Whether you’re a current student or still have a teacher in your life for one reason or another, you’re going to want to keep reading. We’ve put together some advice and tips for buying gifts for teachers in 2014. Additionally, we have a nice long list of gift ideas for teachers.

Tips for Giving Gifts to Teachers

Before we begin our list of gift ideas for that special teacher in your life, we’re going to go over some of the things you’ll want to think about before you make a decision.

  • Be Appropriate – Knowing when to buy a teacher a gift is important information because it’s not always appropriate to buy them a gift. You should also think about the appropriateness of the gift you’re thinking about giving.
  • Don’t Bribe – If you’re just buying a gift for a teacher to try to get a better grade, it’s most likely going to backfire on you. It’s much better to do your homework and keep studying so that you can pull up your grades.
  • Spending Limits – Most of the time, you’re going to want to put a cap on how much money you’re spending on a gift for a teacher. You don’t want to be cheap, but even more importantly, you don’t want to spend too much.
  • Don’t Get an Apple – While this may seem clever or funny to you, there’s a good chance the teacher isn’t going to feel the same. Try to be a little more creative and get something they will truly enjoy.

Best Gift Ideas for Teachers in 2014

Being a teacher is usually a thankless job that doesn’t pay too well. If you’re thinking about buying a teacher in your life a gift to thank them, we have some ideas to help you out.

  • Scrapbook – If you have a lot of photos and other memorabilia about a particular teacher, you can put it all together into a scrapbook that highlights your time with them over the years. This doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and is something they will truly cherish.
  • Gift Basket – For something a little less personal, go with a gift basket. It can be filled with fruit, chocolates or other treats, but it’s a great way to show your appreciation for a teacher without spending too much money. To make it even more special, plan to have it delivered when you’re around.
  • Gift Cards – This may seem a bit impersonal at first, but this isn’t a bad thing when you’re buying a gift for a teacher. The best part is that these don’t cost a lot of money. Be sure to find out what the teacher likes so you don’t end up getting them a gift card for Burger King when they really love McDonald’s.
  • Handwritten Card – In today’s digital age, something as simple as a handwritten greeting card – or even a note – will go a long way in making the teacher feel special and loved. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on this, but spend the time to make sure the note is truly something special – and doesn’t have spelling or grammar mistakes if it’s going to an English teacher.
  • School Supplies – You might think this is a dumb gift for a teacher, but you might be surprised at how many of them enjoy getting something like this. The truth is that a lot of teachers spend their own money on school supplies to make sure their students have what they need to learn. Help them out by giving them school supplies that they can use throughout the year.
  • Books – This is another gift that can be personal without being too personal. Additionally, you’re not going to have to spend a ton of money. Don’t be ashamed to go to a used bookstore to pick out a blast from the past to give the teacher. Try to make sure it’s something they’re going to enjoy on some level.

Have your own ideas on the best gifts for teachers in 2014? Good! Leave a comment and let us know your ideas. If you have a moment or two, we’d love to hear from you. At Awesome Gifts, we strive to have the best gift giving ideas – even if they don’t come from us.