Protect teacher from pesky chalk residue (never a good look). The 130-year-old German company has perfected the art of dust-free chalk. Each box contains twelve pieces in a spectrum of shades or traditional white.
Even the sweetest teacher is no match for the Brooklyn-based artisanal chocolate maker. Choose among ten unique flavors, including black truffle, sea salt, and vanilla and smoke. Our pick? Crown maple — made with maple sugar from the Hudson River Valley. Available at mastbrothers.com, set of 5 for $40.
A teacher’s library is her pride and joy. Make sure students don’t walk off with a book by branding each read with a custom classroom stamp. Available at etsy.com, $47.
Available in school-friendly themes such as owls, apples, and colored pencils, Paper Culture’s notes are a personal way to say thanks. Plus, all its goods are printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, and the company plants a tree for every order.
Printed report cards may be old-school, but this tray is anything but dated. The vintage-inspired ceramic platter is perfect for neatly organizing odds and ends on a busy desk or serving treats in the teacher’s lounge. Available at fishseddy.com, $17.
Grading papers can wreak havoc on dry hands. Niven Morgan’s formula (made from aloe vera, arnica, shea butter, and algae) absorbs fast and staves off paper cuts. Fear not, sensitive noses: The scent is light and won’t overpower the classroom.
What’s better than an apple for the teacher? An apple necklace for the teacher, of course. The silhouette is cut in stainless steel and plated in three finishes: rose gold, yellow gold, or silver. Available at etsy.com, $42.
Who knew pencils could be inspiring? We did. This set of twelve comes in a wood and metal box complete with a quote to start each day off right.
It’s the little things that brighten a teacher’s day, and we think clothes imbued with the relaxing scent of lavender do the trick. Give the gift of happy smells with linen sachets embroidered with illustrations of clothing by artist Shelly Klein.
Where do they get all that energy? Our best guess is caffeine, so we’re thinking this cool new silicone tea egg — an easy way to enjoy fancy loose-leaf varieties — will come in handy. Want to go the extra mile? Include ready-to-brew artisanal tea from cult favorite Bellocq.
Who says order has to be boring? With powder-coated steel trays, small bits — from paper clips and rubber bands to hair clips and jewelry — can be corralled in bright fashion. The various sizes and colors nest neatly into one another for a slew of sorting and display options.
They hang around your little germ smugglers all day, so teachers wash their hands a lot. These gems are just the thing to mend dry mitts. Handmade in small batches and infused with essential oils, they come in such soothing scents as lemongrass eucalyptus and lavender.
You can never go wrong giving teach an apple. This lovely eleven-by-fourteen print by artist Eva Jorgensen is hand-rendered and -printed with soy inks on cotton paper using a vintage press for a look that deserves an A+.
Teachers — like parents — survive the hardest days by dreaming of great escapes (however brief). Give them fodder for imagined and real trips alike with Taschen’s compilation of The New York Times column known for insider tips on experiencing the best of a destination in just a day and a half.
You’ve got this in the bag. This generously proportioned, heavy-duty canvas weekender is just the right size (25 inches wide!) for a quick escape. Long straps mean it can be thrown over the shoulder for a speedy getaway come Friday afternoon.
Time-challenged coffee snobs will flip for this new kitchen gadget, delivering French press flavor without the fuss. Forget boiling water first — just put cold water in the tank and ground coffee in the jug; the machine does the rest. Good morning indeed.
Teacher doesn’t get to accessorize much — unless you count the finger paint and play dough clinging to her clothes. But when the bell rings, she can throw on a soft and simple hand-crocheted cotton or linen necklace (also available in black) and go out into the world feeling like a grown-up.
She runs a tight ship and has the desk to prove it. She’ll love the clean-line collection from organization gurus Russell and Hazel. They elevate the lowly tape dispenser and clipboard to office objet. Note, a sensational see-through stapler is up next (coming December 10).
The only thing better than one gift? Two. That’s why we’re taken with these handcrafted candles — available in lily, sandalwood, or unscented — poured into original Weck jars from Germany. Once the candle has burned down, just wash the container and it becomes an ideal vessel for storing leftovers.