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

Thank you card with a definition of the word teacher on the front along with a pencil and envelope

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!)

Male teacher standing outside at school wearing leather lanyard.

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.

Buy it: Personalized Leather Lanyard at Etsy; Plastic ID Badge Holder at Amazon; Amazon Gift Card at Amazon

Morse Code Teacher Bracelet

Black bracelet with silver beads that spell "teacher" in Morse code, as an example of best male teacher gifts.

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

Messenger Bag

Brown canvas messenger bag with leather straps and buckles, as an example of male teacher gifts.

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.

Stainless steel whistle engraved with "Coach Mills, Southridge Phs Ed"

Buy it: Engraved Stainless-Steel Whistle at Etsy

Novelty Socks

Mens teacher socks that looks a like a pencil and lined paper.

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

Tie that looks like a chalkboard with handwriting letters of the alphabet.

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.

Buy it: Handwriting Tie at Etsy; Science Tie at Amazon; Math Tie at Amazon; Grammar Tie at Amazon; World Map Tie at Amazon

Multitool Pen

Multitool pen that looks like a yellow ruler, as an example of male teacher gifts.

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

Self-inking teacher stamp set with positive phrases for student encouragement.

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

Custom rubber stamps that are customized to look like the real teacher.

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

Male teacher gift shirt that says, "Mr. Brown. The Man. The Myth. The Legend."

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

Copper stamped bookmark with leather tassel on an open book that says, "Thank you for being part of my story."

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

Personalized teacher notepad with a blue pencil illustration for Mr. Reinhart on a desk with fall decor.

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

Hands holding a caricature of a male teacher in front of a chalkboard.

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!

Buy it: Caricature Wall Art at Etsy; Modern Black Frame at Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot

Blue-gray Amazon Echo dot, 5th generation with clock.

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

Copper light up 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

Yeti Rambler olive green 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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If you're looking for a gift for a male teacher, we've got you covered with a list of ideas he will appreciate.