Gift Ideas for Male Teachers

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As a former room mother and the wife of a high school band director, I can tell you… teachers do not get enough recognition for what they do. So, don’t forget that Teacher’s Appreciation Week is May 7th through May 11th.

But what do you get for your child’s teacher… especially if that teacher is a male?

Well, since I am married to one… How about a list?

  • Gourmet Coffee ~ Not the fru-fru flavors but the strong stuff.
  • Coffee mugs ~ Work well with the Joe mentioned above.
  • Food ~ Mixed nuts, summer sausage… you know… GUY food.
  • Restaurant gift cards ~ I know that a lot of people hate to give these but it really is a gift that gives twice… once in a card and once as a night out with the spouse.
  • Movie tickets ~ Again, this is a gift that gives twice because on a teacher’s budget, nights out do not come often enough.
  • Retail gift cards ~ My husband would freak out over a gift card to Best Buy or iTunes!
  • Pen sets ~ Teachers always need pens and a manly ballpoint pen could get you bonus credit.
  • Board games ~ Trivial Pursuit, Cranium, or other games related to his field.
  • Creative candy gifts ~ Like the ones where the candy fits into the message.

If nothing here strikes your fancy, consider the teacher’s specialty. For instance, my husband is a band director because he loves music, especially jazz. So, a biography of a popular jazz musician would be a great idea.

Now, there are things that are just not a good idea… EVER!

  • Wall art ~ Unless it is something for the teacher’s office. (No offense intended to those who picked out the lovely, 2 foot tall, metal microphone we received last Christmas.)
  • Girly gifts  ~ Candles, picture frames, etc.
  • Fru-fru crafts ~  Like the girly gifts above
  • Cash ~ Can you say, “Bribe?”
  • Clothing ~ Yes, this includes ties

Need more ideas? Check out my Gift Ideas board on Pinterest.

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  1. Debbie B says:

    I have to say no to the coffee mugs. My husband has been teaching for 18 years. He used to get at least 10 mugs a year. I taught for a very short time and ended up with 5…yikes.
    The best gifts that both of us have received are the letters. The letter from the parent telling me that I did a great job. My very best was a letter from a student thanking me for being her teacher and how she had changed. The letter came with a small 5×7 painting that she had painted. It is framed and hanging in my studio.
    Just my two cents worth.

    • I guess coffee mugs might not be the thing for everyone but I know my husband LOVES them. He has yet to receive a letter but I know that would mean a lot to him too. :)

  2. Thanks for the advice! I think I’m going to give my JROTC Captain (teacher) a mug filled with his favorite candy and a photo of us with a note thanking him for all he’s done for my Highschool career. :)

  3. My daughter had a tough time getting through high school due to some extenuating circumstances, but her principal, assistant principal and several teachers really stuck by her and helped her. She graduates this Friday, a little late, but if not for their help, not at all. I really wanted to get the, something to thank them. You’re suggestions for the men are VERY helpful, as well as the suggestion that she write a letter. Thank you

    • The letter would be the best. Maybe my husband is a sensitive kind of guy, but he appreciates knowing that he made a difference more than anything. Congratulations to your daughter!

      • We decided on a thank you letter and an iTunes gift card for the principle and home made cookies with thank you’s for her teachers. Her principle was her greatest cheerleader through this. He even ask her if he could have his picture taken with her at her graduation! My daughter’s father was killed in an accident at the beginning of her freshman year and it sort derailed her a bit. Her principle has said that she is the first person so far to successfully come back for an extra semester an see it through to graduation. Thank goodness for educators that have such dedication!!!!! They are a blessing and do make a difference in a child life.

  4. As a teacher myself with a son about to enter the profession, may I suggest one step further for the letter of thanks? Send the letter to the principal, the superintendent, AND the local newspaper saying what an awesome job that particular teacher or coach has done. If you have several teachers on the list, GOOD ink pens are always needed as are homemade treats (cookies come to mind!). Add a note of thanks from you and your child. =D


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