Gifts for teachers

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Stumped about what to buy your child's teacher this year for the holidays? Many parents and students wish to give teachers a token of their thanks, but they're not sure what's appropriate. Some classes decide to give group gifts while others choose gift cards to teaching supply stores, Staples, Target and more. If you're looking for something a bit more personal, here's a round-up of festive gift ideas for teachers.

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English Soap Co.

Who washes his hands more than a teacher?
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Who washes his hands more than a teacher? Now give the best teacher a shea butter, jasmine-scented soap. $8. MORE INFO: soapkings.com

Instax Mini 9 camera

Help the teacher in your life instantaneously capture
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Help the teacher in your life instantaneously capture those magic moments in the classroom with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9  Bundle. $119.99. MORE INFO: Kohl's

Brass bell

Customize this brass bell with your favorite teacher’s
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Customize this brass bell with your favorite teacher’s name, $24.99. MORE INFO:  personalizationmall.com

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Rocket Moon Clock

Here’s the perfect gift for the science teacher
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Here’s the perfect gift for the science teacher in your life -- the battery-operated Rocket Moon Clock would look heavenly in the classroom. $40. MORE INFO: suck.uk.com

Kikkerland Head Massager

The Head Massager is supposed to give the
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The Head Massager is supposed to give the body a relaxing feeling, say, after a long day of teaching? $4. MORE INFO: kikkerland.com

Cardinal Wikipedia: The Game About Everything

And for a teacher's downtime, here's a chance
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And for a teacher's downtime, here's a chance to allow him or her to show off with the Cardinal Wikipedia: The Game About Everything. $23. MORE INFO:  JCPenney.com

MiniPresso Espresso Maker

For the coffee-loving teacher, the MiniPresso Espresso Maker
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For the coffee-loving teacher, the MiniPresso Espresso Maker is a must. $64.99. MORE INFO: Amazon.com

Classroom Champion Mug

They may not wear a costume to school,
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They may not wear a costume to school, but we all know that teachers do possess superpowers. Acknowledge that with the Classroom Champion Mug. $12.99. MORE INFO: modcloth.com

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Mermaid Sequins Cozy Mug

Show your favorite teacher how much you appreciate
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Show your favorite teacher how much you appreciate the work with the Mermaid Sequins Cozy Mug. $14.99. MORE INFO: Kohls.com in late September

Graphite Writing Sculpture

Here’s a pencil no teacher would buy for
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Here’s a pencil no teacher would buy for himself but really must own -- a graphite writing sculpture, which won’t, by the way, smudge in the hand. Comes in Small Quill, Drawing Hand, Small Bamboo and Small Sparrow. $34. MORE INFO:  Grommet.com

Hello Fox teaching kit

They may get the summers off, but teachers
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They may get the summers off, but teachers work hard for it. This Hello Fox Co. T-shirt shows how. $20. MORE INFO: etsy.com/shop/hellofoxco 

Teacher voice T-shirt

Please, do make your teacher use his or
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Please, do make your teacher use his or her “teacher voice.” $26.35. MORE INFO:  Zazzle.com

Owl bookends

The wisest person you know deserves a set
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The wisest person you know deserves a set of owl bookends, which are made of resin. $39.95. MORE INFO: barnesandnoble.com

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Begin Each Day mug

This handmade mug features lime green polka-dots with
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This handmade mug features lime green polka-dots with the saying 'Begin each day with a grateful heart.' Also available in a variety of colors and different sentiments. $16.95. More information: papyrusonline.com.

Scottie Dog Notes in Polka-Dot Caddy

This 50-pack of festive note cards come in
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This 50-pack of festive note cards come in a polka-dot caddy. The cards feature a Scottie dog while the envelopes are red. $9.95. More information: amazon.com.

Apple Bracelet

Choose your choice of crystals or precious stones
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Choose your choice of crystals or precious stones and add a charm perfect for teachers, such as an apple (shown), an artist palette or a music note. Each piece of jewelry comes with a sentimental quote. $28. More information: savvy-design.com.

Minimergency kit

A popped button...spilled lunch...sweat-inducing meetings -- work emergencies
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A popped button...spilled lunch...sweat-inducing meetings -- work emergencies can be the unkindest cut, leaving you to suffer through the rest of the day. Pinch Provision's mini toiletry kits have 17 save-the-day essentials like stain remover, breath spray, deodorant packets, double-sided tape and replacement earring backs packed in a cute pouch. $18. More info: at pinchprovisions.com

Personalized notepad

Teachers frequently need to send notes home. Give
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Teachers frequently need to send notes home. Give them their own personalized pad to use. $14.99 for 50 pages. More information: personalizationmall.com.

The Giving Plate

This colorful, floral ceramic plate inspires the spirit
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This colorful, floral ceramic plate inspires the spirit of giving -- you can pass the plate among friends and family members; $15. More information: naturallife.com.

Teach Love Inspire Charm Necklace

The Teach Love Inspire charm necklace from Beth
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The Teach Love Inspire charm necklace from Beth Quinn Designs features a rhinestone apple that dangles with the words "teach love inspire." It comes on a standard 24" ballchain and you can choose between silver or gunmetal plating style; $25. More info: bethquinndesigns.com.

A Year of Gratitude

Each kit in A Year of Gratitude contains
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Each kit in A Year of Gratitude contains 52 thank you notes to send one each week, plus tips on writing a meaningful letter and a journal to keep track of your thoughts; $30. More info: uncommongoods.com.

Staples Gift Card

Teachers will love a Staples gift card, whether
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Teachers will love a Staples gift card, whether they need supplies for the home or classroom; choose gift card values from $25, $50, $75 or $100 at staples.com

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