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Teacher Gift Guide 2021

Use this curated teacher gift guide to find practical and useful items that could be purchased for teachers or by teachers. 

I wanted to create a curated teacher gift guide that was full of practical and useful items that could be purchased for teachers or by teachers for their co-workers, family or friends. Bookmark this page to refer back to any time of the year when you need to buy someone a gift.

I personally refrain from buying friends and family food items, scented products, candles, or alcohol due to allergies or personal preferences. 

This teacher gift guide showcases affordable products that teachers or anyone on your shopping list would enjoy. 

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Books and Book Store Gift Cards

Teachers love books for themselves and their classrooms. If you are looking for book recommendations for teachers check out these two blog posts Fantastic Books For Teachers (all Chick-Lit and Beach Reads genres) and Great Books For Teachers (Literature, Mystery, and Romance genres). The holidays are a great time to support your local independent bookstores by purchasing gift cards for friends and family. enables people to buy audiobooks from their local bookstores. If the people you are purchasing for love to read middle or high school novels check out these blog posts – Middle School Book Recommendations and High School Book Recommendations.

Cozy Knits

Dana, the maker and designer behind Rough Bark Knits, is my sister. She makes everything in Hamilton, Ontario. I love that her materials are meticulously chosen and source materials from other small businesses (where possible). If you are looking for modern knit and crochet wear you need to check out Rough Bark Knits. I wear the Weekend Slippers with Leather Soles daily. The Vegan Cup Cozy would make a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift. Use this link when shopping to get 10% off your order. Local pick-up is available or items can be shipped within Canada or the United States. 

Gift Cards

Teachers love gift cards. Did you know that you can purchase gift cards for Teachers Pay Teachers? Other popular gift cards are for dollar stores, gas stations, car washes, restaurants, movie theatres, and malls. 

Crossbody Bags

I bought both of these purses in 2021 and they are great. One is more formal looking and the other is perfect for daily wear.

Tassel Zip Pocket Crossbody Bag (Black)
I got this Tassel Zip Pocket Crossbody Bag in the coffee/navy colour combination. There are lots of great colours to choose from. I find this a more formal-looking purse than my other recommendation.

Triple Zip Pocket Large Crossbody Bag (Black)
I got this Triple Zip Pocket Large Crossbody Bag in the tan colour. I love it because I can fit a full-size book inside. Does anyone else regularly keep a book on their person?

Yoga Pants

VALANDY High Waisted Leggings for Women Stretch Tummy Control Athletic Workout Running Yoga Pants Plus Size 5 Pack
If you follow me on Instagram you will know I love thrift store shopping. I have purchased many new and used pairs of leggings and these remain my favourite. You will not find another pair of leggings that are so buttery soft than these VALANDY High Waisted Leggings for Women. I own 3 pairs of these leggings – 2 in black and 1 in purple.


Maydahui 12PCS Cat Rollerball Pens Cute Cartoon Kitty Animal Pen Black Gel Ink Smooth Writing for Cats Lovers Stationery School Supplies
If you have any pen lovers on your shopping list then these pens will be a hit! I have these pens sitting on my desk and I have been known to gift them to others. This set comes with 12 different 0.5 mm black ink pens.

Clic Eraser Grip Retractable Eraser with Grip Fashion Barrel Colors 3-Pk
I love pen-style erasers because they easily fit into a pencil case or a desk pen holder. Small erasers often end up buried and are difficult to find.

BIC Velocity Max Mechanical Pencil, Medium Point (0.7mm), 2-Count, Black
I love mechanical pencils. These ones are fantastic and have a nice grip on them.

ITNRSIIET Gaming Mouse Pad with Stitched Edges, Premium-Textured Mouse Mat Pad, Non-Slip Rubber Base Mousepad for Laptop, Computer & PC, 10.2×8.3×0.12 inches, Modern Art Marble Texture
I love this mouse pad. It sits flat on my desk and actually stays put. You can choose from one of the many designs.


JBL GO2 – Waterproof Ultra-Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Black
I have two different kinds of Bluetooth speakers in my house and this one syncs to my phone perfectly. It’s also waterproof, that’s a win-win in my books!

11.5” Digital Wall Clock
We got this clock for my grandmother last year, but I wish I had gotten one for myself. I cannot tell you how often I need to know the date, time and temperature.

Kitchen Tools

Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S-A 6-Quart Cook & Carry Programmable Slow Cooker with Digital Timer, Stainless Steel
If you have someone in your life who is pressed for time or does not love spending hours prepping meals then you need to get them a slow cooker. I love using a slow cooker to prepare meals. These meals are truly “set it and forget it”. Using a slow cooker saves you time and money as you don’t need to buy your lunch or dinner.


Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker, Warmer & Sterilizer,8 Quart Stainless Steel/Black
If someone already has a slow cooker then they need to try an Instant Pot. It is one-pot cooking – you can saute, boil, cook, steam etc. You prepare all your ingredients and then dump them into the pot. Once the cooker pressurizes your food is done in less than 20 minutes for most recipes.

More Teacher Gift Ideas

If you want more teacher gift ideas check out this blog post full of stocking stuffers and Secret Santa ideas or this blog post full of stationary tools that would be great as small gifts.

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