and to satisfy a student who needs something to hold them over until lunch. 

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Mens Messenger Bag

A messenger bag is useful but still looks manly. The shoulder strap makes it comfortable and easy to carry books, papers, laptops and everything a teacher needs to keep on task in and out of the classroom.

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Teacher Appreciation Blanket

Teachers deserve nothing more to relax. Help them snuggle up and unwind after a long day (or year?) of teaching with this cozy throw blanket. Super soft and lightweight, this blanket is the perfect way to add a touch of comfort and warmth to any classroom or home.

Featuring a combination of funny and touching quotes, this blanket is sure to become a cherished and practical gift that will be enjoyed for years to come.

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Novel Teas

Curl up with a good book and a cup of Novel Teas Book Lover's Tea, the perfect gift for any bookworm. This gift includes 25 bags of tea and features literary quotes on each individually-wrapped tea bag, making it the perfect addition to any book lover's collection.

With its delicious taste and charming packaging, Novel Teas is sure to become a go-to for any tea lover looking to add a touch of literary flair to their tea time.

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School Supplies

Teachers are known for spending their own money to keep their classrooms running smoothly. Trips to the store to pick up supplies that have run out or aren’t covered by the school budget can add up quickly.

Although we suggest you avoid cliche gifts with symbols of apples and rulers, school supplies are always needed in classrooms. Items that get used up quickly such as glue, pencils, dry erase markers, Post-it notes, paperclips, markers, and erasers are always practical gift for teachers.

And even if they receive this from several parents, they are still useful.

Restaurant Gift Certificate

Even though many young children are under the impression that their teacher lives at school, they do have lives outside of the building!

A restaurant gift certificate is a wonderful way to thank your favorite teacher and give them the opportunity to enjoy a night out on the weekend or following a stressful day.

Movie Gift Cards / Movie Tickets

There is nothing like escaping into the world of cinema to get your mind off the stress of working. Grab a gift card to a local movie theatre or put together a fun movie night gift basket complete with candy, popcorn and a Redbox gift card.

Teacher T-shirt

Your favorite guy teacher will love wearing a shirt that celebrates his subject specialty on casual Friday. This math teacher shirt is a lot of fun but your favorite science teacher, history teacher, English, art, music teacher or coach will appreciate a fun shirt too.

Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are the perfect way to customize a gift for a teacher. They are also great for several families to pitch in and contribute. Making a gift basket is as easy as grabbing a basket or bucket an filling it with things a teacher would love. Ideas include a hot cocoa gift basket, dinner and a movie, fisherman gift basket, coffee lovers, or include a collection of their favorite candy because every teacher needs a secret candy stash in their desk.

Amazon Gift Card in a Gift Box

Always, when I have absolutely no idea what to buy someone, I choose to give them a gift card. With an Amazon gift card, they can purchase something they want or need, and it will all be thanks to you.

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Amanda is a mom of four kids, two dogs, some chickens, and a few hundred composting worms. As a former teacher and fitness instructor, and the oldest of a houseful of kids, she has quite a bit of experience educating others – which she now does via writing! Gift giving isn’t her main love language, but she loves shopping for the perfect gifts for others.

You can find her on her main blog at amandaseghetti.com and on all social media @amandaseghetti <3

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