There is no wrong time to give a Teacher Appreciation Gift.  I’ve rounded up 5 of the BEST books for teacher gifts for any time of year! Your favorite educator will love these 🙂 

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1. Brain Breaks for Teachers: An Activity Book Just for Teachers


Even teachers need brain breaks from time to time.  What better gift to give your favorite teacher than an activity book made just for them.  This unique activity book was created by a teacher for teachers.  It has over 60 stress-relieving activities including coloring pages, cryptograms, and mazes.  Brain Breaks for Teachers is sure to bring on the laughter and provide hours of entertainment.

2. 180 Days of Self-Care for Busy Educators

Self-care is as important as good grading pens to teachers (like these flair pens!).  It something they need to use every day and feel comfortable with.  180 Days of Self-Care for Busy Educators provides strategies and techniques for each week of the school year.  Topics include music, nutrition, laughter, and mindfulness (plus many more!).  It’s a guide for mental, emotional, and physical well-being and is great for educators at all stages in their career.


3. There’s Gnome Better Teacher Journals

There’s Gnome Better Teacher Journals are whimsical journals with 120 lined pages and adorable gnomes. Each page has a place to enter the date and day of the week. This journal is the ideal size for tossing in a teacher bag or purse. It can be used as a journal, diary, or planner. Your favorite teacher will be reminded how awesome they are every time they jot down a shopping list or take notes at a meeting. There are several covers to choose from, so you are sure to find the cover that is best for your favorite teacher.  

Multiple colorful book covers for There's Gnome Better Teacher Journal series

4.  Why You’re the Best Teacher Ever: Fill-in-the-blank Journal

If you are looking for something a litlle more personalized, then Why You’re the Best Teacher Ever: Fill-in-the-blank Journal is the perfect gift.

5. Go See the Principal: True Tales from the School Trenches


No one captures the hilarity that is education better than Gerry Brooks. If you want to give the gift of laughter to your favorite teacher, Go See the Principal: True Tales from the School Trenches will have the tears flowing from laughing so hard.

Tell me what you think!  What is your favorite book to give as a teacher gift?

Top 5 Books for Teacher Gifts text with two book covers featured, Brain Breaks for Teachers and Go See the Principal


  1. Lifebetweenthedishes

    I’m glad you liked the books! I hope you find one your Mother-in-Law will enjoy 🙂

  2. Lifebetweenthedishes

    Thanks Tina!

  3. Tina Smith

    Great book suggestions!

  4. Martina

    My mother in law is a teacher, and I was struggling to find her a gift for Christmas that she’d like. I will take all the books mentioned into consideration. Thank you so much for sharing! xx

  5. Lifebetweenthedishes

    Thanks Gale! I’m not knocking gift cards 🙂 Maybe an Amazon gift card so they can buy all 5 books!

  6. Lifebetweenthedishes

    Thanks Dana! The Brain Breaks for Teachers book is a lot of fun 🙂 and is a great stress reliever.

  7. Dana

    These are great book ideas for teacher gifts. I used to be a teacher and these are really good ones. The Brain Breaks for teachers’ book looks really good! Stress reduction for teachers is so important!

  8. Gale

    These are great ideas! Very thoughtful instead of my usual gift card 😂

  9. Lifebetweenthedishes

    Thank you Jodie the Mom 🙂

  10. Lifebetweenthedishes

    Thanks Amber 🙂

  11. Amber

    Love these suggestions! So important to show appreciation for our teachers and these books are a wonderful idea.

  12. Jodie the Mom

    Thanks for sharing! These are great ideas.


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