College Graduation Gift Ideas for New Teachers


Graduating students entering into the teaching profession are coming away from many long, hard years of studying a variety of subjects and learning about things like classroom management, developing teaching plans and figuring out how to teach things to young people who may not want to learn it. Many new teachers have earned their master's degrees and have taken a variety of rigorous tests. If they are lucky enough to get a teaching position right out of college, then there is not time to rest. The working world is even more demanding than the academic world, so purchase some gifts to ease the transition.

Personal Beauty To-Go Kit

  • Young teachers have to get up early for class and often do not get home until late after coaching basketball or monitoring the newspaper club--and then there are papers to grade. If the graduating student is a woman, she may run out of time to think or care about her beauty. If the graduating student is a man, he may begin to forgo hygiene in order to get some extra sleep. Put together a travel tote full of moisturizers, deodorant, a first aid kit, cotton swabs and a variety of hygiene products that the new teacher can take to work to use during those brief moments between classes.

Wireless Reading Device

  • New teachers have to fit binders full of papers to grade, textbooks to teach and teaching plans into their bags everyday. They don't have any space to carry a book to read during their breaks (and probably not much time or money to buy them either). Buy her a portable reading device, like a Kindle, so she can carry her books with her on a slim electronic device and download books wherever she is.

Leather Portfolio and Organizer

  • Teachers need to stay organized. Purchase the new grad a multifunctional organizer, like a Filofax, where he can keep his schedule, teaching plans, notes and student papers organized and in one easy-to-reach place. A great organizer can make the day-to-day stress of college to job adjustment a little bit easier.

Office Supplies

  • Pens, loose-leaf paper, computer paper, staplers, hole-punches, sticky notes, glue, etcetera: All these supplies are an essential part of daily life in a classroom. The students will get just as much use out of them as the new teacher will, so help the college graduate start school prepared with a loaded stock of office supplies.

Handheld Electronic Brain Teasers

  • Before the intellectual college graduate/new teacher's brain turns to mush due to the daily hullaballoo of managing a classroom, help her have some fun and keep her brain sharp with one of the many handheld Sudoko or puzzle games available on the market.

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