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Simple & Unique Teacher Gifts for Men (2022-2023 School Year)

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We can never underestimate the impact of a great teacher in our children’s lives. They play such a critical part in our kids’ development and we are truly grateful. Even though most of the teachers out there are females, there are many awesome men who are great teachers as well. Their hard work deserves to be noted. If your child has a male teacher, this post is for you. Check out these great male teacher gifts that will bright his day.

There are two things to keep in mind when deciding what kind of gift to get your kid’s teacher.

1 – What Type of Teacher Is He?

Knowing what they teach will give you a hint as to what they enjoy. If he is a math teacher, he might be into tech or gadgets. If he’s an art teacher, I’m sure he will enjoy some new art supplies. English teachers probably like to read so you can get them a new book or magazine and create a mini basket with fuzzy socks and a mug. If they teach a little bit of everything, here are good gift ideas that all teachers can use:

  • Notebook for lesson plans
  • Desk organizer to keep their stuff neat
  • A massage pillow for their desk chair
  • Accessories for their cell phones or iPads
  • Canvas bag for them to carry papers and supplies to and from home

2 – What Time of the Year Is It?

When considering what to get a male teacher, it’s useful to think about what time of the year it is. This will help you narrow down what is appropriate. There are four times of the year that you might give a gift:

Below are a bunch of great ideas for all these times of the year.

Back to School

The best thing to give your child’s teacher at the beginning of the year are school supplies or craft supplies. They are always needing items to help keep their classroom running smoothly. Of course this is great for male or female teachers. Here’s a list of items that are great for back to school:

  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Dry erase markers
  • Sharpies
  • Sticky notes
  • Construction Paper/card stock
  • Erasers
  • Glue and glue sticks
  • Staples
  • Index cards
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Organizational bins

Here’s a great way to gift these items. Our friends at Fantabulosity have put together a Teacher’s Survival Guide. This great gift basket includes a little bit of everything, including headache medicine and candy!

Can’t give a big gift basket? No problem. We paired just 2-3 items together from the Dollar Tree and added a sweet gift tag. There are four versions to choose from:

  • A bag of Starburst – “I’m bursting with excitement to get back into the classroom.”
  • Magnets and Push pins – “Reunited and it feels so smart!”
  • A mug and instant coffee – “Here’s something to get you back into the grind.”
  • Notebook and gel pens – “Take note, I’m so excited to be back in class”

Download these free first day of school tags.  


When it comes to Christmas gifts or holiday gifts, think warm and cozy. We suggest either doing a little basket or bag with a few small items they can use during the holidays. Here’s a list of items you can put together:

  • Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Chocolate
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Pajamas
  • Liquor or wine
  • Cookies or treats

Teacher Appreciation Day Gifts 

For teacher appreciation gifts, you don’t need to go crazy. Think of a small token of affection that will brighten up his day. You can easily do this with a funny or cute printable. Frugal Coupon Living offers a great set of gift tags that could be paired with a low cost gift. Tape (of any kind) is always useful to any male teacher. You can share packaging tape, duck tape, or this fun ruler themed tape. The gift tag says “I’m glad I’m STUCK with you”.

tape with gift tag

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End of the School Year

Help your male teacher enjoy his summer vacation. Here are some great summer themes to think about when considering gifts for a male teacher:

  • Barbeque – Men tend to do most of the barbecuing so barbecue tools would be a great idea. A unique set of delicious condiments, spices, or rubs would be a fun way to spice up his cooking – pun intended!
  • Beach or Pool – A new pair of slippers, towels, and suntan lotion is a perfect bundle for him to enjoy his summer. We recommend getting these affordable items at discount stores like Marshalls or TJ Maxx.
  • House Reno – This person may be spending sometime this summer doing some home renovation. A new set of tools or supplies would be very useful. You can also consider a gift card to Home Depot or Lowe’s.
  • Sports – Male teachers will most likely be either into sports or take on a sport themselves. This could include baseball, fishing, boating, golfing, tennis or basketball. Sports equipment or gift cards to sporting goods stores are the perfect gift.

More Gift Basket Ideas

Gift baskets are the best gifts because you can go as big or small as you like.

Star Wars Theme

Most men will be into the Star Wars theme so make him a very simple gift basket. Here’s an example from Swag Grabber. You can easily create this with a bright green basket from Dollar Tree. Fill it up with Star Wars and Yoda themed items.

Car Wash Basket

If the teacher in mind is like my husband, he might be obsessed with keeping the car clean. Consider putting together a gift basket with all types of cleaning supplies for the car. Dollar Tree has great options. Some ideas to include: sponges, cleaning spray, wax, air freshener, and multi purpose wipes.

Alcohol Theme

Knowing what the teacher likes to drink gives you an edge. Simply get their favorite drink (or a few versions of them) and fill up a basket. Add a few snacks to go with it and you are done! Pair a few beer bottles with a variety of nuts. Pair a whisky bottle with nice new glasses. A bottle of wine goes well with cheese and crackers. Finally, combine a margarita mix, salt, and margarita glasses for a tequila lover.

Sparkle Tip:

Consider using a cooler as the basket!

Spa or Beauty Theme

You might think that spa gift baskets are usually for women but a lot of men also enjoy bath products. Plus, there are so many brands that make them now so you have lots of options! You can go as inexpensive as Dove, or get really fancy like Kiehl’s products.

Easy DIY Personalized Gifts

Custom gifts are great because they add a personal touch and it shows you went the extra mile. It is easy to get a lot of things from Dollar Tree or your local dollar store. Below are awesome gifts for him that are really inexpensive. We used the cricut to personalize the item or Danny hand painted the item. If you are interested in ordering any of these from us, feel free to email us.

Clip Boards

Clipboards can be very useful for high school teachers, principles, or coaches. Check out these hand painted boards with the person’s name on it. I bet they will never lose it! You can also keep it generic with school icons like pencils and apples.

hand painted clipboard
hand painted clipboard
hand painted crayon

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Canvas Bag

A canvas bag is great to carry supplies around, papers to grade, or groceries. This music note canvas bag is perfect for the male music teacher.

music notes

Glass with Liquor

Give your child’s teacher a useful glass with his name on it. Simply add a small bottle of wine or liquor inside of it for him to enjoy after a long school day.

Coffee Themed

Most teachers will drink coffee to keep up with our kids so coffee mugs, or a travel mug is a nice gift. Personalize it with his name. But if you are not sure if he drinks coffee, give him nice water bottle in his favorite color.

Pencil Holder

A gift with pencils is always a good idea for elementary school teachers. To create this easy DIY pencil or notes holder, you only need a small cup or vase, 1-2 packs of pencils, and a note. Hot glue pencils all around the cupYou can easily personalize the label with the teacher’s name. He can use this at school or at home.

pencils lined up

Thank You Frame

A simple thank you goes a long way. An impactful way to do this is to get all the students to participate. Artsy Farsy Mama created this amazing frame with an apple in the center. This housed the teacher’s name and the year. Then all the students can sign around the apple. Isn’t this a thoughtful gift?!

personalized apple


Custom ornaments are so pretty and easy to make if you have a Cricut. Get a large ornament from Dollar Tree. Fill it up with filler paper or glitter. Add the teachers name and finish it off with a pretty bow.

FREE Printables

Printables are a great way to add a funny note to any small gift. Check out these free printables you can use.

Cup of Cheer

This cute gift tag can be added to a Starbucks gift card, a mug, or even a hot chocolate making kit.

hot cocoa tag

Remarkable Year

Here’s an inexpensive gift for the first day of school. Add a set of markers to this remarkable gift tag to show you and your child are really excited for this year!

marker gift

Food Gifts

If you are the type that enjoys making Christmas cookies every year, then this idea is for you. A homemade treat is something anyone would appreciate. Here are some great variations that are very manly!

Homemade Snickerdoodle Cookies

For the bakers out there, nothing says thank you like a bag of homemade cookies. Clan Kitchen shares with us her really easy snickerdoodle recipe. Make a large batch of these cookies and add a batch to cute containers that they sell at Dollar Tree during the holiday season.

Whiskey Cream Caramels

With a few simple ingredients, you can make these delicious whiskey cream caramels. Wrap a bunch of them in a cute bag or jar for a cute presentation.

Pizza Seasoning

Does your male teacher like to cook? Give him a homemade pizza seasoning. Plant Based with Amy created a list of perfectly paired spices that will make a delicious homemade pizza. I love the idea of adding it to a cute little spice jar. You can also add other items like a pizza cutter or pizza sauce to make a little gift basket.

Caramel Apple

Keeping in the apple theme, here’s a simple idea with store bought items. Get a jar of caramel sauce. Wrap it up with a few apples inside and you have yourself a sweet gift!

Bonus: Male Gift Wrapping Idea

Don’t have time to get a creative gift? No problem. Give him super creative gift wrapping! Here are two very cute ways to wrap a store bought gift using brown paper bags. You can create either a simple tie or a version with a bow tie and suspenders.

Sparkle Tip:

You can use an actual bow tie that he can really use!

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