Looking for that special gift for a male teacher? You came to the right place. Many teacher gift guides focus on presents that are traditionally for women. However, cutesy teacher tees and jewelry aren’t for everyone. To be fair, this isn’t surprising considering about 76% of U.S. teachers are women, while only about 24% are men. And in most elementary schools, the distribution is even more skewed. But male teachers deserve thoughtful and unique gifts just as much as their female counterparts. That’s why we curated this list of our favorite teacher gifts for the guys on your shopping list.
Quick tip: Check your school’s gift policy before giving; some prohibit homemade treats and/or gifts over a certain monetary value.
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Sincere Thank-You Note
Most teachers share that the best gifts are heartfelt notes of appreciation. Often, thank-you cards for teachers are trite, with apples, school buses, and rulers decorating the front. But not this card with a black-and-white dictionary definition design. It’s a perfect gift on its own, or you can pair it with any of the ideas below.
Buy it: Teacher Definition Thank-You Card at Etsy
Personalized Leather Lanyard (Tip: Put a gift card in the ID holder!)
Gift cards are at the top of most teachers’ wish lists. Just pop one inside the ID holder of this leather lanyard engraved with your teacher’s initials, and you also have a unique gift card holder. Check out our full list of favorite teacher gift cards here.
Morse Code Teacher Bracelet
This handmade black leather bracelet spells out the word “teacher” in Morse code using silver beads. Understated yet meaningful.
Buy it: Morse Code Teacher Bracelet at Amazon
How about a new bag to tote all those papers to grade back and forth to school? This messenger bag is made from brown canvas with leather straps. Looking for more options? Take a look at this list of our favorite teacher bags or these teacher-approved backpacks.
Buy it: Messenger Bag at Amazon
Engraved Stainless-Steel Whistle
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a phys-ed teacher, check out this personalized whistle. It’s fully customizable with the teacher’s name, school, or team name. Plus you can choose from various icons to engrave on the side, including a variety of sports, a wise owl, and more.
Buy it: Engraved Stainless-Steel Whistle at Etsy
Help jazz up a typical teacher outfit with a fun new pair of novelty socks. This pair features a pencil-and-paper design.
Buy it: Pencil and Paper Socks for Men at Amazon
Fun Teacher Tie
If you know a male teacher who likes to make a statement with his neckwear, give him something to add to his collection. This handwriting tie is perfect for the elementary school crowd. If he teaches older students, choose one to match his favorite subject.
A multitool is the perfect gadget to stash in a desk drawer or tote bag, and this one with a yellow ruler barrel is giving us major male teacher gift vibes.
Buy it: Multitool Ruler Pen at Amazon
Self-Inking Stamp Set
If you’re looking for a practical gift for a male elementary teacher, this set of colorful self-inking stamps is a great choice. It includes eight stamps with various messages to encourage students.
Buy it: Self-Inking Teacher Stamp Set at Amazon
Custom Look-Alike Teacher Stamp
If you have time to order a custom stamp, you can personalize this one to look just like your teacher by choosing from dozens of hairstyles and accessories. This might just be the perfect male teacher gift!
Buy it: Custom Teacher Stamp at Etsy
Custom Teacher T-Shirt
Move over cutesy teacher tees—this one has a masculine style. Plus you can personalize every line, not just the name. If you’re shopping for a science teacher, you may also want to check out these funny science teacher shirts.
Buy it: Male Teacher Shirt at Etsy
Hand-Stamped Copper Bookmark
The brown leather tassel gives this handmade, copper-stamped bookmark an edge. You can even personalize the message with your teacher’s name or another sentiment.
Buy it: Hand-Stamped Copper Bookmark at Etsy
Personalized Teacher Notepad
Another useful gift for a male teacher is a personalized notepad. It’s perfect for sending notes home or writing messages to colleagues at school.
Buy it: Personalized Teacher Notepad at Etsy
Caricature Wall Art
Are you looking for a gift for a male teacher with a sense of humor? This custom caricature might be just the present. Add a basic frame, gift wrap it, and you’re done!
Amazon Echo Dot
Did you know teachers use voice search as a teaching tool? Gift your male teacher with the newest Amazon Echo Dot, and he’ll put it to good use in the classroom. This one even doubles as a clock!
Buy it: Amazon Echo (4th Generation) at Amazon
Light-Up Electronic Word Clock
Here’s another clock option. The sophisticated copper finish on this light-up timepiece makes it a unique gift a male teacher can use to keep his class on schedule. Plus, his students will love the challenge of telling time in a different way.
Buy it: Light-Up Electronic Word Clock at Amazon
Yeti Rambler Stainless-Steel Tumbler
Teachers get plenty of cheesy mugs, but a Yeti Rambler is a sophisticated workhorse he’ll use time and time again to keep coffee warm long after the first bell rings.
Buy it: Yeti Rambler (30 oz) at Amazon
If you’re looking for more gift ideas, check out these thoughtful gifts for principals, as well as clever gifts for bus drivers and the best gifts for teachers.
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