20 of the best teacher gifts for £5, £10 or from the whole class

Great end of term ideas to say thank you to teachers for all kinds of budgets

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Great teachers play a key role in children’s lives as they process through each term of school learning. A small gift can be a thoughtful token to show how much you appreciate all the work they do for your little one (or ones!).

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Coming up with teacher gift ideas, however, can be tricky and often even the simplest present can be pricey. Plus, if you’ve got multiple children and teachers to buy for, the costs can quickly climb.

We’ve put together a list of great thank you teacher gifts for under £5, as well as a selection of those for up to £10, so there will be hopefully be something to suit your budget.

Sometimes, classes decide to club together and chip in to get something nice for the teacher from everyone. For that reason, we’ve included a few higher-ticket teacher gift ideas too.

And, if you’re busy getting kids back to school ready, we’ve also got the ultimate back to school shopping list and the best kids’ lunchboxes so they’re all ready for their first day back after the break.

Best teacher gifts for £5 and under

1. Vintage & Co. Fabrics & Flowers Lip Butter, £3.50

This lip butter pot is presented in a floral, handbag-shaped box making it a great ready-to-give thank you gift. The beeswax balm is flavoured with caramel and coconut and it’s vegan-friendly.

One buyer who had used the lip butter in the past said she was so impressed with the product she used it every day, adding, “Love this lip balm. I suffer with really dry lips and it’s the only lip balm I’ve found to moisturiser them.”

Available from: The Perfume Shop

2. Teachers’ Gift of Wild Flower Seeded Hearts, £2.99

These packets of seeds provides the means to grow bee and butterly-friendly wildflowers, so the gift will keep growing long after you’ve given it. Each is wrapped in tissue paper with a special message and includes instructions for planting.

Shaped like hearts, they’re also one of the more sentimental teacher gift ideas. Previous buyers seemed pleased with the seeds and described them as “really lovely little teacher gifts” and “great value”, with one reviewer adding, “Very cute and lovely wrapped.”

Available from: Etsy

3. Personalised Teacher Keepsake Tin, £4.50

With this keepsake tin, you can add not only the teacher’s name, but also an illustration from a wide choice of designs to match their appearance.

There’s even a special lockdown version, where the teacher can appear on a drawing of a laptop screen or even a video with multiple students. This would be a great gift for any teacher who has been going above and beyond to assist with online learning.

For an additional £2 charge, you can choose to add in some chocolate hearts, too.

Available from: Not on the High Street

4. Hand Made Soap and Bath Bomb Gift Box, £5

Help teachers to treat themselves after a turbulent school year. This soap and bath bomb set is hand made and there is a choice of four scent combinations including rose and peony plus honey and oats.

Reviewers were very pleased overall with the gift for teachers, particularly with the packaging and scent of the products. One buyer said the gift “smells absolutely lovely,” and another described it as, “beautiful, a gorgeous gift, well packaged.”

Available from: Etsy

5. Bagsoflove Gifts Teacher Survival Kit, £4.99

For something a little unique, this mixed bag of bits and pieces comes with a charming note explaining why each item has been selected. A mix of light-hearted, amusing items and little treats. For instance, some google eyes as “an extra pair for the back of your head” and a packet of Love Hearts sweets because, “you are loved so much.”

One of the more unusual teacher gift ideas but something that seemed to go down well with previous buyers who loved how different it was. One parent even said that the teacher, “showed it to all the other staff and read little note out to the class of 7/8 year olds who thought it was very funny. Little boy was over the moon with teacher’s reaction!”

Available from: Amazon

6. Wooden Teacher Gift Thank You, £3.47

This handmade wooden star is a small token of appreciation for your child’s class teacher. It arrives in a gift bag and, for an additional £2.50 charge, you can choose to have it made into a keyring if you prefer.

Parents who had chosen this as a gift for their children’s teachers were impressed by the simple concept. One buyer described it as a, “really cute teacher gift and something a bit more special for their support through these strange times.”

Available from: Etsy

7. It Takes A Big Heart to Shape Tiny Minds Bracelet, £5

This small charm bracelet is silver plated and hand made by an independent seller on Etsy. Featuring a heart in the centre, the bracelet is made with stretch elastic so it should be adjustable for various sized wrists.

The card the jewellery arrives on features a poignant message for teachers, reading “It Takes A Big Heart to Shape Tiny Minds.” The gift received five star reviews on the Etsy website with previous buyers describing it as “lovely” and as “beautiful item”.

Available from: Etsy

8. Terrific Teacher Glasses Case, £2.99

A practical gift for any teacher who wears glasses. This stylish patterned case reads “Terrific Teacher” across the front of the case and is housed in a neat and presentable box which would look great on presentation.

It’s also a neat rectangular package, so wrapping it up should be much easier too!

Available from: Card Factory

9. Personalised Teacher Candle, £4.50

These candles can be designed just how you want them, with a choice of colour options for the text including various combinations of gold, rose gold and silver for the lettering. You are also able to personalise the thank you teacher gift with a name or with a message, such as simply “thank you” or “best teacher”.

Available on Etsy, the seller has over 500 reviews of their shop with five star reviews with positive feedback from happy buyers on their purchases.

Available from: Etsy

10. Top Teacher Socks, £1.99

These fun socks feature the words “top teacher” and come readily presented in a neat gift box. A good value gift for just £1.99 this pair should keep your their toes toasty and remind them why they’re so good at their job, when they pop them on in the morning.

Available from: Card Factory

Best teacher gifts for £10 and under

11. Sipsmith Distillery Gift Set, £10

A great choice for any gin-lovers, this stylish gift set from Sipsmith contains three miniature bottles of their hand crafted London Gins. The set includes a classic bottle of dry gin along with a sloe gin and a citrus flavoured version.

It all comes neatly boxed up ready for gifting, which is something previous buyers particularly noted, describing it as a “lovely gift set, nicely packaged and good value,” while others praised the gift as a “great way to try new gin flavours.”

Available from: John Lewis

12. Teacher Gift Superhero Marvel Lego Personalised Keyring, £5.30

Teachers are our everyday superheroes and these Lego keyrings allow kids to express just that with this quirky gift. There is a choice of popular characters including Batman, Spiderman, Thor and Captain America so you can decide which one fits best.

The card backing the keyring is attached to is also able to be amended to feature a message from your child, adding an extra personal touch.

Buyers who had chosen this keyring in the past were impressed with their purchases, with one parent describing it as the, “perfect little present for my son’s teacher” and another saying it arrived in “perfect quality”.

Available from: Etsy

13. Lily-flame Thank You! Scented Candle Tin, £7.99

Lily-flame have a range of popular candles with a various fragrances and those tailored to various occasions. This thank you candle could be a great way to show appreciation to a teacher who you think deserves a little me time.

Previous buyers were most impressed with the lovely smell and the quality of this candle. One parent who had bought it for her son’s teacher said it was a, “nice sized gift to give at the end of the last term. The candle smelt lovely and the teacher has commented on how strongly it smelt when burnt.”

Available from: Amazon

14. Thank You For Helping Me Grow Teacher Gift, £9.50

This wooden plant marker could be a charming way for teachers to brighten up their plant pots with a positive reminder of all the good work they’ve done throughout the year.

The keepsake is made from oak veneer and can also be personalised with a short message added underneath the main sentimental quote.

Parents who had given this to teachers of their children in the past described it as a “heart-felt gift” which was “great value for money” and a “beautiful product”.

Available from: Not on the High Street

15. The Bright Side Storage Tin, £8.86

This handy teacher’s storage tin is a practical gift to help them keep all their bits and pieces tidy on their desk. The organisational tin features a shiny metallic design and amusing notes on the front and it went down well overall with previous buyers.

Reviewers mentioned that the stationary box was larger than expected and “well worth” the price, as it was “great quality”.

Available from: Amazon

16. Modelo Geometric Stoneware Plant Pot, £6.50

Oliver Bonas’ patterned stoneware plant pot is an aesthetic choice and one of the best teacher gift ideas for any plant-loving recipients. There is a pink starred design (pictured) or a semi-circle, sun-like pattern available. Both should be able to house a small plant and brighten up the teacher’s classroom desk.

Those who had purchased the pot in the past commented on the design of the item, describing it as “a lovely little plant pot. Pretty textured design” and something which was also “great value and well made.”

Available from: Oliver Bonas

Best teacher gifts from the whole class

17. Gift for Teachers Personalised Wooden Planter, £30

If you’re planning to club together with other parents in the class, something like this personalised planter engraved with a message from all the pupils could be a nice idea. The planter could even be kept in the classroom to showcase any indoor gardening projects they might have.

A perfect size for windowsills, the pot can house small plants, herbs or flowers and will serve as a touching reminder of your child’s class and their appreciation.

Available from: Not on the High Street

18. Jo Malone Home Candle, £48

If you’re looking for an extra special teacher gift, a luxury choice from the whole class could be a simple but much-appreciated choice. Jo Malone is famous for its high-quality scents, cosmetics and candles. This home candle is available in a variety of much-loved scents which should help your little one’s teacher unwind after a long term.

The “pomegranate noir” scented candle, is popular with customers scoring an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. One reviewer said they loved it so much they bought two, because the candles, “give an amazing soft glow to the stairwell and most importantly the smell is incredibly wonderful and permeates through the whole house.”

Available from: Jo Malone

19. Large Chocolate Hamper, £40

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Teachers can indulge with this gift hamper from high-end chocolate brand Hotel Chocolat. There’s a variety of flavours included in various forms such as bars and traditionally boxed chocolates. A great crowd-pleaser from the whole class.

Previous buyers praised the box’s suitability as a thoughtful gift, saying it provides a, “great mix of product” and is “excellent value for money, nicely packaged.”

Available from: Hotel Chocolat

20. Amazon eGift Voucher

If you can only get in touch with teachers remotely at the moment, an Amazon voucher could be great option. You won’t have to try and organise sending something in the post and it takes away the guesswork from trying to pick the perfect gift.

You can choose the amount to put on to the voucher so you could get other parents in the class to chip in for a group present. All you have to do is fill the teacher’s email address and it’ll be sent straight to them – super simple!

Available from: Amazon

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