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Gifts for teachers

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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Tocca hand cream gift set

The Tocca Cream Da Mano Collezioni includes five
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The Tocca Cream Da Mano Collezioni includes five classic scents, all with unique ingredients and natural extracts to make your skin soft and silky. $34. More information: sephora.com.

Shea butter holiday bauble

A perfect holiday gift for the teacher in
Photo Credit: L'Occitane

A perfect holiday gift for the teacher in your life, the L'Occitane shea butter holiday bauble set includes hand cream, body lotion and extra-gentle soap. $14. More information: usa.loccitane.com.

Glitter Heart Photo Frame Keychain

Slide this gold heart keychain to find a
Photo Credit: Papyrus

Slide this gold heart keychain to find a mirror on one side and a spot for a small photo of a loved one. $9.95. More information: papyrusonline.com.

Initial Notebook

Perfect for teachers, this 200-page notebooks features a
Photo Credit: Kate Spade

Perfect for teachers, this 200-page notebooks features a gilded monogram and a silk bookmark. $16. More information: katespade.com.

Santa's favorites gift set

Santa's favorites gift set includes winter candy apple
Photo Credit: Bath & Body Works

Santa's favorites gift set includes winter candy apple antibacterial hand gel and body cream, and twisted peppermint antibacterial hand gel and body cream in a festive naughty and nice glitter pouch. $27.50. More information: bathandbodyworks.com

Li Bien Hedgehog Heart Ornament

This hand-painted, heart-shaped ornament features two hedgehogs in
Photo Credit: Pier 1 Imports

This hand-painted, heart-shaped ornament features two hedgehogs in a winter scene. It's dated 2017 and comes with a keepsake box. $14.95. More information: pier1.com.

Herb Garden Coaster Set

This coaster set features four floral designs in
Photo Credit: Rifle Paper Co.

This coaster set features four floral designs in a keepsake box. $14. More information: riflepaperco.com.

Kate Spade Agenda

This 2018 agenda from Kate Spade features a
Photo Credit: Kate Spade

This 2018 agenda from Kate Spade features a phrase each month and includes laminated tabs, a notes section, a weekly view with lined sections, elastic band closure, stickers and more. $30. More information: katespade.com.

Bourbon gift set

Ready to gift, the Bourbon men's gift set
Photo Credit: Bath & Body Works

Ready to gift, the Bourbon men's gift set from Bath and Body Works includes a burgundy zip pouch filled with two-in-one body wash, shea body cream and antibacterial gel, all with a fragrance blend of white pepper, dark amber & Kentucky oak. $25.50. More information: bathandbodyworks.com.

English Soap Co.

Who washes his hands more than a teacher?
Photo Credit: The English Soap Co.

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
Photo Credit: Kohl’s

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

Juliet Rose Social Stationery

A set of 12 flat notes with envelopes.
Photo Credit: Rifle Paper Co.

A set of 12 flat notes with envelopes. Each card features a small floral on the front and a pattern on the back. $22. More information: riflepaperco.com.

Brass bell

Customize this brass bell with your favorite teacher’s
Photo Credit: Personalization Mall

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

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

All Occasions Card Set

This card set features 15 card with matching
Photo Credit: Kate Spade

This card set features 15 card with matching envelopes and phrases like "hello," "happy birthday," "congratulations," "thank you" and "sending you love." $30. More information: katespade.com.

Perfect in pink gift set

A festive mix of crystal peonies, sparking champagne
Photo Credit: Bath & Body Works

A festive mix of crystal peonies, sparking champagne and almond crème is the perfect gift for anyone this year. It includes body lotion, shower gel, antibacterial gel and fragrance mist. $20. More information: bathandbodyworks.com

Kikkerland Head Massager

The Head Massager is supposed to give the
Photo Credit: Kikkerland

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

Festive crackers trio

Lovers of L'Occitane will enjoy opening festive crackers
Photo Credit: L'Occitane

Lovers of L'Occitane will enjoy opening festive crackers filled with all of their favorite products. The set includes a cherry blossom cracker, an almond cracker and an aromachologie cracker. $34. More information: usa.loccitane.com.

Mermaid Sequins Cozy Mug

Show your favorite teacher how much you appreciate
Photo Credit: Kohls

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

Unicorn and rainbows gift set

Magic is in the air this holiday season
Photo Credit: Bath & Body Works

Magic is in the air this holiday season with the unicorn and rainbows gift set. It includes body lotion, shower gel, fragrance mist and antibacterial gel with a blend of almond flower, white iris and whipped vanilla scents. $20. More information: bathandbodyworks.com.

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

Apple Crisp Soap and Lotion Caddy

This soap and lotion set features scents of
Photo Credit: Pier 1 Imports

This soap and lotion set features scents of the season, such as spiced apples and sugared cinnamon and a touch of lemon zest. $12.95. More information: pier1.com.

Hello Fox T-shirt

They may get the summers off, but teachers
Photo Credit: Ashley Brown

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
Photo Credit: Zazzle

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
Photo Credit: Barnes & Noble

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

Begin Each Day mug

This handmade mug features lime green polka-dots with
Photo Credit: Paper Destiny

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.

Cappuccino Mug Set

This set of four mugs features an interior
Photo Credit: Lilly Pulitzer

This set of four mugs features an interior quote: "being happy never goes out of style." $48. More information: lillypulitzer.com.

Scottie Dog Notes in Polka-Dot Caddy

This 50-pack of festive note cards come in
Photo Credit: Hallmark

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.

Pink Christmas dreams gift set

This neon pink pouch is filled with shea
Photo Credit: Bath & Body Works

This neon pink pouch is filled with shea body cream, shower gel and fragrance mist with white gardenia, jasmine petals and magnolia blossom scents. The gift set is the perfect gift for anyone dreaming of a pink Christmas this year. $30.50. More information: bathandbodyworks.com

Apple Bracelet

Choose your choice of crystals or precious stones
Photo Credit: Savvy Designs

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
Photo Credit: Pinch Provisions

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
Photo Credit: Personalizationmall.com

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
Photo Credit: Natural Life

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
Photo Credit: Beth Quinn Designs

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
Photo Credit: uncommongoods.com

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
Photo Credit: Staples

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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