Wade Cothran | Aug 18, 2021

12 of the Best Back to School Gifts for Teachers

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Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or student, returning back to school is an exciting (and sometimes stressful!) time of year. With summer slowly coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about how to thank our teachers for all of their hard work and hours they put into their job. 


Need some ideas? We’re about to cover the best back to school gifts for teachers that are guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone’s face. 


Note: Remember to check with your school district’s rules on gifts for teachers and classrooms. The general rule of thumb is that public employees may not accept gifts worth $50 or more, but your district may have different or additional rules.


Use this list to navigate the guide: 



1. A New BruMate Tumbler or Water Bottle

Whether it’s sipping on an ice-cold non-alcoholic beverage during the work day, or enjoying a happy hour cocktail, a Brümate tumblr or water bottle is a great functional and affordable gift for teachers. 

Give the gift of hydration with the Brümate Rehydration Bottle. This fashionable bottle can hold up to 25 oz of your favorite drink, and features a twist-on straw lid for easy sipping. Your teacher can have some fun off the clock with the leak-proof lid that doubles as a 1.5 oz shot glass. 

If you know a teacher that enjoys their cocktails after work, choose the versatile Brümate Imperial Pint as a back to school gift. The Imperial Pint fits 20 oz of your favorite beverage and can be used as a cocktail cup, pint glass, tumblr, and even a shaker!


2. A Gift Card to the Local Coffee Shop or Starbucks


Teachers work long, 8+ hour days, usually prepping early in the morning for their students. Because of this, coffee can be an essential. Treat a teacher to a cup of Joe at their favorite coffee shop. Pair the gift card with Brümate’s Toddy Insulated Mug to keep their drink warm all morning long.

 woman drinking from toddy mug.

3. Bring in an Apple (Gift Card) to Put on Their Desk


Giving a teacher an apple has been a long-time tradition, dating back to the 1700s. Today, it is still known as a gesture of appreciation to give a teacher an apple at the beginning of the school year to put on their desk. 

If you’re feeling extra punny, add an Apple gift card with your apple to make a thoughtful back to school teacher gift!


4. A Gift Card to a Favorite Local Restaurant 


There’s nothing like a date night (with yourself or with a friend or partner!) at the end of a long work day. Treat a teacher to dinner with a gift card from a favorite local restaurant. Sometimes a nice meal is the perfect way to say “we appreciate you!”


5. A Bag of Sweet or Salty Munchies


Sometimes snacks are the way to a person’s heart. Create a small gift bag filled with tasty treats, whether they’re homemade or store bought, a teacher will appreciate having some things to munch on throughout the day. This is a perfect opportunity to add a special card to show your thanks.


6. New School Supplies


Teachers often spend their own money on new school supplies for their classrooms. Help a teacher gear up for a busy school year with some new school supplies. From new pencils and pens to new classroom decorations or whiteboard markers, supplies are always needed!


7. New School Pride Apparel 


Help a teacher show off their school colors with some new school pride apparel. Whether it’s a simple baseball cap or a cozy sweatshirt, new school pride gear never goes out of style.


8. A Bottle of Wine


After a long work day it’s never a bad idea to kick back with a glass of wine. While a bottle of wine may not be appropriate for elementary school children to bring into their public school classroom, wine is a great gift from parents to teachers to say thank you. 

Pair the bottle of wine with a Brümate Winsulator so that your teacher can enjoy their beverage on-the-go, and in-style. The Winsulator holds up to 25 oz of wine, or a full bottle. This bottle was designed to keep your drink at perfect temperature for up to 24 hours and comes in a variety of fun colors. 

Want to level up your gift? Give your teacher a customized Wine Gift Set with Brümate. The Uncork’d XL Tumblrs featured in this set have MUV lids so they’re entirely leak proof. Use them with the Wine Set or take them for a drink container for on-the-go!

 women using wine tumbler on a couch.

9. An Uber Eats or Doordash Gift Card


It’s completely normal to not be in the mood to cook dinner after a long day at work. Take the trouble of planning a meal off a teacher’s plate with the gift of an Uber Eats or Doordash gift card. Not only are you treating a teacher to a meal, you’re giving them some much needed free time to relax! 

There’s nothing better than eating in with a refreshing cocktail. Pair your gift card with a Margtini Gift Set, featuring two 10 oz tumblers and a cocktail shaker. Instead of going out for drinks and food, your teacher can have the whole experience right at home.


10. A Genuine Heartfelt Note From Their Students, Parents, or Principal


Sometimes the best way to show gratitude is with a simple and genuine heartfelt note. Whether it’s gathering notes from students, parents, or coworkers, thank you notes show teachers that their community cares, and their work makes a difference.


11. A Gift for the Whole Classroom


Whether it’s things for the classroom like tissue boxes and cleaning supplies, or a class pizza party, giving a teacher a gift that will benefit their whole classroom is a perfect and thoughtful back to school gift. Gifts for the classroom are not only great for teachers, but they will also help create enjoyable learning environments for students!


12. A Gift for the Sports Fans


If you know your teacher is a mega-sports fan, what better gift than a 64 oz tumblr for all of their game-day and tailgate needs? The Brümate Growl’r keeps beverages cool and carbonated for up to 48 hours. Use for not only sports games, but breweries, road trips, and more!

 growler in sand.

Cheers to a Brand New School Year!


Whatever role you play in the classroom, we hope you make this school year a great one! Need more gift ideas? Brümate offers a variety of custom gift sets with high quality drink tumblrs, perfect for any occasion. Visit our best sellers for more inspiration today!