Skip to main content

NewFolks may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

5 great end-of-the-year gifts for preschool teachers under $25

Preschool is your little one’s first school experience. When this exciting year of firsts is over, you’ll want to show your appreciation to your child’s teacher. Unfortunately, a lot of teacher gifts, like apple mugs and candles, typically find their way into the regifting pile or worse — the trash. It’s not that teachers don’t appreciate the sentiment; they do. It’s just the common teacher gifts aren’t something most teachers will actually use.

While teacher mugs are awesome, veteran teachers usually end up with quite a collection. So what do you get a teacher at the end of the year? There are a lot of wonderful end-of-the-year gifts for teachers they will appreciate and use. Here are some great suggestions for your child’s preschool teacher that he or she will love.

Preschooler giving her teacher a present
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Dejaroo Mesh Beach Bag

  • Has eight pockets to aid organization
  • 14 different color options
  • Originally designed for the beach, but can be used in a variety of ways

Your child’s preschool teacher will think of them fondly every time he or she loads up this versatile tote bag. It is ideal for the beach, supermarket, picnics, field trips, and more. Your son or daughter’s teacher can even use this bag to go back and forth to school. It’s waterproof, fashion-forward, and super roomy. The bag is available in a variety of stylish colors.

Giotto 32oz Leakproof Water Bottle

  • Comes in more than a dozen different color options
  • Markers help you keep track of how much water you’ve had to drink
  • BPA-free

Unlike an office job, teachers cannot leave the classroom to grab a drink whenever they want to. Many bring a reusable water bottle to school every day, which makes giving one a useful end-of-the-year gift. The Giotto water bottle is a perfect pick for school, hikes, or a day running around doing errands. It’s lightweight and BPA-free. The straw folds in to ensure cleanliness, and markers on the side help to keep track of the amount of water the user drinks each day. You can even dress up the gift by filling it with Hershey’s Kisses.

Sunwill 14 oz Insulated Coffee Mug

  • Comes in more than a dozen different color options
  • BPA-free
  • Sweatproof

Instead of a mug that says “teacher of the year” on it, how about a covered coffee mug your child’s teacher can take right from the kitchen into the car and to the classroom? This reusable, insulated coffee mug will certainly get a lot of use. It’s ideal for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and even soup. Available in different colors, the mug sports a comfy handle and is BPA-free. Hot beverages stay toasty for three-plus hours, while cold drinks stay cool for nine-plus hours. It’s the ideal on-the-go mug.

Kingole Flannel Fleece Microfiber Throw Blanket

  • Comes in more than a dozen color options
  • Available in four sizes
  • Machine washable

Who doesn’t enjoy cuddling on the couch under a cozy blanket to read or binge-watch their favorite shows? Even in the summer with the air-conditioner on, throw blankets come in handy, making this a fabulous end-of-the-year teacher gift. Available in different colors, Kingole’s flannel fleece throw is super comfy and cozy. It’s available in twin, queen, king, and travel sizes. The throw can be machine washed and tumble dried on low heat.

Mumu Sugar Sand-Free Oversized Beach Mat

  • Folds into a bag for easy transport
  • Heat-resistant
  • Dries quickly

A beach blanket that doesn’t collect sand? Now, that’s a wonderful end-of-the-year teacher gift, especially if your son or daughter’s teacher has kids. This stylish beach mat can be used on the beach, at outdoor concerts, picnics, camping, and hiking. It travels well, so the mat can go on vacation, too. It is lightweight, dries quickly, and is heat-resistant. As an extra plus, it folds up into a compact bag.

Preschool is such a special and exciting time. It’s a year of firsts, starting with that all-important first day of school. Maybe there were tears, but it was your son or daughter’s preschool teacher who helped to make your child’s preschool experience a positive one. Teachers appreciate any gift they receive from their students, but the best end-of-the-year gifts for them are ones they can use either in their classroom or at home. Any one of these five gifts will get a smile from your child’s preschool teacher every time they use it.

Editors' Recommendations

Dawn Miller
Dawn Miller began her professional life as an elementary school teacher before returning to her first love, writing. In…
Experts explain why kids watching YouTube isn’t a good idea
You'll want to rethink screen time after you know what experts say about kids watching YouTube
Young boy on an iPad.

You have things to get done around the house. But a small person who says they're bored is keeping you from making progress on your to-do list. And so, you do what many parents do in this stretched-thin situation: You turn on the television, hand over a cellphone, or put on YouTube. (Hey, no judgment; we have all been there, done that!) But is letting kids watch YouTube doing more harm than good?

Screens can be "addictive," as noted by Dr. David Greenfield, founder and clinical director of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction. He explains that they have a dopamine-producing effect, and many realistic pediatric experts agree that, while screens are a part of our modern lifestyle, moderation should be enforced and limitations be set. Parents need to learn why they should be mindful of children watching YouTube and how to lay down the screen time law at home. We'll share some tips and words of wisdom from experts in the know.

Read more
What is Juneteenth? How to talk to kids about this important holiday
What Juneteenth is and how to help kids understand the significance behind the holiday
Juneteenth sign in red, black, and green

What is Juneteenth? If you're not familiar with Juneteenth, the holiday is short for June 19 and commemorates the day when slavery finally came to an end in the U.S. The holiday originated in Texas and is considered the most enduring Black American celebration. Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. The first Juneteenth was celebrated in 1866, a year after troops entered Galveston, Texas. Federal troops finally arrived in Texas in 1865 to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation that had freed slaves more than two years earlier.

The first Juneteenth in Texas was marked with much jubilation, which is where the name Jubilee Day came from. Juneteenth celebrations included barbecues and music, along with prayer services and educational events. As Juneteenth became an annual event in Texas, the holiday began to spread to other states. Texas made Juneteenth a state holiday in 1972, and it became a federal holiday in 2021 by President Joe Biden.

Read more
8 great Father’s Day gift ideas for every kind of dad
Shopping for awesome Father's Day gifts? Here's what dads love!
Little girl with dad holding a wrapped gift

If you're shopping for your dad or helping your kids shop for theirs, skip the tie and sock section because he doesn't need more of those. We've got awesome Father's Day gift ideas for those dads who seem to have everything. The key to finding the ideal Father's Day gift is to stick to those hobbies Dad loves best, whether it's sports, backyard grilling, or Star Wars collectibles. Pair that special gift with a cool outing, and you've got the perfect Father's Day present.

Best Father's Day gifts
Before heading out to the mall or going online to order a Father's Day gift, take a moment to think. Focus on what your dad really enjoys doing. Is he a weekend sports dad going to games or is he the resident grill master? We've got awesome Father's Day gifts for all types of super cool dads.
Baseball dad
If the dad you're shopping for is the ultimate baseball fan and has patiently stood on the sidelines or been watching you play since T-ball, a personalized baseball mount will be a treasured gift. The baseball-themed block mount is available in different sizes. All the kids' names can be printed on the baseballs. This will look great next to all of the kids' baseball trophies.
Soccer dad
Soccer dads have been on the sidelines through all kinds of weather. Make his time at games and those long tournament days extra cozy with an ALPHA CAMP sturdy canopy lounge chair. Dad will truly appreciate the sunshade on sunny and rainy days. This chair features a cup holder and is great for the beach and camping trips, too.
Star Wars dad
Okay, so May the Fourth has passed, and Darth Vader certainly would never have been voted Father of the Year, but you can celebrate your Star Wars-loving dad with a Darth Vader Father of the Year shirt. It's available in an array of colors and comes in different designs featuring the best father in the galaxy.
Hockey dad
If the dad you're shopping for faithfully gets up with your rink rats to get that early morning, late evening, or whenever there's ice time, he deserves something super cozy to keep himself warm in those subzero rinks. CQR's thermal fleece pullover is sure to keep Dad warm and snuggly all year long, whether he's coaching from the bench or watching behind the glass.
Tech dad
Is your dad online for the newest Apple devices? Okay, so you are shopping for a tech dad. Chances are he's got all the hot and trendy tech stuff hot off the presses. So, how about a binary clock from CafePress? Binary is the language computers speak, and wouldn't a binary clock make a unique gift for your technology-loving dad?
Grill master dad
You've been chopped! Well, no, not really, but if Dad is addicted to the Food Network and would love to have Guy Fieri on speed dial, then a grill-related gift is in order. The Cuisinart CGS-W13 set is sure to please. The set comes complete with 13 pieces, and the grilling tools feature wooden handles. Personalize the handles with a special message for Dad using paint markers.
Fisherman dad
Would Dad rather be fishing? Then he will thank you every time he uses Swiss Ascent's fishing multitool. This multipurpose tool works as a hook remover, scale scraper, tape measure, bait cutter, flashlight, knife, scissors, weight scale, bottle opener, and foldable stand. Now, how cool is that?
Outdoor dad
Does your dad love being in the great outdoors? Do most vacations revolve around a national park or a new hiking trail? Then, he will really love a copy of America's Best Day Hikes: Spectacular Single-Day Hikes Across the States. Be prepared though! He'll definitely be planning some fun family road trips after reading this.

Read more