8 Quirky Gift Ideas to Spruce Up this Teacher’s Day

With face-to-face classes resuming in many parts of the world, now is the best time to celebrate educators

Teacher’s Day is approaching, on September 5, September 10, or October 5 depending on where in Asia you live. This year, the occasion is a great time to express appreciation to teachers for their hard work, given the tumult of online classes due to COVID-19, and all that teachers have had to do to keep educating their students.

But finding the right gifts for Teacher’s Day can be quite a task, especially if you are looking to give gifts beyond thank-you cards and class supplies.

Here are some intelligently designed products that make for great Teacher’s Day gift ideas, or at the very least, can provide inspiration for a thoughtful gift for your favorite teacher.

  1. Hatch Notebook
Hatch Notebook
Photo credits: Two Tumbleweeds on Kickstarter

Preparing and creating lesson plans constitutes a huge part of teachers’ daily tasks. This special Hatch notebook will be perfect for teachers who want to innovate and make lessons more interesting.

The Hatch notebook, differing from ordinary notebooks, provides a framework for brainstorming, evaluating, planning, and executing ideas. With its unique structure, the ideas journal helps to simplify the creative process from brainstorming to execution.

  1. MagEasy: A Modular Magnetic Organizing Kit
MagEasy
Photo credits: LHiDS Creative

Teachers’ desks can be messy, buried in piles of files and assignments for grading. This organizing kit designed by LHiDS could be the perfect fix, helping to keep teaching tools organized and accessible.

It comes with a convenient expandable magnetic modular design, so that items can be arranged based on personal preferences. Plus, the organizer can also be transferred into a folio or a writing pad, and fits easily into most handbags or backpacks.

  1. MOFT Laptop Stand
MOFT Laptop Stand
Photo credits: MOFT on Kickstarter

For teachers who rely on their laptops all day long, this laptop stand designed by MOFT could offer a solution to strained necks and tired eyes.

The award-winning design of this product allows users to adjust the angle of a screen extensively. For teachers who have resumed face-to-face classes, it has an adjustment for standing posture, and helps alleviate shoulder pain caused by long hours of work. It is also lightweight and can be attached easily.

  1. Conductive Pen: Circuit Scribe
Circuit Scribe
Photo credits: Electroninks Incorporated on Kickstarter

If your science teacher happens to be a DIY-enthusiast, you can consider giving this Circuit Scribe pen to them as a Teacher’s Day present.

The Circuit Scribe is a pen with conductive ink that can draw circuits on paper. With this pen, your teachers can create their own circuits with lights, buzzers, motors, and more. It can even be utilized in class demonstrations to teach students how electricity and electronics work.

  1. Phi Ruler
Phi Ruler
Photo credits: Yat Ming Lo on Kickstarter

If your teachers love designs and sketching, this handy multi-functional ruler could make for a unique Teacher’s Day gift.

This beautifully-designed ruler combines multiple golden ratios, which can make aesthetically pleasing shapes, creating harmony and structure when applied to design. The ruler can be used for mathematics, everyday design, and aesthetic drawing–an ideal gift for an art teacher or hobbyist artist.

  1. Grammar Pencil
Grammar Pencil
Photo credits: NewtonAndTheApple on Etsy

With grading and marking going on every day, teachers always need a pen or pencil at hand.

These Grammar Pencils designed by NewtonAndTheApple will make the perfect gift for English teachers. Beside serving the primary function of writing, each pencil is also engraved with common grammatical mistakes for a humorous touch.

  1. Teacher Life Coloring Book
Teacher Life Coloring Book
Photo credits: Papeterie Bleu on Amazon

If your teacher has a good sense of humor, this coloring book is meant for them. Coloring books make for a de-stressing tool that can also help the brain focus. This one, in particular, contains illustrations with entertaining, witty and sometimes sassy quotes that every teacher can relate to.

Given the massive workload and stressful life a teacher has every day, the Teacher Life Coloring Book could be a good way for them to kickback and have some laughs.

  1. Wild Ties
Wild Ties
Photo credits: DesertCart

A unique Teacher’s Day gift for that one teacher who has a special taste in quirky ties, WildTies has a wide (and wild) selection of uniquely designed ties. Some of them are even printed with mathematical equations or periodic tables–perfect for a teacher passionate about the STEM disciplines.

Teachers have played pivotal roles in the lives of their students by mentoring them and teaching them essential lessons.

Giving them a thoughtful gift on Teacher’s Day this year can not only show gratitude and appreciation, but could also acknowledge their renewed and continuous efforts and commitment during the pandemic.

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Iris Wen
Iris is an Editorial Assistant at Jumpstart.

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