Welcome Back Gift Ideas for Teachers


Schools and parent organizations usually provide some sort of welcome-back gift for teachers. Depending on the school or organization's budget, the gifts can be tokens of appreciation or extravagant surprises.

Gift Basket

  • Individual, department or school-wide teacher gift baskets are appropriate. They can be filled with survival-kit items such as Kleenex and hand sanitizer, or with fun items such as stress balls.

School Supplies

  • Teachers are always in need of school supplies for themselves and their students. Supplies can include pencils, pens, highlighters, Wite-Out, colored pencils, markers, paper clips, binder clips, thumb tacks or dry erase markers.


  • Food is a great gift for individual teachers or for the entire teacher population of a school. This could be anything from cold cuts, fruit and crudités to individual snack packs and drinks. Sweets such as cookies, candy, cake, brownies and muffins are also popular.

School Colors

  • Gifts that incorporate school colors are great for returning teachers. Items such as lanyards, blankets, coffee cups, pens and stickers are easily customized with school colors.


  • Teachers can always use updated decorating supplies. Items for bulletin boards, doors, windows and walls are always useful. Decorating themes include seasons, holidays and class subject.


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