Last Minute Gifts for Secondary Teachers

Scrolling through internet searches for “Teacher Appreciation Gifts,” I realized the majority of the teacher appreciation gifts were geared towards elementary. If you are struggling to find simple last minute gifts for secondary teachers, here are 5 suggestions to help make a teacher smile!

A Thank You

Middle and high school students are tough. Blame the hormones and figuring themselves out. As a teacher to these described students, a simple thank you will go a long way.

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Looking for a simply and easy inexpensive gift? Pencils are like gold this time of year.  One week I set out 25 pencils and by Tuesday around lunch I had half a pencil. It really made we wonder if I had students who were part beaver?

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Facial Tissues

One word: allergies. We survived flu season and that took a heavy hit on the tissues. Now we battle allergies. Just like everything else, a good box of tissues would bring a smile to a teacher’s face.

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The weather is getting warmer and the kids are getting anxious for summer. I’m sure you can tell at home. To get yourself and your student’s teacher through, chocolate helps get through the day. (Let me let you in on a teacher secret–the chocolate drawer does exist.)

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Dry Erase Markers

If none of the above suggestions have piqued your interest, then here is one last suggestion: dry erase markers. This time last year I had exactly two working markers. TWO! Just like pencils, dry erase markers need some replenishing too.

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Suggestions 2-5 are all great and would bring a smile to any teacher’s face. In the end, a simple thank you by card or through email will go a long way to show support to your student’s teachers.


Angelica was raised in West Liberty just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Iowa City. After getting married to her high school sweetheart and living in the D.C. metro area, they decided it was not where they wanted to raise a family, and moved back to Iowa in 2012. They welcomed their daughter nine months after moving back. Then in 2018 added a yellow lab to their family. Angelica enjoys running, reading, and binge watching shows with her husband. She loves Disney, Reese's, and being a mom.


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