Awesome Last-Minute Gift Ideas For Teachers’ Day 2021

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For a large part of the year, teachers work slavishly to educate and engage our children, shaping their young minds and helping to mould them into decent, upstanding members of society. It’s a very tough gig, as most parents found out during the circuit breaker period last year and on home-based learning days now.

So when Teachers’ Day comes around, take the opportunity to say a big thank you with a thoughtful gift that they can use regularly or enjoy in their own time. It doesn’t have to be expensive; in fact, teachers often say that handmade gifts and cards are their faves. But in case you fall into the last-minute camp, we’ve got some ideas for great gifts you can get hold of in a jiffy.

Teacher’s Day Gift Ideas


Generic cupcakes Photo by Lottie Griffiths on Unsplash
Photo by Lottie Griffiths on Unsplash

An oldie but goodie. Not only does it appeal to the sweet tooth, it’s also a great mood-lifter.

Mask chains

Mixshop mask chain
Image: Mixshop

They’re the equivalent of lanyards in this new normal. What’s more, they come in so many varieties that you’ll have no problem finding designs to suit different teachers. Korean accessories brand Mixshop has a great range, or check out local sellers with offerings like silver-beaded, plastic pearl and coloured cord.

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Pen holders

Pen holder

Like mask chains, they’re practical and are available in all sorts of styles to cater to different tastes, from space-saving to minimalist cool to cartoon-cute.

Pretty sticky notes

ACuteStreet sticky notes
Image: ACuteStreet

Call us sticklers for good looks, but there’s just something about beautiful paper that makes even scribbling a quick note that much more pleasant. We’re sure Teacher would agree. Shop here.

Calming tea

Generic tea Photo by Loverna Journey on Unsplash
Photo by Loverna Journey on Unsplash

Treat your teachers to a relaxing cuppa by gifting them with a box of stress-relieving herbal tea – a perfect way to wind down in the staff room after a day of shepherding rowdy schoolchildren. Popular ingredients to look out for include chamomile, lavender, rose, mint and lemon balm.

Cool mugs

Coffee cup credit FortyTwo

What’s going to help teacher enjoy his or her coffee even more? A good-looking cup that adds a dash of character. Typo, FortyTwo and Klosh all have some terrific offerings, while Printcious has loads of ready-made designs and customisable options.


March Stationery bookmark
Image: March Stationery

Help teachers keep track of where they left off in the textbooks with some cute bookmarks. Like post-it strips, but much better. Shop here.

Hand cream

Generic hand cream Photo by Vanesa conunaese on Unsplash
Photo by Vanesa Conunaese on Unsplash

All day flipping through worksheets and test papers can be really drying for the hands. A mini tube of hand cream fits easily into handbags and pockets for moisture on the go.

Gourmet chocolates

Fossa Chocolate
Image: Fossa Chocolate

It’s meant to be a treat, so go the extra mile and get your teachers something beyond regular supermarket fare. A couple of local chocolate stores you can consider are Hello Chocolate and Fossa Chocolate.

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