35 Gifts for Professors That Will Get You An A+

By Laura Fiebert | Updated: November 6, 2023

    If you’re on the hunt for a birthday present, a gesture of appreciation for a teacher, a festive Christmas token, or perhaps a little ‘thank you’ for that well-deserved grade, look no further! Regardless of the occasion, if you’re aiming to dazzle that stellar professor of yours, we’ve curated a list of top-tier gifts for academics. These selections aren’t just bound to brighten their day but might tip the scales toward that coveted A!

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    What are the best gifts for professors?

    Professors are the backbone of academia, dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of thinkers and leaders. With all they do for us, showing our appreciation and gratitude is important. But what’s the best way to do so? Fear not, my friends! I’ve compiled a list of the best gift ideas for professors to make them feel valued and appreciated.

  1. Teacher Nutritional Facts
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    This coffee mug is the perfect conversation starter for the teacher’s lounge and will amuse anyone. This extra-large mug holds a generous 13 oz of your favorite hot coffee or tea, which is great for those days you really need a fix. Great for any coffee lover, for any occasion! It makes a great gift for coworkers, family, and friends – for Christmas, Birthday, or just because. So attach a nice thank you note, and you are good to go!

  3. Caffeine Molecule Tie
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    Does it take a cup of joe to get you going in the morning? If so, you are not alone! While sipping your coffee, why not sport this fine men’s necktie featuring a caffeine molecule pattern against a dark navy blue background? Constructed of durable microfiber, this tie is sweet and does not require cream or sugar! It also comes in other nerd designs—a unique gift for a science professor.

  5. Desk Organizer
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    This beautiful bill organizer desktop has a two-tier mail sorter, accessory compartment, accessory drawer, and a set of calendar blocks, allowing you to keep all your office supplies organized and on top of the task at hand. Made of light-finished wood with a black handle and black-painted calendar blocks, this greeting card organizer set will match any décor and make a great desk accessory. It can be used as a pencil holder, stapler holder, paper holder, and even an iPhone holder.

  7. Teacher Wine Glass
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    Being a school teacher is a ton of hard work, so professors may need a glass or bottle of wine after a long day in the classroom. This is a great gift for a professor that they can use outside (or inside) the classroom. The glass holds 15 ounces. 

  9. Mini Tea Gift Set
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    Cup of Sunshine organic tea is a healing herbal tea hand-blended with organic herbs such as turmeric and ginger. Crafted by hand to reduce stress and soothe your soul, it is a great teacher gift idea. This soothing and refreshing tea is the perfect cup of sunshine. Contains 2x teabags, a 2oz bottle of Florida honey in an adorable bear container, a hand-poured Sea Salt + Sage Soy Candle, and a pair of ultra-luxe Cloud Socks. These luxe knit socks feel like walking on clouds. Made from the softest fabric you will ever touch—packaged in a gift box ready for gifting.

  11. Personalized Coasters
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    These beautiful coasters are perfect for your teacher’s tea or coffee. The perfect Christmas or end-of-term teacher gift for both women and men. These coasters are available in sets of four or six, and you can choose from round or square. 

  13. Minimergency Kit For Teachers
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    Pop quiz: What’s the perfect gift for teachers? Answer: The Minimergency® Kit for Teachers by Pinch Provisions. This adorable red & gold polka dot pouch (with a charming apple zipper pull) contains 18 educator essentials, including a mini red pen and gold star stickers.

  15. Freudian Slips Sticky Notes
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    Sigmund Freud might have been a genius, but he wasn’t very organized. He always missed appointments, lost his keys, and forgot where he left his lit cigar. The largest of the Freudian Slips features Sigmund Freud himself, while another looks like his personal stationery. It makes a perfect, inexpensive gift for all the professors: psychiatrists, psychologists (or psychos) in your life.

  17. Desk Cup Holder Clip
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    This is a pretty awesome gift for anyone, really. They can protect their computers and paperwork with this little gadget. It prevents spills and condensation all over your desk from cold drinks. It can be attached to the edge of desks or shelves to securely hold drinks and other things.

  19. Personalized Stationery Set
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    Handwritten notes over notifications. Any day. Our notecards are a delight to sit down and write – and a joy to receive. Send a note of thanks, a simple hello, or a little life update to those you know. There’s no escaping it: our words mean more when we put them on paper. This personalized gift is great for any college professor.

  21. Read The Syllabus Mug
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    Read. The. Syllabus. Any professor is sure to relate! The design is printed on both sides of the mug. Holds 11 fluid ounces—dishwasher and microwave safe.

  23. Crave Box
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    They don’t always have time to take a lunch break when they have all those papers to grade. A high-quality, corrugated, kraft, tab-locking mailer box measured contains 25 fun snacks. Give them something to snack on while they are grading papers or putting together lesson plans. It makes for a great gift idea!

  25. Dry Erase Board Set
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    This complete low-odor dry-erase set comes with 12 markers in various colors, an eraser that sticks to any magnetic surface, and two 8-ounce cleaners to wipe away marks from all whiteboard, glass, or dry-erase surfaces. This complete low-odor dry-erase set comes with 12 markers in various colors, an eraser that sticks to any magnetic surface, and two 8-ounce cleaners to wipe away marks from all whiteboard, glass, or dry-erase surfaces.

  27. Lap Desk
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    Our Home Office Lap Desk is designed for those ready to take their work activities to the next level. Step away from the office and take a seat in your favorite chair. Designed to make your workflow more efficient, this desk always delivers comfortable productivity.

  29. Retro Pens
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    Set of 5 nice pens in fun Retro colors reminiscent of the 1950s. Incredibly smooth writing with rich ballpoint with black ink. Standard refill. Don’t you want to make them smile while they grade your paper?

  31. Einstein Succulent Planter


    The Alber Einstein planter pot holds a small cactus (for when you feel prickly). Of course, you could always cultivate aromatic herbs if you prefer headier stuff. The Fertile Minds ceramic planter pots hold a mini flowerpot – or drop in some pebbles, add potting soil, sprinkle seeds – or fill with sand and arrange tiny air plants – or surround your succulents with moss.

  33. Infuser Water Bottle


    Staying hydrated is the key to a healthy lifestyle. From boosting fat burning and weight loss, improving the mood, immune and digestive systems, feeling rejuvenated, and experiencing increased energy levels, the benefits of drinking more water are numerous and well documented but too often ignored. Take control of your hydration and create your own natural fruit, veggie, and herbs-based refreshing detox-infused water.

  35. Number 2 Pencil Socks
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    Who said nerds couldn’t be sharp dressers? This pair of pencil-inspired socks is a must for geek-chic women, bookworms, professors, teachers, or those looking to get their sock game on point. Pop them on to turn a blase outfit into one to write home about.

  37. Abe Mug
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    Tee-hee. The best gifts are personal and functional, so this “Four Score and Seven Years Ago – Funny Coffee Mug” is a fantastic choice for your best professor. You can also dress the mug up by placing additional gifts, such as stickers, magnets, candies, chocolates, coffee grounds, and tea bags. A thoughtful gift for a history professor.

  39. A Cool Lunch Tote


    Make brown-bagging it cool again. Take your favorite food without worrying about the storage and enjoy your meal on the go. You can put your food in the main compartment to keep it warm or fresh, while the pockets on the front and back sides give you more convenience to carry small items like keys or phones. Also, the mesh pocket can help you carry your drink or bottle without leaking.

  41. A Sweet Treat
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    Who doesn’t need a little pick-me-up between classes? Try every flavor of Taza’s Chocolate Mexicano discs! This colorful gift is a fun, affordable way to sample and share stone ground chocolate with true grit. Eight bright, bold flavors range from spicy to sweet to savory—a great gift for chocolate lovers.

  43. Ice Breakers
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    The Icebreaker Deck will help you start stimulating and relationship-building conversations with brilliant, fun, and engaging cards that break down communication barriers to cultivate connections, openness, and vulnerability. Put away your phones, switch off the TV, and use these prompts to get talking with friends, family, and colleagues. These cards will give you laughs and discoveries to help you feel more connected.

  45. Proof Is In The Pudding Bowls
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    Go ahead, let your brain go to pudding. Each of these four ceramic bowls features traditional British-style pudding basins (yes, that’s a thing) and is decorated with a touch of math class creativity. On the side: theorems by Euclid, Hippasus, Pythagoras, and Gauss. The corresponding proofs are on the bottom, to be discovered after the last spoonful. The person who loves standard deviations and sweets equally will nerd out over this clever set. A nice gift for a math professor.

  47. Wireless Laser Pointer
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    This clicker would be great for delivering presentations from a distance, freeing you from the keyboard. The wireless clicker for PowerPoint presentations is easy to see against most backgrounds and is designed to fit nicely into your hand. It features intuitive touch-keys for easy slideshow control, so you can page forward/back without looking at the buttons.

  49. Worst Test Answers Book
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    Use the word “doldrums” in a sentence. If you answered, “I cannot play the doldrums,” you’re correct! At least according to this hilarious book of wrong answers, celebrating the creative side of failure with 250 true-life responses to common test questions from grade school through high school. A touching, funny, and oh-so-real look at everyday blunders, this little pick-me-up is sure to bring smiles to any student, teacher, or class clown. 

  51. Trust Me Glass Set
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    Because Professors always know best! Get them this set of 2 Whiskey Rocks Glasses etched with “Trust Me; I’m A Professor.” Double Old Fashioned glasses – now there is room for ice AND drink.

  53. Periodic Table Cutting Board
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    This kitchen tool is a perfect gift idea for any professor who likes science and likes to cook. This bamboo cutting board is pre-oiled for lasting durability. Whether on duty or display, this beautiful laser engraved cutting board. Bamboo is stronger than hardwood, easier on kitchen knives, and is more sustainably harvested than traditional hardwoods.

  55. Composition Notebook Tote Bag
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    What’s Black and White and Canvas All Over? This school days-inspired tote is an homage to the classic black and white composition notebook. The sturdy bag offers ample space for a laptop, books, and lunch and can be customized with a name. Don’t forget your locker combination! 100% cotton canvas.

  57. Teacher Teabags
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    Bag Ladies Tea is a specialty tea company celebrating the uncanny joy and sisterhood we share as women. Whether in friendship, marriage, motherhood, or career, our 25 bags of English Breakfast tea are tagged with insightful and humorous quotes that offer solace as we ‘steep’ through life’s everyday dilemmas and delights.

  59. Planner
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    If your best friend is the panning kind, she will love this gift idea. I have one of these, and let me tell you; it’s life-changing. This is the mega life planner, but Erin Condren also makes many different types for all budgets and needs.  The LifePlanner is the ultimate planning system to organize, achieve your goals, and preserve memories in one stylish space. This is my favorite best friend gift!

  61.  Teacher Voice Coffee Mug
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    Persevering, lovingly caring for a classroom full of students with patience. But don’t make the teacher’s voice show up! This teacher mug is Great for anyone who has dedicated their life to education.

  63. Democracy Coasters
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    Toast to life, liberty, and the pursuit of the perfect cocktail with this set of coasters featuring the famous documents of American democracy. Each of the four tumbled marble coasters showcases selections from a different document—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Civil Rights Act—bringing the formula for freedom to your cocktail accouterments. Makes a great history professor gift idea.

  65. What’s Your Power Tumbler
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    This teacher tumbler makes a great gift idea and will make any teacher laugh! Keeps beverage at the perfect temperature (hot or cold) for a long time. This fun and unique tumbler makes the perfect companion for any drink. 

  67. Blue Book Pillow
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    The blue written exam book has given freshmen English students nightmares for generations, but this one will only bring sweet dreams. Designer Rebecca Rodriguez has studied this booklet well, and she reproduces it with hand-silkscreened lettering on a blue canvas pillowcase. 

  69. To Be Or Not To Be Pencils 
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    In search of a gift for your English professor? Why not a set of  “TO BE” or “NOT TO BE” William Shakespeare quotes pencils from Hamlet’s soliloquy. This set makes a fun and philosophical addition to any office, backpack, purse, writing, school supplies collection, or a great stocking stuffer for holiday gifts.