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Teacher Appreciation Week is finally here! Do you have gifts for your kids' teachers or that special teacher in your life? Here are some last-minute ideas.

Teacher Appreciation Week: Celebrate the heroes in your life with these gift ideas

2021 is one of the hardest times to be a teacher in recent memory. As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic rages on, teachers have spent the last year figuring out the best way to teach on the fly, as administrators send educators new regulations they come up with by the seat of their pants.

After the pandemic was announced in March 2020, teachers moved from distance learning to masked in-class sessions, to teaching just a few students in person while their lessons were streamed to the rest of the class remotely. Just ask any teacher you know in your life: the last year of teaching was an absolute mess.

However, as teachers tell us to do, the educators of the world buckled down and found a way to have us learn new things, even amid a brutal pandemic. Tomorrow is National Teacher’s Day, but today kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week. What better way to celebrate than to get a gift for the rockstar teacher in your life? Ditch the apple, and check out our list of gifts ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Coffee time

We’ll start out with the obvious. More often than not, teachers need to wake up at the crack of dawn during the week to plan for their day of lessons, tests, and to double check they know all the names of their students by heart. If there’s one thing teachers love, if not need, to get through a brutal morning of classes, it’s coffee.

What better Teacher Appreciation Week gift ideas are there than the classic coffee mug? Perhaps it’s a cliché gift, but it’s one which will definitely be used by the teacher in your life. Burton & Burton has several teacher-themed mug sets you can order from their website, from the simplest to the corniest. Whatever suits your teacher’s fancy, there’s a mug for them that’ll make you come to mind with every morning brew.

Film nuts

Of all the Teacher Appreciation Week gift ideas, we have one specifically for the film nut in your life. Are there any film teachers in your life giving you killer recommendations on the regular or English teachers who unpack the magic of the movies just like their favorite books? If so, there’s a perfect gift for them.

Criterion holds some of the best films available in the world in their most stunning editions, and the Criterion Channel is the streaming service holding them all in its catalog. 

Any cinephile teacher in your life will fall in love with the channel’s classic films and monthly collections, possibly introducing them to hidden gems. For teachers who are simply film fans, a gifted subscription will provide them a great escape from work, and for any film teachers, they’ll have a reminder of why they love to teach their subject.


Speaking of streaming, YouTube has never been a more widely used resource for teachers than today. 

The streaming giant simply has too many educational videos to be ignored – from lectures to instructional videos – and most teachers can’t stay away. However, the incessant ads YouTube forces us to watch with each video can not only be distracting, but also can seem irresponsible to unleash on one’s students.

You can give your favorite teach one of the best Teacher Appreciation Week gift ideas with a YouTube premium subscription. With the subscription, your favorite teacher will no longer have to function around YouTube’s oppressive advertising and can cut right to the chase in using YouTube’s videos for lessons ad-free. Plus, we can pretty much guarantee they’ll enjoy the ad-free streaming out of the classroom too.

We hope our list of Teacher Appreciation Week gift ideas have got the wheels turning in your head to gift something great to the teacher in your life this week. National Teacher’s Day is tomorrow, so there’s no time like the present to order your gift and brighten your favorite teacher’s day today.

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