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After four solid months in front of a room full of rowdy students, teachers definitely deserve a little extra appreciation before the holidays.
That’s why many parents send gifts to school with their children before the Christmas break. Although the usual chocolates and gift cards are always a safe bet, there are plenty of other thoughtful alternatives that any teacher would be sure to love.
If you’re looking to pick up a gift for the teachers (or mail carriers, or bus drivers) in your life, we’ve put together a list of the top thank you presents that you can shop for under $20.
Nothing says teacher quite like an apple, and this cut-out ornament made from a thin layer of maple can be customized for an extra special touch.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $19
Hands can certainly take a beating when they’re in use at the chalkboard all day long, so offer a little relief with this trio of luxurious butters that can be used all over the body.
SHOP IT: The Body Shop, $11 (originally $15)
Since teachers often end up using their own funds to replenish supplies, why not gift them with a selection of classroom essentials like this 100-pack of washable markers.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $12
Invigorating and rejuvenating, the uplifting scent of grapefruit in this versatile essential oil can be used in a variety of ways to bring a hit of energizing citrus scent to their day.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $18
This fun trivia set includes three games that cover a diverse range of topics from geography and nature to TV and film, separated into three categories: Canadian, Festive, and General Knowledge.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $12
Surrounded by kids, there’s always the chance for catching a cold. This season, offer up a selection of wellness teas for a tasty and immunity-boosting afternoon pick-me-up.
SHOP IT: David’s Tea, $12
Bring a pop of greenery to any space with this adorable miniature fig tree for fresher indoor air and a tropical feel in any room.
SHOP IT: Etsy, $15
Give teachers an extra laugh with this hilarious compilation of test answers submitted by real American and British students in subjects like science, math, tech, psych, history, and English.
SHOP IT: Uncommon Goods, $11
These tasty cookies are filled with holiday spirit thanks to crushed candy cane pieces, and come packaged in a classroom-friendly reusable metal tin.
SHOP IT: Hudson’s Bay, $11 (originally $15)
These seasonal kitchen essentials are perfect for whipping up cookies, cakes and more.
SHOP IT: Anthropologie, $13 ($10 USD)