The school year comes back around so quickly! Get the year started off right with these back to school gifts. This collection includes cheap teacher gifts that educators would be happy to have.
Teachers play an integral role in our children’s lives and they deserve all the appreciation we can muster. A little token of appreciation on the first day of school will help you build relationships with the person who will be caring for your child.
Aim for affordable teacher gifts that are practical, fun, and bound to be enjoyed by any educator. You will find many inexpensive back to school gifts to choose from in this post.
- Bulk options under $5 per teacher
- Back to school gifts: $10 or under
- Back to school gifts: $15 or under
- Back to school gifts: $20 or under
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Back to School Gifts: Bulk Options Under $5 Per Teacher
You probably have several teachers to shop for this school year. Buying teacher gifts in bulk is an excellent way to get the most value. These options help you save money while giving teachers something they will enjoy.
Back to School Gifts: Teacher Pouches
Zipper pouches are always a useful gift. This set is an awesome value if you need gifts for more than one teacher. The teacher-themed decorations are really cute and you get 9 pouches for only $17, which is about less than $2 per pouch!
Removable/Reusable Dry Erase Stickers
These dry-erase stickers are the best! I bought a pack and distributed them to my coworkers and they loved them. They stick to any smooth surfaces, and you can easily peel them off and stick them on again. Pair each with a dry erase marker and this makes a great back-to-school gift for teachers to use in their classrooms.
Teacher Appreciation Gift Bracelets
These adjustable silver bracelets are each decorated with a charm that is engraved with a lovely teacher quote. This sweet, simple, and affordable option brings bracelets for 8 teachers at a little over $2 per bracelet!
Back to School Gifts: Time to Grow
Plants are an iconic symbol of growth. These succulents are the perfect way to say “Thank you for helping my child grow.” These live, mini succulents are potted and come in a variety set of 11. You can give one to each teacher, or give them all to one teacher and the students can be in charge of watering them!
Back to School Gifts: $10 or Under
How cute are these bracelets?! Inexpensive and adorable, these colorful “teach” bracelets will be a back-to-school gift treat for any teacher. Plus, they are so affordable that you can buy one for each teacher.
Personalized Apple Keychain
Keep up the old tradition of leaving an apple on the teacher’s desk on the first day of school. Instead of fruit, however, this apple is a cute and functional personalized keychain. This cheap teacher gift is a thoughtful back-to-school gift.
Personalized Key Wristlets
These teacher-themed key wristlets are a useful gift to help teachers keep track of their keys, or perhaps other things they don’t want to lose. Plus, these can be personalized, which makes them a more special and individualized gift.
Magnetic Digital Timer
Whether they want to use it at home or in the classroom, this digital timer is an excellent and practical gift for teachers. This timer has a built-in stand, plus it is magnetic so teachers can attach it where they need it.
Burt’s Bees Gift Set
Teachers take care of a lot of other people. Encourage teachers to take care of themselves with this Burts Bees Essentials Kit. The kit includes Deep Cleansing Cream, Hand Salve, Body Lotion, Foot Cream, and Lip Balm. This is one of those back-to-school gifts that can help teachers have a good academic year.
Back to School Gifts: $15 or Under
Punny Teacher Socks
Receiving these fun socks is sure to bring a little joy to any teacher’s day. Give them these on the first day of school to make sure they are starting the year with a smile on their face. Let them know it’s ok to get their “Cray on.”
Personalized Teacher Pouch
I love this pouch. Not only is it decorated perfectly for teachers with this lovely message “Teach, Love, Inspire,” but you can personalize it with their name so they will know you put thought and care into this gift.
Bento Box and Bag
Give teachers a great lunch experience with this cute and practical bento box and lunch bag set. It has plenty of isolated spaces to organize and stack their food. This is probably one of the best values on this list. Cheap teacher gifts can still be awesome!
You know teachers always need to write something down. Make it more enjoyable for them by giving them this beautiful, personalized notepad. The teacher-themed pages are easy to remove if the teacher needs to send a note, plus everyone will know who the note is from!
This gorgeous wooden engraved bookmark is useful and heartfelt. Engraved with a beautiful flower design and you can personalize it with the teacher’s name, as well as the student’s name! It is a cheap teacher gift that does not look cheap and will be cherished by any educator.
Personalized Dry Erasers
This is such a cool back to school gift for teachers because they need whiteboard erasers and this one is extra special with its engraved wood personalization. Plus, the eraser comes gift wrapped with two dry erase markers and a wooden tag that reads “The influence of a teacher can never be erased.” Cheap teacher gifts can be beautiful, useful, and of great quality!
Planting Seeds Necklace
This simple necklace is an understated teacher appreciation gift. The delicate silver bar is decorated with a small plant that symbolizes the growth that teachers are responsible for.
Personalized Pencil Decor
It would be so cool if your child could place this on their teacher’s desk as a surprise on the first day of school. This wooden pencil desk decor has multiple personalization options, including the teacher’s name, eraser, and teaching quote.
This beautiful notebook is an excellent, yet cheap, teacher gift that your child will be proud to give to their teacher. This is the perfect back to school gift because any teacher will enjoy having a personalized notebook to write in throughout the year.
It does take a big heart to shape children’s minds. Show your child’s teacher some appreciation with this cute teacher tumbler. You can choose from teal or pink and they each come with a silicone straw.
This is just fun to look at. The school supplies suspended in resin will make a cool addition to any teacher’s desk. Plus you can personalize it, which makes it extra special! If you are looking for cheap teacher gifts that are unique and look great, this is an awesome option.
This t-shirt is a lovely back to school gift. The design on the front is beautiful and captures the impact on growth that teachers have. It is a perfect gift that teachers will actually want to wear (even outside the classroom).
This silver charm bracelet is a cute, simple, cheap gift for teachers. The bracelet is expandable, making it easy for anyone to put on, and you can personalize it with the teacher’s initial.
I know if I had a personalized stamp I would be using it constantly. This is a wonderful back to school gift for teachers because I bet it will become their favorite thing to use throughout the academic year!
Clicker and Pointer
Give your child’s teacher the freedom to move around the classroom as they present to their students. This easy to use, wireless clicker is such a useful gift. Plus, it has a laser pointer and a clip so teachers can hang it off their pocket.
Back to School Gifts: $20 or Under
Tulip Tea Infuser
This is a unique gift for teachers that can be enjoyed at home or at school. This adorable tea infuser comes in a tulip shape that looks lovely when resting in a teacup.
Essential Oils Diffuser
This may be an unexpected back to school gift that’s what makes it a brilliant option. It is inexpensive and can be enjoyed at home or in the classroom. Pair it with a set of essential oils to make this an excellent, ready-to-use aromatherapy gift.
These t-shirts are so pretty for teachers. The apple design has a symbolic association with teachers, but it is a small decorative touch that teachers will want to wear. Plus, the shirts are available in a variety of sizes and colors, and you can personalize them with the teacher’s name.
Teachers often have a lot of stuff to carry around for work. This gift is incredibly useful, plus the elegant, personalized design will make teachers want to show it off. Teachers will be happy to receive this at the beginning of the school year so that they can use it throughout the year.
This beautiful color-change mug has a lovely cherry blossom design. I bought this for a friend and the effect works very quickly and effectively. Teachers will be happy to drink their morning coffee from this unique mug.
Patience and humor are essential traits for a good teacher. Teachers will enjoy this funny candle, as well as the large variety of scents you can choose from, such as blueberry cheesecake, apple cider, pink sugar crystals, and more!
I LOVE this personalized tumbler. The teacher-themed design is beautiful, but the best part is that the personalization is engraved onto the tumbler so it will never fade or peel off! This is an affordable and great quality back to school gift.
Multicolor Pen Pack
This is one of the more practical gifts on this list. Teachers always need pens in different colors, for grading, writing notes, etc. These felt-tip pens come in a huge variety of colors that teachers will get a lot of use out of.
Splurge Option: Teacher Bottle
This is the priciest item on this list of cheap teacher gifts, but it is such a beautiful bottle and comes in a lovely box. This double-wall insulated bottle can be decorated with three different teacher-inspired designs.
Did you find the perfect back to school gift for teachers? If not, try to use this list for inspiration. Go back through and click on some of the items to see similar cheap teacher gifts that you might like more!
Even if you don’t end up buying a gift for your child’s teacher, any small note or gesture that expresses appreciation will be a really nice way to start the school year.
Teachers work really hard to have a positive impact on our children so they will love to know that they have a caring parent like you to partner with!
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