Whether it’s for Teacher Appreciation Week, the holidays, a goodbye gift for your child’s beloved teacher before the school year ends, or even a birthday gift for your friend or family member who is a teacher, finding a good gift idea for teachers can be challenging. Some questions immediately come to mind: how much to spend, what’s appropriate, and most importantly, what will the teacher like? Of course, typical teacher’s gifts, such as gift cards, treats, and mugs are always a safe bet, but it's best to think about the individual teacher's needs and preferences.
According to Erin Hunt, a New Jersey-based teacher, parents and guardians should know that teachers don’t expect a gift. “Truly, a token of gratitude is appreciated.” Hunt says her favorite gifts are ones that highlight her relationships with students, like a handwritten note about a favorite memory together from the year, or something they shared like a favorite candy bar or school supplies. And while gift cards aren’t necessary by any means, teachers can always use them. Or, you can go a completely different route and try something unconventional, like a useful teacher subscription box.
If you want to gift a teacher one of the best subscription boxes (or even gift one to yourself), ask yourself a few key questions before shopping:
- Is it a one-time box or one that ships throughout a certain period of time?
- Does the subscription auto-renew (and if it does, you should set a reminder for yourself to cancel)?
- Do you know where to ship it (your teacher’s home or their school) and do you have the address?
- Does the teacher have dietary restrictions or allergies?
- How much do you want to spend?
Check out our list of the best teacher subscription boxes to choose from at a range of price points, and with different interests and themes in mind.
What makes it special: This teacher subscription box has your educator’s mental health and wellness in mind. Health professionals collaborated with the purveyor of this box to select the included items, totaling over $100 in value.
What you get: Five to seven high-quality lifestyle products that span themes like self care, productivity, and mental health. Past boxes have included things like scented hand lotions, journals, face masks, pens, and booklets with advice from a life coach, just to name a few.
What it costs: $35.99 per box for 1 month, $33.33 per box for 3 months, $32.66 per box for 6 months, $31.99 per box for 12 months.
Who to gift it to: Any teacher who loves to take a moment to reflect and get back to their center.
What makes it special: This curated box will give the teacher in your life everything she or he needs to make a cocktail (minus the liquor itself).
What you get: A full-size cocktail mixer, snacks that go with your drink, and other accessories — four to six products total.
What it costs: 1 box every three months for $49.99.
Who to gift it to: The teacher who likes a mixed cocktail and is down to DIY her drink at home.
What makes it special: This subscription box is not just a gift for the teacher, but a gift for Mother Earth. In it, you’ll find materials to aid you in your crusade to combat our climate crisis.
What you get: 30 postcards and stamps for impactful monthly campaigns aiming to help the Earth; plus addresses, infographics, videos, research, a campaign tracker, and if you’re lucky, swag.
What it costs: $30 per box for 1 month, $26.67 per box for 3 months, $25 per box for 6 months, $22.92 per box for 12 months.
Who to gift it to: Any eco-conscious teacher whose mission is to spread the sustainable lifestyle.
What makes it special: This box is created for teachers, by a teacher, to bring some extra sparkle to their classroom and their home or office. The items are from primarily women-owned small businesses, and a subscription also gets you exclusive access to a library of printables and other digital resources.
What you get: Four or more custom items delivered each month, ranging from classroom items and office decor to stationery, stickers, and planners, and even stylish wearables.
What it costs: $32 per box with a choice to subscribe for 1, 3, or 6 months.
Who to gift it to: The teacher who loves to redecorate her classroom for every holiday and season.
What makes it special: This monthly subscription box is thoughtfully curated with younger kids in mind. For teachers who are always looking for new books and ideas to introduce to their class, this monthly subscription will broaden their horizons and add to their classroom repertoire.
What you get: At least four items are in each box that consists of one read-aloud book, one student activity, some classroom supplies, plus something just for you. Each month features a special theme, like summer stock-up.
What it costs: $39.95 per box for 1 month, $38.33 per box for 6 months, $36.66 per box for 12 months.
Who to gift it to: A teacher who teaches pre-K, kindergarten, or first grade.
What makes it special: Teachers love color and fun. This Quirky Crate delivers just that to your door in the form of accessories, activities, school supplies, stickers, and more. Each month features a fun theme, like sunshine and rainbows, '90s flashback, pretty in funk, and space!
What you get: Six to nine eccentric and fun items delivered monthly.
What it costs: $39.95 per box for 1 month, $39 per box for 3 months, $37 per box for 6 months, $36 per box for 12 months.
Who to gift it to: The artsy, fun teacher who doesn't shy away from colors.
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What makes it special: A crafty teacher's dream, this subscription box arrives with a nicely curated collection of goodies to use for your scrapbooks and planners.
What you get: Countless stickers in different sizes, labels, stamps, inspirational quotes, and more. Your subscription also gets you access to a community of crafters where Studio Calico's Creative Team and other members share projects.
What it costs: $19.99 and up depending on the commitment and level. Choose from three types of subscriptions: Documenter, Traveler's Notebook, or Stamp.
Who to gift it to: The teacher who scrapbooks or habitually uses a planner, pays attention to detail and loves to capture memories.
What makes it special: While this Book of the Month subscription is not made specifically for teachers, we think it makes an awesome gift for teachers nonetheless.
What you get: Books delivered right to your door! You’ll get early releases, new perspectives, and debut authors sent your way each month. A list of curated selections in a variety of genres is sent out before the start of each month, and you can choose the title that sounds best to you. Can't pick? Add up to two additional books per month for $9.99 each, either from the current monthly selections or top books from previous months.
What it costs: $9.99 for the first book, and $16.99 per month thereafter.
Who to gift it to: The bookworm teacher you love.
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What makes it special: This box ships clothes specifically chosen for teachers to your door monthly. Think of it like Stitch Fix, but for those of you who are in the classroom.
What you get: At least two styles will be sent to subscribers monthly that you add to your virtual closet. Once you get the item, you can keep it for as long as you want. When you're done with it, you ship it back. If you love it, you keep it and pay a discounted price.
What it costs: $45 per month for 1 month, $40 per month for 2 months, $36.66 per month for 3 months.
Who to gift it to: Teachers who never know what to wear to work, but want to look stylish and change up their outfits.
What makes it special: Eating sweet cereals and indulging in cheese puffs is not the healthiest to partake in daily. Teachers can satisfy their cravings with these keto-friendly snacks that are also sugar free, low in carbs and calories, and high in protein.
What you get: Cereal or cheese puffs — but it's your choice. Pick from peanut butter, cocoa, and fruity for cereal; and cheddar cheese, sour cream and onion, and BBQ for cheese puffs.
What it costs: $26.39+ (depending on how many bags you buy in bulk, and if it's a subscription or a one-time purchase).
Who to gift it to: Keto-loving teachers who need a midday energy pick-me-up.