Best Teacher Gifts 2020 - thanking our teachers in the year we never saw coming

Thank You Teacher

I actually can't believe that it's time to get organised and buy teacher gifts already, but it is. My calendar doesn't lie! This year has both been one of the longest of my life (thanks to what felt like 650 years of home schooling a highly active five year old in Melbourne) and has also flown by. He literally has three weeks left of school and while your kids might have a little longer before the end of term four depending on where you are, I wanted to help you out with some ideas for teacher gifts to save you some time!

Thanks to lockdown down here I actually haven't really been able to get to know my prep boy's teachers very well this year. I was just settling into being a school mum when we headed into the first lot of remote learning and since then have been dropping the boy off at the gate each morning and haven't built much of a relationship with his teacher. Can anyone else relate? Despite that though, what I do know is that his two teachers are kind, child-loving, passionate women who have done their best for my son and his classmates all year. I definitely want to let them know how grateful I am for their ability to adapt to the challenges 2020 threw at them.

I hope you find something helpful in the list I've put together as we celebrate the teachers who guided our kids from inside the classroom and over the computer for the craziest year we could have never imagined.

Here is a list of my favourite teacher gifts for 2020!

1.  We are so Grateful Bundle | $36.00 

 Sister & Soul Teacher Gift

Here at the Sunny Pineapple, we've been a fan of Sister and Soul for a while and they have a selection of lovely items like this in a range of colours and designs. All packaged nicely in a little gift bag.

2.  Personalised Teacher Thank You Cards | $5.50

Blue personalised teacher gift thank you card

Did someone say personalised? I LOVE personalised gifts and these cards from Mum And Me Handmade Designs will not disappoint you. Two colour options available in blue and pink. I bought these last year for my son's kinder teachers and will be doing the same this year for his prep teachers. There's so much I want to thank them for, for the crazy year they helped us get through!

3.  Wooden Teacher Gift  | $28.00

Wooden hanging board with teachers name for gift

This cute gift idea is from a local online shop in Perth, The Design Pom and another personalised one where you have space to include the teachers name and a short message under the image. Too cute!!  

4.  Teacher 2020 Gift Set | $55.95

Teacher Gift Set 2020

This gorgeous gift set from Chatean Creations in Queensland has a cute little selection of items including:

1x Teacher stud earrings
1x gel pen set
1x candle
1x moisturising cream
1x keyring
1x face mask
1x bubble face mask sheet
2x large scrunchsets
1x hand sanitiser
1x coaster

To see the individual items in more detail, check out her etsy page here.

5.  Teacher Rainbow Acrylic Name Plate | $26.00 

I just love these! Rainbow, gorgeous colours and personalised.... .need I say anymore! This lovely little shop, Elkwood Designs, from Melbourne is stocking these in various sizes and colour options. They are definitely worth a look even just to look at the pretty rainbows! 

6.  Gorgeous Takeaway Coffee Cups  | $54.00

These gorgeous ceramic takeaway reusable cups are so absolutely gorgeous!  We know you will agree!  Made by the very talented Kim Wallace on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, they are hand painted so each one is slightly different and a work of art as well! I want one for myself! You can purchase a 6oz, 8oz or 12oz size. This cup comes with a frosted clear heat sleeve and either a blue, green, pink or black silicone lid which you can choose in the checkout. This is the rainbow design in the 12oz (I like my coffees BIG!) but there are heaps of designs to choose from. You can check out the full range of the reusable takeaway cups here.  This is a perfect gift for that extra special teacher! 

7. Little Box of Happiness  | $95.00

I have bought from Little Shop of Happiness many times... it's my go to gift box shop. This gift box is their Little Box of Happiness and includes marshmallows, body scrub, happy affirmation cards, positive affirmation word rock, luxury scented candle, happy eye mask, happy water bottle and an inspirational wall quote "You Fill The World With Sunshine". This is just one of their gift boxes, you can check out their full range here.

8.  The Amazing Teacher Planner by Mrs Edgar | $68.00

 Teacher Planner daily spread open to show layout

Our very own teacher in our team here at The Sunny Pineapple has this planner and adores it! It's got a beautiful design but is incredibly functional as well.  You definitely can't go wrong with this gift. Designed in Perth and featuring a hard cover, pocket pages and inspirational quotes throughout, it's the must have item for teachers for 2021. You can check it all the range here.

Running out of time to order online?  Don't worry! I've found a bunch of cool ideas from our department stores too for the last minute pickup! 

9.  Best Teacher Pen Holder | $7.00 | Big W

 Wood colour Best teacher Pen holder overlay apple shape

All you need to finish this little gift off is a bag of lollies or chocolates or a pack of pens.  Pair it with a card and you're all set!

10.  Dream Big Teacher Gift Candle | $6.00 | Kmart

I have heard teachers do get inundanted with candles at gift time but I have to say, if I was a teacher I would love the gift of candles! I LOVE lighting a candle at home and feel like I can never have too many plus how nice does this fragrance sound "Green Pear".  Plus, well, it's $6.00 sooooo, what's not to love! Kmart has these in stock for your last minute teacher gift idea! 

And there you have it!  My top 10 Teacher Gift Ideas for 2020!  Would love to hear what you are drawn to from our list!

- Annie 

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Still need to tick a few people off your NICE List? How about one of our books!

If you're looking to get organised before the end of the school year for the piles of stuff your child is about to bring home, My School Yearbook might be just what you need! With a double page spread for each year from Kindy right through to their High School Graduation, you will finally have somewhere to store all your child's school bits & bobs and memories from year to year!  It's got a strong hard cover and spiral, spacious areas for class photos, prompts to capture details about the year and it's never too late to start. Whether you child is about to start Kindy, or has just finished Year 12, having a place to organise it all is just what you need. You can find out more and get your copy here.